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Amore by Laura Wolf
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Another Perfect Day by Steven Popkes
Bad Manners by Chris Manby
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Church of the Dog by Kaya McLaren
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Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James
A Day in the Life of my Great Brit Book Tour by Adriana Trigiani
Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs
The Dinosaur Train by James L. Cambrias
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
El Tigre by John H. Manhold
Five by Julianna Baggott
Flip and Flop by Dawn Apperley
The Fourth Watcher by Timothy Hallnan
The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
A Grave Mistake by Stella Cameron
The Great Waldo Search by Martin Handfold
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
I Know a Woman by Quinn Dalton
Leaving a Light On by Claire LaZebnik
Lifetime Loser by James Ross
Moving Day by Cindy Chupack
An Open Letter to Earth by Scott Dalrymple
Persistence of Memory by J. M. Snyder
Poison Victory by Albert E. Cowdrey
The Political Prisoner by Charles Coleman Finlay
Pump Six by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Regent's Knight by J. M. Snyder
Shades of Darkness, Shades of Grace
Simplexity by Jeffrey Kluger
Smoky the Baby Goat by Mary Elting Folsom and Veronica Reed
There's a Cow in the Cabbage Patch by Clare Beaton and Stella Blackstone
The Truth About Nigel by Jennifer Weiner
The Two-Month Itch by Sarah Mlynowski
Voodoo Dolls, C-Cups and Eminem by Melissa Senate
Yoga Babe by Lauren Henderson

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Comments for Deja Dead

Deja DeadDeja Dead: 08/11/08

Back in December 2007, I received Cross Bones, the second in the Temperance Brennan series. Déjá Dead (1997) is the book that started it.

Déjá Dead is a pun on déja mort (already dead), a term that comes up in one of the autopsies of bodies found dismembered and stuffed in garbage bags. To Tempe the recent murders look oddly familiar, giving her an unsettling feeling of déjá vu.

Like the Cross Bones, the book suffers from being too long. A little bit of Quebecois culture would suffice in setting the stage and showing that Tempe isn't a native of Montreal. After a while, though, the plot gets bogged down with Tempe's endless asides on the cultural quirks and her own troubles with Québec's dialect of French.

The other main weakness which is supposed to be a feature of the novel is Tempe's personal life. Unfortunately, like so many mystery-thrillers, all that personal life padding is a big red flashing sign saying that Tempe and / or her loved ones will be targets of the yet to be discovered killer. It's so painfully obvious by about page 50, that when these events do finally played out, it's a relief to have them over.

Whether in the book as an older, wiser character living in Montreal or as the younger and almost completely socially inept television version, Tempe's personal life is still a boring distraction from the mysteries.

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Comment #1: Tuesday, August, 12, 2008 at 19:34:51

Nicola Manning

Oh man, sorry Sarah but I have to disagree this time. I love Reichs' books and the mystery in this one really got me going.

"Personally, as a mystery fan, I just love series that focus on the main character's personal life. It's what keeps me reading the whole darn series.

"The TV show, Bones, on the other hand, which has nothing to do with the books, is not anywhere near as good as the books. But I watch it because Angel (oops, I mean David Boreanaz) is so dreamy!"



Comment #2: Wednesday, August, 13, 2008 at 10:20:15

Pussreboots

I don't mind a little bit of personal character development but I don't think 300 pages of a 500 page mystery novel should be taken up with Tempe's day to day drama. I'm reading the book for the mystery, not the soap opera.

"I realize too that the books and the TV shows aren't the same but both make the effort to market the other. The newer books mention the "hit TV show" on the cover blurbs and the commercials for the TV show do sometimes mention the books. In both cases the plots often times get bogged down with personal stuff."