Temperance Brennan

23 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,196 ratings

Death du Jour Publisher's Summary

Assaulted by the bitter cold of a Montreal winter, the American-born Dr. Temperance Breman, Forensic Anthropologist for the Province of Quebec, digs for a corpse where Sister Elisabeth Nicolet, dead over a century and now a candidate for sainthood, should lie 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'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? 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 professor, 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 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)1999 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved. AUDIOWORKS Is An Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
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  • Book 1

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  • Book 2

    • Death du Jour

    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Katherine Borowitz
    • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 213
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 82

    Assaulted by the bitter cold of a Montreal winter, the American-born Dr. Temperance Breman, Forensic Anthropologist for the Province of Quebec, digs for a corpse where Sister Elisabeth Nicolet, dead over a century and now a candidate for sainthood, should lie 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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • so bad i had to write

    • By A.M. R. on 10-15-06

    Regular price: $19.93

    • Death du Jour

    • A Temperance Brennan Novel
    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Katherine Borowitz
    • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    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.

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  • Book 3

    • Deadly Decisions

    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Katherine Borowitz
    • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 231
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 112

    From blood-splatter patterns and ground-penetrating radar to bone-sample analysis, Deadly Decisions triumphantly combines the authenticity of a world-class forensic professional with the narrative power of a brilliant new crime-writing star in this richly nuanced thriller.

    • out of 5 stars
    • Good read

    • By Laura on 04-23-07

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    • Deadly Decisions

    • Temperance Brennan, Book 3
    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Katherine Borowitz
    • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for the state of Quebec, is abruptly recalled from a course she is teaching at Quantico for a gruesome duty. A biker war is raging in Quebec and two of its foot soldiers have blown themselves up. The only person qualified to make sense of what remains is Tempe. Like many in the region, she cares little what les motards, the bikers, do to each other. Until the body of a nine-year-old girl is wheeled into the morgue, slain by biker crossfire.

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  • Book 4

    • Fatal Voyage

    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Katherine Borowitz
    • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 234
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93

    Written with the riveting authenticity that only world-classic forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs can provide, Fatal Voyage pairs witty, elegant prose with pulse-pounding storytelling in a tour de force worthy of crime writing's new superstar.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Highly Recommend

    • By marlenedegrood on 10-26-05

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    • Fatal Voyage

    • Temperance Brennan, Book 4
    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Katherine Borowitz
    • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    When a plane crashes high in the mountains of North Carolina, Tempe Brennan is one of the first on the scene. As a forensic anthropologist for the state, she serves on the region's disaster response team. The task that confronts her is a sad and sickening one. Putting normal life on hold, she and her colleagues must painstakingly identify the victims. A chance discovery concerns her: a severed foot, well away from the main crash site.

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  • Book 5

    • Grave Secrets

    • Temperance Brennan, Book 5
    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Katherine Borowitz
    • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Dr. Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist, departs from home turf to journey to Guatemala, where her skills will be tested to the limit. It was a summer morning in 1982 when soldiers entered the village of Chupan Ya and rounded up the women and children. No records were kept. Families and neighbors refer to their lost members as "the disappeared". The bodies are said to lie in a mass grave.

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  • Book 6

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    • Bare Bones

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  • Book 7

    • Monday Mourning

    • Temperance Brennan, Book 7
    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Michelle Pawk
    • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    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.

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  • Book 8

    • Cross Bones

    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Michele Pawk
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 239
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 60

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Cross Bones

    • By Katherine D Day on 07-13-05

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    • Cross Bones

    • Temperance Brennan, Book 8
    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Michelle Pawk
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    "Death by self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head" is the on-scene assessment, but the victim's relatives are adamant in their rejection of suicide as an explanation. Discovered in a closet, a full week after death, the body is barely recognisable. Extreme heat has accelerated decomposition, and Dr Temperance Brennan's forensic expertise is required. Advanced putrefaction has made it virtually impossible to determine the trajectory of the bullet.

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  • Book 9

    • Break No Bones

    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Dorothee Berryman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good story, not so good reading

    • By Amazon Customer on 06-08-09

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    • Break No Bones

    • Temperance Brennan, Book 9
    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Dorothy Berryman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    It's the second-to-last day of archaeological field school. The students are working on a prehistoric gravesite when a much more recent burial is uncovered. The skeleton is articulated, the bone fresh, and the vertebrae still connected by soft-tissue. It's a case forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan has to take. But her investigations soon have her in too deep - her entire view of humanity is challenged, and the further she probes, the more she seems to be putting herself in danger.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Terrible Narration

    • By Serena on 12-01-08

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  • Book 10

    • Bones to Ashes

    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Linda Emond
    • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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".

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not a Good Listen

    • By Judith on 08-17-09

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    • Bones to Ashes

    • Temperance Brennan, Book 10
    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Linda Emond
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    The skeleton is that of a young girl, no more than 14 years old, and forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan is struggling to keep her emotions in check. Coroner Jean Bradette is being evasive, insisting the bones are ancient and of no interest. But it doesn't quite add up, and a frustrated Tempe is convinced that Bradette is hiding something. It's not Tempe's case; she's overwhelmed with more urgent work in the lab. But the nagging in her subconscious won't let up.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Book

    • By Lia on 06-25-14

    Regular price: $12.39

  • Book 11

    • Devil Bones

    • A Novel
    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Linda Emond
    • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    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
    • Great listening

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-31-09

    Regular price: $23.93

    • Devil Bones

    • Temperance Brennan, Book 11
    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Linda Emond
    • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    An underground chamber is exposed in a seedy, dilapidated house with sagging trim and peeling paint...When a careless plumber accidentally knocks through a wall, he is horrified by what he uncovers.

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  • Book 12

    • 206 Bones

    • A Novel
    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Linda Emond
    • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    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...

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not my favorite of Reichs books

    • By Suzanne on 01-11-10

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    • 206 Bones

    • Temperance Brennan, Book 12
    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Linda Emond
    • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    '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.

    • Temperance Brennan, Book 12
    • By: Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated by: Linda Emond
    • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
    • Release date: 08-20-09
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 10 ratings

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