Title: Death du Jour
Author: Kathy Reichs
Publishing: 2000 by Arrow Books
Genre: Crime & Thriller
Series: Temperance Brennan #2
Source: Bought a copy from Book Depository
Goodreads’ Rating: 3.95 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
A gripping Temperance Brennan novel from forensic anthropologist and bestselling crime thriller writer Kathy Reichs
On a bitterly cold March night in Montreal, forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan is exhuming the remains of a nun in the grounds of an old church.
Hours later, Tempe is called to the scene of a horrifying arson. A young family has perished, but there is no explanation, no motive, and no witnesses.
From the charred remains of the inferno, to a trail of sinister cult activity, Tempe faces a nerve-shattering case which will test her forensic expertise – and her instinct for survival (Goodreads)
Temperance Brennan is again working with the detective Ryan on the hunt for a killer. This time bodies have shown up in a burnt-down home and as more bodies are discovered, Brennan and Ryan have their work cut out for them as they try and piece together what happened and find those responsible.
I just love Kathy Reichs’ writing. She has quickly become one of my favourite authors. As she is a forensic anthropologist herself, (same as her character, Temperance Brennan), her writing of the processes that Brennan undergoes when at a crime scene, or working with remains in her lab, are so natural. It almost makes you wonder if the remains and the scenes that she writes about are being brought out of memory, rather than her imagination. Her writing is so descriptive, it makes you believe that you are there with Brennan, and that is a feature of reading that I love – being transported to another place, another life, and experiencing different stories – Reichs does this amazingly.
There is a quote on the back of the book from the Sunday Express, and it says: “With Kathy Reichs the reader knows they are in the hands of an expert“. This I find to be one hundred percent true. You trust her to give you a book that is true to the art of forensic anthropology and she does just that.
In Death du Jour we have the same characters as in the first book of the series, Deja Dead. Brennan is still working alongside Detective Ryan, and they make the best team. They get along so well and you cannot help but hope that there are some sparks flying and that they get together away from chasing down murderers. Now, I’m not going to tell you if they do or not, that would ruin it! Just go read it for yourselves!
I do have to say though that this is not a book for the weak-stomached. If you don’t appreciate the descriptions of dead bodies and bugs whom feed on said bodies, then I am afraid that this book is not going to be for you as there are chapters dedicated to these kinds of descriptions. However, if this does not bother you, then you will love this book just as I did!
I want to thank Kathy Reichs for writing yet another fantastic book, and I am very excited to read the next book in the Temperance Brennan series, Deadly Decisions. I will be ordering my copy from the Book Depository as soon as possible!
Thank you for reading my review of Death du Jour! I hope you enjoyed it, and I have convinced at least one of you to go and check it out for yourselves..
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About the Author:
Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina, and for the Laboratoire 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.