Temperance Brennan

35 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 15,306 ratings

Deja Dead Publisher's Summary

It's June in Montreal, and Dr. Temperance Brennan, who has left a shaky marriage back home in North Carolina to take on the challenging assignment of Director of Forensic Anthropology for the province of Quebec, looks forward to a relaxing weekend in beautiful Quebec City. First, though, she must stop at a newly uncovered burial site in the heart of the city. The remains are probably old and only of archeological interest, but Tempe must make sure they're not a case for the police.

One look at the decomposed and decapitated corpse, stored neatly in plastic bags, tells her she'll spend the weekend in the crime lab. Something about the crime scene is familiar to Tempe: the stashing of the body parts; the meticulous dismemberment. As a pattern continues to emerge, Tempe calls upon all her forensic skills, including bone, tooth/dental, and bitemark analysis and x-ray microflourescence to convince the police that the cases are related and to try to stop the killer before he strikes again.

Told with lacerating authenticity and passion, Déjà Dead is both poignant and terrifying as it hurtles toward its breathtaking conclusion and instantly catapults Kathy Reich into the top ranks of crime authors.

©1997 Kathy Reichs (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
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  • Book 1

    • Deja Dead

    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,401
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,233
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,242

    It's June in Montreal, and Dr. Temperance Brennan, who has left a shaky marriage back home in North Carolina to take on the challenging assignment of Director of Forensic Anthropology for the province of Quebec, looks forward to a relaxing weekend in beautiful Quebec City. First, though, she must stop at a newly uncovered burial site in the heart of the city. The remains are probably old and only of archeological interest, but Tempe must make sure they're not a case for the police. One look at the decomposed and decapitated corpse, stored neatly in plastic bags, tells her she'll spend the weekend in the crime lab.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Perplexed over other reviews about the narrator

    • By R. Klein on 04-26-14

    Regular price: $28.30

  • Book 2

    • Death du Jour

    • A Temperance Brennan Novel, Book 2
    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Bonnie Hurren
    • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 606
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 537
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 540

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Ghastly narration!

    • By epeep on 04-27-13

    Regular price: $22.63

    • Death Du Jour

    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Bonnie Hurren
    • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Another day. Another death. Death du Jour. My God, how many such days would there be?'On a bitterly cold march night in Montreal, forensic anthropologiest Dr Temperance Brennan is exhuming the remains of a nun proposed for sainthood in the grounds of an old church.Just hours later, Tempe is called to the scene of an horrific arson. A young family has perished, and there seems to be no witness, no motive, no explanation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bones, bones and more bones!

    • By James on 09-30-14

    Regular price: $25.68

  • Book 3

    • Deadly Decisions

    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    Violence is escalating, and spilling onto the streets of Montreal. A nine-year-old girl is killed in crossfire on her way to ballet class. The body of a teenager killed in North Carolina is found hundreds of miles away. Forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan has to pick up the pieces: she knows she shouldn't let emotion get in the way, but when nine-year-old Emily's body is wheeled into the morgue she cannot help but react.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Deadly as!

    • By James on 10-04-14

    Regular price: $21.42

    • Deadly Decisions

    • A Novel
    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 342
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 312
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 312

    Nine-year-old Emily Anne Toussaint is fatally shot on a Montreal street. A North Carolina teenager disappears from her home, and parts of her skeleton are found hundreds of miles away. The shocking deaths propel Tempe Brennan from north to south, and deep into a shattering investigation inside the bizarre culture of outlaw motorcycle gangs - where one misstep could bring disaster for herself or someone she loves.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Does not disappoint.

    • By Amanda V. on 04-16-15

    Regular price: $22.63

  • Book 4

    • Fatal Voyage

    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Kate Harper
    • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    When a plane crashes high in the mountains of North Carolina, forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan is called in to identify the victims. A chance discovery concerns her: a severed foot, well away from the main crash site. A deserted house close by is buried so deep in the woods that locals claim to know nothing of its existence. And her examination of the foot throws up more questions than answers. Before she can make any progress Tempe's professional standing is threatened.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fatally unput downable!

    • By James on 10-04-14

    Regular price: $23.45

    • Fatal Voyage

    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Kate Harper
    • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 501
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 439
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 440

    Temperance Brennan hears the news on her car radio. An Air TransSouth flight has gone down in the mountains of western North Carolina, taking with it 88 passengers and crew. An a forensic anthropologist and a member of the regional DMORT team, Tempe rushes to the scene to assist in body recovery and identification. She finds a field of carnage: torsos in trees, limbs strewn among bursting suitcases, and smoldering debris. Many of the dead are members of a university soccer team. Is her daughter among them?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Annoying narrator with a good story

    • By john on 10-13-15

    Regular price: $22.63

  • Book 5

    • Grave Secrets

    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Katherine Borowitz
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 775
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 414
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 413

    Powerful entertainment from the crime fiction superstar who combines riveting authenticity with witty, elegant prose. Best selling author Kathy Reichs "keeps the twists coming, and by the novel's climax, she has skillfully interwoven her many subplots and red herrings into a satisfying puddle of sex, sleaze, greed and gore," says Publishers Weekly.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good story

    • By Don on 06-24-03

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Grave Secrets

    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Katherine Borowitz
    • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Guatemala, in the searing heat.The bones of a child no more than two years old are uncovered when mass graves are excavated.Twenty-three women and children are said to lie where forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan is searching for remains, in what is one of the most heartbreaking cases of her career.Then four young girls go missing from Guatemala City...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Tragic, gruesome, but brilliant!

    • By James on 10-06-14

    Regular price: $21.32

  • Book 6

    • Bare Bones

    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Michele Pawk
    • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 678
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 364
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 362

    Dr. Temperance Brennan looks forward to her first vacation in years. She's almost out the door when the bones start appearing. Most puzzling of all are the bones discovered at a remote farm outside Charlotte. The remains seem to be of animal origin, but Tempe is shocked when she gets them to her lab. Why are the X rays and DNA so perplexing? Who is trying to keep Tempe from the answers? Someone is following her, and must be stopped before it's too late.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not as good

    • By Sara Gallinger on 08-22-03

    Regular price: $26.60

  • Book 7

    • Monday Mourning

    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Michele Pawk
    • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 619
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 337
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 338

    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?

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Andrew on 06-29-04

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 8

    • Cross Bones

    • A Novel
    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Michele Pawk
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 343
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 309
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 308

    When an Orthodox Jew is found shot to death in Montreal, Temperance Brennan is called in to examine the body and to figure out the puzzling damage to the corpse. Unexpectedly, a stranger slips her a photograph of a skeleton and assures her the picture is the key to the victim's death. Before she knows it, Tempe is involved in an international mystery as old as Jesus, a mystery that could rewrite 2000 years of religious history. that could rewrite 2000 years of religious history. Tempe learns that the stranger's picture shows bones uncovered during an archeological dig.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • struggling to keep listening

    • By Kristi on 05-24-12

    Regular price: $27.97

  • Book 9

    • Break No Bones

    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Dorothee Berryman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 716
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 355
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 358

    The inspiration for the hit Fox series Bones, Kathy Reichs explores another high-stakes crime from today's headlines, in a case that lands forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan in the middle of a gruesome international scheme.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Unbearable Narrator

    • By Meridith on 12-13-07

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 10

    • Bones to Ashes

    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Linda Emond
    • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 863
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 356
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 360

    When the skeleton of a young girl, not yet a teenager, is discovered in Acadia, Canada, Tempe Brennan is reminded of Evangelina, her best friend in her preteen years, who was mysteriously taken away when she was 12. Evangelina was from strange and faraway Acadia. She was named after Evangeline in the Longfellow poem, and loved poetry. Tempe found her exotic and glamorous, and then suddenly she was gone, and Tempe was told not to try to find her, that she was "dangerous".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I've never READ her

    • By Amanda on 11-09-07

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Bones to Ashes

    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Under the microscope, the outer bone surface is a moonscape of craters…‘Preliminary diagnosis?’‘Deformity of the bone. Maybe. Cortical destruction on a metacarpal. Maybe. Localised infection? Systemic disease process? Postmortem destruction, either purposeful or natural? A combination of the above? I don’t have a diagnosis…’

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Reichs at her best.

    • By James on 10-12-14

    Regular price: $21.42

  • Book 11

    • Devil Bones

    • A Novel
    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Linda Emond
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 765
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 407
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 405

    In a house under renovation, a plumber uncovers a cellar no one knew about, and makes a rather grisly discovery - a decapitated chicken, animal bones, and cauldrons containing beads, feathers, and other relics of religious ceremonies. In the center of the shrine is the skull of a teenage girl. Meanwhile, on a nearby lakeshore, the headless body of a teenage boy is found by a man walking his dog.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Devil Bones

    • By gwennieg on 09-07-08

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Devil Bones

    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    An underground chamber is exposed in a seedy, dilapidated house with sagging trim and peeling paint…In the dark cellar, a ritualistic display is revealed. A human skull rests on a cauldron, surrounded by slain chickens and bizarre figurines. Beads and antlers dangle overhead. Called to the scene is forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan. Bony architecture suggests that the skull is that of a young, black female.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Religious Cults, Voodoo and Witches

    • By James on 10-13-14

    Regular price: $21.42

  • Book 12

    • 206 Bones

    • A Novel
    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Linda Emond
    • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,013
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 619
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 617

    There are 206 bones in the human body. Forensic anthropologists know them intimately, can read in them stories of brief or long lives and use them to reconstruct every kind of violent end. 206 Bones opens with Tempe regaining consciousness and discovering that she is in some kind of very small, very dark, very cold enclosed space. She is bound, hands to feet. Who wants Tempe dead, or at least out of the way, and why? Tempe begins slowly to reconstruct...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow, pretty sure this is the in the series

    • By Marie C on 08-30-09

    Regular price: $31.93

    • 206 Bones

    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    ‘You have an enemy, Dr. Brennan. It is in your interest to learn who placed that call.’ A routine case turns sinister when Dr. Temperance Brennan is accused of mishandling the autopsy of a missing heiress. Someone has made an incriminating accusation that she missed or concealed crucial evidence. Before Tempe can get to the one man with information, he turns up dead.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Crime and mystery at its best

    • By James on 10-14-14

    Regular price: $21.42

  • Book 13

    • Spider Bones

    • A Novel
    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Linda Emond
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,060
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 577
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 573

    John Lowery was declared dead in 1968—the victim of a Huey crash in Vietnam, his body buried long ago in North Carolina. Four decades later, Temperance Brennan is called to the scene of a drowning in Hemmingford, Quebec. The victim appears to have died while in the midst of a bizarre sexual practice. The corpse is later identified as John Lowery. But how could Lowery have died twice, and how did an American soldier end up in Canada?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great Reichs/Brennan novel, odd ending

    • By Marian on 08-29-10

    Regular price: $31.93

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