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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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    epeep Sterling, VA, United States 04-27-13
    epeep Sterling, VA, United States 04-27-13 Member Since 2004
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    RM Wildwood, Missouri, United States 06-13-12
    RM Wildwood, Missouri, United States 06-13-12 Member Since 2015

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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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    Kimberly SALT LAKE CITY, UT, US 01-26-15
    Kimberly SALT LAKE CITY, UT, US 01-26-15
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    "Did not enjoy narration"
    Would you try another book from Kathy Reichs and/or Bonnie Hurren?

    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.


    Has Death du Jour turned you off from other books in this genre?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I didn't even finish the book. So, I can't really give any 'pros' to my 'cons'.


    Any additional comments?

    Please get a new narrator!

    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


    1 of 1 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 06-20-12
    Farrell 06-20-12
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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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    Cheri Furr 08-27-15
    Cheri Furr 08-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great Kathy Reichs book"

    Great book with a lot of Quebec, Ryan, and Harry. Tempe Brennan at her finest, with work, sleuthing, terror, mystery, and several new mysterious characters thrown in. As usual, the very sarcastic and witty humor is thrown in to counteract the gruesome nature of Twmpe's work. Great example of a strong, smart, independent woman who does not ignore her instincts and gut, even when it sometimes leads to more than she bargained for. Love the suspense and the witty dialogue, Tempe's first person narration, and the subtle references to current times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Evelyn Seattle, WA, USA 08-08-15
    Evelyn Seattle, WA, USA 08-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another forensic tale"

    I enjoyed the plot twists and turns of this mystery. As always the characters are well developed and interesting. Temperance is a great character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda V. 04-04-15
    Amanda V. 04-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book but ..."

    This was a great book but I was not impressed with the narrator. Love kathy reichs and her bones series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 03-20-15
    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 03-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I liked it"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr L A TUCKER
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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