Review: Death Du Jour

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.

Death Du Jour by Kathy Reichs

My thoughts:

The direct translation of “du jour” is “of the day”. Death Du Jour; Death of the day. Death and the discovery of bodies is the main theme of the book. Temperance Brennan begins the story in a church doing an excavation of a the body of a nun who the Church wishes to declare a saint through canonization. It then moves to a chilling crime scene involving children and the discovery of more bodies which are seemingly unrelated deaths but all seem to tie up in the end.

There are plenty of twists and turns. The story is gripping and exciting and morbid and cruel. I love the way Kathy Reichs writes and the detail is remarkable and engaging. Even though the time frame in which the story takes place is dated in terms of technology, these types of books will alway pique my interest. I do, however think I need to read more feel good, happy, inspiring type stories as well, at some point. It might change my outlook on life a little bit.

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