Way back in November of 2016 I reviewed Reichs’ first novel in the ‘Temperance Brennan’ series, Déjà Dead.
*To read my review of Déjà Dead, click here*
While I enjoyed it, my biggest criticism, which is a quirk entirely on me, was that the characters I had grown to love in the television adaptation were nothing like how they were represented in the novel.
It took me three years to want to take another wack at the series, and that is why today’s review is on Death du Jour (Temperance Brennan #2).
Interested to see if I could put aside the characterization in Bones in order to enjoy Death du Jour? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
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Death du Jour (Temperance Brennan #2) by Kathy Reichs
Publisher: Pocket Books (September 9, 2015, first published 1999)
Print Length: 384 pages
Readers of Kathy Reichs’s cool and clever first forensic thriller Déjà Dead will recognize the ironic voice of Tempe (short for Temperance) Brennan, the North Carolina-born scientist who winds up working at the Laboratoire de Médicine Légale in Montreal. Here she bristles at the conservative attitudes of some of her Canadian colleagues
Despite the cold weather, Tempe’s workload quickly becomes heavy: the bones of a long-dead nun now up for sainthood have been moved and tampered with; a deadly house fire turns out to be arson; and a university teaching assistant disappears after joining a cult. Tempe must figure out where (and why) all the bodies are buried in the hard Canadian ground. Her investigations take her home to North Carolina, and to a strange colony living on an offshore island.
With a muddled plot and static characters, Death du Jour failed to live up to its predecessor, Déjà Dead.
I think what disappointed me the most with this second novel is that it read more like a first in a series. With three main mysteries taking place, the plot was muddled down with Temperance figuring something important out, only to not share it with the reader until the end of the novel. Also, it was rather odd that all three mysteries, one being from the 1800s, in someway connected with one another by the end of the book. It made it unbelievable and a little inconsequential.
In my review for Déjà Dead, I did mention how accessible I thought the forensics were for someone who knew very little before going into a novel heavy in scientific terms. Once again, Riechs is able to make the study of the dead interesting, although, I did find there were more forensic scenes in this novel compared to the last.
While I once again found myself having issue separating the television version of Temperance and the novel version of Temperance, I must say I enjoyed seeing how the character grew from the previous installment. However, I was much more invested in Andrew Ryan, given that he reminded me very heavily of Seeley Booth. If I do continue with this series I hope it takes less time for Temperance and Andrew to get together, versus the almost seven season I had to endure before Booth and Brennan got together.
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on Death du Jour (Temperance Brennan #1) by Kathy Reichs. Have any crime novel recommendation? Leave it as a comment below and help my TBR grow.