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Monday Mourning [Reading] ➶ Monday Mourning By Kathy Reichs – Liversite.co.uk The secrets of the dead are in her handsThe bones of three young women are unearthed in the basement of a Montreal pizza parlor, and forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan has unsolved murder on her mi The secrets of the dead are in her handsThe bones of three young women are unearthed in the basement of a Montreal pizza parlor, and forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan has unsolved murder on her mind as she examines the shallowly buried remains Coming up against a homicide cop who is convinced the dead have been entombed on the site for centuries, Tempe perseveres, even with her own relationship with Detective Andrew Ryan at a delicate turning point In the lab, the clean, well perserved bones offer few clues But when Carbonconfirms her hunch that these were recent deaths despite the antique buttons found near the bodies, Tempe s probing must produce answers quickly to stop a killer whose grisly handiwork has seen the light of day.


10 thoughts on “Monday Mourning

  1. Amanda Patterson Amanda Patterson says:

    I have read all of Kathy Reichs s offerings since her first book, Deja Dead was published in 1997 I have to ask myself why.I don t particularly like Temperance Brennan, Kathy Reichs forensic heroine I don t like the settings of her novels, and even though I speak French, I don t like it when her characters do Kathy Reichs has excellent story ideas and her plots are gripping However, her characterization is weak She seems to have decided that Tempe needs problems, and throws in a drinking p I have read all of Kathy Reichs s offerings since her first book, Deja Dead was published in 1997 I have to ask myself why.I don t particularly like Temperance Brennan, Kathy Reichs forensic heroine I don t like the settings of her novels, and even though I speak French, I don t like it when her characters do Kathy Reichs has excellent story ideas and her plots are gripping However, her characterization is weak She seems to have decided that Tempe needs problems, and throws in a drinking problem and a wandering daughter There s nothing wrong with this, but the two never impact on the storylines.In Monday Mourning, Tempe is called in to investigate the discovery of 3 skeletons in the basement of a Montreal pizza parlour Everyone with an acronym, and believe me, Reichs can come up with plenty, believes that the remains are historical However Tempe carbon dates the bones and finds out that they are the remains of 3 teenage women from the 1980s Tempe s love life is not going well and to be honest, I forgave the yummy sounding Detective Andrew Ryan Tempe is annoying A subplot about Tempe s friend, Anne, who comes to stay when her marriage is in trouble, does not help Neither does the formula for an ending.What sets Reichs apart from Cornwell Co is her tremendous attention to detail She is one of the world s foremost experts in forensic anthropology If you like this, you ll love her novels However, if like me, you ve been hooked by another writer in this genre called Karin Slaughter, you ll realize how much Reichs misses as an author I ve discovered why I have this on off relationship with Reichs s books I don t care enough for Tempe And I don t like Reichs s writing style She tells us too much This is probably the correct thing to do in a medical report or a court, but it s not right for a novel


  2. Jerry B Jerry B says:

    Maybe best yet in unusual skeleton doc series This is the seventh novel in the successful and best selling Tempe Brennon, board certified forensic pathologist, series Tempe is an exact replica of author Dr Reichs in real life same job, same education and background, and same dividing her time between two job settings one in Montreal she speaks fluent French and one in North Carolina Early in the book, Tempe testifies as an expert witness, but this was really just a ploy to describe the Maybe best yet in unusual skeleton doc series This is the seventh novel in the successful and best selling Tempe Brennon, board certified forensic pathologist, series Tempe is an exact replica of author Dr Reichs in real life same job, same education and background, and same dividing her time between two job settings one in Montreal she speaks fluent French and one in North Carolina Early in the book, Tempe testifies as an expert witness, but this was really just a ploy to describe the glowing credentials of our two heroines Tempe and the real life one and establish just what it is that they do sophisticated bone analysis to assist traditional medical examiners and coroners The plot per se gets cooking when three skeletons of undetermined age are discovered in the earthen cellar of a small pizza parlour While the technical details get a bit much from time to time, Tempe eventually uses carbon dating techniques to determine the likely ages of the bones and to start developing realistic leads re the identities of the victims, seemingly all teenaged young women A variety of somewhat undesirable people and businesses have passed through the pizza joint building, adding to the suspense As usual, the Canadian cops hold Tempe at arms length as they have trouble getting excited about the case until it seems likelycurrent victims are at risk The intriguing plot concludes with some first class detecting and a little bit of an implausible fire rescue scene with of course Tempe at the heart of the heroics.We ve read this entire set and like the fresh territory it generally covers While Tempe herself is not exactly that charming a persona, she has a great intellect coupled with a great caring about her work Those factors combine to make her relentless in stalking the details and, when possible, the perpetrators of the crimes with which she s engaged A love affair with cop Andrew Ryan is tending to get a little tiresome, and they are at odds throughout most of this story when Ryan appears to be cheating A best girlfriend of Tempe s Anne comes to visit and gets a lot of print, though we never were really quite sure how that fit into the scheme of things Nevertheless, we found Mourning to be a superb addition to the set to date, featuring Tempe s detective work at her best, with a tremendously clever and satisfying conclusion If one has not tried Reich s work yet, this one would make a great start


  3. Alaina Alaina says:

    I am so happy to be diving back into this series I also really like these freaking audios flying through them Monday Mourning gives you so much mysterious drama I loved it Especially the little romance one between Brennan and Ryan The only think I didn t like was that Ryan didn t really believe or know about this certain surprise until like maybe a week or two before he told Brennan Yeah, that kind of pissed me off because he was sort of making her think that he was unfaithful if ya I am so happy to be diving back into this series I also really like these freaking audios flying through them Monday Mourning gives you so much mysterious drama I loved it Especially the little romance one between Brennan and Ryan The only think I didn t like was that Ryan didn t really believe or know about this certain surprise until like maybe a week or two before he told Brennan Yeah, that kind of pissed me off because he was sort of making her think that he was unfaithful if ya get my drift.Other than that, I loved the murder mystery Listening to these books just makes me want to dive back into re watching season one of this show This book is also making me crave pizza like crazy and finding gluten free pizza is a bitch so thanks book Brennan is such a bad ass little detective. but I feel like she needs to supervised at all times because this girl is ALWAYS in danger I don t know where Ryan is half the time but he needs to babysit her so she doesn t get hurt or something Overall, loved this book and the whole twists and turns it gave me I still don t like the ending because I think it could ve been handled better. but that s mostly because I m comparing the shit out of this book the characters to the show I can t help it guys


  4. Erin Erin says:

    Perhaps one of the very few mystery series that I don t necessarily read in chronological order.The seventh installment takes place in Montreal, Quebec in early December as Temperance Brennan works alongside detectives Claudel and Charbonneau to solve a mystery as to why the basement of a pizza parlour has skeletal remains.There s plenty of the usual angst in Tempe s personal life too, but the mystery is always the primary goal I ve stated before that I prefer the books to the show and I absol Perhaps one of the very few mystery series that I don t necessarily read in chronological order.The seventh installment takes place in Montreal, Quebec in early December as Temperance Brennan works alongside detectives Claudel and Charbonneau to solve a mystery as to why the basement of a pizza parlour has skeletal remains.There s plenty of the usual angst in Tempe s personal life too, but the mystery is always the primary goal I ve stated before that I prefer the books to the show and I absolutely love when the storyline is in Montreal The latter is probably swayed by the fact that I recognize all the Montreal streets and landmarks mentioned in the story I also prefer the character of Andrew Ryan to Tempe s ex, but I might be in the minority there


  5. Dee Dee says:

    Two haiku review Bones found in cellarUnidentified teen girlsWhat happened to them One of series bestExciting plot twists and turnsPlus relationship


  6. Sita Sita says:

    Well, the science was good As usual it was thoroughly researched and I learned something new, about Carbon dating But, I can t help feeling the storyline just gets formulaic Got news about boyfriend seeing other woman, instead of asking she just keep quiet Then towards the end, of course she had to go to the house without telling anyone I mean, come on, this works on book 1 or 2 but by book 7 you think she d know better than plunge headfirst into potentially dangerous sitch don t you Oh we Well, the science was good As usual it was thoroughly researched and I learned something new, about Carbon dating But, I can t help feeling the storyline just gets formulaic Got news about boyfriend seeing other woman, instead of asking she just keep quiet Then towards the end, of course she had to go to the house without telling anyone I mean, come on, this works on book 1 or 2 but by book 7 you think she d know better than plunge headfirst into potentially dangerous sitch don t you Oh well I probably keep reading the series anyhoo


  7. Mary Mary says:

    Tempe has just suffered her seventh traumatic brain injury to date and i know the story will devolve into the usual formulaic ending so I don t really have to keep reading from here do I I am surprised she is not a shambling, drooling amnesiac, she s been hit in the head so much As always, I found the first 85% or so of this novel to be pretty interesting but I am getting annoyed at the tediously repetitious denouement Can t Ms Reichs come up with some other way to draw her novels to a clos Tempe has just suffered her seventh traumatic brain injury to date and i know the story will devolve into the usual formulaic ending so I don t really have to keep reading from here do I I am surprised she is not a shambling, drooling amnesiac, she s been hit in the head so much As always, I found the first 85% or so of this novel to be pretty interesting but I am getting annoyed at the tediously repetitious denouement Can t Ms Reichs come up with some other way to draw her novels to a close


  8. Jocelyn Jocelyn says:

    Oh, Tempe I ve been in a relationship with you for 7 books now Things are going well, I m having fun, but honey we need to talk You need to either install a GPS tracking chip in your arm so people know where you are or maybe just actually tell people where you re going Crazy, I know Otherwise, the same scenario is just going to keep happening You ll go after someone alone and solve the case, but not before getting whacked in the head and tied up, hoping the boys in blue figure out where yo Oh, Tempe I ve been in a relationship with you for 7 books now Things are going well, I m having fun, but honey we need to talk You need to either install a GPS tracking chip in your arm so people know where you are or maybe just actually tell people where you re going Crazy, I know Otherwise, the same scenario is just going to keep happening You ll go after someone alone and solve the case, but not before getting whacked in the head and tied up, hoping the boys in blue figure out where you are just in the nick of time Not that you make it easy for them You ve hadconcussions than an NFL player If not for me, please do it for your beautiful brain Or take a karate class


  9. Jeffrey Jeffrey says:

    In a horrendous regression from her recent work in the series, Kathy Reichs reverts back to her procedural roots in a story that is obvious, unsurprising, and, frankly, just unentertaining.Three sets of bones are found in the basement of a pizza parlour it s Quebecois, with a u and they turn out to belong to missing girls What these girls have fallen into isn t terribly surprising, nor is there really an opportunity to develop mystery, because it becomes pretty clear who the killer is as soo In a horrendous regression from her recent work in the series, Kathy Reichs reverts back to her procedural roots in a story that is obvious, unsurprising, and, frankly, just unentertaining.Three sets of bones are found in the basement of a pizza parlour it s Quebecois, with a u and they turn out to belong to missing girls What these girls have fallen into isn t terribly surprising, nor is there really an opportunity to develop mystery, because it becomes pretty clear who the killer is as soon as the limited necessary information is introduced.That s the real problem with this volume It takes up 300 pages because Reichs denies Brennan reasonably determinable information or reasonable conclusions based upon already presented evidence solely to keep the book from ending too soon Instead we get delayed by the stop start relationship of Ryan, the addition of a friend in distress, and just things take time None of it is particuarly entertaining and I thought we had overcome the hitches with Ryan in the previous volume I suppose I should be thankful that at least our add on friend family member was not actually caught up in the plot like so many previous ones.If you are a completist, go ahead and read this Otherwise, I think it s time to drop out


  10. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    I always enjoy the Temperance Brennan novels, but I tend to favor the ones set outside of Canada Monday Mourning ended up being the exception I loved the mystery and the back and forth during the investigation between Tempe and Claudel Kathy Reichs has a way of dumbing down the science so readers can firmly grasp the concepts presented and that was highly effective in this novel The only thing I didn t enjoy was Tempe s reactions to her issues with Ryan She s strong and straight forward i I always enjoy the Temperance Brennan novels, but I tend to favor the ones set outside of Canada Monday Mourning ended up being the exception I loved the mystery and the back and forth during the investigation between Tempe and Claudel Kathy Reichs has a way of dumbing down the science so readers can firmly grasp the concepts presented and that was highly effective in this novel The only thing I didn t enjoy was Tempe s reactions to her issues with Ryan She s strong and straight forward in all aspects of her life, including romantic relationships, but when she suspects something is wrong with her situation with Ryan she actively avoids confrontation and deals completely immaturely She seems to be reacting against character emotionally and I found that both distracting and annoying A killer Temperance Brennan novel as long as you just ignore the romance


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