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Deadly Décisions (Temperance Brennan #3)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  22,794 Ratings  ·  744 Reviews
Nine-year-old Emily Anne Toussaint is shot dead on a Montreal street. A North Carolina teenager disappears from her home and parts of what may be her skeleton are found hundreds of miles away. For Dr. Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist in both Montreal and North Carolina, the deaths kindle deep emotions that propel her on a harrowing journey into the world of ou ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2000)
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Apr 04, 2011 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For someone so "smart" Tempe Brennan sure does some dumb things. Running into the line of fire, blatantly ignoring directives from seasoned detectives, going to biker bars alone at night, etc. The plotting in these books would be pretty good if the author didn't continually have her heroine behave in such an idiotic way in order to create suspense or reveal important plot threads. I also do not appreciate that some member of Tempe's family or a close friend is always somehow involved with the cr ...more
This book made me wonder why some female mystery authors choose to endow their female protagonists with so much unecessary angst. Reichs is one of several authors that I've read lately who is guilty of this. The protagonist can't just solve crime. She has to juggle relationship issues, neurotic family and friends, pets, concerns about her appearance (hair and weight), money worries, etc and catch a murderer. Yeah, I know that those are all "real" concerns, but if I wanted to read a book about wo ...more
Feb 14, 2008 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, series
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Basic Info

Length/Page Count: About 4.5 hrs
Genre: Mystery
Reason for Reading: Idk.

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: Triangle.
Cliff Hanger: Idk!
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 2.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 7
Plot: 4
Characters: 3
World Building: 4
Flow: 4
Series Congruity: 6
Writing: 5
Ending: 5

Total: 4

In Dept

Best Part:
It was short
Worst Part: blood spatter lecture
Thoughts Had: I'm bored to death.


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: No

Short Review: *sigh* I gave
Shannon Winward
Jul 13, 2012 Shannon Winward rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The first book was great, in spite of a few iffy coincidences. The writing is good, the science is fascinating, and the story rolls nicely - though the level of detail tends to slow it down a bit. We don't need to know what Tempe eats at every meal, the exact route that she takes to every new location, and exactly what building/view can be seen in any given direction.

The second book was pretty good, though I thought the author was doing some back-peddling where the romantic interest was concerne
Grey Ghost
Done with Kathy Reichs. You know how some thrillers and mysteries are "OK," but a cut below "excellent"? Reichs is on the low end of OK. I can see how her work has popular appeal, but frankly it's trite, repetitive, formulaic, and not really compellingly written. (I can deal with trite and formulaic if something is really well-written.) After three of the Temperance Brennan books (and I might have read the fourth, but they're so uninspiring I neither remember nor care), I don't think Reichs is g ...more
I think I liked this one in the series the best so far. Dr. Temperance Brennan keeps her instances of running off by herself and doing something knuckle-headed down to a minimum.
Rachel Lightwood
- Tempe is still an annoying character. What's with her anger management issues?

- Lack of Ryan was discouraging.

- Mystery was repetitive. Once again, too many bodies / murders in one book. I just want to read about a solid mystery.

- I hate how Reichs tries to worm countless and rather lengthy explanations into her writing in "subtle" ways. For example, blood spatter evidence is critical to one of the murders Tempe is investigating (in this) so she makes Tempe take a trip down to Gilbert's offi
I always like Reichs's books because she goes between North Carolina and Montreal-- two places I know well and can visualize as I read. The characters have become old friends, though I sometimes get squeamish when things get grizzly in the crime department (though the forensics doesn't bother me.)

The whole motorcycle thing is totally unfamiliar to me. I like fiction that teaches me something.

Will release today when I go for my dentist appointment.

From the Publisher

Nine-year-old Emily Anne Toussa
John Carter
Very good, but I have to take a star away for our heroine’s obtuseness. On page 30 a revelation is made about her police boyfriend that’s very distressing. As a reader you say, “No reason for distress. The obvious explanation is X.” On page 78 the boyfriend’s partner shows up just as confused and distressed. And you think, “These people are supposed to be trained investigators. Not even considering something so obvious—how do they keep their jobs?” It’s not ’til 299 that the solution even occurs ...more
This one seemed a better to me than the last two. I can see this is one of those story lines where the author feels it is overly necessary to have a personal tie between the main character and the action (in this case her nephew involved with biker gangs). I know fiction is... well.. fiction and not real life but the completely unrealistic scenarios in which every story has someone she cares about tied in with the bad guys in so schmucky a way gets to be, as my mother would say, "a bit much." I ...more
Jan 25, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I managed to read this novel in under a week which is always a good sign :) This is the third novel in the Brennan series. I enjoy Reichs's writing style. Reichs takes her time leading the reader where she wants them to go and I for one am happy to follow.

Now that I have read a few of her novels I have noticed one thing I can be critical about. She has a way of needing to explain in detail techniques, departmental workings, acronyms etc. Most of the time I am quite happy to be informed but when
aPriL does feral sometimes
A terrible thing has happened. A little girl was caught in the crossfire between two rival motorcycle gangs in Montreal. She had nothing to do with whatever retributions were being meted out. Nonetheless, because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time, nine-year-old Emily Anne Toussant is dead. Her body is on an autopsy table at the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Meicine Legale in Montreal, where Dr. Temperance Brennan works as a forensic anthropologist. She can and has handled ...more
Aug 08, 2016 Teipu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, read-2016
Listened to the audiobook version of this book.

The story was fine, but I get frustrated by Reichs writing. The endless description of menial tasks, like what Brennan eats, what kind of workout or cleaning she does.
Also cliffhangers at the end of every single chapter? Seriously Lady, that's neither necessary nor building up tension. It's just annoying...

And the thing I disliked most: info dumps. Brennan visits some specialist, sits down and then gets told all about motor cycle gangs / hydrocepha
Sep 13, 2015 Tineke rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Temperance Brennan on tv is a great, funny, albeit antisocial woman. But the antisocial part makes her even more fun to watch. Temperance Brennan in the book is the most unprofessional anthropologist I have ever seen. In every book I read about her it says that she's very good in keeping her personal and professional life apart, but she keeps doing just the opposite in every book I read. Maybe she's delusional. It also seems like she feels to be above everyone else, for instance the detectives a ...more
Dec 03, 2014 Chelsea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Every time I read one of these books, I am reminded how overwhelmingly stupid and obtuse she makes Brennan sometimes and I have to take a break before I feel up to the next one. I want to like these books and I have a feeling that they could be really entertaining, but she just needs an editor that points out the obvious lack of common sense. She works with the police, yet someone leaves a human eyeball on her car and she doesn't even file a police report‽ She is investigating dangerous motorcyc ...more
Matt Schiariti
Overall I liked the premise of this book. A biker club gang war is in full effect in Canada and a series of deaths pulls Tempe right into the middle of the danger, not the least of which is collateral damage in the form of a 9 year old girl who was caught in the crossfire. Tempe gets involved with the police and vows to take down the bikers responsible for this meaningless loss of innocence.

Normally that makes for a pretty good Tempe Brennan book. But I did have a few issues with this one. In de
Ana T.
I am slowly making my way through Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan series and this time I read Deadly Decisions, book nº 3.

The book starts with a young girl being murdered amidst a bike gang war. Brennan finds herself very affected by it and she soon starts investigating, not only this death but others related to the bikers as she becomes a part of the task force involved with biker gang crime. When asked to dig an old crime scene she finds not only the bones of two bikers as expected but also t
Sarah Sammis
Deadly Décisions by Kathy Reichs is the third in the Temperance Brennan series. In this one the discovery of parts of a girl's skeleton during the investigation into an on-going biker gang war in Montreal opens up a cold case. Brennan is brought in to help identify the remains and is thrust into a turf war that might involve her nephew.

While the TV series spawned from the books has little in common with the source material, the two do share interesting (albeit sometimes obvious) observations on
Barbara ★
I don't usually like these books when they are set in Canada but this one was okay though I think it was because I just ignored all the French. I much prefer Dr. Temperance Brennan's character and personality on the TV show Bones as opposed to the books. She comes across as a brainless twit most times and whiny and/or insecure as well. Our TV heroine is never insecure or whiny for that matter. With that said, I did like the storyline though bikers (and outlaw bikers at that) aren't my thing. I n ...more
Dec 18, 2012 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime
This is the third Kathy Reichs book I've read and coincidentally it is also the third in this series and I did quite enjoy it. The story was well written and fast paced with plenty of different aspects to keep the reader guessing until the end. The one bit that did quite sit right with me was Kit and how he behaved during the book. He starts of nice enough but somehow rapidly descends into being a stroppy teenager who been grounded and considering what he was getting involved in this seemed a li ...more
Jan 08, 2010 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
The death of 9-year old Emily Anne Toussaint during a war between two rival motorcycle gangs angers Temperance Brennan so much she volunteers to work on the gang task force - anything to help find the killer(s). The action moves between Montreal, scene of the current war, to South Carolina, home to vital clues. I was intrigued with the in-depth dicussions of blood spatter patterns, origins & evoluntion of outlaw motorcycle gangs, details of custom Harley Davidsons and more. Tempe again has t ...more
May 18, 2015 L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Outlaw biker gangs. Mayhem and murder. As usual, someone in Temperance Brennan's intimate circle finds him/herself in grave danger; clearly she is a dangerous person to have as a friend or relative. All around, a good read. It was interesting to finish this last night and wake up to a story of a biker melee in Waco, TX that left 8 dead and more than two dozen injured.
Esther Morgan
Jan 14, 2016 Esther Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. Have actually got it into my head that the two entities (book and to series) are completely different.

Tempe is more human in the books and although there is no major romance going on there is the possibility.

Full of action and adventure. Looking forward to reading #4
Shaina Shadow
May 08, 2016 Shaina Shadow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Hm. Not one of my favorites of the series. Although I liked the biker scenario, I missed Ryan too much. And I was a little bit annoyed by Kit - although they really can't deny that they are related, Tempe and Kit, because they're always going solo and don't listen to the voice of reason ...
Tracy Fleming-Swehla
So much information about how bad-biker gangs work that the story seemed to take a back seat.
Apr 11, 2016 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I dunno. During the first half, I thought this might be a little bit better than the first two in the series, but now that I'm done and the plot and ending fell into the same trappings, I'm afraid I might not be able to go on. This was better than the last one, definitely. But I'm wearing out.

All Reichs had to do was NOT have the nephew character get all wrapped up in the murder plot like the friend character and the sister character did in the first two. And NOT have Tempe being the densest wom
Feb 25, 2016 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
In this third installment in the Dr. Temperance Brennan series, there are biker gangs in Montreal, and they are killing each other. Most of it happens in Montreal, which is an improvement over the bopping around in previous books.
The story is interesting, and Reichs is still above average.
Some of the characters are fast becoming clichés. And if you don't figure out a sub-plot (spoiler alert!) about her love interest being a dirty cop, you need to
D.R. Oestreicher
Feb 17, 2016 D.R. Oestreicher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a fundamental difference between a TV adaptation and a movie adaptation. With few exceptions (notably The Hobbit), the movie is significantly shorter than the book, while a successful TV adaptation is significantly longer. For this reasons, readers often complain about movie adaptions, "The book was better." On the other hand, the opposite might be true for TV adaptation.

In order to counteract this bias, my advice for those who were introduced to Temperance Brennan, the forensic anthrop
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Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina, and for the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Quebec. She is one of only fifty forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. A ...more
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