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Monday Mourning

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Monday Mourning

Temperance Brennan Series, Book 7
Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for both North Carolina and Quebec, has come from Charlotte to Montreal during the bleak days of December to testify as an expert witness at a murder trial. She should be going over her notes, but instead she's digging in the basement of a pizza parlor. Not fun. Freezing cold. Crawling rats. And now, the skeletonized remains of three young women. How did they get there? When did they die?
Homicide detective Luc Claudel believes the bones are historic. Not his case, not his concern. But when Tempe examines the bones in her lab, she establishes approximate age with Carbon 14. Further study of tooth enamel tells her where the women were born. If she's right, Claudel has three recent murders on his hands. Definitely his case.
Detective Andrew Ryan is acting mysteriously. What are those private phone calls he takes in the other room, and why does he suddenly disappear just when Tempe is beginning to hope he might be a permanent part of her life? Looks like more lonely nights for Tempe and Birdie, her cat.
As Tempe searches for answers in both her personal and professional lives, she finds herself drawn deep into a web of evil from which there may be no escape. Women have disappeared, never to return...Tempe may be next.
Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for both North Carolina and Quebec, has come from Charlotte to Montreal during the bleak days of December to testify as an expert witness at a murder trial. She should be going over her notes, but instead she's digging in the basement of a pizza parlor. Not fun. Freezing cold. Crawling rats. And now, the skeletonized remains of three young women. How did they get there? When did they die?
Homicide detective Luc Claudel believes the bones are historic. Not his case, not his concern. But when Tempe examines the bones in her lab, she establishes approximate age with Carbon 14. Further study of tooth enamel tells her where the women were born. If she's right, Claudel has three recent murders on his hands. Definitely his case.
Detective Andrew Ryan is acting mysteriously. What are those private phone calls he takes in the other room, and why does he suddenly disappear just when Tempe is beginning to hope he might be a permanent part of her life? Looks like more lonely nights for Tempe and Birdie, her cat.
As Tempe searches for answers in both her personal and professional lives, she finds herself drawn deep into a web of evil from which there may be no escape. Women have disappeared, never to return...Tempe may be next.
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    Chapter 1

    Monday, Monday...

    Can't trust that day...

    As the tune played inside my head, gunfire exploded in the cramped underground space around me.

    My eyes flew up as muscle, bone, and guts splattered against rock just three feet from me.

    The mangled body seemed glued for a moment, then slid downward, leaving a smear of blood and hair.

    I felt warm droplets on my cheek, backhanded them with a gloved hand.

    Still squatting, I swiveled.

    "Assez!" Enough!

    Sergeant-détective Luc Claudel's brows plunged into a V. He lowered but did not holster his nine-millimeter.

    "Rats. They are the devil's spawn." Claudel's French was clipped and nasal, reflecting his upriver roots.

    "Throw rocks," I snapped.

    "That bastard was big enough to throw them back."

    Hours of squatting in the cold and damp on a December Monday in Montreal had taken a toll. My knees protested as I rose to a standing position.

    "Where is Charbonneau?" I asked, rotating one booted foot, then the other.

    "Questioning the owner. I wish him luck. Moron has the IQ of pea soup."

    "The owner discovered this?" I flapped a hand at the ground behind me.

    "Non. Le plombier."

    "What was a plumber doing in the cellar?"

    "Genius spotted a trapdoor beside the commode, decided to do some underground exploration to acquaint himself with the sewage pipes."

    Remembering my own descent down the rickety staircase, I wondered why anyone would take the risk.

    "The bones were lying on the surface?"

    "Says he tripped on something sticking out of the ground. There." Claudel cocked his chin at a shallow pit where the south wall met the dirt floor. "Pulled it loose. Showed the owner. Together they checked out the local library's anatomy collection to see if the bone was human. Picked a book with nice color pictures since they probably can't read."

    I was about to ask a follow-up question when something clicked above us. Claudel and I looked up, expecting his partner.

    Instead of Charbonneau, we saw a scarecrow man in a knee-length sweater, baggy jeans, and dirty blue Nikes. Pigtails wormed from the lower edge of a red bandanna wrapped his...

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  • Kathy Reichs is the author of seventeen New York Times bestselling novels featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Like her protagonist, Reichs is a forensic anthropologist—one of fewer than one hundred ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. A professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she is a former vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and serves on the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. Reichs's own life, as much as her novels, is the basis for the TV show Bones, one of the longest-running series in the history of the FOX network.
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  • AudioFile Magazine The latest novel by Kathy Reichs again features Tempe Brennan, forensic anthropologist for North Carolina and Quebec--the same role Reichs occupies in real life. While the geography is unusual, Reichs's stories are interesting, educational, well-written, and fun. In this title, Brennan discovers the skeletons of three women in the basement of a pizzeria. Of course, it's Brennan's further "digging" that eventually uncovers the murderer. Michelle Pawk has a soft but strong voice, which she uses effectively, changing her style as Brennan's emotions ebb and flow. Pawk is especially effective when Brennan reveals her feelings about chauvinist detective Luc Claudel and Detective Andrew Ryan, whom Brennan adores, but whose actions leave her wondering if his feelings are reciprocal. D.J.S. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 3, 2004
    Forensic scientist Tempe Brennan isn't happy: it's freezing in Montreal, her detective boyfriend is giving her the cold shoulder and her macho colleagues won't take her seriously. When Reichs's heroine is called in to examine three skeletons discovered in the basement of a pizza parlor at the start of the seventh installment in this popular series, her instincts tell her a crime was recently committed. Chauvinistic homicide detective Luc Claudel doesn't agree, but Tempe forges ahead and soon discovers that the victims are young women, probably teenagers killed sometime in the 1980s. Already feeling vulnerable because she's left her beloved daughter, Katy, back home in North Carolina, Tempe is further troubled by the indifference of formerly avid lover Andrew Ryan (another Montreal detective). Meanwhile, new developments lead Tempe and her reluctant colleagues to suspect a creepy former pawn store owner of serial kidnappings, torture and grisly murder. What's best about Reichs, and often unappreciated in reviews, is not the informative detail that she brings to Tempe's forensic sleuthing, though that's certainly engrossing. It's the same well-observed detail and incisive analysis applied to other aspects of the story. Tempe deconstructs Ryan's every evasive gesture and casual comment and describes an ominously darkened room, the glow from a UV light and an armada of snow plows with vivid precision. Here, as previously, readers will be as invested in Tempe's life as in her case. Agent, Jennifer Rudolph Walsh
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