Deja Dead is the first novel in the Temperance Brennan series by author Kathy Reichs. After a mutilated body is discovered in Montreal a anthropologist is request as a standard autopsy won't work. Temperance Brennan is called in. As she investigates the murder she discovers a number of cold cases that share a similar MO but cannot convince the Montreal police that the cases are linked and that there is a serial killer on the loose. She decides to investigate herself putting herself and loved ones in danger.
I discovered the Temperance Brennan book from watching the TV series Bones.