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Monday Mourning (Temperance Brennan #7)

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Tempe Brennan has come to Montreal from Charlotte in early December to testify as an expert witness at a trial. As Forensic Anthropologist for the province of Quebec, that's part of her job. She should be going over her notes, but she's freezing her behind off instead, digging in the basement of a pizza parlour. Not fun.
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Amanda Patterson
May 17, 2012 Amanda Patterson rated it it was ok
I have read all of Kathy Reichs’s offerings since her first book, Deja Dead was published in 1997. I have to ask myself why.
I don’t particularly like Temperance Brennan, Kathy Reichs’ forensic heroine. I don’t like the settings of her novels, and even though I speak French, I don’t like it when her characters do.
Kathy Reichs has excellent story ideas and her plots are gripping. However, her characterization is weak. She seems to have decided that Tempe needs problems, and throws in a drinking p
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Sarah ~
Jul 26, 2013 Sarah ~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كان من المفترض أن يكون يوم اثتين عادي جدا لكنه يتحولَ جذرياً، عندما تستدعى الدكتورة تمبرنس إلى قبو مطعم بيتزا حيث تكتشف عظام ثلاث سيدات في ذلك القبو ..
تكون لدى د. تمبرنس وجهة نظرها الخاصة في هذا الموضوع ولكن
وبسبب خلافاتهما السابقة يعتقد التحري كلوديل أنها عظام قديمة ولا يملكون سلطة التحقيق بأمرها .. خاصة وأنه وُجد في القبو أدلة تؤيد وجهة نظره ..

ولأنَ تمبرنس لا تستسلم كما نعرفها .
تخضع العظام لفحص الكربون 14 ..
وتتوالي الحقائق بعدها ..
صادم ومريع ما ستكتشفه تمب من خلال هذه التحقيقات ..
رواية متماس
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Jerry
Jul 06, 2010 Jerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe best yet in unusual "skeleton doc" series!

This is the seventh novel in the successful and best-selling Tempe Brennon, board-certified forensic pathologist, series. Tempe is an exact replica of author Dr. Reichs in real life: same job, same education and background, and same dividing her time between two job settings - one in Montreal (she speaks fluent French) and one in North Carolina. Early in the book, Tempe testifies as an expert witness, but this was really just a ploy to describe the
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Jeffrey
May 09, 2012 Jeffrey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Completists only
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2012
In a horrendous regression from her recent work in the series, Kathy Reichs reverts back to her procedural roots in a story that is obvious, unsurprising, and, frankly, just unentertaining.

Three sets of bones are found in the basement of a pizza parlour (it's Quebecois, with a u!) and they turn out to belong to missing girls. What these girls have fallen into isn't terribly surprising, nor is there really an opportunity to develop mystery, because it becomes pretty clear who the killer is as soo
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Jennifer
Jan 21, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I always enjoy the Temperance Brennan novels, but I tend to favor the ones set outside of Canada. Monday Mourning ended up being the exception. I loved the mystery and the back and forth during the investigation between Tempe and Claudel. Kathy Reichs has a way of "dumbing down" the science so readers can firmly grasp the concepts presented and that was highly effective in this novel. The only thing I didn't enjoy was Tempe's reactions to her issues with Ryan. She's strong and straight-forward i ...more
Mary
Tempe has just suffered her seventh traumatic brain injury to date and i know the story will devolve into the usual formulaic ending so I don't really have to keep reading from here (do I?)I am surprised she is not a shambling, drooling amnesiac, she's been hit in the head so much. As always, I found the first 85% or so of this novel to be pretty interesting but I am getting annoyed at the tediously repetitious denouement. Can't Ms. Reichs come up with some other way to draw her novels to a clos ...more
Kayla
Aug 20, 2015 Kayla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a slow start with this one, but like usual as soon as I got into it I couldn't put it down!
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
A great portion of this book was a step-backwards to the same old formula as the previous books, carefully dodging almost any character growth. Mystery bones are found. No one but Tempe cares. She investigates on her own. An out of town female friend/relative shows up unexpectedly to add distraction. She and Ryan are in some nether-relationship that they can't be bothered to talk about for five minutes. *yawn* With maybe 20% of the book remaining, suddenly it all takes off, except that this more ...more
Jennifer
Jul 13, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As the first Temperance Brennan book I've read (and most likely the last), I'd say this is better than okay, except for the see-it-coming-from-a-mile-away ending and several bouts of especially bad writing. I don't mean grammatical errors, but the kind of poor diction you can't describe or predict, only recognize. A couple of my favorite examples:

page 3: "I watched Claudel's perfectly fitted buttocks disappear through the small rectangular opening. Though tempted, I pegged not a single rock."

pag
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Bibimus
Sep 06, 2012 Bibimus rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just find the main character very annoying. She gives the man she so-called loves the run around, she won't talk to him, she won't tell him what she's thinking, leaving him utterly confused. Just talk to the man! She works out who the victim is, that is her job. THEN she takes over the policeman's job and tries to figure out who did the murder. She keeps going off by herself and needs to be rescued by someone and it drives me nuts! This Tempe really annoys me because she is always talking abou ...more
Sita
Nov 29, 2009 Sita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Well, the science was good. As usual it was thoroughly researched and I learned something new, about Carbon dating. But, I can't help feeling the storyline just gets formulaic. Got news about boyfriend seeing other woman, instead of asking she just keep quiet. Then towards the end, of course she had to go to the house without telling anyone. I mean, come on, this works on book 1 or 2 but by book 7 you think she'd know better than plunge headfirst into potentially dangerous sitch don't you?

Oh we
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L
Dec 31, 2014 L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Be warned that the underlying crime at the heart of this story is grisly and beyond dark. That said, and if you can handle that, this is a solid mystery with engaging characters. Montreal is one of those characters. Talk about cold! Whew! Reichs had me shivering in Miami.

This novel, the first I've read by Reichs, made for an interesting comparison to the tv drama. I will confess to a certain addiction to "Bones." The novel appears to be significantly more realistic than the show, in terms of the
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د.أحمد فايز
الكتاب يشبه فيلم أجنبي مليئ بالإثارة والتشويق والغموض. الكتاب يتطرق لموضوعات الجريمة، الرومانسية، العلوم الحديثة. كل هذا في سياق درامي ممتع وجذاب. ولذلك تجد أن من الصعب التوقف عند نقطة معينة دون الرغبة في معرفة ما سيحدث تالياً. الكتاب ممتع.
Mystereity
Nov 12, 2015 Mystereity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Monday Mourning This has been my favorite by far of this series. If it wasn't for the TSTL moment at the end (and really, I've come to expect nothing less) and all the mooning about Ryan, I'd probably rate it 5 stars.

An excellent plot in this one, three skeletons of young women found in the basement of a pizzeria, a friend who has just left her husband, Tempe's relationship with Ryan with a few red herrings, an excellent pace and a few surprises here and there. I have to say, this one was a lot
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محمد قرط الجزمي
أخيراً أنهيت الرواية.. يا له من عمر ذلك الذي قضيته في قراءتي لها! المشكلة الحقيقية أن هناك رواية أخرى لذات الكاتبة، تنتظرني في رفِّ مكتبتي، عنوانها «وُجدت ميتة».

لن أبخس قدر الكاتبة، فهي ذكية في حبكتها للرواية، وتملك روحاً فكاهية جميلة، خاصة في حوارات البطلة تمب برينان مع صديقتها آن، وتمتلك الكاتبة كذلك قدرة عجيبة على خلق شخصيات مختلفة متميزة، إلى جانب التشويق الذي تصنعه في أحداث روايتها، ولا ننسى كذلك سردها الجميل في وصف دقائق مع يجري مع شخصيات الرواية.

أعجبتني شخصية ريتشارد ساير كثيرا، وتمنيت أن
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Therese
Dec 18, 2015 Therese rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Therese by: I've watched a few of the episodes on TV
$1.99

When I was laid up for a while last summer, I discovered the TV show "Bones" and have watched it every now and again since. So when I saw this book on sale, I thought I would compare it with the show since it captured my interest. The only thing that this book has in common with the show is Dr. Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist. Here she has no team and there is no Jeffersonian. This Dr. Brennan works out of North Carolina and Montréal, Québec, the latter where this story takes pl
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Amber
Oct 25, 2014 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
I'm so very, very torn about Monday Mourning. From the description, I thought it would be my favourite of the series to this point. Somehow, it manages to be as bad and contrived as the first book. Complete regression.

I'm going to begin broad, then clearly mark where I transition into spoilers.

The concept of this novel -- three bodies that seem deceptively old are found beneath a pizza parlour -- seems so very promising. Reichs has already established that Brennan has a soft spot for young women
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Ana
Jun 23, 2015 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, 2014
Another excellent installment in the Temperance Brennan series. This is one of those books where I feel she has far too many life-threatening situations as a whole, but since it is a crime drama, I can't complain too much. I also don't like how stubborn, standoffish, and quick to anger she is when it comes to her love life. Seriously people, just talk! Aside from one character flaw and aspect of the genre that I'm not a fan of, I think this one was great. There didn't seem to be contrived coinci ...more
Stephanie
L'anthropologue judiciaire Temperance Brennan enquête. Le détective Paul Claudel qu'elle n'apprécie pas particulièrement, soutient que les ossements sont anciens puisque des boutons datant du dix-neuvième siècle ont été trouvés tout près des squelettes. Aucune raison qu'il se mêle de ce cas. Affaire close. Mais Tempe soupçonne le contraire et décide d'examiner les ossements dans son laboratoire. Si elle a raison, Claudel pourrait bien se retrouver avec trois meurtres récents sur les bras... ce q ...more
Jed
Aug 24, 2015 Jed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably 3.5, but unfortunately ended up as 3 stars. This was my least favourite book so far, although I'm not really sure why. I do know that Temperance Brennan really really annoys me. She refuses to do the sensible thing, continually rubs everyone up the wrong way and don't get me started about how she treats Ryan! Why would you do that? I don't understand why he doesn't just cut his losses and find someone who appreciates him. I will continue to read the books, because I enjoy them but I do ...more
Maram Alawad
Jun 30, 2015 Maram Alawad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هذه الرواية يمكنها أن تحرمكَ من النوم !
البطلة هي "تمبرنس برينان" دكتورة الطب الشرعي، وخبيرة الانثروبولوجيا، تجد نفسها في خضم حل قضية بالغة في التعقيد، تتمثل معطياتها في بقايا عظام لثلاث فتيات في قبو مطعم البيتزا في مونتريال، كان عليها أن تقدّر أعمارهن ووقت وفاتهن والظروف التي مررن بها.

تعرضت الفتيات لتعذيب جسدي وجنسي رهيب، تجد نفسك في حالة إحداهنّ أمام "متلازمة ستوكهولم" وهي عندما يتحد او يتعاون الضحية مع معذّبه، لا تجد اي مبرر لما قد يدفع شخص ما لهذا السلوك المنحرف، تتسائل كما ورد في الرواية "ما
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Hassan Mohammed
Jan 07, 2015 Hassan Mohammed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Valerie Penny
Feb 05, 2014 Valerie Penny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kathleen Joan Toele Reichs was born on July 7, 1948. She now writes crime novels but is also an academic and qualified forensic anthropologist. She is a professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte USA. She divides her work time between the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Quebec in Canada and her professorship at UNC, Charlotte. She is one of only eighty-two forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Fo ...more
Tassia
Oct 24, 2015 Tassia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kathy Reichs è una garanzia. Sette libri praticamente tutti uguali, climax negli stessi punti, stessi dubbi, eppure non riesco mai a darle meno di quattro stelle. È confortante sapere che quando ho voglia di un bel giallo basato sull'antropologia forense lei è lì, con la sua abbondante decina di volumi della serie su Temperance Brennan.
Ovviamente il fatto che sia una delle maggiori e più importanti antropologhe forensi del mondo e che soprattutto scriva così bene non è cosa di poco conto.
Nerdstackular
Jan 13, 2016 Nerdstackular rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book finds Temperance investigating three skeletons found in a crawl space underneath a pizza joint. The bones belong to three young women, all under the age of 21. Temperance finds herself in a race against time to determine when these girls were killed and if any more are in danger.

I very much enjoyed this, but then again it's a Kathy Reichs books and she has yet to disappoint. I enjoyed seeing the developments in her relationship with Andrew Ryan, even though there were points where I f
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Lauren
Nov 13, 2015 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
Dr. Temperance Brennan is a forensic anthropologist that splits her time between North Carolina and Quebec. In this novel, Tempe spends her time in Montreal, with three bodies of girls that were dumped in the basement of a pizza parlour and left there for years. Tempe eventually determines how old, how tall, and which race the girls are which takes them one step closer to finding out who these girls are. When Tempe doesn't get as much help from the detectives as she'd like, she starts to investi ...more
Jann Barber
Oct 14, 2014 Jann Barber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Bones Never Lie and realized that references in the book led me to Monday Mourning (which should have been read first, but I'm a rebel).

Brennan had to juggle Claudel's attitude, Ryan's mysterious behavior, and the puzzles provided by the remains of bodies found in the basement of a former pizza parlor in this entry in the series.

I enjoy the substance of Reichs' novels, because there is always something fascinating to learn about forensic anthropolgy. She is never heavy handed in her descr
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Ellen
Jun 07, 2014 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition



4.0 out of 5 stars
Sometimes a little can be too much., June 7, 2014


This review is from: Monday Mourning: A Novel (Temperance Brennan)

Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs.

The story itself was interesting and kept my attention throughout.

Unfortunately, I am not comfortable with children being abused or tortured. In most of the mysteries I read it's an adult who has already had a life to look back on not a child that been horrifically dramatized. The story was graphically written with the abuse suffe
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Heather
Jun 06, 2009 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Reichs continues to improve. There are still some repetitive themes that I could do without; but for the most part, I can look past those to the plot, which has been developed much better than in previous books. The story had me intrigued from the beginning, and I think I liked this ending better than any of the other books. Overall, a good crime/mystery and a good read.
Nic
Feb 28, 2015 Nic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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