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Kathy Reichs
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6 April 2000 Temperance Brennan (Book 2)
Another day. Another death. Death du Jour. My God, how many such days would there be?' On a bitterly cold march night in Montreal, forensic anthropologiest Dr Temperance Brennan is exhuming the remains of a nun proposed for sainthood in the grounds of an old church. Just hours later, Tempe is called to the scene of an horrific arson. A young family has perished, and there seems to be no witness, no motive, no explanation. From the charred remains of the inferno, to a trail of sinister cult activity and a terrifying showdown during an ice storm, Tempe faces a nerve-shattering test of both her forensic expertise and her instinct for survival.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (6 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780099255192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099255192
  • ASIN: 0099255197
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 326,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From teaching FBI agents how to detect and recover human remains, to separating and identifying commingled body parts in her Montreal lab, as one of only seventy-seven forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, Dr Kathy Reichs has brought her own dramatic work experience to her mesmerising forensic thrillers. For years she consulted to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina, and continues to do so for the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Québec.

Kathy Reichs has travelled to Rwanda to testify at the UN Tribunal on Genocide, and helped exhume a mass grave in Guatemala. As part of her work at JPAC she aided in the identification of war dead from World War II, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Kathy Reichs has served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and is currently a member of the National Police Services Advisory Board in Canada. She is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

A native of Chicago, she now divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal. Kathy Reichs's first novel Déjà Dead catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller, a Sunday Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. All eleven of her novels have been international bestsellers. She is also a producer of the chilling hit TV series Bones. 206 Bones is her twelth novel featuring Dr Temperance Brennan.

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After one of the more startling crime debuts of recent years, Déjà Dead, Kathy Reichs has found herself, at a stroke, regarded as a possible contender for Patricia Cornwell's crown as queen of forensic detection novels. As the new book opens, her forensic anthropologist heroine Temperance Brennan is doing what she usually does--helping to identify remains about which there is almost nothing suspicious. In this case she is dealing with a 19th-century nun of vast sanctity, for whose beatification her relics and burial site need authenticating. What could be simpler or less menacing? Almost immediately, Tempe is called in on a bad case: arson, which has left remains so damaged that a normal pathologist cannot cope--and the victims that pathologists normally cope with include infants stabbed to death.

Something sinister is going on, and whether in Quebec, where she has her practice, or the sleepy South, where she teaches, Tempe is not safe. Reichs' first book was good on the domesticity and friendship to which Tempe retreats--and this time we meet her younger sister, Harriet, who has just got rid of her balloonist lover and is looking for a new interest. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


‘A guaranteed sleep-deterrent. Genuinely thrilling’ -- Literary Review

‘Better than Patricia Cornwell’ -- Express on Sunday

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is the 2nd book from Kathy Reichs which features Temperanace (Tempe) Brennan.

Kathy Reichs is often benchmarked against Patricia Cornwell and also compared with Karin Slaughter. IMO Kathy Reichs just pips the the other two although I have enjoyed much of Slaughter's output.

Many reviews have explained Tempe's role/character which is one of a forensic anthropologist.

She flits between Charlotte in South Caronlina summer and Quebec/Montreal, which makes for interesting and contrasting scenery!

Death du Jour starts off with Tempe being asked to examine the remains of Sister Elisabeth Nicolet a reveered nun who died in the late 1880's and is now proposed for sainthood.

However it is necessary to authencate her remains as her body was moved to a different place within the cemetry.

As she is in the process of doing this Tempe is asked to attend a horriffic arson attack on a house with children suspected being involved along with adults.

The events of this arson attack are described in graphic detail, so not for the squeamish.

For those who have read other Reichs novels the romance comes in the shape of Homicide Detective Andrew Ryan who is assigned to the Canadian Police.

"Death du Jour" involves multiple cases weaving from Montreal to North Carolina and takes you into the twilight world of satanic cults.

My only criticism is that Reichs uses too many different strands within this plot, some of which impact on its overall credibilty.

For example her sister Harry gets involved and mysterioulsy goes missing and her Daughter (Katy) also muscles in on the scene.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Death Du Bore 24 Oct 2008
Striking a balance between informing a reader and preaching to them is a difficult one. I have found in the previous Kathy Reich books that I have read that she seems to preach a little too much for my liking. In `Death Du Jour' this reaches new and book ruining heights.

Dr Temperance Brennan returns and for once is not involved in recent murder and mayhem. Instead she has been asked by a group of Nuns to look in the ruins of a church for one of their long dead sisters who is to be potentially canonised. However, as usual trouble follows Temperance and when a local house goes up in flames she is asked to identify the bodies. It seems that several people have died and that it was arson. If these two cases were not enough Brenan becomes involved in a third when two corpses are found on a wildlife sanctuary. Can Brenan juggle all three cases and her personal life which appears to be under threat by a mysterious stranger?

I found `Death Du Jour' a stagnant novel. Firstly, this was due to the fact that there were too many ongoing cases and it became confusing. The worst problem is the patronising tone that Reichs takes when describing things. One minute Dr Brennan is an expert giving in-depth details, the next she is apparently a novice and asking for them. It is too obvious that Reichs is trying to force feed the reader in-depth analysis, it all felt a little hollow to me and far too over analytical. Reichs is probably one of the pioneers of the detailed modern crime novel and as this was an early book in the series perhaps she has refined her skills. As it is this book felt very dated in its style as other authors have gone on to copy her style and improve on it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing to say the least, very déjà vu 19 Oct 1999
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Having read Déjà Dead and not really got on with it, I decided to give Ms Reich a second chance. Death du Jour just does not gel. It is rather like sitting through an anatomy lecture where one's eyes glaze over. Unlike Patricia Cornwell, who can whip us through the autopsy along side her, hanging on to her every word and description.
The characters do not come over as real. I cannot relate to either Tempe's colleagues, or her daughter and only now is Tempe Brennan taking shape as a character. Not exciting in the least as a forensic anthropologist.
Had this been condensed into 250 pages instead of 379, then may be she could have concentrated on her main theme. There are too many cases arriving on the scene for her to deal with thatmakes this "bitty" and I am getting lost and bored along the way.
For those who do not speak or read French, there are too many French phrases added unnecessarily, which always annoys me and, then, on top of that, the Québecois "patois" appears (as in her first novel).
When she takes us through a city, there is too much detail. Supply a map as annex, if she feels we need all this.
I really expected more from her second book, as I assume there would have been sufficient reviews pointing out the shortfalls of the first one. Instead it leaves a lot to be desired. Too many metaphors, as well.
I do not think I shall finish the book without skipping numerous pages.
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2.0 out of 5 stars too many coincidences make for a sub par read 4 July 1999
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I really enjoyed Deja Dead, Kathy Reich's first novel, and thought it was better than anything Patricia Cornwell had done in a while. But in this book, the plotting is just lazy. Brennan finds bodies related to her case while on an outing, the cases just happen to have ties near each of her homes-- Montreal and Charlotte, NC, someone from one case asks her help in finding someone and THEY also are part of her other case... and I thought it was bad when in the Robert Tannenbaum books, Butch and Marlene's cases are tied together coincidentally! At least they are only dealing with Manhattan, not half the Northern Hemisphere! This is like the Hardy Boys finding out they are really working on their dad's case, but at least Bayport is a small town.
Especially irritating is the way information is withheld from the reader, while every chapter ends with Brennan's jaw dropping, her shivering in horror, or giving us foreboding that something bad is about to happen. Really? I think we expect that in a THRILLER!
Also, the parallels with Cornwell are too much to ignore. Scarpetta's niece is an FBI trainee, Brennan's daughter wants to be a profiler (just how many of those ARE there, anyway?). Both have hot and cold relationships with cops. Maybe this was rushed because of the debut's success.
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