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
"Atmospheric, suspensefully paced.... a delectable tale of corpus delicti... bone-chilling prime crime." (People)
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.
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.
Sure. It isn't awful and if you like Temperance, you want to know how her story develops over time.
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.
Yes. Only because I like the series.
I would listen to another book by Kathy Reichs. I did not enjoy listening to Bonnie Hurren, so I will not be buying any future books with her as the narrator.
I don't think I'm turned off of this genre, I think the narrator made the book unbearable to listen to. I'd love to listen (or perhaps read) more from this genre.
The accent was so strange. The character is supposed to be American living in Canada but for some reason, the narrator kept giving the character a british accent? And the character's sister had a horribly strong southern accent. It was all just too bizarre.
I didn't even finish the book. So, I can't really give any 'pros' to my 'cons'.
Please get a new narrator!
Although I liked the story, Bonnie Hurren managed to mispronounce at least 100- words. That is always so distracting for me.
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.
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.
Good book. Every once in awhile I think she's wondering too far afield but then she brings it back and it all ties together. Good book but you have to pay attention. Like the budding romance.
Narrator was better on this one.
There were two issues I had with this book. I found the delivery of a lot of the dialogue from the southern characters over the top with the exaggerated country accents. My second concern is that everything was just too coincidental. Even the protagonist mentions how unlikely and amazing it was that this crime ended up entangling in her life in so many different ways, but her acknowledgement of that didn't really make it any more believable.
Overall I enjoyed it, but I don't know if I'll try the next in the series.
"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.
"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.
"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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