first in the series and of course, I've read all the other ones first! Really like this author...not alot of sex and not alot of violence. You always learn something about science/forensics/history in her books. Strong characters. Strong plot. Enjoy!
What a great book!!! First in the Diane Fallon Series.
If you have not read any of this series you must. Love the story line and all of the great characters. One bone and Diane is doing her forensic investigation and of course solves the mystery. This is the second in the series that I have read (you don't have to read in order). I plan to get all of her books and read them. Enjoyable read and keeps you trying to figure out the end. TRY!! TRY!! Barbara
"Deserves comparison with the best of Patricia Corwell" Booklist
Leaving a troubled past behind her, Diane is starting over as director of the RiverTrail Museum of Natural History in Georgia--until former love, Detective Frank Duncan tracks her down. He needs her unique experience as a forensic anthropologist to examine a bone found in the woods. Diane can't resist Frank's request-- on both a professional and personal level. Because the secrets of the bones are in her blood--and their whispers offer a dead family's only chance at justice...
I love the Diane Fallon books. I accidentally found the series on PBS and had to get at least the first three before starting the series. I like that the main character has more than one occupation and the author carries each of these quite well. I enjoy books in which I can learn something else besides just reading a mystery - that is also why I like Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell. I have read all of the Diane Fallon books and was not disappointed with any. I know the writing style was different, but did not affect my enjoyment of the books. She also wrote a series whose protagonist is and archaeologist (Lindsey Chamberlain), and those books are also very good and informative.
First book of this series. I thought it was great. The characters are being set up well for the series. The idea of the museum theme along with the forensic anthropology theme intertwine nicely. Having read book 2 and 3 first, I was not surprised at the events since many were alluded to in the following books. If you read this one first I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the plot twists. I find this author less dark/gruesome when comparing her to Kathy Reich. I like both equally.
First Line: "His head isn't on straight."
Forensic anthropologist and former human rights investigator Diane Fallon is now director of the RiverTrail Museum of Natural History in Georgia. She's hoping that the new line of work will help her to forget the South American nightmare she found herself in as a human rights investigator uncovering mass graves.
It isn't long until Detective Frank Duncan tracks her down for help. A bone has been found in the woods that may relate to a missing persons case. Diane finally agrees to his request, and shortly after her investigation begins, a family is murdered. Little does she know that this one small bone is going to put her life in danger once again.
Diane is the type of person who's good at anything to which she puts her mind. She also has a wide range of interests--anything from the Thai Elephant Orchestra to caving. One scene in particular has Diane fighting for her life. The scene was swift and scary, and I liked it-- not because Diane was in jeopardy, but because she was capable of using her head even though she was scared to death.
The story was also a strong one. Time after time, I thought I had it figured out only to discover that I really didn't. Connor also didn't use an interesting profession as a hook to persuade readers to read only to abandon the hook a few pages in. (Something that really irks me.) Throughout the book, Diane is a museum director and a forensic anthropologist, and I learned quite a bit (painlessly) about both professions.
Strong, interesting main character, fast-moving, well-plotted action... I'm already looking for the second book in the series. If you've enjoyed books by Aaron Elkins, Patricia Cornwell or Kathy Reichs, you might want to give Beverly Connor a try.
Diane Fallon is leaving her past as a forensic anthropologist behind and starting a new career as a museum director. A past love needs her help to examine a mysterious bone that may or may not be a murder victim.
This was my first exposure to Beverly Connor & the Diane Fallon series and it won't be my last! The story was great! Enough twists and turns to keep me guessing, a love story, a mystery, and characters that I cared about.
The story moves along at a fast pace, I had a hard time putting the book down. Looking forward to the further adventures of Diane Fallon.
What a great surprise once I started reading, I really wasn't prepared to find myself caught up in this seek and find tale. I couldn't stop once I got started it was a great read and very enjoyable characters.
Not impressed at all with this first book of a new series--the first 100 pages is so dull and boring about a museum that I finally just gave it up, hopefully some of the later books about Diane Fallon will be better, I will give them a try but this one was just too dull getting started that it wasn't interesting enough to continue.