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Death du Jour

(Temperance Brennan #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  43,718 ratings  ·  1,486 reviews
Assaulted by the bitter cold of a Montreal winter, the American-born Dr. Temperance Breman, Forensic Anthropologist for the Province of Quebec, digs for a corpse where Sister Elisabeth Nicolet, dead over a century and now a candidate for sainthood, should lie in her grave. A strange, small coffin, buried in the recesses of a decaying church, holds the first clue to the clo ...more
Paperback, 451 pages
Published May 2006 by Pocket Star (first published May 18th 1999)
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Wade WDM
Jun 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m really struggling to separate these books from the TV show, though I found that I enjoyed this one more than the first book.
Maybe I’m starting to get use to this original Temperance...

These are the types of books that I normally enjoy, so I’m a little disappointed that it hasn’t hooked me as much as the show.

I reckon I’d should give it a sizeable gap between finishing watching all the episodes then returning to theses books at a later date.
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
Thomas Strömquist
This is a series that I won't be pursuing. Almost 20 % into the book and it reads a little like a Standard Operating Procedure for lab work. If you've done any such, save yourself the boredom. The only other mentions is hinting of the title character's all good traits; she's hard-working, honest, virtuous, beautiful, slim, nice, did I mention beautiful?. And she handles pipettes and forensic tools with the same determination and purpose as she prepares her meals and... ...more
Jan 04, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Robert Beveridge
Jan 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Tommy Marx
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 =) ...more
Dec 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
"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
Okay, so the audios are good and they keep me interested but ugh, could it be set any farther than DC?

Yeah, I'm still salty about that!

Death du Jour was a pretty good second installment for the Temperance Brennan series. I am secretly, and not so secretly, loving the crap out of Tempy and Ryan! Now.. if he could become Booth mysteriously.. then I would be head over heels for this ship.

Now in this book, Temperance faces another murder mystery. However, that's not the only thing going on in her li
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I hate to say that I was disappointed in this book but I really was. I really have loved the other Temperance Brennan books that I've read by Kathy Reichs so I'm hoping the rest of the series is more like the others that I've read. Death du Jour was a predictable slow-burner for me. I also think one of the reasons I wasn't as drawn to it as the others is because it was extremely unrealistic.

I felt like there were 2-3 stories going on in one book and while they all did connect back, they were fa
Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Laura LlamaDragon
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First up I will say I listened to the audio book for Death Du Jour which I believe improved my enjoyment of the second installment in the Temperance Brennan series. The story itself was well paced and full of new information that kept cropping up everywhere which meant that not all of the story took place in Montreal, some took place in Brennan's home state. At times it was a little hard to follow the switches between characters and which murders/bodies they were referring too until there was so ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this a long while back and must never have added it. But bummer, I had. I was so hoping I missed one so I could read another. She has not gotten any of this series out for a while because of illness I guess. I am looking forward to when she comes back. she is an author I found at the library many years back: One of the few I devoured in about 2 months and usually do the same with later volumes as soon as I can get them.

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)
Two-haiku review:

Tempe gets saint's bones
Sister visits Montreal
Then bones in SC

Focus is on cults
Tempe's character evolves
Lots of description
May 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I keep a list of series I read. I write info on them detailing what I like and if/why I drop them. I did this to Ms. Reichs after reading Book #1, but then heard such a compelling review of book #2 I bought it. However...

I still don't know about this book, or this series. It's interesting, highly descriptive, with some fairly good characters which I instantly liked. (I like her MC, Temperance Brennan.) But there is SO MUCH DETAIL. Plus, the MC does so many things, is always doing this, that, and
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Death du jour is the second book of Temperence Brennan series. Temperence brennan or tempe brennan is a forensic anthropologist.story start with tempe digging out at an old church and recovering the remaining's of the Nuns back from 18th century. Then tempe gets a call from St-jovite were a young couple and there twin kids were brutally murdered and then set ablaze. When she keeps digging the case she finds that many have gone missing or
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Brennan runs into religious zealots, tries to identify a nun who may be declared a saint, and helping her sister avoid a cult.
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
Jammin Jenny
I really enjoyed this second installment in the Temperance Brennan series. After I got over it not being exactly like the Bones series on tv, I really like the MC Tempe. In this book she goes between Quebec, Canada and Charlotte SC. I loved the island of primates in the book too.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
Ugh Tempy was so so close to hooking up with Booth/Ryan! Why wouldn't you just let this happen Reichs!?

In this book, we get to meet Tempy's sister. And while I'm still completely floored that her life is 200% different from the TV show character's, I liked seeing that she wasn't alone and was capable of coping with hard events in her life. Harry was a weird character, but the relationship she had with Tempy was interesting. I was super surprised that Tempy didn't guess there was something weird
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
In this book, the writing style is so much better than in the 1st book. This book draws you in a lot more. It was occasionally difficult to keep track of names and relationships to one another because there were a lot of victims and a lot of people involved in the cult. However, the book was much better written
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Have never read Kathy Reichs before, but have practically a shelf of her books in my library and one at the crib, so when I had run out of books up there I picked up this from the reserve pile. An enjoyable crime read with enough twists to make it interesting and not too boring with the forensic detail, nice easy read.
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do get some pleasure from Reichs' Temperance Brennan books--even though there are some problems (for me) with her stories and writing. These books aren't meant to win a Pulitzer Prize; I don't read them as such. And as I keep saying: I read in bed. Each chapter of Reichs' books is a crisp finish or segue to the next chapter, which makes it perfect reading before naps and bedtime. The reading and plot is simplistic and that also makes it easy to read before sleep, as do the very short paragraph ...more
Eden Minnis
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm very torn on how to rate this book. If I read it as a stand alone and not part of the Bones Series, I think I would enjoy it more. There's a few elements in this that mirror that of the first book and whilst it doesn't detract too much from the storyline, it does make it a little easier to guess what may happen.
I still like the style of writing Kathy Reichs uses and Tempe is a character I like as well. Personally, the added scientific detail Reichs goes into is something I enjoy and enforce
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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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