Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Readin'


Book Review: Dead Hunt by Beverly Connor




It’s been a fairly low-energy week for me because I’ve had a nagging case of the sniffles.

Fortunately, before I started getting all sneezy, I’d stopped by the local big box book emporium for some fresh reading. It took some searching but I eventually managed to locate the sole copy of Beverly Connor’s Dead Hunt that the store had gotten in. They only ever keep a single copy of her most recent “Diane Fallon” series in stock and I am beginning to think that I am the only person in town who has read any of her books.

Which is a shame.

Connor writes two “detectives”. The first series is comprised of archeological mysteries, featuring Lindsay Chamberlain. The series is out of print in the US but Connor’s website promises a new “Lindsay Chamberlain” title in the not-too-distant future. If you’re a fan of archeological mysteries, it’s worth seeking out this series on the web or in used book stores.

The second is the “Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation” series and Dead Hunt is the fifth title.

Diane Fallon is the director of a natural history museum in Georgia. She has a background in forensic anthropology and also heads a crime lab that is housed in the same building as the museum. Juggling criminal investigations, small town politics, museum administration and – well – life can be stressful so, for relaxation, Dr. Fallon enjoys spelunking.

In Dead Hunt, Fallon becomes involved in the search for a “black widow” while coping with allegations that the museum is purchasing illegal antiquities. She becomes, simultaneously, the prime suspect in a grisly murder and the target of a killer. And her neighbors are getting fed up with all of the excitement that seems to follow her home.

What makes Beverly Connor’s "Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation" books enjoyable is the way that she crafts mysteries that interweave past and present in unsuspecting ways. Her books are more character- and plot-driven mysteries than strict procedurals. And, they keep you guessing ‘til the end.

Frankly, she deserves more attention than she gets.



(Beverly Connor’s books are available online. For more information on the author, please check out her website. Image of book is from her website at: http://beverlyconnor.net .)

2 comments:

knittin-gin said...

Sounds intriguing. Appreciate the recommendations.

JennySlash said...

KG~I have copies of most of her back-list, if you're ever interested.