by Kathy Reichs
Category: Fiction / Crime
6 pages; ISBN: 074353641X
Rating: 10/10 (Ratings explained)
I have thoroughly enjoyed the writings of Kathy Reichs and her character, Tempe Brennan. Until I read “Monday Mourning” I didn’t know why I thought the writing was superb. Ms. Reichs does an afterword and from this I learned that she is a forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina, and for the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Quebec. When you write about what you know, you write the best.
Monday Mourning continues with the characters of Tempe, her cat, Birdie, Detective Andrew Ryan and Detective Claudel. “Monday Mourning” finds Tempe in the basement of a pizza parlor in Montreal with bones and…RATS! Detective Claudel believes the bones are from a long ago burial but Tempe doesn’t believe this at all.
In the midst of delving into the forensics of the bones with Carbon 14 dating, Tempe’s friend, Ann, shows up on her doorstep. She is in crisis and leans on Tempe for an ear to bend about her troubles. When Tempe brings Ann to her apartment, they find it has been burglarized. Detective Andrew Ryan arrives just as the girls are trying to decide whether or not to enter the apartment. After the police have been called, he helps the girls clean up enough to be able to sleep safely in the apartment. Between the bones, Claudel giving Tempe a hard time about why she is so concerned with them, Ryan being secretive about the girl living with him and Ann’s problems with her husband, Tempe is about to lose her mind.
Investigation discovers a connection between runaways and Stephen Manard from Vermont. The Carbon 14 shows where the victims had lived but searching police files leads no where. The police locate a home owned by Manard in Montreal and from this point, the story takes a twist I didn’t see coming. Does Ryan love Tempe? Is the man the police talked to really Manard? Is the girl living with Manard his wife or captive? Who are the victims found in the basement? Grab a copy of “Monday Mourning” and don’t stop listening until the very end.