Death du Jour Book Summary and Study Guide

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Dr. Temperance Brennan, the forensic anthropologist/college professor, travels from North Carolina to Quebec to perform a routine skeletal exam during her students' spring break. However, things quickly become more complicated when several bodies are discovered nearby, burnt beyond recognition and needing her expertise. The deaths are soon connected to a strange place near Tempe's home in the Carolinas, leading to an investigation of a cult, several additional murders, and even the involvement of Tempe's own sister. With the help of homicide detective Andrew Ryan, Tempe believes she has solved the crime - but will she be in time to prevent more deaths?
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The review of this Book prepared by Marci Hendrickson

The protagonist is a forensic anthropologist dividing her time between Quebec and the Carolinas. This story starts in Montreal with Dr Temperance Brennan digging for a long dead corpse in a legal grave. Then her cases escalate, a household fire in Montreal reveals seven bodies, two charred beyond recognition, then two more are found in a shallow grave in the Carolinas. Reichs has a great skill in bring her cases together even the exhumation of a nun is connected to the mass murders that seem to be coming to her lab.
The review of this Book prepared by Penny

A definite page turner. Forensic anthropologist has 2 jobs - professor in NC also works for the coroner of Montreal. Finds bodies in both locations that seem to be connected in some way.
The review of this Book prepared by Marge

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 16.7%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 13.3% Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Big focus on forensic evidence    -   Big focus on autopsies Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   Deep South The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Canada Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   biology/medical Unusual forms of death    -   hanging Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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