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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 listener 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.
©1999 Kathy Reichs (P)2012 Simon & Schuster
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Critic Reviews

"Atmospheric, suspensefully paced.... a delectable tale of corpus delicti... bone-chilling prime crime." (People)
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By epeep on 04-27-13

Ghastly narration!

Worst ... narration ... ever. First, if the narrator is reading a book that requires correct pronunciation of French words then he/she should take the time to learn that pronunciation. Second, if the narrator is not good at accents then he/she should not do them. The priest in this story sounds Italian, the accents of the nuns vary, and Ryan (who I thought was a US citizen) sounds like a very strange combination of English or Irish. Equally awful are the various US southern accents. Tempe's younger sister sounds like an aging Texan and her daughter doesn't sound much better. Third (and finally), I think narrators should be able to enunciate clearly. Repeatedly hearing things like "reckonize" for "recognize," "sevenny" for "seventy," and dropping 'ers at the ends of words are quirks of speech that are not pleasant to listen to over the span of 12 hours.

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By Kimber M. on 01-26-15

Did not enjoy narration

Would you try another book from Kathy Reichs and/or Bonnie Hurren?

I would listen to another book by Kathy Reichs. I did not enjoy listening to Bonnie Hurren, so I will not be buying any future books with her as the narrator.

Has Death du Jour turned you off from other books in this genre?

I don't think I'm turned off of this genre, I think the narrator made the book unbearable to listen to. I'd love to listen (or perhaps read) more from this genre.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The accent was so strange. The character is supposed to be American living in Canada but for some reason, the narrator kept giving the character a british accent? And the character's sister had a horribly strong southern accent. It was all just too bizarre.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I didn't even finish the book. So, I can't really give any 'pros' to my 'cons'.

Any additional comments?

Please get a new narrator!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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By Crackdown on 10-03-13

Another good story, but not the best narrator.

This was another good book by Kathy Reichs, solid and informative. Always a pleasure to add the stories of Temperance Brennan to the library. The only thing I personally found was that for some reason, I thought that the narrator was not as good as a lot of others.

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By Michael on 04-13-13

Reichs at her gritty best

Another gritty story from Kathy Reichs. As ever the story deals with what are the real challenges which make the newspaper headlines only too often. Here we get an insight into the back stories and the job of piecing together the story based on forensic and other evidence.

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