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Monday Mourning (Temperance Brennan #7)

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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 web
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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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Jerry B
Jul 06, 2010 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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Sarah ~
Jun 28, 2012 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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Erin
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
Perhaps one of the very few mystery series that I don't necessarily read in chronological order.

The seventh installment takes place in Montreal, Quebec in early December as Temperance Brennan works alongside detectives Claudel and Charbonneau to solve a mystery as to why the basement of a pizza parlour has skeletal remains.There's plenty of the usual angst in Tempe 's personal life too, but the mystery is always the primary goal.

I've stated before that I prefer the books to the show and I absol
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Jennifer
Jan 21, 2011 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
Jeffrey
May 03, 2012 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
Jul 12, 2010 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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Sita
Nov 29, 2009 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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Mahmoud Shami
تحقيقات بلوسيه لا باس بها السرد جميل بها حشو كثير النهايه غير متوقعه
د. 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.
نادية حسين
لم تروق لي!
ربما اقرأها مرة أخرى وأعيد تقييمها
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
Bibimus
Sep 06, 2012 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
Jyotsna
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 4 stars

When I started this book, I wasn't expecting much anyway; just the usual forensic/anthropology stuff. Till the mid of the book I was hung up on 3.5 stars. But the moment the climax set in, it shot upto 4 stars because the climax was least expected.

Monday Morning is a very good page turner and one thing I love about this book is the narration and research.
The narration is plain,simple (better than most thrillers) and the research is amazing.
If you are looking for some forens
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Heather
Jan 04, 2008 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.
Kayla
Aug 08, 2015 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!
Miriam Smith
May 25, 2016 rated it liked it
I struggle a little with the forensic terminology in these books but the story is I always good and I like the characters.
Steph
Aug 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting mystery and that took a bit to discover who was the real killer quite interesting and amazing based in Canada which I always like to read.
Susannah Carleton
3 1/2 stars. An intriguing story of three sets of bones of young women found in the basement of what is a pizza-by-the-slice place. No one knows who they are or how long they have been there. Tempe is determined to find out how they died and who they are. Will she find the answers to her questions before the killer or killers find her?
Mandy
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I enjoyed this, saw most of the twists coming but that's probably because I've read so many similar books in the genre, it was still a very well written story and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Omniyah409
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الرواية مثيرة ومشوقة ، السرد رائع ، والحبكة متقنة ، والنهاية الغير متوقعة،الترجمة كذلك لابأس بها ، استمتعت بقرائتها .
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تعرفت على معلومات جديدة في الطب الشرعي ( تقنية الكربون 14 ) / متلازمة ستوكهولم..
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الكاتبة لها سلسلة من الروايات مع بطلتها برينان ، أقتبس مسلسل بونز( عظام) من هذه الروايات.
Amber
Oct 25, 2014 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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Therese
Jan 16, 2015 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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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
L
Dec 28, 2014 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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Ana
May 17, 2014 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
Maram Alawad
Apr 15, 2015 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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Hasan Mohammed
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  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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