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Death Du Jour

by Kathy Reichs

Scribner | June 15, 1999 | Hardcover

Death Du Jour is rated 3.85 out of 5 by 20.

Rarely has a first-time novelist made such a spectacular international publishing debut as Kathy Reichs did with her acclaimed forensic thriller Déjà Dead. A New York Times bestseller, a number one bestseller in both Canada and Britain, and winner of the prestigious Ellis Award for Best First Novel of 1997, it was also a Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, with foreign rights sold to nineteen countries.

Now, in Death du Jour, the author who lives the life she writes about extends her reach while still building on the rich ensemble cast, page-turning suspense, and cutting-edge forensic detail that made Déjà Dead an international sensation.

Assaulted by the bitter cold of a Montreal winter, the American-born Dr. Temperance Brennan, Forensic Anthropologist for the Province of Quebec, digs for a corpse where Sister Élisabeth 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 Élisabeth 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. Who were these people? What brought them to this gruesome fate? And where are the children?

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 sociologist, a mysterious commune, and a primate colony on a Carolina island. Tempe is overwhelmed by the case, confused by her mounting attraction to Ryan, and plagued by worries about her sister Harry''s search for spiritual awakening.

Featuring the kind of forensic detail that only Kathy Reichs can provide -- from skeletal reconstruction to insect analysis -- Death du Jour takes the reader on a riveting journey from the morgue to the lab to the crime scene, from the warmth of a 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages

Published: June 15, 1999

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0684841185

ISBN - 13: 9780684841182

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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: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages

Published: June 15, 1999

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0684841185

ISBN - 13: 9780684841182

From the Publisher

Rarely has a first-time novelist made such a spectacular international publishing debut as Kathy Reichs did with her acclaimed forensic thriller Déjà Dead. A New York Times bestseller, a number one bestseller in both Canada and Britain, and winner of the prestigious Ellis Award for Best First Novel of 1997, it was also a Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, with foreign rights sold to nineteen countries.

Now, in Death du Jour, the author who lives the life she writes about extends her reach while still building on the rich ensemble cast, page-turning suspense, and cutting-edge forensic detail that made Déjà Dead an international sensation.

Assaulted by the bitter cold of a Montreal winter, the American-born Dr. Temperance Brennan, Forensic Anthropologist for the Province of Quebec, digs for a corpse where Sister Élisabeth 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 Élisabeth 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. Who were these people? What brought them to this gruesome fate? And where are the children?

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 sociologist, a mysterious commune, and a primate colony on a Carolina island. Tempe is overwhelmed by the case, confused by her mounting attraction to Ryan, and plagued by worries about her sister Harry''s search for spiritual awakening.

Featuring the kind of forensic detail that only Kathy Reichs can provide -- from skeletal reconstruction to insect analysis -- Death du Jour takes the reader on a riveting journey from the morgue to the lab to the crime scene, from the warmth of a 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.

About the Author

Kathy Reichs is forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina, and for the Laboratorie des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Quebec. She is one of only fifty forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. A professor of anthropology at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. Reichs is a native of Chicago, where she received her Ph.D. at Northwestern. She now divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal and is a frequent expert witness in criminal trials. She is the author of Déjà Dead, winner of the Ellis Award for Best First Novel of 1997.

From Our Editors

When people in Montreal begin disappearing and showing up dead, the only person who can figure out the connection between them and find the murderer is Tempe Brennan. The forensic scientist discovers that a gruesome fire in Quebec has inexplicable links to suspicious events in the Carolinas. Kathy Reichs, a forensic anthropologist herself, enriches this sensational thriller with authentic detail in Death Du Jour.

Editorial Reviews

Bookcase (London)

Think of Patricia Cornwell''s debut, think of The Silence of the Lambs, think of Minette Walter''s The Sculptress -- and then file Reichs''s terrific debut alongside them.