Forensic anthropologist who used her expertise to write the bestselling crime novel, Break No Bones (2006). Her numerous other novels include Death du Jour (1999) and Grave Secrets (2002).
She earned a Ph.D. in Physical Anthropology from Northwestern University. She subsequently held professorships at Northern Illinois University, the University of Pittsburgh, Concordia University, McGill University, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
She served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
She married Paul Reichs in 1968. Together, the couple had a son, Brendan, and two daughters, Kerry and Courtney.
She became a producer for the popular television crime drama, Bones, which stars Emily Deschanel.