Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: One Grave Less - 9th in the Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation series
Author: Beverly Connor
Release Date: December 2010
Year/Setting: Present/River Trail Museum of Natural History/Georgia
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Intense
Beverly's Website/Blog: www.beverlyconnor.com
This is the ninth book in the Diane Fallon, Forensic Anthropologist series and, I believe, the author gets better with every book.
Diane has become the head of the River Trail Museum of Natural History in Georgia. One night, while working late, Diane finds herself extremely frightened when she ears strange sounds coming from a Mayan exhibit located inside the museum. Carefully, she walks toward the exhibit, staring anxiously at the ancient Mayan ruin trying desperately to find out where on earth the "moaning" is coming from. Following the eerie sounds, Diane stumbles upon a man, Simone Brooks, lying on the floor among the ruins...covered in blood. The injured person turns out to be a former worker who worked with Diane during a time in her life when she was working as a human rights activist in South America.
The man is grasping a child's femur (leg bone) in his hands and speaks very softly, alerting Diane to the fact that, "It was one of us." Then, without another word, Simone Brooks dies. All alone, Diane finds herself suddenly embroiled in a hideous secret that includes a dead body, a child's leg bone, and a message that couldn't be more mysterious. The investigation immediately draws Diane into the past, to a time when World Accord International was her life. She needs to solve this investigation quickly, before her own human rights are infringed upon.
This tale will grab you right from the beginning. It was a difficult book to read as there is much scientific information to absorb but, the author is so good at describing scenes that you will be able to figure it out. The story coils around like a snake and there is much detail of anthropological work. However, the author is smart, funny and true to her subject. I 'm immediately going on Amazon to find all the titles in this series. I many have missed one along the way, but I plan to remedy that in the very near future. So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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