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Monday Mourning – Kathy Reichs

on June 13, 2010

This book should’ve been read before Cross Bones, but it was the one that wasn’t in Borders that I had to have shipped from the US. It arrived on Friday, with Dead In The Family and another book and I’ve read all 3 of them already. I really do have no life. It’s cold (winter here, and currently pretty freezing). My fiancé has been doing muchos work and is barely home. Usually it’s me and the bubba. He’s pretty good at playing with his toys, watching the shows he likes on TV or hopping up on the couch with me and giving me snuggles while I read.So, because of all that – I’m getting through a lot of books right now.

First off – this one is about 20x better than Cross Bones,  so I’m hoping that Cross Bones really just was a once off shocker. This one starts off with the bones of three young women being found in a basement underneath a pizza parlour. The bodies are all decomposed and dry so the cop who caught the case, the charming Luc Claudel thinks they are old, probably over a century and not really worth worrying about because 100+ year old buttons were found with the bones. Can’t arrest someone for a murder that’s 100yrs old. Anyway, this gets Tempe’s back up (actually, Claudel pretty much always gets her back up) so she organises some expensive tests and has the bones Carbon-14 dated. The results come back – either the bones have been there since the 1950s, or they’ve been there since after the 1980’s. Something something, radiocarbons in the atmosphere/soil/something. I’m not very scientifically minded, but you don’t need to be. The gist is – either 1950 or post 80’s. And because this is a novel I’m not yet a quarter of the way through, I know immediately it’ll be post 1980’s. And it is, because a sealant on one of the victims teeth wasn’t developed until the 70s and was widely used in the 80s and 90s. Cop that, Luc Claudel!

While Tempe is investigating, she gets a call from an elderly lady who claims to know why there are bodies in the basement of the pizza parlous. It’s a bad connection and Tempe only hears that her name is possibly Gallant or Ballant, something like that. The connection cuts out and although she rings back and leaves her number on Tempe’s machine, Tempe cannot get in contact with her at all over the next few days. That throws her in to working once again with Andrew Ryan, her on-again, off-again lover. At the end of the last book they seemed pretty happy, but it’s clear in this one that things aren’t right. Ryan is distant, vague. Making excuses and ducking out. Leaving in the middle of dinner. And then Charbonneau, Claudel’s partner, tells Tempe (he’s unaware the two are lovers) that he’s seen Ryan “squiring one half his age” around town. Tempe’s hurt and yet, sort of resigned. Detective Ryan’s Lothario rep was well known to her. I do like that in this book, she calls him ‘Andy’ when speaking to him. Even if one of the times  is incredibly sarcastic. Often she refers to him as ‘Ryan’, even when speaking to his face, which I find very odd. I can’t imagine ever seriously calling my fiancé as {last name}. I may do it on a very rare occasion when we are mucking around competitively or something. But not in everyday conversation.

I enjoyed everything about this one. The mystery and trying to find out what happened to those girls. The interaction between Tempe and the other characters, particularly Claudel and Ryan. The forensic details were enough for you to know some sciency sh*t was going on but they didn’t go for pages and pages and take over the whole story.


(Book #31 of my 50 Book Challenge)

One response to “Monday Mourning – Kathy Reichs

  1. […] Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs. Still going here I see. More Tempe. […]

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