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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,325 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathy Reichs Narrator: Katherine Borowitz Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Temperance Brennan Series Release Date: June 1999 ISBN: 9780743546102
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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 Elisabeth 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 Elisabeth 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.
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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Atmospheric, suspensefully paced…a delectable tale of corpus delicti…bone-chilling prime crime.”

    People

  • “Brennan is a winner, and so is Reichs.”

    Daily News (New York)

  • “Triumphant…Reichs’s first novel, which won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel of 1997, was compared justifiably to the Kay Scarpetta novels of Patricia Cornwell. Soon, Cornwell’s novels may be compared to Reichs’s.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Offers an enjoyable read for Cornwell fans who want something new.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martiebob | 2/15/2014

    " Patricia Cornwall type. Alternates between Montreal and South Carolina. Much more consistent, less surreal than Cornwall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy Neal | 2/15/2014

    " Forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan has a full plate going back and forth between the U.S. and Canada evaluating the bones found at various crime scenes and a special request through the Catholic Church. The pace is crazy and keeps the reader in suspense! Good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 2/13/2014

    " I picked this book up because I have recently become somewhat fascinated with the show Bones , which purports to be based on the life and works of author (and well-known forensic anthropologist) Kathy Reichs. Since I like the series so well, I figured, "What the heck? It's worth a try." I wasn't disappointed, although it took me next to no time at all to realize that the character of Temperance Brennan in the books is nothing like the one on the show, and in fact the show bears little to no resemblance to the books at all, other than having brilliant forensic anthropologist Brennan working with an intrepid and handsome FBI agent to solve crimes. I'm looking forward to picking up another of Reichs' books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/21/2014

    " B+. the plots always seem at least slightly contrived, but i like that temperance has a hard time with what she does on a daily basis. makes me wonder if i should be able to better relate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Murphy | 1/18/2014

    " I have mixed feeling about this book. I read it, enjoyed it even, but am not driven to go read the others. I have trouble with books that have graphic descriptions of nasty deaths. The woman is a forensic pathologist so what did I expect? I was curious because Bones is based on the books, but I hate to say it, but I like the TV show better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah Hamilton | 1/17/2014

    " Kathy Reichs did not disappoint readers in her follow up to her debut novel. This novel took off with great speed and maintained that speed to the end. The story begins with Dr. Brennan exhuming the remains of a young woman who is in the the process of becoming a saint. Dr. Brennan's skills are soon needed elsewhere when a house fire erupts and she is need to identify the bones. Little did she know what was going to happen from there. A great read that kept me on the edge of my seat and kept me up to the wee hours of the morning! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/7/2014

    " fabulous book by Kathy Reichs "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen Fisher | 1/7/2014

    " Very good book. If I were younger these books might inspire me to go into forensics. I can't wait to read the next one. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zac | 1/3/2014

    " Decent airport read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanie Morkel | 12/9/2013

    " i really enjoyed this book. actually experienced a pout of insomnia because i got so carried away by the scenarios. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Orlaith N | 11/24/2013

    " Much better than Patricia Cornwell "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 11/23/2013

    " I really like the crime/forensic genre so this was right up my alley. I usually stick to true crime but I really like the Temperance character and will definitely be reading more. Good thing I have plenty to choose from! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janine Causley | 11/6/2013

    " I loved this a nice easy read and those pages turned very quickly "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Herr | 8/24/2013

    " This started a little slow but until it finished it was just amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 3/25/2013

    " Very interesting. Makes you think about how easy it is for cults to form and for destructive leaders to cause havoc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jocelyne Tardif | 12/10/2012

    " J'aime beaucoup les roman de Kathy Reichs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Weenie | 10/26/2012

    " Been a while since I read the first Temperance Brennan book. This was pretty fast paced, I'd forgotten that I do like the main players in the book. The ending did come a little sudden though, I expected more of a showdown to be honest. Still, an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 8/19/2012

    " Plot-friendly coincidences are better supported this time around. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sami Long | 1/14/2012

    " Once again, I liked the read and the interplay of characters, but not what's happened since. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sheri | 10/24/2011

    " my daughter loves this serie sand author Me not so much I found all the medically jargon to weighty for the story lines Not enough of a good story for it to be worth wading through all the terms "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 9/9/2011

    " The anthropologist who is the basis for the "Bones" TV show, good writer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Mcdonough | 8/19/2011

    " I don't tend to read novels from this genre back to back because frequently you see the author's formula. This may be too soon in the series for a formula, though. Better than the first book. Totally enjoyable. A bit like eating peanuts or popcorn... you want to keep going until it's all gone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 7/30/2011

    " I enjoyed this one more than the first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 5/7/2011

    " Another good effort, although there were a few elements that were formulaic. I hope she doesn't do that too much or the canon of Temperance will get redundant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 4/13/2011

    " kept my interest but did not make me want to read more of her books. too much evil and violence "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 4/12/2011

    " The author really hooks you into each chapter. I found it an interesting read and will look for more books by the author "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/9/2011

    " I always love the Temperance Brennan novels. I not only learn alot, they are gripping as well.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawnie | 3/30/2011

    " I'm really starting to enjoy the Kathy Reichs series. As a big fan of "Bones", I was always reluctant to start either/or, but the books are a pleasant surprise and I really felt to get to know Tempe a little better in this second book. Great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rincey | 3/12/2011

    " I found the writing much better than the first one, but the story itself was pretty predictable. A lot of it is easy to see coming, especially since everything just so happens to try together in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 2/27/2011

    " good forensic mystery. Kathy Reichs is well written and does a fantastic job describing Montreal winter. I added Montreal to my must go places because of this book. very competent to Patricia Cornwell novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 2/5/2011

    " Too much over use of verbage. But the last last five chapters tied all these crazy murder plots together and BANG! and that was all folks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 WeyrCat | 2/2/2011

    " A wee dry, tre predictable, and a woman's intuition indicative of being unable to play Connect The Dots, yet a fairly enjoyable read! I will find the next installment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 1/18/2011

    " I liked this book a lot but felt the ending was a bit rushed. It was pretty scary but not too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaylee | 1/16/2011

    " Ahh, I needed this book. Delightfully science-y with suspense and a touch of guilty pleasure. Just all around a fun read. "

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About the Author
Author Kathy ReichsKathy Reichs is the author of more than twenty New York Times bestselling novels featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, including her most recent The Bone Collection. Like her protagonist, Reichs is a forensic anthropologist—one of fewer than one hundred ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. A professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she is a former vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and serves on the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. Reichs’s own life, as much as her novels, is the basis for the TV show Bones, one of the longest-running series in the history of the FOX network.
About the Narrator

Katherine Borowitz completed her fist audiobook in 1999 when she narrated Maeve Binchy’s Tara Road. Since then she has gone on to narrate several books by mystery writer Kathy Reichs, including Death Du Jour and Deadly Decisions, which won an Earphones Award. She is also an accomplished actress who has appeared in films such as The Man Who Wasn’t There, Internal Affairs, and A Serious Man