Déjà Dead (Temperance Brennan, #1)Déjà Dead by Kathy Reichs

I have so many quilt and craft books to review that sometimes I just flee to a good a murder mystery. This was an interesting book to read. It is the first in the series about forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. I have been a long time fan of the TV show, Bones, and finally decided to read the book that was the seed of the show.

This Temperance Brennan is very different from the TV show’s Temperance Brennan, who seems slightly towards the Aspberger’s range. The TV show’s Temperance Brennan also has Booth. This book’s Temperance Brennan has a lot of feelings, definitely feels the social impact of being around other people, is not the boss and makes bad decisions. In short, she is human while the TV Temperance Brennan is vastly different.

Once I settled into that difference, I was impressed by the intelligence that the book’s Temperance Brennan showed, because it reminded me that a person doesn’t have to have Aspberger’s to be highly intelligent. The book is well written and has a good storyline. It was interesting to visit the early 1990s with no cell phones and email availability through universities only.

Like Terri Thayer‘s writing, some of the end parts go too fast and need to be read again. I get that feeling of NEEDING to know what is going to happen and skipping through so fast I miss the details, so I can’t really blame Kathy Reichs.

The other thing I liked about this book is that the author did not pander to the lowest common denominator. This is a book that smart people can sink their teeth into.

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