Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: The Night Killer - 8th in the Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation Mystery series
Author: Beverly Connor
Release Date: April 2010
Year/Setting: Present day
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate/Extreme
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Extreme
Beverly's Website: www.beverlyconnor.net
A very skilled story reminding readers of Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta and Kathy Reichs' Dr. Brennan. An extremely intelligent Doctor/Detective who brings us her own strengths and suggestive language. A woman who certainly can take care of herself in dicey situations.
The heroine, Diane Fallon, who is a forensic anthropologist is trying to drive through a storm on a back road in the mountains of North Georgia, after meeting with a couple that were loaning Indian arrowheads to the RiverTrail Museum of Natural History. Diane is a director of the museum and also director of the Rosewood, Georgia crime lab housed in the museum. She is on her way back to the museum when her truck slid into a rut and she thought she was stuck. Luckily, she extricated herself from the mud and went on a short way until she heard a crack of lightning and a tree fell across the hood of her car. Looking out of the window she spied a skeleton that been inside the trunk of a dead tree. When she got out of the truck to investigate she is trapped by a stranger and has to run for her life. She finally gets back to the home of the couple that she had left a few minutes before and finds them dead in their kitchen. Their throats had been cut. All alone at night on a muddy mountain road Diane is able to call the Sheriff's office and the fun begins. Diane starts to investigate the murders and runs into many secrets that were kept by area people and some of her so called friends are on her case. She may not live to see this place again unless she and her friends from the lab can figure out who the body in the tree is. Also, the law in this county cannot be trusted. There are quite a few surprises in store for our heroine.
The author is adept in combining Diane with some very intelligent and amusing people and don't forget the dangerous people in this book. The plot and characters along with the solution to the crime are very sophisticated and the politics of this back country area are wicked. So, pick up this book and settle down for a good read. Believe me, you will be surprised and be prepared to read it in one sitting.
Enjoy and I'll talk to you soon,
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