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Monday Mourning (Temperance Brennan #7)

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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  19,677 ratings  ·  520 reviews
Three skeletons are found in a Montreal basement.





The building is old, and the homicide detective in charge dismisses the remains as historic. Not his case. Not his concern.





Forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan is not so sure. Something about the bones of these three young women suggests a different message: murder.





Soon she finds herself drawn ever deeper into a we
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Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 8th 2008 by Arrow (first published 2004)
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Amanda Patterson
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 ( Paris )
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
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 1 of 5 stars  ·  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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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
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
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
Jennifer
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."

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Bibimus
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
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
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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Therese
Jan 20, 2015 Therese rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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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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.
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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Amber
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
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
Hassan Nasser
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Valerie
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
Jann Barber
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



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
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
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Aunty Janet
''Three skeletons are found in the basement of a pizza parlour.
The building is old, with a colourful past, and homicide detective Luc Claudel dismisses the remains as historic. Not his case. Not his concern...
But forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan is not so sure. Something about the bones of these three young women suggests a different message: murder. A cold case, but Claudel's case nonetheless.
Brennan is in Montreal to testify as an expert witness at a trial. Digging up more bones was not o
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Sarah
I enjoyed this book, but I hate how female crime solvers have to prove their courage and independence by rushing headlong into danger where angels fear to tread. Dr. Brennan should be dead multiple times at this point in the series. Part of me hopes the idiotic rushing in to solve a murder of someone else is a literary device used to show the dichotomy of her inability to communicate or confront anyone in her personal life. While Brennan will rush in to save a stranger, she can't ask her former ...more
Vivienne
Jan 23, 2008 Vivienne rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: forensic crime lovers
Shelves: crime
I've got my order of this series a little messed up. Still I preferred this earlier book to 'Cross Bones'. It was a fast read as I really could not put it down so read in a 24hr period. I like that in crime thrillers.

The crime in this case was very graphic and unpleasant yet compelling reading.
Jennifer
OK, after some nice forward progress in the previous book, they took a huge step backwards in this one. Tempe was written as so clingy, self conscious, and moony it was almost reminiscent of Bella from Twilight (not a compliment!). I like a little back and forth, but this was too much. Especially for a grown woman. And that took over too much of the plot making it the primary story and the actual crime and investigation seemed to take a back seat much of the time. I prefer there to be a bit of a ...more
David
This is a good one by Kathy Reichs. It is generally what a crime fiction reader wants - an interesting plot, some surprises, some technical no-how. This book is inspired by true life events in two cases. One aspect of it is an actual case that Reichs has, that she addresses briefly in an afterward. Another is from a news story about a woman who was abducted for years. she weaves these elements together well and keeps the book moving along.

However....with Kathy Reichs there are always annoyances.
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Joana Marques
Quando me propuseram este livro aceitei de imediato. Não era fanática da série Ossos mas devo dizer que até o ler me tornei fã da série.
Assim foi com a mente inundada da Dra Brennan que eu comecei a ler este livro.
A Dra Temperance Brennan não é nada como a sua homónima na série. Pelo contrário. Mais velha, divorciada, com uma filha universitária. E, principalmente, mais humana. Um traço que nos faz apaixonar pela personagem logo nas primeiras linhas. Não é apenas mais uma investigadora que sabe
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The Cats Mother
Good forensic thriller. Tempe investigates when skeletons of 3 young girls are found under a pizza place in Montreal.
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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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