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Deadly Decisions

(Temperance Brennan #3)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  28,211 ratings  ·  956 reviews
A nine-year old girl dies on her way to ballet class, caught in outlaw biker crossfire. Violence is spilling on to the streets of Montreal and Dr Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for the state, has to pick up the pieces.

She knows she shouldn't let emotion get in the way of her role as scientist, but when nine-year-old Emily's body is wheeled into the
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 7th 2011 by Arrow (first published July 25th 2000)
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Bobby Underwood
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kathy Reichs’s creation of Temperance Brennan appeared to be a mirror image of the author. Reichs was a forensic anthropologist for the state of North Carolina and the province of Quebec, Canada when I first read this many years ago. Deadly Decisions is the third book in this series and while it's too hit and miss overall, this one is a nice read.

Temperance is called away from Quantico when a young girl named Emily Anne becomes an innocent victim in the escalating turf war between bi
This book made me wonder why some female mystery authors choose to endow their female protagonists with so much unecessary angst. Reichs is one of several authors that I've read lately who is guilty of this. The protagonist can't just solve crime. She has to juggle relationship issues, neurotic family and friends, pets, concerns about her appearance (hair and weight), money worries, etc and catch a murderer. Yeah, I know that those are all "real" concerns, but if I wanted to read a book about wo ...more
Feb 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For someone so "smart" Tempe Brennan sure does some dumb things. Running into the line of fire, blatantly ignoring directives from seasoned detectives, going to biker bars alone at night, etc. The plotting in these books would be pretty good if the author didn't continually have her heroine behave in such an idiotic way in order to create suspense or reveal important plot threads. I also do not appreciate that some member of Tempe's family or a close friend is always somehow involved with the cr ...more
Feb 14, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, series
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Grey Ghost
Done with Kathy Reichs. You know how some thrillers and mysteries are "OK," but a cut below "excellent"? Reichs is on the low end of OK. I can see how her work has popular appeal, but frankly it's trite, repetitive, formulaic, and not really compellingly written. (I can deal with trite and formulaic if something is really well-written.) After three of the Temperance Brennan books (and I might have read the fourth, but they're so uninspiring I neither remember nor care), I don't think Reichs is g ...more

UGH, Deadly Decisions made me want to murder him! Also.. what is this strange fascination with trying to kill Brennan and her family? Is there going to be a book where everyone is safe?

Other than that, I'm lowkey happy that Brennan was in the good ole VA. Now.. if she could do a hop, skip, and jump into DC - I would be even happier guys! Anyhoo, the new investigation in her life is with a motorcycle club. There's also another
Nick Davies
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I'm not sure whether I didn't like this as much as some of the other Temperance Brennan novels I've read due to it being one of the earlier in the series, or whether I'm just getting a bit tired of aspects of this novel that I didn't like. It was somewhat predictable, somewhat heavy with technical aspects, somewhat reliant on unbelievable co-incidences.

The novel focuses on Brennan's involvement in a case following the discovery of bones/corpses thought to be related to biker gang act
I think I liked this one in the series the best so far. Dr. Temperance Brennan keeps her instances of running off by herself and doing something knuckle-headed down to a minimum.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our intrepid forensics lady is knee deep in skeletons and a biker insurrection in Canada. Ms Reichs does a good job of weaving science with action, and the usual humor.
Jammin Jenny
Brennan with Hells Angels, Heathens, dirty cops and an errant nephew. I was really worried for her nephew for a while there. Glad it turned out the way it did. Great story! Loved it.
Laura LlamaDragon
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The further into this series I get the more I can enjoy it for what it is rather than comparing it to the tv adaptation Bones. Like with the second book I listened to this one on audio, one slight annoyance is that the narrator was different and so the voices for all the characters changed making it a little difficult to re-adjust and familiarise myself with who was speaking. The story line was interesting, informative and relatively fast paced. There are new developments with characters that le ...more
Shannon Winward
Jul 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
The first book was great, in spite of a few iffy coincidences. The writing is good, the science is fascinating, and the story rolls nicely - though the level of detail tends to slow it down a bit. We don't need to know what Tempe eats at every meal, the exact route that she takes to every new location, and exactly what building/view can be seen in any given direction.

The second book was pretty good, though I thought the author was doing some back-peddling where the romantic interest
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast-pace read. Delightful.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
The amount of times Tempy wonders if something or other was a deadly decision was super annoying. I love when the title appears in a book, but the amount of times it was said in this was repetitive and was quickly redundant.

The addition of Tempy's nephew, Kit, gave the book some more drama. But this asshole frustrated me to no end. He was such a stupid kid, and I just knew he was going to get into trouble the second he arrived in Quebec.

The motorcycle gang violence made this quite a
Pamela Mclaren
Temperance Brennan returns to Montreal, Canada, to face the bones of an innocent and two bikers. There is a gang war brewing and she is soon called to a biker clubhouse where more bones are found, including the head and two leg bones of an unknown child. The findings drive her to get to the bottom of the mystery of why the two children were killed, who the second one is and along the way, to keep her teenage nephew Kit (whose father took him fishing and then left him on Brennan's doorstep) out o ...more
I always like Reichs's books because she goes between North Carolina and Montreal-- two places I know well and can visualize as I read. The characters have become old friends, though I sometimes get squeamish when things get grizzly in the crime department (though the forensics doesn't bother me.)

The whole motorcycle thing is totally unfamiliar to me. I like fiction that teaches me something.

Will release today when I go for my dentist appointment.

From the Publ
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Basic Info

Length/Page Count: About 4.5 hrs
Genre: Mystery
Reason for Reading: Idk.

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: Triangle.
Cliff Hanger: Idk!
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 2.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 7
Plot: 4
Characters: 3
World Building: 4
Flow: 4
Series Congruity: 6
Writing: 5
Ending: 5

Total: 4

In Dept

Best Part:
It was short
Worst Part: blood spatter lecture
Thoughts Had: I'm bored to death.


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: No

Short Review: *sigh* I gave her one more try, and i am now finished. This book, being small, was still boring. Like really, blood splatter took up a whole chapter! Then you have this dumb little triangle for like a minute. Then there is biker gangs! Which Temp had to go into great detail about. Too boring, Temp is a bitNo
John Carter
Very good, but I have to take a star away for our heroine’s obtuseness. On page 30 a revelation is made about her police boyfriend that’s very distressing. As a reader you say, “No reason for distress. The obvious explanation is X.” On page 78 the boyfriend’s partner shows up just as confused and distressed. And you think, “These people are supposed to be trained investigators. Not even considering something so obvious—how do they keep their jobs?” It’s not ’til 299 that the solution even occurs ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
A terrible thing has happened. A little girl was caught in the crossfire between two rival motorcycle gangs in Montreal. She had nothing to do with whatever retributions were being meted out. Nonetheless, because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time, nine-year-old Emily Anne Toussant is dead. Her body is on an autopsy table at the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Meicine Legale in Montreal, where Dr. Temperance Brennan works as a forensic anthropologist. She can and has handled ...more
I just finished reading the first three Temperance Brennan novels. As a Canadian it is fun for me to read a novel that includes Montreal. I have only ever made it as far as Quebec, however the "canadianisms" that the author includes I find to be fun little quirks for us Canucks to recognize and enjoy. With that aside I am truly enjoying the pace of these novels and the twists and turns that make the mystery enjoyable but do not completely spoil the reader's ability to perhaps sleuth their own wa ...more
Barbara ★
I don't usually like these books when they are set in Canada but this one was okay though I think it was because I just ignored all the French. I much prefer Dr. Temperance Brennan's character and personality on the TV show Bones as opposed to the books. She comes across as a brainless twit most times and whiny and/or insecure as well. Our TV heroine is never insecure or whiny for that matter. With that said, I did like the storyline though bikers (and outlaw bikers at that) aren't my thing. I never ...more
This one seemed a better to me than the last two. I can see this is one of those story lines where the author feels it is overly necessary to have a personal tie between the main character and the action (in this case her nephew involved with biker gangs). I know fiction is... well.. fiction and not real life but the completely unrealistic scenarios in which every story has someone she cares about tied in with the bad guys in so schmucky a way gets to be, as my mother would say, "a bit much." I ...more
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Temperance Brennan on tv is a great, funny, albeit antisocial woman. But the antisocial part makes her even more fun to watch. Temperance Brennan in the book is the most unprofessional anthropologist I have ever seen. In every book I read about her it says that she's very good in keeping her personal and professional life apart, but she keeps doing just the opposite in every book I read. Maybe she's delusional. It also seems like she feels to be above everyone else, for instance the detectives a ...more
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been following this series of books for many years now and have always enjoyed every reading experience. Recently I have revisited them again as my daughter wanted me to buddy read them with her after discovering the television series and then seeing the books in our bookshelves. Even though I explained that the books and TV show are two different entities, she was still determined to read them. So here I am, many books later and enjoying them just as much as I did the first time. I am gl ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a reread, but from the early noughty’s and I remembered nothing.
Brennan gets immersed into gang warfare between rival Hell’s Angels chapters.
They are rivals in the dirtiest and deadliest of wars; the drug wars. Competing for their turf and business.
I love the forensic detail, as always, but did not enjoy or see why Brennan’s family need to be brought into the story line so much.
This would have been a 3.5 star rating if these were more flexible. Not as low as 3 stars, but no
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don’t know just something about this book, I just felt disconnected. All the bodies and murders just felt a bit brushed over. It felt like going from one body to next without really knowing the finer details. I enjoyed her previous two books a lot more.

One thing I really like about Kathy Reich’s books is that she not afraid to go into detail when it comes to the technology and technique involved. She explains and doesn’t dull it down. In essence, she treats her readers as intellige
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm still annoyed that the television series is far removed from the novels.

Dr. Temperance Brennan is a smart,strong, and independent woman but she occasionally lets her emotions get in the way. When her nephew comes to visit during the middle of an investigation involving motorcycle gang war she finds herself being pushed and pulled in many directions. Where will the bones lead her and will she escape unharmed.
I've only read 60 pages but I'm just not getting into it, or it's just not the right time for me to read this book, maybe I'll try again in future.....
Two-haiku review:

Biker gangs at war
Young girl caught in crossfire, killed
Brennan gets involved

Her nephew visits
She's far too understanding
I'd have kicked his butt
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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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