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Death Du Jour by Kathy Reichs

Death Du Jour (1999)

by Kathy Reichs

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Forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs exploded onto bestseller lists worldwide with her phenomenal debut novel "Deja Dead" -- and introduced " a] brilliant heroine" "(Glamour)" in league with Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta. Dr. Temperance Brennan, Quebec's director of forensic anthropology, now returns in a thrilling new investigation into the secrets of the dead. In the bitter cold of a Montreal winter, Tempe Brennan is digging for a corpse buried more than a century ago. Although Tempe thrives on such enigmas from the past, it's a chain of contemporary deaths and disappearances that has seized her attention -- and she alone is ideally placed to make a chilling connection among the seemingly unrelated events. At the crime scene, at the morgue, and in the lab, Tempe probes a mystery that sweeps from a deadly Quebec fire to startling discoveries in the Carolinas, and culminates in Montreal with a terrifying showdown -- a nerve-shattering test of both her forensic expertise and her skills for survival.… (more)
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Too .mechanical ( )
  ibkennedy | May 21, 2019 |
A book that completely grabbed me from page 1. I liked it a lot better than the series that have been made about Dr. Brennan. I even kept reading will into the night, although I know I shouldn't....

Detailed, at times too much for my liking, but it certainly set off my in-head-movie.
Not too predictable, it kept me guessing, going at around the same pace as Brennan did.

This book has been sitting on my shelf way too long, but now it will soon resume its travels. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Mar 26, 2018 |
I started watching the TV show "Bones" (on Fox) last season, but I had known that the show was based on Kathy Reichs character Temperance Brennan. That's about all the similarities that there are between the TV show and the book. You could stretch and say that Quebec Detective Ryan is Seely Booth, but that's reeealllyyy reaching it.

I like a good mystery, detective novel, and this book does not fail me! Not only is there a nice chunk of CSI thrown in there is also one of my favorite topics, cults.

So we've got murder to be investigated, suspects to interview and cults to figure out. LOVE IT! I zipped through this book pretty quickly. Reichs is a fine writer, and the character of Dr. Brennan is a little more socially adept than the TV version.

If you like the show, you'll most likely like the book too just as long as you realize that there is absolutely nothing in the book that lends itself to the TV show. ( )
  wendithegray | May 1, 2017 |
This is the second in the Temperance Brennan series, and the second Kathy Reichs book I've read. This is definitely going to be a series I carry on with.

As before, Tempe is a realistic professional woman: her love-life isn't great, but it's not some kind of disaster-zone either; she has decent relationships with co-workers without unrealistic drama; her relationship with her daughter is pretty normal. It's such a relief to read about a woman who isn't, despite being some kind of gun-toting, wisecracking superhero, strangely needy and incompetent in the daily tasks of life.

I like Tempe: she's so normal.

This time, Tempe is dealing with the aftermath of an arson attack, with a side-plot examining the bones of a nineteenth-century nun. Naturally, neither of these cases is entirely straightforward.

As before, we get useful forensic information as various corpses are examined - I always like the technical detail. :-) As before, there's a personal element, which the reader can see coming a mile off.

All in all, a fast-paced murder-mystery, which I read pretty much in one sitting. On to the next... :-) ( )
  T_K_Elliott | Mar 12, 2017 |
At the risk of losing my entire review again from power outage. I'll keep this short.

The book was good. Yes, just generically good. I got annoyed with some of the repetitiveness of Dr. Brennan's actions (or lack there of) particularly in reference to what she needed to get done in her down time. I also was not a fan of unnecessarily keeping the reader in the dark on a rather trivial matter. It didn't add or detract from the story in any way, it just left us wondering what Brennan saw in the bones. It didn't even relate to her cases, really.

Most importantly, I didn't read the first book in the series, so if looking here for whether that's going to put you behind or not, I'd say you'll be fine. You miss a little bit of background information, but it's easy to fill in the blanks. ( )
  cebellol | Jan 10, 2017 |
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