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Monday Mourning

by Kathy Reichs

June 14, 2004 | Hardcover

Monday Mourning is rated 3.7143 out of 5 by 7.

A riveting new Temperance Brennan forensic thriller from Kathy Reichs, the internationally acclaimed forensic anthropologist and New York Times bestselling author...

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, never Tempe''s greatest fan, believes the bones are historic. Not his case, not his concern. The pizza parlor owner found nineteenth-century buttons in the cellar with the skeletons. Claudel takes them as an indicator of the bones'' antiquity.

But something doesn''t make sense. Tempe examines the bones in her lab and 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, meanwhile, 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.

With its powerful mix of nail-biting suspense and cutting-edge forensic science, Monday Mourning is the best yet from this superbly gifted, megastar author who, as New York Newsday says, is "the real thing."

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 9.76 × 6.32 × 1.1 in

Published: June 14, 2004

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743233476

ISBN - 13: 9780743233477

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspencefull!!! Another great book! Reichs is a master at suspence and clifthangers! 4 of 5
Date published: 2009-08-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Real Page Turner Another great book by Kathy Reichs. I love Tempe's grit and determination to solve this case. And since I haven't been reading in order, it was great to find out more about Tempe's personal life that falls in line with the more recent novels.
Date published: 2009-03-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not a bad read This book is rich in forensic details and the plot is fast moving and captivating a real nail bitter. Although some scenes may seem implausible and far fetched I enjoyed reading it and I couldn't put it down. I do have to comment Ms Reichs use of the local language is not a true depiction of a French Montrealer there are mistakes in spelling and expressions. I also find like many other readers living in Montreal, she needs assistance describing the city and the language. But fiction is fiction and my comments shouldn't affect the enjoyment of this novel.
Date published: 2007-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fatal page turner. Your fingers will bleed from the intense page turning. A great, well written story about Temperance Brennan. Exciting plot twists to keep your heart pounding, waiting for more.
Date published: 2007-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome!! This is the first book I have read by Kathy Reichs. She was recommended to me by a friend. It's the kind of book you just can't put down and can't wait to see what's next. Lots of suspense through out the book. Loved it. Love the way she writes and kept me wanting to read more. Awesome suspense book. I went and bought more of her books which I can't wait to read whenever I get a free moment.
Date published: 2006-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just discovered a new passion 'Monday Mourning got me going from the moment I turned the first page. It also made me want to revisit Montreal with a new eye on local colour and the people. This story was just as good 2nd time round via my audio book CD's. Since picking up her first book, I've managed to catch up on all of Kathy's titles with great enjoyment and anticipation for the next one. Her abiility to weave the gruesome, locations, her expertice and personal texture through very suttle humour allowed me to be a part of the story. I know I've heard some of her side comments come out of my own mouth recently.
Date published: 2006-02-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from No forgiveness I am from Montréal. I've read all Ms. Reichs' books in English and enjoyed most of them for plots, characters, etc... except for one thing that I now find VERY annoying: By placing the action of her books in Montréal, which is a French-speaking city with specific French characteristics, one would expect the author to be careful to the use of numerous French expressions and the spelling of existing places you find in Montréal... and that you also find in her books. Unfortunately, that part of her work is so neglected I could not enjoy that latest book. So many spelling mistakes, French idioms that don't exist, unrealistic phrasing of dialogues in French. I am somewhat deceived by Ms. Reichs' attitude, especially since reviews of her previous books by local newspapers specifically mentioned that. There's also the fact that the author spends time in Montréal for her work as an anthropologist. She should know the city, the language, or at least have the decency of having her work double-checked by local editors or writers... who are also her readers.
Date published: 2004-10-18

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Monday Mourning

by Kathy Reichs

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 9.76 × 6.32 × 1.1 in

Published: June 14, 2004

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743233476

ISBN - 13: 9780743233477

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Chapter 1 Monday, Monday... Can''t trust that day... As the tune played inside my head, gunfire exploded in the cramped underground space around me. My eyes flew up as muscle, bone, and guts splattered against rock just three feet from me. The mangled body seemed glued for a moment, then slid downward, leaving a smear of blood and hair. I felt warm droplets on my cheek, backhanded them with a gloved hand. Still squatting, I swiveled. "Assez!" Enough! Sergeant-détective Luc Claudel''s brows plunged into a V. He lowered but did not holster his nine-millimeter. "Rats. They are the devil''s spawn." Claudel''s French was clipped and nasal, reflecting his upriver roots. "Throw rocks," I snapped. "That bastard was big enough to throw them back." Hours of squatting in the cold and damp on a December Monday in Montreal had taken a toll. My knees protested as I rose to a standing position. "Where is Charbonneau?" I asked, rotating one booted foot, then the other. "Questioning the owner. I wish him luck. Moron has the IQ of pea soup." "The owner discovered this?" I flapped a hand at the ground behind me. "Non. Le plombier." "What was a plumber doing in the cellar?" "Genius spotted a trapdoor beside the commode, decided to do some underground exploration to acquaint himself with the sewage pipes." Remembering my own descent down the rickety staircase, I wondered why anyone would take the risk. "The bones were lying on the surface?" "Says he tripped on something sticking out of the g
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A riveting new Temperance Brennan forensic thriller from Kathy Reichs, the internationally acclaimed forensic anthropologist and New York Times bestselling author...

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, never Tempe''s greatest fan, believes the bones are historic. Not his case, not his concern. The pizza parlor owner found nineteenth-century buttons in the cellar with the skeletons. Claudel takes them as an indicator of the bones'' antiquity.

But something doesn''t make sense. Tempe examines the bones in her lab and 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, meanwhile, 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.

With its powerful mix of nail-biting suspense and cutting-edge forensic science, Monday Mourning is the best yet from this superbly gifted, megastar author who, as New York Newsday says, is "the real thing."

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

Kathy Reichs should be getting overtime pay – when not typing away, composing another engaging, entertaining and educational Temperance “Tempe” Brennan tale, she’s in the autopsy room, up to her elbows in human remains, reading the saga that only the body can reveal. Evidenced in this seventh installment in the Tempe series, Reichs’ other job as a forensic anthropologist provides spellbinding material, as we follow Tempe into the freezing basement of a Montreal pizza parlor and the macabre discovery of three skeletons. While gruff and chauvinistic homicide detective Luc Claudel tries to undermine her professionally, Tempe must also deal with challenges in her personal life. Once again, Kathy Reichs proves that she and her alter ego Tempe are up to the task of making the science of skeletal analysis understandable, riveting and exciting for readers. Further Recommendations For more stories written with medical authority, try: Body Double by Tess Gerritsen, The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell, Indelible by Karin Slaughter. Quick Facts Like her fictional character Tempe, Kathy Reichs is also a forensic anthropologist for the province of Quebec and the state of North Carolina. In her capacity as a forensic anthropologist, Kathy Reichs testified at the UN Tribunal on Genocide in Rwanda and did forensic work at Ground Zero in New York City. Kathy Reichs won the Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel for Deja Dead , the first in the Temperance Brennan serie
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