Published in: 1997
Edition read: Paperback
Series: Temperance Brennan, Book 1
The meticulously dismembered body of a woman is discovered in the grounds of an abandoned monastery.
‘Too decomposed for standard autopsy. Request anthropologic expertise.’
Enter Dr Temperance Brennan, Director of Forensic Anthropology for the province of Quebec, who has been researching recent disappearances in the city.
Despite the cynicism of Detective Claudel who heads the investigation, Brennan is convinced that a serial killer is at work. Her forensic expertise finally convinces Claudel, but only after the body count has risen…
Tempe takes matters into her own hands, but her determined probing places those closest to her in mortal danger. Can Tempe make her crucial breakthrough before the killer strikes again?
Having been a long-time fan of the television series, I thought it was high time I read the books- and not just random ones in the series, like I had been, but from book 1 all the way through. Because I like to torture myself by reading entire book series in order. Anyhoodle.
Tempe is older in the books than the show, in her mid-40’s and with a grown daughter, an estranged husband, and a cat named Birdie. She’s in Montreal hunting a serial murderer whose seriously sick, and dealing with her best friend acting like a nut-case. Unlike the usual kinds of ‘murder mystery’ books, you don’t know who the murderer is as it’s not a central character that you’ve been given clues to. No, this mystery has suspects a mile long, bodies piling up, a double-mystery occurring that link up in the end, and the actual murderer doesn’t really turn up til the last few pages, because that’s when Tempe and the cops finally figure out who he is.
It’s a different kind of mystery and I enjoyed it, even if I cringed over the 90’s references (anyone remember pagers? They use them frequently).
Deja Dead rating: 7/10
Would I re-read it? Yes
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the television series (but be warned- it’s almost a different series, as the only character the same is Tempe/Bones. Literally every other character is different!). Otherwise, for fans of murder mysteries, forensics, forensic anthropology, crime, drama, etc.
Author’s website: http://kathyreichs.com/deja-dead/