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Mini-review: Circle of Blood (Forensic Mystery #3) by Alane Ferguson

Product Details:

Reading Level: YA
Pages: 256
Publisher: February 28th 2008 by Viking Juvenile
ISBN: 9780670060566
Source: friend's copy
Product link on Amazon and Goodreads.
Link: The Christopher Killer (book 1) and Angel of Death (book 2)


The Circle of Blood (Forensic Mystery, # 3)
As the assistant to her father, the county coroner of Silverton, Colorado, Cameryn Mahoney gets to witness all aspects of death, including the autopsy room. Yet somehow that feels easy, compared to her personal life. Now that her long-lost mother has made a surprise return, Cameryn�s more confused than ever. Things only get worse when she and her mother pick up a mysterious young hitchhiker. Cameryn senses that the girl is running away from something, but before she can find out more, the girl is found dead a gun in her hand. Is it suicide? Or something even more sinister?

Once again I can say that I am so proud of myself for reading outside of my normal genre. I have been continuing to read The Christopher Killer series because a co-worker told me how good these books are. Circle of Blood is the third book in the series and is a hauntingly realistic forensic murder mystery… A far cry from my normal fantasy books.

Like all of the books in this series, this one was extremely detailed. If I were writing a forensic mystery novel, I would base my entire content off of what I saw on CSI and Law and Order. Seriously. The author spent a lot of time doing her homework to make sure that her details and facts were accurate and believable. That really made the difference in this book, but it also made my stomach churn at times. Some of the descriptions are really graphic! And my over-active imagination had a field day with the visualization.

Also like the other books in the series, the plot in Cirlce of Blood was well developed and had a nice twist. The characters complimented one another nicely and were believable. Cammie is continuing to grow as a character, and also learning to face her difficult past. I'm finding myself engrossed in the side stories as much as the murder mysteries.

If you are the type like always gravitates towards contemporary reads, you might want to give this series a try. It’s not a mushy summer romance book, but it is 100% believable (and that’s scary). If you’re like me and tend to stick with one specific genre, it’s time to branch out and try something new. Live on the edge!

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