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Book Review: Death du Jour (Temperance Brennan #2), by Kathy Reichs

About the author:
Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina, and for the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Quebec.

Thoughts on the cover page:
Frankly, I’ve seen better designs, and some of the other editions of the book have better covers too. The hand inside what seems like a shallow grave does invoke curiosity but doesn’t do much else.

Impressions from the blurb:
The forensic anthropologist, exhuming a set of remains for non-criminal purposes, later gets called to the scene of an arson case. The case might tie in to the non-criminal thing she was earlier doing, because the blurb indicates a cult activity. It certainly seems to be an interesting plot.

My thoughts on the book:
Never read Kathy’s novels before, didn’t know what to expect, but the plot really caught my attention. This is the second book in the series, so needless to say, I’ve put the first one on my to-read list.

When the story begins, Temperance Brennan is exhuming the remains of a nun whose name has been put for beatification. Reichs, herself an anthropologist, puts a lot of detail into the narration here. The exhumation doesn’t go to plan and she’s there longer than needed. It’s late by the time she reaches home, but she has no time to rest. Her boss calls, tells her there’s a big arson case that needs her attention. She gets picked up early morning and goes to a badly burned down home to find that one of the victims might not be the victim of the fire. From there, she shunts between two cases.

The plus points in the book are its pace and narration. The minus, its flow is somewhat predictable. Unsure if I liked the ending or not. Overall, not a bad book, but I’ve seen better.

Rated a 7 on 10!
Rated a 7 on 10!

Book details:
Title: Death du Jour
Author: Kathy Reichs
ISBN: 978-0-0992-5519-2
Publishers: Arrow Books
Genre: Crime Fiction / Thriller
Price: INR. 399


This book was given to me for review by Random House India. This is not a paid review.
The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced.

Shared with the First Reads challenge at b00k r3vi3ws.

(May 6th, 2013)