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Death Du Jour (Temperance Brennan #2)

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Rarely has a first-time novelist made such a spectacular international publishing debut as Kathy Reichs did with her acclaimed forensic thriller "Deja Dead." A "New York Times" bestseller, a number one bestseller in both Canada and Britain, and winner of the prestigious Ellis Award for Best First Novel of 1997, it was also a Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, wi ...more
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Wendi
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
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Heather
***SPOILER ALERT***
This author annoys me. This story was WAY too similar to the first book. Best friend missing to sister missing...intruder in house? oh, just a cat on fire...and all that crap about some buzzing in her memory cells all the time! I also get tried of all the metaphors, but that was better in this book at least. So far I just find the writing amateurish and it feels like she's trying too hard.
I also HATED the ending. We did not get to see any of the links unfold, she just summed i
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Lightreads
Meh. I am once again taken in by the mistaken belief that surely books this popular and well discussed must have something to them, right? People do have a modicum of taste and literary judgment, yes?

Apparently, people have a taste for plots which are entirely held together by a soupy glue of wild coincidence and random chance. A lot of criminal activities and organizations have specific ties to both Charlotte and Quebec, you know. Oh, and it is very common for the various family members and lov
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Robert Beveridge
Kathy Reichs, Death du Jour (Arrow, 1999)

Death du Jour is the first book I've read in 2003 that made me want to not put it down until I had turned the final page. It's well over twice as long as most of the novels I've read over the course of this year, and yet it took me less time than many of them to get through. It does have its problems, but readability is certainly not one of them.

Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist who divides her time between North Carolina and Quebec, is in the
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Catten
I hate it when someone ruins a movie or a book for me... especially a book, because that's a bigger investment of time and imagination. So I'll tell you a little about Kathy Reichs's Death Du Jour, but I won't ruin it for you.

First, you need to know that this is her second book. Deja Dead from 1997 was a great ride, taking the reader into the world of anthropological forensics and shining a bright light on a murder investigation from a new point of view.

Tempe Brennan is the main character in bot
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Carol
"How does one explain madness?"

This one quote alone explains a bit of my quest to read
Temperance Brennan Novels. I picked up Death Du Jour, the second in the series as sometime long ago I read the first, Deja Dead. I don't quite remember the whole of that story but knew that I wanted to delve more into the life of fictional forensic anthropologist Tempe.

I was excited in 2005 when Fox aired the pilot of Bones. The initial programs based loosely on the real life of Kathy Reichs, just whetted my a
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Rachel Lightwood
I don't know what it was but somehow this managed to be a lot more enjoyable than the previous book. While Tempe is still a pain in the ass, the rest of the book made up for her unlikableness. The mystery was fantastic. I loved that everything tied back together and I didn't guess a thing. I was constantly on my toes which I loved, nothing is worse than predictability. Also the Ryan moments were worth the wait.
David
Pop quiz! This book is about:

A. The exhumation of a French nun;
B. Murders that were followed by arson;
C. The disappearance of a college student;
D. The disappearance of the sister of the protagonist;
E. Drug-related murders on an island sanctuary;
F. A sinister cult;
G. It's not about anything. It is just a device for Kathy Reichs to insert her research on entomology, forensic science and cults;
H. All of the above.

If you chose (H) you pass!

I am not through with this book, and surprisingly, I am enj
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Kasia S.
The second book in the series was wonderful, somehow it was even better than the first which I found to be a bit long and overly wordy ( yet enjoyable never the less) this left me hungry for more, what better in a continuing story line than a hook line and sinker type of feeling, reading "Death du Jour" made me crave the next book right away. I almost never read a series one after another, I give myself a break because it's always better to crave the next than get stuck in a similar story and fe ...more
Hannah Ruthie
I've always enjoyed Bones on TV, so picked up a couple of Kathy Reichs books in a charity shop to see how they compare. I believe that this is book two, but having not read the first did not seem to be a problem at all.

I found this a fascinating read. It includes a myriad of detail about science, anthropology and other interesting input. I wouldn't describe her as a particularly descriptive author (ie, flowing poetic language) but the constant gush of minute trivia keeps the reader engrossed. Th
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Jessi
I absolutely love all of her books!! I own the whole 14 book series of Temperance Brennan & can't wait to own the newest one!! Currently re-reading the whole series for the 2nd time around waiting for the newest edition =)
Tommy Marx
Kathy Reichs is a fairly good writer. She does have an obsession with clumsy similes that are often so bad they take me out of the story completely, but that aside, she generally is a good writer. That said, this book annoyed the hell out of me.

My first complaint is that Reichs constantly creates fake mysteries that are only mysterious because she won't state what the characters figure out. At the beginning, Tempe (her main character) discovers something important about a would-be-saint from the
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Christian Wischofsky
The second book of the series was better than the last one. It was also worse than the last one. Interesting how a back-then newcomer writer can switch the quality like she did in this book.

First of all, the good things: The annoying comparisons and metaphors Reichs overused in Deja Dead were scaled down to a minimum. Sure, they are still in here, but at least I wasn't compelled to count the metaphors, since they weren't used in every third sentence. Also, the first person narrative is used ver
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Bunny
The great news is, I didn't hate this book. Considering my reaction to the first book, that's a bloody miracle.

The bad news is, there's nothing really special about these books. I really like murder mysteries, whodunnits. They're fluffy reads, despite the, you know, death and dismemberment. They're mindless, and fun to try to figure it out before the end. But they all pretty much run together.

If these books were even 1/4 of what the television show based on them was, they'd be fantastic. Because
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aPriL eVoLvEs (ex-Groot)
I don’t know how Dr. Temperance Brennan does it! She has so much on her ‘To Do’ list I felt like making a diagram as I read this interesting mystery. On top of dealing with her daughter Katy, who has an active life as a college student, and her high velocity sister Harriet ‘Harry’ Lamour, who has had a life as full of adventure and variety as four ex-husbands and her own creativity can provide her with, ‘Tempe’ has the professional credentials and energy to work for two employers: as Forensic An ...more
Barbara ★
I love her TV show "Bones" which is based on these novels but the novels themselves don't really appeal to me. I don't know if it's the Canadian/French strangeness (to this American) or if its just the writing style. I guess it could just be the friendliness of the characters in my favorite forensic series - Kay Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell. I think I'm comparing Kay's warm personality and her connection to all her investigators and even the police as opposed to Dr. Tempe Brennan's antagonisti ...more
Fen
What a disappointment. The first book wasn't fantastic, by any stretch, but it was so much better than this. I guessed every single plot point along the way, except for the ones where information was deliberately kept from the reader. Which brings me to one of my major complaints about this book... it used a lazy writer trick that happens to be a big pet peeve of mine: the character knows information but doesn't share it with the reader. It's something that a writer can sort of get away with if ...more
Jlaurenmc
Bones has been on television for five years now. Kathy Reichs's Tempe Brennan series began thirteen years ago. We therefore agree that I'm a little behind on this series. However, being behind is a good thing in my opinion. I have plenty of upcoming books to read, and I don't have to wait on anything to be published to find out what happens next with the main character. Well, you now. Until I'm done.

I read the first novel in the Tempe series in February, and now I'm continuing my quest to read t
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Jennifer
Dr. Brennan, forensic anthropologist, investigates a slew of murders across North America from Quebec to South Carolina, mysterious and gruesome murders are around every corner for Dr. Brennan. Death du Jour opens with Dr. Brennan excavating a 19th century nun's remains who is up for sainthood, and whose remains spark an intrigue with Dr. Brennan which leads her to consult with a religion specialist at a local university. Immediately after finishing with the nun, Dr. Brennan is called to a scene ...more
MontiLee Stormer
My first Tempe Brennan book and while it was a departure from the series (Bones) as I knew it, it was still very enjoyable. Sure there's a lot of medical jargon and it can be very explanatory in spots, but it was an evenly paced story with rich characters and the kind of action you would expect an inquisitive, educated woman like Tempe to become embroiled in. I'll probably go back and read the first book "Deja Dead" as it was referenced in this story.

I would consider this a parallel universe ver
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Matt Schiariti
I have to admit...I was a little disenchanted with this book during the early goings. It seemed a little disjointed to me. Brennan is paid to discover the truth behind a local nun from the past who is held in high regard in Canada and is up to become a saint. From there it turns into a series of bodies found both in Brennan's regular home in North Carolina as well as her 'summer' home of Canada. In between, more bodies are discovered and Brennan, in a wrong place/wrong time scenario, is the one ...more
Ellen
Mmm, forensic anthropology.

Death du Jour was much better than Déjà Dead, which was a first novel anyway; I was pleasantly surprised. It does fall victim to that classic murder mystery flaw, i.e. the convenient coincidence (murders in three different locations the protagonist happens to be in of course turn out to be related!).

Reichs also favors a writing technique that bugs the hell out of me, frequently practiced by Guy Gavriel Kay: revealing that something has happened or is going to happen, a
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Writerlibrarian
Readers who are hoping for the TV characters will be disappointed. The TV show and the books have little in common.

This novel major appeal for me is the setting. Reichs knows Montreal and it shows. It's the little things that makes me go, oh my, yeah. I can understand readers finding the setting either boring, exotic or spot on. I'm on the the spot on team.

The plot seems far fetched but... Reichs is using the Order of the Solar Temple suicides/murders/suicides that were discovered in the Lau
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K
3.5 Stars-- this is the 2nd of this series I've now read and I find myself a bit frustrated with this author. Although she weaves a good, complex mystery, the story seems a bit too long or elaborate at times. And I grow weary of Tempe's tendency to shift between technically skillful and seemingly oblivious to danger signs that repeatedly appear. She seems a bit immature for her role in these stories, which makes me lose interest in her character. Perhaps it's just my preferences for a protagonis ...more
Lizzie
Addicting, gripping, and written much better than the first. At the edge of my seat reading this one.
The Cats Mother
I'm pretty sure I read this ages ago, but the only thing that rang a bell in the whole book was the skunk clue. I'm trying to read some of these series in order so didn't mind reading it again. It wasn't bad, but some things annoyed me - massive use of coincidence in the plot, the stupidity of the heroine, even though she's supposed to be really smart, all the little hints about what's coming up, and the information that our heroine knows but doesn't tell us. I've read a couple of the later book ...more
William
Death du jour lives up to it's name and Kathy Reich lives up to our expectations.This was a great forensic book and was one of those " I Can't put it down"novels.Although some of the content of the story was extremely disturbing,the overall plot,and finish were fantastic.
Nic
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Lisa Williamson
Death Du Jour by Kathy Reichs Anyone who watches the series Bones knows that the character was originally part of a book series.

Now the character of Temperance Brennan in the tv show is very different from the character in the book, and wonderfully this is a good thing. I am a huge fan of the how and have watched it for the full ten seasons it has been on. I love the characters and when I picked up the book I was on pins and needles knowing that only rarely does the book and the media match up.

W
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Aaron
Temperance Brennan is back for her second adventure, and one that will span both of her homes in Montreal, Quebec, and South Carolina. It all starts as she is finishing up her winter term in Montreal, when she is part of a team checking out a graphic crime scene in which an older woman, two twin baby boys, and what appears to be a couple are killed and set on fire. It is a difficult case because of the specifics of the victims. Little headway is made before Tempe has to return to the States to s ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Temperance Brennan (1 - 10 of 18 books)
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  • Deadly Decisions (Temperance Brennan, #3)
  • Fatal Voyage (Temperance Brennan, #4)
  • Grave Secrets (Temperance Brennan, #5)
  • Bare Bones (Temperance Brennan, #6)
  • Monday Mourning (Temperance Brennan, #7)
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