Author: Beverly Connor
Book Name: Dead Secret
Series: Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation
Blurb: In the depths of an unmapped cave, forensic anthropologist Diane Fallon makes an astonishing discovery: the decades-old skeleton of a caving victim. Soon, the remains of two more bodies are found—one in an old car submerged in the waters of an abandoned quarry, another buried in the Georgia woods. At first, with nothing to link the dissimilar victims except desiccated bones, Diane can’t fathom the connection. But someone in her shadow does. It’s the key to a mystery that reaches back seventy years in a heritage of love, greed, and murder—and an unearthed family secret that still holds the power to kill.
Review: As I’ve said with previous books in this series, I liked this book, but… It is becoming clear that these are going to be the kind of cheap thrill reads that are well written, but still a little cookie cutter with certain aspects.
In every book so far in the series, Diane is put into a situation where she is in danger and attacked. Once or twice I’ll buy, but not in every single book, or worse like this one, more than once in a single book. She is a museum director and crime scene specialist. She is not a cop on the front line, so her, and her team, shouldn’t be in danger with every case they take on. That pushes things into the realm of the ridiculous and unrealistic.
There is also the element of just way too much going on and an insane number of coincidences and connections to tie nearly all of those seemingly random threads together. The multiple plot lines are a common thing with these books, but this one kind of seemed as if it was a challenge to see how many different lines and coincidences could be worked into a single story.
As I said, this was good and I’ll most likely read the other books in this series because they are entertaining, but I will do so knowing how completely unrealistic they are and to not take them as serious crime dramas.