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2.0 out of 5 stars Nancy Drew, M.D., February 9, 2009
This review is from: Monday Mourning: A Tempe Brennan Novel (Temperance Brennan Novels) (Mass Market Paperback)
This is my first Temperance Brennan novel. And likely my last. I give it two stars because it's readable (or, in my case, listenable). I'll echo other reviewers here in complaining that

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the author sends her heroine senselessly and stupidly into a near-certain jeopardy situation - without backup - near the end, solely to create a climax and resolution. This might work if Brennan were a police officer, but she's not - and has no business, credentials, or training to get involved as she does. (And bringing a civilian friend along to "help"? - huh? "Nancy Drew and her best friend Bess Solve the Scary Skeleton Mystery".)
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I found her excruciating forensic explanations too long by half; I imagine that there are interested readers who are pleased by learning about strontium testing, the details of skeletal analysis and measurement, and using the correct names for the various parts that are being described. I'm not one of them; could I have some more plot, please?

But most of all, I started to dislike Brennan herself. She wonders about her boyfriend for two weeks, yet can't work up the guts to ask him a straightforward questions about their relationship. She can't stand Luc Claudel, yet when he does her a big favor she can't find the words "Thank you" (okay, it should be "Merci"). She is such a recognized and admired medical professional that it takes hours to relate her credentials on the witness stand, yet she is one of the most personally immature heroines I've ever read about.

I couldn't help but recall another mystery novel I have recently listened to (both on tape) which also begins with the discovery of skeletons in a basement: Ian Rankin's "Fleshmarket Alley". If you read both of these, the comparison will be fruitful.
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Initial post: Jul 16, 2012 2:32:49 PM PDT
m.little says:
You managed to express my thoughts exactly regarding this book...and what is fast becoming this series!! I bought the first 14 in this series and by the 3rd one was starting to get annoyed, but held out hope. After Monday Mourning, I am tired of reading every street name in Montreal, her immaturity in all of her relationships, her having to be saved because of bad decisions on her part, and the same old tired character descriptions! Since I still have 7 unread novels (already bough)t, I am holding out that Reichs will break free from what's fast becoming formulaic...or I may have to take up drinking Scotch!!
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