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Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for both North Carolina and Quebec, has come from Charlotte to Montreal during the bleak days of December to testify as an expert witness at a murder trial. She should be going over her notes, but instead she's digging in the basement of a pizza parlor. Not fun. Freezing cold. Crawling rats. And now, the skeletonized remains of three young women. How did they get there? When did they die?

Homicide detective Luc Claudel believes the bones are historic. Not his case, not his concern. But when Tempe examines the bones in her lab, she establishes approximate age with Carbon 14. Further study of tooth enamel tells her where the women were born. If she's right, Claudel has three recent murders on his hands. Definitely his case.

Detective Andrew Ryan is acting mysteriously. What are those private phone calls he takes in the other room, and why does he suddenly disappear just when Tempe is beginning to hope he might be a permanent part of her life? Looks like more lonely nights for Tempe and Birdie, her cat.

As Tempe searches for answers in both her personal and professional lives, she finds herself drawn deep into a web of evil from which there may be no escape. Women have disappeared, never to return...Tempe may be next.

Don't miss any of Tempe Brennan's investigations.
©2004 Kathy Reichs (P)2004 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Inc.

Critic Reviews

"What's best about Reichs, and often unappreciated in reviews, is not the informative detail that she brings to Tempe's forensic sleuthing, though that's certainly engrossing. It's the same well-observed detail and incisive analysis applied to other aspects of the story." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Andrew
  • GlossopUnited Kingdom
  • 06-29-04


Having read Reichs' previous novels I was extremely disappointed with this book - the story is quite frankly poor and very predictable. The so called climax is dull and boring and I was just glad when it finally finished, except that I wished I hadn't wasted my time. Most authors get better with time, but based on the evidence of her latest offering, it appears that Reichs is an exception. Not a patch on her previous novels. Use your credits on something else - this really isn't worth a listen.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • Darlene
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 11-26-04

Monday Mourning

Kathy Reichs is a good author and this Tempe series book lives up to her reputation. The biggest complaint that I have is not with the book but rather with the speaker. I suggest that the next time a book contains any French you have someone do the speaking that can at least pretend to speak French. The pronunciation is really bad and it interferred with what should have been enjoyable listening.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Good Book, Good Reading

Story was good. Reading was very good. I have a teenage daughter and this story did give me the creeps a bit. Kept my attention during the commute and walking.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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love Kathy Reichs

Where does Monday Mourning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Good, I've Listen or read most of them

What was one of the most memorable moments of Monday Mourning?

Trying to figure out if I read it already!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Carrie
  • Cedar Park, TX, United States
  • 11-22-10

Pretty Good

Overall, I thought the story line was good and I didn't mind the forensic details and drawn out details since I was listening to the book to pass time. I also liked this narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Not one of her best.

I've read a couple of other books by the author, but don't think this one is near as good. I found my mind wandering and having to go back and relisten to sections. When Temperance is listening to details of forensic tests, it's like she can't follow what's being discussed--isn't she supposed to have her PhD? And throughout the book, no one catches simple clues that should change behavior all along the way. Of course, it all fits by the end, but it was not very fulfilling to me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Contrary to the other opinions thusfar, I found this book thoroughly enjoyable. It only reinforced my eagerness to get the next Tempe Brennan novel as soon as it comes out. If you like Reichs (as I do) this should not disappoint you.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • Alvarado, TX, USA
  • 12-08-04


While I truly enjoy this genre, I was taken aback by the rambling forensic descriptions included in this novel. As well, the overabundance of stilted musings by Temperance were tedious at best. This was my first time to try Ms. Reichs books. Perhaps I would enjoy something else by her, but this was not a book I could recommend.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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I must agree with

I have never read this author, but found the read overly-lengthy and ponderous. Perhaps those who are fans of this genre are more knowledgable than the author might give credit to. The droning on and on about the forensics of an autopsy - are tedious. Still - enjoyed the book, overall.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great whodoneit

This storyline provided interesting forensic detail. the details and subplots leading to the primary villain we're captivating.