Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Short & Sweet Review: Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs (audio)

Title: Monday Mourning   
Author: Kathy Reichs    
Series: Temperance Brennan, #7     
Narrator: Michele Pawk  
Published: June 2004, Simon & Schuster Audio   
Length: 9 hours 44 minutes   
Source: Personal copy via Audible   

The secrets of the dead are in her hands.

The 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 Carbon 14 confirms 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.
***Short & Sweet Reviews are short, quick reviews. These will mainly be used for series books where I have already done full reviews on some of the earlier books or for books that I feel will suffice with a quick review. These will not be used for review requests or blog tours.

My thoughts: As I've stated before, I'm slowly making my way through this series. I came to the series late, and am for the most part reading (or rather listening to it) in order, except for the fact that I got the latest book, Bones Never Lie, last year at BEA. Of course, I had to read that right away. In that book, there was mention of a previous case that I obviously hadn't read yet - until now! This is the book that Bones Never Lie references and now it all kinda makes sense. I do need to go back and glance through that book just to put it back in perspective, but I do think I now understand the background.

This book takes Tempe back to Montreal and has her working on quite a case. I just love the back and forth that goes on between Tempe and Claudel - his attitude really grates on her nerves and she gives it right back! The use of Carbon 14 was interesting - I vaguely remember hearing a little about this in the news, so it's interesting to see how it can be of use in cases like these.

And then there's the relationship angle. Ryan is acting all sorts of suspicious. Tempe is not sure what to do until he finally reveals all. How will this play into their relationship or will this be the end of them?

Audio thoughts: Another installment in this series, another new narrator...I'm kinda getting used to the fact that each book has a different narrator. It's just annoying that the narrator keeps changing, especially since I'm listening to these backs in quick succession...I get used to one narrator's voice, only to have to get use to another with the next book. But that's just a personal quirk. The audio production itself was done well and it was easy to follow along and know who was speaking as each character did have a unique voice. Michele Pawk even did a good job with the French accents and words.

Books in this series:

  1. Deja Dead                                12.  206 Bones
  2. Death du Jour                       13.  Spider Bones
  3. Deadly Decisions                 14.  Flash & Bones
  4. Fatal Voyage                         15.  Bones are Forever
  5. Grave Secrets                        15.5  Bones in Her Pocket
  6. Bare Bones                              16.  Bones of the Lost
  7. Monday Mourning              16.5  Swamp Bones
  8. Cross Bones                            17.  Bones Never Lie
  9. Break No Bones                    18.  Speaking in Bones - due out Jul 2015
  10. Bones to Ashes
  11. Devil Bones

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