Death Du Jour

by Kathy Reichs

Pocket Star | July 31, 2000 | Mass Market Paperbound

Death Du Jour is rated 4.14285714285714 out of 5 by 14.
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 2 out of 5 by from Let down from the first one PLOT OR PREMISE: Twisting sub-plots make it hard to describe as one common theme, but in essence, Dr. Temperance Brennan is back with a problem -- dead people, including babies, are popping up all over the place as a result of a religious cult. Even her sister gets involved, not to mention a young female relative (can we say Kay Scarpetta's niece?). In fact, the majority of this book comes even closer to a rip-off of that other series, but closer to the lousy writing near the end of the Scarpetta series than the tight stories that launched the female coroner genre. The story starts in Montreal, and then moves to Carolina, and then eventually back again to the Montreal area. Unlike the first book, you never get the same sense of place. . WHAT I LIKED: A difficult question...the story is interesting, just with a lot of holes and loose threads. One really good thing that is missing from this story that was in the previous one is the removal of the francophone / anglophone dynamics, that is not only annoying, but also inaccurate for the timeframe. . WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: The list is growing...First, and most important, I hate the way it mirrors the Kay Scarpetta stories, essentially ripping-off the work that has gone before. Second, Reichs has a really bad habit -- trying to build suspense and mystery by an old trick of hiding certain things. At least two major "clues" in the sub-stories are not revealed, instead having Temperance kind of taunt the reader in a I-know-but-the-reader-won't-until-I-feel-like-revealing-it-to-them. None of the "clues" are that big, nor are they worth waiting for, and the reader is just left feeling irritated and cheated by the story. Either the waiting has to be worth it, by making the news so unbelievable that you say "WOW!", or you have to play fair with the reader and share the news as it comes along. Finally, I have to say that not only is this book not particularly great, it is a real let-down from the first one. It reads like Reichs threw it together from two separate stories, and with a lot of extra characters thrown in, none of which are any more than wooden extras. . DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.
Date published: 2016-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Top Notch! Another great Brennan story!! Kathy Reichs has spun another wonderful mystery with many favorite characters.
Date published: 2015-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story Good book keeps you on your toes.
Date published: 2013-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story I really liked this book! I liked it even more than the first one. It was thrilling and fast-paced. Once I started I couldn't put it down. I especially appreciated how there was less vulgarity in this novel than the first. The subject matter really touched an interest of mine and I was immediately drawn in. Reichs' writing keeps you guessing the whole time. Some may argue that it is too formulaic. I would have to counter by saying that that is not always a bad thing. Sometimes people want to know what they are getting themselves into. Some read that kind of thing because they liked it before and know they will like it again! Furthermore, although yes, there is a certain amount of predictability in the way the novel is laid out, Reichs has the talent to keep you guessing and surprise you at every turn. Some may also argue that there is too much discussion of the specifics of forensics. And yes, there is a lot of that. However, I think it's pretty interesting and shows you that the author really does know what she's talking about! I wonder how much she had to dumb that down for us average Joes... He he. If you enjoy intense mystery novels, or police drama TV shows, this just might be your cup of tea! However, if mystery novels aren't your thing, or you scare easily, you might want to look elsewhere!
Date published: 2013-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow to start but riveting by end The novel starts off slow. Too many little plot points and seemingly unconnected events make it a bit tough to get into in the beginning but it really picks up and then Reichs beautifully ties it all together. The pace really ratchets up and you can't put it down. Great read!
Date published: 2013-07-10
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: 2008-04-12
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: 1970-12-03

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Death Du Jour

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 1If 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 in a bla
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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)