I haven't read Kathy Reichs' books. Things in books always seem a bit more real than on TV, and I'm not sure I would like to read about the grisly details of forensic science. It's already bad enough that I can't eat and watch CSI at the same time.
That said, Reichs, herself, sounds like an interesting person. Here is an article about her from Scotland's Daily Record.
This, for me, was the money quote:
"Not everybody is suited to dealing with maggots or decomposing bodies."