Death du Jour is the second book of the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs that was adapted for TV. I read it first, and then the first book of the series. I got mixed up between the two! So here’s my review.
Remember, I might be the wind, but you control the kite.
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 over a century and now a candidate for sainthood, should lie 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’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? 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 professor, a mysterious commune, and a primate colony on a Carolina island.
I had some problems getting into the first book of the series. But this one I got sucked into it in about ten pages. The story was compelling. But most of all, the author figured out the perfect moments to release information. And she knew when to withhold them. And that’s what makes an excellent crime novel.
More than anything, I found that it was one of the best continuations of a series that I have ever read. Most of the time, books are just the same quality or worst than the first. But this one was even better than the first one!