Tuesday, May 01, 2007

What Mrs. N's Been Reading - The Angel of Death

I just finished Alane Ferguson's The Angel of Death. If you're a CSI fan you'll like her stuff. The main character is 17-year-old Cameryn Mahoney, who works as an assistant to her father, the coroner in a small Colorado town. A teacher is found dead under very grisly and mysterious circumstances and Cameryn is called in to help with the case. She is also dealing with the sudden reappearance in her life of the mother that abandoned the family several years earlier, and her best friend now having a boyfriend who upsets the balance in their relationship. The book is not for the very squeamish. The dead body and the autopsy are described in detail. It's grisly (but hey, so are deaths and autopsies!) but its done for accuracy, not for shock value. For anyone interested in forensics, it also delves a bit into how those in the field get through tough situations, like when they know the victim. This is the second in a series that started with The Christopher Killers. I don't know why I picked up the second rather than the first one, but as it turned out, you really don't need to have read the first one first. The author does a nice job of filling you in on anything important that you might have missed. If you're interested in forensics and don't mind a bit of grisly detail, definitely check it out.

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