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 ...
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. From the charred remains of the inferno, to a trail of sinister cult activity and a terrifying showdown during an ice storm, Tempe faces a nerve-shattering test of both her forensic expertise and her instinct for survival.
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I tend to read only non-fiction. However, I found out that Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist who created the character of Temperance Brennan in the series Bones. Since I like the character of Temperance Brennan in the series, I was curious about the books on which it was based. I am really enjoying the books!
Nov 19, 2009
Different than Bones
This Temperance is very different than the TV character....what amazed me was that I enjoy them both...I had two or three other Tempe novels in this order and I will definately be reading more and will still be watching the show.
Apr 25, 2007
A Thriller, and Real People Too
I anxiously wanted to read this book after so enjoying Kathy Reichs' debut novel "Deja Dead". I'm not disappointed!! Interesting crime situations, yet I also thoroughly enjoyed Tempe Brennan's oh-so-real frustration's of her job, whether it's dealing with a crime scene in the bitter cold (and does she ever HATE the cold!), or contradictions of the findings she makes. This is a winning book for mystery/ detective fans, and for people who just like well-written characters too.
Publishers Weekly, 1999-03-08 Forensic anthropologist Temperance "Tempe" Brennan of the Laboratoire de Médicine Légale in Montreal makes a triumphant second appearance in Reichs's powerful followup to her bestselling debut, Déjà Dead. The novel opens atmospherically in a frigid church graveyard as Tempe labors to exhume the century-old remains of a nun so that the Church can posthumously declare her a saint. But the bones aren't where they're supposed to be according to the graveyard map, and there's something suspicious about them when they do turn up. Tempe's caseload multiplies as a house fire proves to be a horrific instance of arson and a university teaching assistant who's recently joined a cult goes missing. The three seemingly individual events begin to braid together, as the doings with the doomsday cult draw Tempe to North Carolina. As in Déjà Dead, Reichs?herself a forensic anthropologist?renders comprehensively and believably the cool, tense intelligence of her heroine. A North Carolina native who consults in Montreal only a few months of the year, Tempe still hasn't acclimated to the bone-chilling Northern cold, and if she's come to expect the misogynist attitudes of some of the Canadian officials, she still bristles at them. Also well presented are Tempe's refreshing compassion in the face of relentless autopsies, her ability to describe a corpse with judiciously graphic detail and her penchant for revealing the art behind the science on such matters as the preservation of a corpse's teeth. Reichs's first novel, which won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel of 1997, was compared justifiably to the Kay Scarpetta novels of Patricia Cornwell. Soon, Cornwell's novels may be compared to Reichs's. Agent, Jennifer Rudolph Walsh. Major ad/promo; author tour. (June)
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