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Death du Jour (Temperance Brennan #2)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  30,523 Ratings  ·  1,126 Reviews
In the bitter cold of a Montreal winter and the gothic darkness of a convent graveyard, Dr. Temperance Brennan is digging for a corpse buried more than one hundred years ago. Tempe thrives on enigmas from the past, but it's contemporary deaths and disappearances that are about to seize her attention and test her courage. People are vanishing and ultimately turning up dead, ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 632 pages
Published December 31st 1999 by Thorndike Press (first published 1999)
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Jun 09, 2008 Wendi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 18, 2013 Miriam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Death is on the menu today at your international chain restaurant murder cult. Luckily for crime prevention, you coincidentally happen to live part time in all the locations that possess these sanguine establishments. And because you work a bizillion hours a week you go out to eat a lot.
Jan 04, 2008 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 28, 2008 Lightreads rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
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
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
Apr 07, 2010 Fen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 04, 2008 Catten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

Warning for Wanda: includes grisly baby killings.

3* Déjà Dead (Temperance Brennan #1) 1997
CR Death du Jour (1999)
3* Deadly Decisions (2000)
3* Monday Mourning (2004)
4* Break No Bones (2006)
3* 206 Bones (2009)
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
Mar 11, 2011 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 24, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Mar 31, 2010 Kasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 14, 2014 K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 25, 2012 Jessi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 =)
Una historia brutal basada en hechos reales muy conocidos pero que, desgraciadamente, esta horriblemente narrada. Pierde demasiado el tiempo hablando sobre la rutina diaria de la protagonista, y convierte cada autopsia y cada trabajo de campo en la lectura de un tedioso informe académico demasiado técnico y descriptivo
Feb 28, 2016 Delta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2016
I liked this book more than Deja Death, but it suffers from the same problems. Brennan is extremely capable, but tends to stick her nose in these cases instead of sticking to her primary job. However, I really enjoyed the plot of the story and getting to know Brennan better.
Jul 11, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book even better than her first book, Deja Dead. The crime elements are interesting, and it's nice to see the chemistry picking up between Temperance and Ryan. I will definitely pick up more in this series!
Jan 16, 2016 Patrizia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, read-in-german
Bones ❤ ...more
Jan 26, 2017 Hobbes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The circumstances in this particular book are a bit contrived, but it is a good read. The premise is a murderous cult. One of things that I really like is that the character actually learns about cults and how they are defined. There is also a mention about how defining a group as a cult is highly subjective and that most groups defined as cults are not dangerous. However, there are some that are. It also goes into details about how cults recruit and keep members. And instead of just saying ever ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
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
Stephen Lawton
I always find books with the abuse & murder of children covers difficult to engage with so was very distant from this book. I'm getting better as skipping over the forensic details and just enjoying Temperance Brennan trying to do her job as best she can in a male dominated world.
Mar 16, 2010 Jlaurenmc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 Matt Schiariti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kathy Reichs in Death Du jour repeats her performance from Deja Dead. Tempe Brennan is an interesting middle aged intelligent woman who helps to solve murders through her work as a forensic anthropologist. Tempe is a tough minded women who is sensitive enough to hate the "death" part of her work. Like many of us at this age she is undergoing mid-life crisis at multiple levels - love, relationships, work and self-esteem.
The storyline is about cults - something which touches us all in our headline
MontiLee Stormer
Jun 15, 2010 MontiLee Stormer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
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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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)
  • Cross Bones (Temperance Brennan, #8)
  • Break No Bones (Temperance Brennan, #9)
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