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Death du jour
Kathy Reichs
Adult Fiction REICHS

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Forensic anthropologist Temperance "Tempe" Brennan of the Laboratoire de M‚dicine L‚gale in Montreal makes a triumphant second appearance in Reichs's powerful followup to her bestselling debut, D‚j… Dead. The novel opens atmospherically in a frigid church graveyard as Tempe labors to exhume the century-old remains of a nun so that the Church can posthumously declare her a saint. But the bones aren't where they're supposed to be according to the graveyard map, and there's something suspicious about them when they do turn up. Tempe's caseload multiplies as a house fire proves to be a horrific instance of arson and a university teaching assistant who's recently joined a cult goes missing. The three seemingly individual events begin to braid together, as the doings with the doomsday cult draw Tempe to North Carolina. As in D‚j… Dead, ReichsÄherself a forensic anthropologistÄrenders comprehensively and believably the cool, tense intelligence of her heroine. A North Carolina native who consults in Montreal only a few months of the year, Tempe still hasn't acclimated to the bone-chilling Northern cold, and if she's come to expect the misogynist attitudes of some of the Canadian officials, she still bristles at them. Also well presented are Tempe's refreshing compassion in the face of relentless autopsies, her ability to describe a corpse with judiciously graphic detail and her penchant for revealing the art behind the science on such matters as the preservation of a corpse's teeth. 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. Agent, Jennifer Rudolph Walsh. Major ad/promo; author tour. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

What kind of a corpse will Dr. Temperence Brennan be faced with today? Old or young woman? Baby? Cat? She gets them all. Did you know one can tell the time of death by the kinds of bugs found in the putrefying body? Get ready for the details. The plot takes second place to the bodies, but the characterization of Tempy has improvedDshe is more interesting, less defensive, and more likable than in Dj Dead, where she was introduced to the reading public. Moreover, the descriptions of Beaufort, SC, Charlotte, NC, and Montreal are certain to appeal to aficionados of those locales. Bonnie Hurren reads the story well and uses several variant Southern, French, and Irish accents with confidence and verve. She is fun to listen to and brings credibility to Tempy's uncertainty about beginning a romance with charming Lt. Ryan. Recommended for regional or large mystery collections.DJuleigh Muirhead Clark, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Lib., Williamsburg, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Tempe (Temperance) Brennan
Exhuming the remains of a nun who was buried in 1888 so the church can declare her a saint and discovers she did not die naturally; also investigating a house fire turned arson case; a university teaching assisant who recently joined a cult has gone missing.
Forensic anthropologist

Andrew Ryan
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