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Death Du Jour

by Kathy Reichs

Pocket Star | July 31, 2000 | Mass Market Paperbound

Death Du Jour is rated 3.85 out of 5 by 20.
Forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs exploded onto bestseller lists worldwide with her phenomenal debut novel Déjà Dead -- and introduced "[a] brilliant heroine" (Glamour) in league with Patricia Cornwell''s Kay Scarpetta. Dr. Temperance Brennan, Quebec''s director of forensic anthropology, now returns in a thrilling new investigation into the secrets of the dead.
In the bitter cold of a Montreal winter, Tempe Brennan is digging for a corpse buried more than a century ago. Although Tempe thrives on such enigmas from the past, it''s a chain of contemporary deaths and disappearances that has seized her attention -- and she alone is ideally placed to make a chilling connection among the seemingly unrelated events. At the crime scene, at the morgue, and in the lab, Tempe probes a mystery that sweeps from a deadly Quebec fire to startling discoveries in the Carolinas, and culminates in Montreal with a terrifying showdown -- a nerve-shattering test of both her forensic expertise and her skills for survival.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 480 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1 in

Published: July 31, 2000

Publisher: Pocket Star

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0671011375

ISBN - 13: 9780671011376

Found in: Fiction and Literature, Women Sleuths

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eight Bookcases Check out my review of Reichs' work on my blog at: http://8bookcases.blogspot.ca/2012/10/death-du-jour-by-kathy-reichs.html
Date published: 2012-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, love, love! I absolutely love Kathy Reichs novels. They just cut that mystery craving that I have every once and awhile. I think her writing and storylines are always orginal and interesting, possibly because she is actually in the coreners office. Therefore, she brings a certain realism to her work that's different then anything else in the market right now.
Date published: 2009-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Plot Temperance Brenna, book 2 This talented author offers a great plot and a rich cast of characters. Her entertaining and fascinating writing is peppered with enough clinical expertise to pique ones interest without overstocking the imagination. The kind of forensic detail that only Kathy Reichs can provide... Once again, we are taken into intriguing murder investigations by Tempe, a guru, in anthropological forensics “Death du Jour”, involves multiple cases weaving from Montreal to North Carolina. It opens as Tempe Brennan is trying to locate the remains of a long-deceased nun, a challenge on its own. Sister Elizabeth Nicolet is up for sainthood and her bones are needed, the body is not where records show it. Simultaneously, Tempe is called to assist Homicide Detective Andrew Ryan in an arson investigation North of Montreal. Leads bring them to the nucleus of a strange commune in the Carolinas. Unclear at first, a connection is uncovered between the cases. Tempe and Ryan find themselves in a struggle to save more lives…. This is a multi-faceted plot, written in a thrilling manner, enjoyable and easy to follow.
Date published: 2009-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mindtwisting This is the first Kathy Reichs book I've read and I quite enjoyed it. The places she takes you and detail given is fascinating. The plot line keeps you guessing (and hopping) right up to the great Canadian finale. I recommend this book as an easy, engrossing read.
Date published: 2000-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More Death s.v.p. A follow-up to the addictive Deja Dead, Kathy again mixes fact with fiction to grab her readers right from the start and keep them flipping pages to the end. I am officially addicted to her books. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2000-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Death Du Jour Well, well, well...what a book!! This was my first Kathy Reichs book, but I assure you it won't be my last! I just ordered Deja Dead online since my chapters was all out of it! Death Du Jour *Death every day* I think it means! always managed to make me shiver. "AHHH". The book has a great plot with an excellent climax! Go Kathy Go! I love ya!!!!!!
Date published: 2000-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creates insomnia... For all you budding criminologist, police officers, or just crime/gore book lovers, this book will give you insomnia because your urge to get to the next page is too great.Dr. Reich's Tempe Brennan is the best female hero to cross this reader's eyes in quite a while, and it's not every day you can read a story writting by the "real thing" and the jump between Montreal and USA keeps the readers in goosebumps.
Date published: 2000-09-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Death Du Jour An interesting read from the perspective of anthropological forensics however, some of the plot seemed too coincidental. If you like mystery and forensics try Patricia Cormwell's material.
Date published: 2000-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb!! Excellent book, I recommend it to anyone who loves suspense. Kathy Reichs keeps you guessing right to the end.
Date published: 2000-08-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Give it a rest, Brennan The ongoing popularity of this author is the biggest mystery to me. She writes poorly, has no ear for dialogue, makes frequent errors in French/Quebec usage, has annoying ticks (such as the protagonist's constant self-talk, referring to herself by her last name, which is totally out of character), and has a highly uneven grasp of even the most elementary aspects of life in Quebec. Having lived there on and off, she ought to know by now that when speaking English, Montrealers head "downtown", not to "Centre-ville" (a ridiculous affectation!), priests seldom if ever wear cassocks (assuming one can still find a priest in Quebec!) and heating oil gets delivered more than once a year. Ms. Reichs should stick to forensic anthropology - a subject she does know very well - or at least write factual "true crime" books about cases she's worked on. Spare us the implausible coincidences and silly stereotypes about French-Canadians, and leave the novel-writing to professional fiction writers.
Date published: 2000-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Far, So Good Well, I'm about half way through this book as we speak, i had to take an email break from it. The forensic sciences truly amaze me and I have been waiting a very long time for this book, since I read Deja Dead when it first came out. One thing that is kind of bugging me about this book is that I feel Kathy Reichs is trying too hard to keep me in suspense with the whole "secret" that is up with the Nun. I'm pretty sure I've figured out what is going on with her sister (right now I'm guessing that her "seminars" are the very same kind of thing that Tempe is investigating right now). As much as I love all the different story lines -- I think she has too much going on all at once -- although, some of the story lines ARE starting to intertwine and compliment each other nicely. Over all, I am really enjoying this book -- perhaps my bias for books pertaining to forensics and homicide with female protaganists is gettting the best of me, I just hope the ending is not stupid.
Date published: 2000-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! I love this one as much as Deja Dead. I was really looking forward to this book, and it's even better than I'd hoped. I'm fascinated by forensics and may in the future choose a career in that field, so I'm not bothered by the details. It was fabulous!
Date published: 2000-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! I love this one as much as Deja Dead. I was really looking forward to this book, and it's even better than I'd hoped. I'm fascinated by forensics and may in the future choose a career in that field, so I'm not bothered by the details. It was fabulous!
Date published: 2000-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully real! This book is amazing! I loved her first book and was excited when this one came out. If you are squemish and don't like too many details, this isn't for you. I am studying anthropology and am very interested in forensics, and this book was perfect. It even helped me with my exams!
Date published: 1999-10-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Death Du Jour This book should have been called deja vu -- it is so similar to her first book (Deja dead) that I kept looking on the front cover to see which of her books I was reading.
Date published: 1999-08-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Death du Jour Like one of the many corpses littering the pages of this latest offering from Reichs, a forensic anthropologist turned novelist, I was in an advance state of decomposition by the time the denouement was reached. Reichs may be a fine anthropologist but she is a poor novelist, relying on banal dialogue and plot twists so implausible they make the works of Jackie Collins look like exercises in documentary realism. The central tale of Temperance Brennan's investigarion into a new age cult is excruciatingly dull. Add to this a subplot involving nuns and a corpse awaiting deification fom the Vatican, and you have an unsatisfactory mish-mash of a book, with more disjointed parts than one of Brennan's autopsy victims. Rigor-mortis inducing.
Date published: 1999-08-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from first book was better while this novel was ok her first one was superior. there was not enough info on the cult angle and the nun's remains plot was dragged out for too long.
Date published: 1999-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Death du Jour This book had me on the edge of my seat the whole read. I have also read Deja Dead, both books have many similarities. If you enjoy mysteries you must read this one!
Date published: 1999-07-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I didn't like it I thought the book was written very poorly. Very unorganized and hard to read.
Date published: 1999-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Death du Jour Another brilliant mystery thriller by Kathy Reichs. I enjoyed the book the minute I started to read and could not put the book down. The characters well defined, especially Tempe Brennan who is among my favourite literary characters. Tough, brilliant, risk taker yet kind, tender and compassionate. I also love the scenery in Montreal, considering it is my all time favourite city, and and intrigued about the Carolinas. The Geography is well researched and well described. Hope Reichs is coming out with another book and I can't wait!
Date published: 1999-06-19

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Death Du Jour

by Kathy Reichs

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 480 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1 in

Published: July 31, 2000

Publisher: Pocket Star

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0671011375

ISBN - 13: 9780671011376

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Chapter 1 If the bodies were there, I couldn''t find them. Outside, the wind howled. Inside the old church, just the scrape of my trowel and the hum of a portable generator and heater echoed eerily in the huge space. High above, branches scratched against boarded windows, gnarled fingers on plywood blackboards. The group stood behind me, huddled but not touching, fingers curled tightly in pockets. I could hear the shifting from side to side, the lifting of one foot, then the other. Boots made a crunching sound on the frozen ground. No one spoke. The cold had numbed us into silence. I watched a cone of earth disappear through quarter-inch mesh as I spread it gently with my trowel. The granular subsoil had been a pleasant surprise. Given the surface, I had expected permafrost the entire depth of the excavation. The last two weeks had been unseasonably warm in Quebec, however, allowing snow to melt and ground to thaw. Typical Tempe luck. Though the tickle of spring had been blown away by another arctic blast, the mild spell had left the dirt soft and easy to dig. Good. Last night the temperature had dropped to seven degrees Fahrenheit. Not good. While the ground had not refrozen, the air was frigid. My fingers were so cold I could hardly bend them. We were digging our second trench. Still nothing but pebbles and rock fragments in the screen. I didn''t anticipate much at this depth, but you could never tell. I''d yet to do an exhumation that had gone as planned. I turned to a man
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From the Publisher

Forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs exploded onto bestseller lists worldwide with her phenomenal debut novel Déjà Dead -- and introduced "[a] brilliant heroine" (Glamour) in league with Patricia Cornwell''s Kay Scarpetta. Dr. Temperance Brennan, Quebec''s director of forensic anthropology, now returns in a thrilling new investigation into the secrets of the dead.
In the bitter cold of a Montreal winter, Tempe Brennan is digging for a corpse buried more than a century ago. Although Tempe thrives on such enigmas from the past, it''s a chain of contemporary deaths and disappearances that has seized her attention -- and she alone is ideally placed to make a chilling connection among the seemingly unrelated events. At the crime scene, at the morgue, and in the lab, Tempe probes a mystery that sweeps from a deadly Quebec fire to startling discoveries in the Carolinas, and culminates in Montreal with a terrifying showdown -- a nerve-shattering test of both her forensic expertise and her skills for survival.

From the Jacket

Forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs exploded onto bestseller lists worldwide with her phenomenal debut novel Deja Dead -- and introduced "[a] brilliant heroine" (Glamour) in league with Patricia Cornwell''s Kay Scarpetta. Dr. Temperance Brennan, Quebec''s director of forensic anthropology, now returns in a thrilling new investigation into the secrets of the dead.

In the bitter cold of a Montreal winter, Tempe Brennan is digging for a corpse buried more than a century ago. Although Tempe thrives on such enigmas from the past, it''s a chain of contemporary deaths and disappearances that has seized her attention -- and she alone is ideally placed to make a chilling connection among the seemingly unrelated events. At the crime scene, at the morgue, and in the lab, Tempe probes a mystery that sweeps from a deadly Quebec fire to startling discoveries in the Carolinas, and culminates in Montreal with a terrifying showdown -- a nerve-shattering test of both her forensic expertise and her skills for survival.

About the Author

Kathleen Joan "Kathy" Reich is native of Chicago and works as a forensic anthropologists for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina and for the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale in Quebec. She has taught at Northern Illinois University, University of Pittsburgh, Concordia University, McGill University and is currently the Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her work as a forensic anthropologists is internationally recognized since she has traveled to Rwanda to testify at the UN Tribunal on Genocide, helped in an exhumation in the area of the highlands of southwest Guatemala, done forensic work at Ground Zero in New York, and so forth. To date, she has written nine novels, which have been translated into 30 languages. Her first novel, Déjà Dead, won the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.

From Our Editors

This thriller is by forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs, the author of Deja Dead. In Death Du Jour, Dr. Temperance Brennan, Quebec's director of forensic anthropology, finds herself digging up a corpse buried more than a century ago in order to seek out clues to a number of murders taking place in present-day Montreal. The result is a terrifying showdown that tests the doctor's will to survive. Fans of the genre will relish this macabre whodunit for its chilling authenticity.

Editorial Reviews

"Brennan is a winner, and so is Reichs."

-- Daily News (New York)
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