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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.

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Death Du Jour
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4.2 / 5
October 5th, 2013
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!
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Slow to start but riveting by end
July 10th, 2013
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!
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