Bones, books and TV

Bones, books and TV

Dr Kathy Reichs - scientist and award-winning novelist with her own hit TV show!

Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist. A lot of Kathy's work involves examining human bones to find out the cause of death from clues left behind from crime scenes. She helped identify victims of the September 11th 2001 tragedy in New York. In the past she's been key to convicting serial killers and giving evidence in trials. She's one of only 82 people to ever have been accepted on the American Board of Forensic Anthropologists.

After years of working with the FBI and universities she managed to find some time to hang up her lab coat (for a while anyway) and write a book. It's not just another hefty science book, this time it was a novel, and it's become one of her most successful moves outside of the science world.

Using her forensic expertise she wrote Déjà Dead (1997, Scribner). This is a novel about a forensic anthropologist who catches a serial killer which was based on her first serial murder investigation. It was an instant success, won her an array of awards and placed her on many bestseller lists.

Déjà Dead's hero is forensic anthropologist, Temperance Brennan. Does that name ring a bell? Well, it should do if you're an avid reader; Kathy Reichs has authored 12 Temperance Brennan books. If that's still not hitting the target, then think of 'Bones'. No, not actual bones but the hit TV series. 'Bones' is going into its sixth series this autumn and is inspired by the life and work of Kathy Reichs.

Kathy Reichs works on 'Bones', helping out with storylines and scientific accuracy throughout the show.  By giving advice about forensic anthropology the show includes more realistic scientific techniques.

So, next time, when you think about where science can take you on the career path, remember it's not always confined to a lab. The possibilities are endless.

Kathy Reichs still manages to write novels. In fact, she has a new series, for young adults coming out this November.