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Death du Jour: A Temperance Brennan Novel, Book 2 | [Kathy Reichs]

Death du Jour: A Temperance Brennan Novel, Book 2

Dr. Temperance Brennan, Forensic Anthropologist for the Province of Quebec, digs for a corpse where Sister Elisabeth Nicolet, dead for over a century and now a candidate for sainthood, should be lying in her grave. A strange, small coffin, buried in the recesses of a decaying church, holds the first clue to the cloistered nun's fate. The puzzle surrounding Sister Elisabeth Nicolet's life and death provides a welcome contrast to discoveries at a burning chalet, where scorched and twisted bodies await Tempe's professional expertise.
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Assaulted by the bitter cold of a Montreal winter, the American-born Dr. Temperance Brennan, Forensic Anthropologist for the Province of Quebec, digs for a corpse where Sister Elisabeth Nicolet, dead for over a century and now a candidate for sainthood, should be lying in her grave. A strange, small coffin, buried in the recesses of a decaying church, holds the first clue to the cloistered nun's fate.

The puzzle surrounding Sister Elisabeth Nicolet's life and death provides a welcome contrast to discoveries at a burning chalet, where scorched and twisted bodies await Tempe's professional expertise. Who were these people? What brought them to this gruesome fate? And where are the children?

Homicide Detective Andrew Ryan, with whom Tempe has a combustive history, joins her in the arson investigation. From the fire scene they are drawn into the worlds of an enigmatic and controversial sociologist, a mysterious commune, and a primate colony on a Carolina island.

Featuring the kind of forensic detail that only Kathy Reichs can provide - from skeletal reconstruction to insect analysis - Death du Jour takes the listener on a riveting journey from the morgue to the lab to the crime scene, from the warmth of a barrier island to the frigid cold of a deadly ice storm. With this poignant and powerful work, Kathy Reichs confirms her status as a brilliant new crime-writing star.

©1999 Kathy Reichs (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Atmospheric, suspensefully paced.... a delectable tale of corpus delicti... bone-chilling prime crime." (People)

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    RM Wildwood, Missouri, United States 06-13-12
    RM Wildwood, Missouri, United States 06-13-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Disappointing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I generally like Temperance Brennan books and have wondered why this one wasn't available. I was so happy when I saw it added to Audible's list. However, this was not one of Reich's best efforts. The story dragged and I finished it, mostly because I stubbornly wanted to listen to every book in the series.


    Would you recommend Death du Jour to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sure. It isn't awful and if you like Temperance, you want to know how her story develops over time.


    What didn’t you like about Bonnie Hurren’s performance?

    Horrible voice, horrible delivery. I hated her narration so much that it distracted me from the story. There is no consistency in this series. Many different narrators, some great, some like this one, just awful.


    Was Death du Jour worth the listening time?

    Yes. Only because I like the series.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia M. Clay PEN ARGYL, PA, United States 08-14-12
    Patricia M. Clay PEN ARGYL, PA, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Great story"

    I loved this book. I enjoyed it even more that Reichs' first Temperance Brennan novel. Bonnie Hurren does very good at narration for this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell Colorado Springs, CO, United States 06-20-12
    Farrell Colorado Springs, CO, United States 06-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not Sure"

    I felt that the basic plot was pretty good.. But the story dragged when it went into a bit too much forensic detail. I like the forensics but not at the extent of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Larissa Evanston, WY, USA 03-30-14
    Larissa Evanston, WY, USA 03-30-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Good story, poor excution"
    What made the experience of listening to Death du Jour the most enjoyable?

    Although I liked the story, Bonnie Hurren managed to mispronounce at least 100- words. That is always so distracting for me.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    sometimes it kept me on the edge of my seat and at others it was a yawn and others it was all the suspense I could handle.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bonnie Hurren?

    Lorelie King


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey United States 08-31-13
    Tracey United States 08-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Too many conicidences!"

    I really like Kathy Reichs' work but this tale had too many coincidences for me. I liked the premise but I figured it out way too soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Annabelle Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States 06-11-13
    Annabelle Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States 06-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Story, Great Descriptions"
    Where does Death du Jour rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Usually my sister picks the audio books to listen to on our way up to Door County, Wisconsin. I'm picking ones I want to listen to while I'm working, switching between books and music and TV programs. I'm a big Bones fan, and I noticed that many of the other Kathy Reichs fans are as well. I really enjoyed this book and the other one (206 Bones) and will continue to listen to them, regardless of who is narrating them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was a different narrator than the first Temperance Brennan book I read and it was easier to listen to her. Her French was excellent and her voice and the tonal quality of the descriptive language of various locations was excellent. When the book required her narration to be suspenseful, she definitely was.


    Have you listened to any of Bonnie Hurren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this was my first.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she became emotional to the college professor about the murders (and means of murder) of infants and such, and at the time, she felt (Daisy Gannett (sp?) was responsible) which was how the crime part of the book actually started.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    epeep Sterling, VA, United States 04-27-13
    epeep Sterling, VA, United States 04-27-13
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    "Ghastly narration!"

    Worst ... narration ... ever. First, if the narrator is reading a book that requires correct pronunciation of French words then he/she should take the time to learn that pronunciation. Second, if the narrator is not good at accents then he/she should not do them. The priest in this story sounds Italian, the accents of the nuns vary, and Ryan (who I thought was a US citizen) sounds like a very strange combination of English or Irish. Equally awful are the various US southern accents. Tempe's younger sister sounds like an aging Texan and her daughter doesn't sound much better. Third (and finally), I think narrators should be able to enunciate clearly. Repeatedly hearing things like "reckonize" for "recognize," "sevenny" for "seventy," and dropping 'ers at the ends of words are quirks of speech that are not pleasant to listen to over the span of 12 hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Decatur, GA, United States 04-26-13
    Carolyn Decatur, GA, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good, but too many "du jours""
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I did enjoy listening to this book, but there were too many murders actually. A couple would have sufficed since two of the story lines had real possibilities. I would have liked them to have been further explored.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kathy Reichs before, how does this one compare?

    I like listening to Kathy Reichs's stories. For her, I think this is closer to a B- than an A+, but I still liked it.


    What does Bonnie Hurren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She's a good reader. I appreciate her work.


    Could you see Death du Jour being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, I could see it being a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend it for Kathy Reichs fans. I think they will enjoy it.

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    Jo A Conger GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, US 12-08-12
    Jo A Conger GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, US 12-08-12
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    "Great Listen"

    As always Kathy Reichs spins a wonderfully suspensful tale, and Bonnie Hurren was spot on in the telling of the story..

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  • mucklewick
    Knighton, United Kingdom
    10/3/13
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    "Another good story, but not the best narrator."

    This was another good book by Kathy Reichs, solid and informative. Always a pleasure to add the stories of Temperance Brennan to the library. The only thing I personally found was that for some reason, I thought that the narrator was not as good as a lot of others.

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  • Michael
    Evesham, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Reichs at her gritty best"

    Another gritty story from Kathy Reichs. As ever the story deals with what are the real challenges which make the newspaper headlines only too often. Here we get an insight into the back stories and the job of piecing together the story based on forensic and other evidence.

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  • Marcelle
    Denbury, Devon, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Not for the faint hearted!"

    I have a medical friend who recommended Kathy Reichs to me with a casual reference that she is 'Quite graphic' ! That is an understatement. I am a painter and every gory detail,(and there are so many of them) appeared in techni-colour to me. The book is otherwise light hearted in places and almost a romp which sits very strangely with the forensic passages.

    Reichs is a good story teller but I'm not volunteering for another one.

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