REVIEW: Death du Jour by Kathy Reichs *SPOILER ALERT*


128756Title: Death du Jour
Author: Kathy Reichs
Year of Publication: 1999
Genre: Mystery
Format: Audio Book
Length: 4 hours and 30 minutes
First Line: “If the bodies were there, I couldn’t find them.”

Summary: 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.

Review: Ah yes, the second book in the Brennan series. I found this one worse and more irritating than the first one. I’m going to attempt to do with without any (or many) spoilers this time.

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Reichs somehow already reused plots. How did she manage that since this was her second published book I am not sure. But mission accomplished, she did it. Plots rehashed.

Brennan keeps traveling in this novel. Back and forth between Montreal and the Carolinas and it gets confusing after awhile as to where is Brennan now. Kind of a game of ‘Where’s Waldo?’ and ‘Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?’

The story that starts off the whole book is basically a red herring. It’s completely unimportant. Don’t waste your time on wondering the five w’s and an one h on that one.

There’s way too many victims to keep track of. Keep a notebook handy or if you are good at keeping track of at least five victims who all they have same story more power to you.

Brennan actually got some action in this novel with Detective Ryan. I suppose her publishers told Reichs “we need more romance!” and…

It’s not fantastic. It was worse than the first book. I’d say that this one was messy if I had to describe it in one word.

Worst part: The main plot. Sorry but yeah.

Best part: Either Ryan’s character in general or the subplot with Brennan trying to authenticate a nun’s bones.

Grade: D

Recommend For: If you like crime novels, live in either the Carolinas or Canada, or are a fan of Bones you could pick this up and try it out.

Other Books by This Author: Devil Bones and Spider Bones

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