It’s kind of shocking to realize that Bones has already been on the air for 11 seasons. 11!! Most shows rarely make it that far, and if they do, the quality starts dropping significantly (I’m looking at you, Grey’s Anatomy). But Bones has tapped into something magical, growing with its audience and delivering quality crime-fighting episodes for years.
Now it’s almost time to say goodbye: the 12 and final season airs on January 3, 2017. The show has come a long way, from the early days of chemistry-filled banter between Bones (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) to their eventual marriage and the birth of their children. Along the way they’ve fought countless bad guys, solved countless crimes, and have generally been angstily adorable together. (And let’s not forget about the rest of the team!) It’ll be sad to say goodbye, but thankfully we have 12 more episodes before it’s truly the end.
When last we left our favorite crime fighting couple, Brennan was kidnapped by The Puppeteer, the serial killer they spent half of season 11 hunting. (SPOILER ALERT: It’s Zack Addy! No!!) We have no doubt that Booth will do everything he can to save her, but how are we supposed to wait one whole month before we know what happens?? Since January still seems very far away, here are four Dr. Brennan-approved books to dive into while we’re all jonesin’ for our next Bones fix:
Chaos, Patricia Cornwell (William Morrow, November 15, 2016)
Just like Brennan, Dr. Kay Scarpetta — the main character at the heart of Cornell’s Scarpetta series — is an expert at using science to solve crimes. The medical examiner takes on another case when a young women dies from what appears to be a lightning strike, only there’s not a single cloud in the sky. When Scarpetta starts receiving a series of harassing cyber messages, she realizes the two events are connected. Between the cyberbully, the bizarre death, and a public who’d rather believe that the girl spontaneously combusted, Scarpetta has her hands full trying to solve this case. With the science and the smart female protagonist, this is the perfect book to satisfy your Bones cravings until it comes back on the air!
Seventh Plague, James Rollins (William Morrow, December 13, 2016)
Science is front and center in this novel that imagines a world where the biblical plagues are back and deadlier than ever. But this isn’t hocus pocus; Rollins dives into the mythology and science, taking us all over the world as scientists and the military elite fight the growing horror. It starts in the Sudanese desert, when a missing archeologist returns only to die instantly, his body already beginning to mummify. Then the mysterious plagues start spreading, and it’s up to the director of Sigma Force (part of Rollins’ ongoing series) to join forces with the dead archeologist’s daughter, Jane McCabe, to figure out exactly what’s going on. Any fan of Bones is a fan of piecing together a mystery using science, which is exactly what’s at the heart of Rollins’ latest Sigma Force novel.
The Sleeping Beauty Killer, Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster, November 15, 2016)
Higgins Clark is a master of her genre, and she has the fans to prove it. In her latest Under Suspicion novel, we meet Casey Carter, a woman who served 15 years for killing her fiancé. Only she swears she didn’t do it. No one believes her, except for Laurie Moran and her news team. But Laurie has a new cohost who’s young, cocky and brash, and who’s trying to steal the show even as he refuses to believe in Carter’s innocence. And is she innocent? It’s a question Laurie will have to answer as the twists keep coming in this compulsively readable thriller. Luckily, Laurie is tenacious and smart — qualities that will instantly make you think of Bones.
The Chemist, Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown and Company, November 8, 2016)
The queen of teen vampires returns with another adult novel, this one featuring an ex-government employee on the run. Like Brennan, the main character is smart and capable and the top in her field. She spent years working for a government agency that’s so secret it doesn’t even have a name (much like hers, which keeps changing). So when she becomes a liability, her life is instantly on the line. It turns out that working for her former employers might be the only way to take her life back (or so she thinks). With no one to trust and seemingly no way out, she has to do everything she can to survive. But when she starts to fall for a man, Daniel, who’s just as caught up in the world as she is, it only makes things more complicated. Anyone who loves a strong female protagonist (like Bones!) will be drawn to this new thriller by Meyer.