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Ever wondered how crimes are solved seemingly without a shred of evidence? What do voiceless victims have to say about their fate? Author Beverly Connor lets her heroine, Lindsay Chamberlain, make a living dissecting the past. In "Rumor of Bones" Lindsay begins to uncover an ancient Indian settlement and she hopes that her work will enable the small town to understand theiEver wondered how crimes are solved seemingly without a shred of evidence? What do voiceless victims have to say about their fate? Author Beverly Connor lets her heroine, Lindsay Chamberlain, make a living dissecting the past. In "Rumor of Bones" Lindsay begins to uncover an ancient Indian settlement and she hopes that her work will enable the small town to understand their ancient civilization.Unfortunately, Lindsay also becomes involved in solving the murder of several small bodies, each following a sinister pattern, a pattern too familiar to ignore. Strange events, grave robbers, and pot hunters abound in this archaeological mystery where bones speak volumes of the dead and the living....

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a rumor of bones Reviews

  • Rachel Neumeier
    2018-10-08 17:07

    So, my mother recently wanted to go buy a whole lot of very cheap books at the perpetual library sale at the Park Hills Library, an admirable method used by that library to keep less popular books in circulation. You’d think no one in our family received books as gifts for Christmas, which I assure you is not true. I think my mother feels more comfortable if she has fifty books or more on her TBR stacks, which I’m sure we can all understand.Naturally I went along, thus increasing my already tottering TBR pile by five or so titles. One of the books I picked up was the second book of Beverly Conner's Lindsay Chamberlain series, Questionable Remains. I liked it a lot, picked up the first book on Kindle, then got the rest and actually zipped through the whole series in about a week. So these comments concern the whole series, not just the first book.I don’t actually read mysteries for the mystery. I read them for character and setting, but I do like them better if I am also baffled by the mystery or surprised by the plot. I won't say every aspect of every mystery is a surprise, but in each book there are enough details I didn't see coming that I really enjoyed finding out whodunit.But more than the mystery plots, I definitely appreciate Lindsay Chamberlain as the protagonist. The archaeology and forensic anthropology are both just fascinating:Lindsay took the brush and dusted the skull. It had been partially flattened from years of decay, heavy topsoil, and, Lindsay supposed, from farm equipment running over it, but certain features caught her eye. First, the very narrow nasal passage, then the slightly rectangular eye sockets: telltale signs of a Caucasian skull. She looked closely at the teeth, which she believed had an overbite instead of the usual even-edged occlusion of people of Asian ancestry. Lindsay touched the zygomatic arch with her finger. She would have to wait until the skull was out of the ground, but she was relatively sure that these were not the forward-projecting cheekbones of an Indian skull, but the more recessed ones of a European.It’s all very interesting! And not dry in the least, at least not for me, because all these details are woven together with Lindsay’s personal reactions and with human-level stories of the dead, what they were feeling and thinking, what their lives involved. I grant you, if you are not somewhat interested in archaeology or forensics or both, your mileage might vary.Other notable features of this series:1) Lindsay herself is a good protagonist. She is curious, determined, highly competent, kind and yet capable of emotional detachment; also strongly inclined to imagine the lives (and deaths) of the people she encounters. Thus she gets involved despite herself. She’s very good at spotting connections between things, so people come to her for help sorting things out. There’s no feeling that she is trying to involve herself in things she ought to stay out of; it’s more that even though she’s trying to stay out of things, her desire to help the people who come to her plus her own curiosity won’t let her. It’s all pretty believable, despite the occasional odd coincidence required to keep Lindsay at the center of events. Less believable are the slightly too frequent moments when she goes off by herself, nobody knows where she is, and she gets assaulted or falls down a well or whatever. This might not have been as noticeable if I hadn't been zipping through the series so fast.I will add that Lindsay is startlingly good at a number of things not related to her profession. For example, she’s a professional-level dancer. This is okay with me, but only just barely. It seems a bit much. In the same way, I do wish her mother hadn’t given her a stallion as a gift. I have a hard time believing a real expert would give her daughter, a casual rider, a stallion. Why not a gelding or a mare? I could be wrong, I guess. I don't know Arabians that well. Maybe lots of Arabian stallions are actually easy to own and train. But this feels to me like a detail added by an author who doesn’t really know that much about horses and thinks "stallion" sounds romantic and cool. 2) The secondary characters are fairly well drawn, though most have a fairly small role. I found this off-and-on thing with her sometime-boyfriend / sometime-dancing partner / sometime colleague Derrick a bit off-putting. I felt he ought to be able to cope with her occasional involvement with crimes considering she is often consulted by the police. It seemed to me he wants her to be a smaller, less skilled person than she is and I didn't care for that very much. But in the 4th and 5th books, I like her new boyfriend much better. Also, in the third book, I like her brother very much. And I just love her new department head, Lewis, had in the later books. Given the development of the secondary characters, I did like the later books of the series a bit better than the earlier ones.3) I feel I should mention that these are not cozy mysteries. Despite the romantic interests I mentioned above, the romantic elements are minimal, the crimes can be more awful than one expects in a cozy – thankfully these are not shown explicitly – and also various scenes are much more tense and suspenseful than I’d expect in a cozy. The extended cave scene in the second book is really something. You wouldn’t want to start reading that part and then quit in the middle, let me tell you. It reminded me very much of the bit in the Touchstone trilogy where Cassandra is lost in that underwater cavern system. Terrifying.4) The writing is basically straightforward and doesn’t call much attention to itself. These are mysteries my mother would like because they’re well-enough written and because there’s no crude language and no explicit casual sex – she avoids a lot of modern mysteries because of those elements. Also, I don’t think the writing comes across as too textbook-y, even when something technical is being explained. Overall, thoroughly recommended. If Conner writes any more books in this series, I will grab them right up. And I will definitely be trying her other series.

  • Ellie Dottie
    2018-10-14 15:19

    This book had a lot of plot points (maybe just a few to many) and it was a little darker than I had originally expected, but I really enjoyed this book. I really liked Lindsay and I learned a lot about archeology! I am going to order the second one in the series right now!

  • Elvan
    2018-09-30 18:24

    Debut novels are what they are, first attempts by authors to pull us into a fictional tale which grab our interest and gain our admiration and hopefully, loyalty.Compared to her Diane Fallon series, A Rumor of Bones is the work of an amateur, newbie writer. She includes multiple characters but gives us little physical description of them or what their connections are to Lindsay. Even the location of the archaeological dig is only mentioned in passing. There is more telling than showing and as the body count climbs the reader wonders if any or all of the potential murders will ever be resolved. But the bones (snort) of Connor's storytelling ability are there and so too is her ability to throw red herrings in amongst her forensic pathologist fun facts. By the end of the book I was enjoying the usual tension and drama and loving her ability to create some truly evil characters.Sometimes you just have to be patient with a new writer.

  • Diane
    2018-10-15 12:28

    Beverly Connor is another go-to author for me - love her style of writing and the characters in her books.The main character in this book is "Lindsay Chamberlain", an archaeologist on a Native dig in the Carolinas. More than just artifacts are found in this dig. Lindsay's forte is bones and putting them back together, plus sculpting with clay to put a face on skulls.Someone is trying to stop the dig before any "recent" bones can be found. Some twists and turns make this book captivating - with only one TSTL part.2 thumbs up and 4 solid stars

  • Paul Penney
    2018-10-23 18:21

    This is the first in the Lindsay Chamberlain series by Beverly Connor. Lindsay is an archaeologist that also gets involved with solving a crime in cooperation with the sheriff.This is not the first book I have read by this author. I have enjoyed several titles by her from her other series featuring Diane Fallon, who runs a museum and crime lab, and I enjoyed them thoroughly.For those of you that are fans of the Diane Fallon series, this cannot compare. I found it to be too boring, not drawing me into the mystery like the more suspenseful Fallon books. It also had elements of romance that were weakly developed and wasted words. There's nothing racy or crude, just boring and awkward romantic moments that detract from the mystery. This will deter most male readers from this book (and series), whereas the Diane Fallon series is appealing to both male and female readers.By page 85 or so, there was no suspense, no action, and very little to hold my interest, and I stopped reading it, so I cannot rate the ending. I was going to skip ahead, but to be honest, the story had not even developed enough to make me bother skipping ahead. I'm giving it one star and will not likely read another book in this series, but do not avoid this author, as I have enjoyed her other work.

  • Jan C
    2018-10-02 17:09

    Fairly interesting.Archaeologists are digging in Georgia. Power company doesn't want them digging there. Tries to scare them off. Rich lady tries to scare them off. Sheriff calls lady archaeologist to look at some bones. This is has been a burial site - for a local pedophile. They find three little girls. Of course Lindsey can't help sticking her nose in ... well, she does have some expertise.Anyway interesting little story. I like the people in it so I will probably look for more by Beverly Connor. Plus you learn a little about archaeology, bones, etc.

  • Susan Kasza
    2018-09-22 15:25

    Love this author!

  • Anne
    2018-10-15 19:06

    WoW!!!! This was such a joy to read. I started it on the 11th and couldn't put it down!!!

  • Kirsty Darbyshire
    2018-09-29 11:20

    [these comments are taken from a mailing list discussion and therefore contain spoilers][about chapter heading quotes and first impressions]I'll have to confess that I read the first half of this book yesterdaywithout even noticing the quotes! I probably only read quotes likethese about half the time and rarely find that they add much to abook. I find they take me out of one mode of reading and into anotherand somehow make a book seem less smooth.I haven't worked out the significance of the title yet. I wasthinking that it may have something to do with the fact that they seemto be trying to keep the discovery of the more recent skeleton inBurial 23 quiet but news is seeping out. Perhaps it will make moresense by the end of the book.In reference to the links about bones posted over the weekend I didn'tfind anything absurd in what Lindsay was deducing from the bones butmy knowledge of this type of thing is entirely based on TV archaeologyanyway.I'm confused as to why this could be seen as a Halloween type of book?Lindsay seeing ghosts is the only thing I can think of that connectsto Halloween but I think it's clear that she's just imagining howthings were rather than actually seeing things.I found the beginning of this book really slow and skimmed the firstcouple of chapters until I felt the narrative had picked up a bit. Bythe halfway point though I'd sorted out the characters a bit more andI could have kept on reading it quite happily.[about lindsay's imagination and other characters]To me the things Lindsay dreams up from her deductions are definitelyjust imagination grafted onto facts and not woo-woo at all. I likethis bit of Lindsay a lot though there was one bit where she went onand on til my eyes glazed over.My problem with Lindsay is that she's not been shown to be bad atanythng but nobody hates her for it. If somebody would just have a goat her and raise the emotions a little then the book would be moreinteresting. Since the book is written in the third person we don'tsee any of Lindsay's own self doubts (presuming she has some) so Ireally think somebody else ought to point her flaws out to us.The only character I can think of that we've seen a negative side toso far is Ned. Everybody is so fair and friendly and good that theyonly seem to have one dimension which makes them pretty uninterestingpeople.I think Kay Scarpetta is a much more developed character despite theproblems of the later books in that series, but then I've read muchmore than half a book of Scarpetta. I feel a bit hasty puttingLindsay down when I've only just met her. I haven't read any of KathyReichs' books yet though I've had Deja Dead on Mount TBR for yonks.[about all the plotlines]I think that this book has too many story lines going on for any ofthem to be that captivating. (A) There's the story of the littlegirls bones which I think is the most interesting part as it combinesarchaelogical insights with fairly current events. I thought thatthis was the main storyline with the photographer as the major suspectat the half way point. (B) Then there's the woman from Burial 23 withher gold filling and the horse burial too. Did we figure out that thewoman and the horse were related? (I've only read half the book andI've already got a case of CRS.) (C) There's also the dead bodythat's turned up in the river, Seymour I think his name was.On top of that there's (D) a mystery of why bad things are happeningat the dig camp, which is probably down to Ned, but possibly connectedto any of the other storylines. Then as well as all this there's (E)the native American burials that the dig is all about to start with.That's before we even start on (F) the Mills&Boon/Harlequin stuff.I'm all for a decent subplot, several decent subplots, or even acouple of equally weighted plots but I'm getting confused with thisbook because it doesn't seem to have any focus. I've no idea which ofA-F I'm supposed to concentrate on.Both A and B are interesting storylines worthy of a book (though notnecessarily this book). C I presume must be related to one of A or B.D could be related to A, B or C or not related at all. E would beinteresting background if the foreground wasn't so cluttered. F issomething I don't really have a problem with but I'd rather had beenmore realistic, and again it just feels like clutter rather thancharacterisation.Anyway, with all these letters I feel I'm back trying to solveequations and the more I think about the plot of the first half ofthis book the more confused I'm making myself! I'll go and graph thesquare root of AB against the natural log of D/F and see if the plotmakes any more sense that way....[was lindsay right to investigate?]I think this is where the book falls down really. Lindsay's a boneexpert and what she does is interesting and makes for part of a goodstory but she's just a helper in this investigation. She's not reallygot any reason to go off investigating on her own and whatinvestigating she does isn't very interesting. Threats to her safetyare a good, if stereotypical, way to give her a reason to investigatebut they don't work here because she's just too damn perfect and nicea person to take them seriously.[about the tylers and resolutions]I was pretty confused by the cast of characters in this book anddidn't really have any concept of the Tylers as a family until thevery end of the book when they had the picnic. I remember Isabel fromsomewhere near the beginning of the book when she was introduced asone of the dead girls' grandmother but the concept of them as thelocal big family didn't come across to me. In particular I don'trecall meeting the magician guy until the very end which seemed like abit of a cheat to me. I suspect he was introduced but that I justdidn't notice it enough to remember him. Since two of the mainplotlines went back to this family I think the book would have beenbetter if there had been more development of the family.I thought the painting bit was probably the best thing in the book.It used Lindsay's expert knowledge of bones to deduce something fromclues in plain sight. It is quite Sherlockian but I thought it fittedin well here. Sherlock would suddenly, from out of nowhere, have toldus that he'd once written a monograph on the brow ridges of mirrortwins or something like that with a strong odour of deus ex machinaabout it whereas the setup was all there for Lindsay to make accurateobservations. I liked the way she confronted Isabel with the facts ofhow the twin sister died to show that it was unlikely to have been thehusband who killed her.If I'd been trying to solve the "Burial 23" mystery then the paucityof suspects for a 60 year old murder would probably have made thesolution obvious with bright beacons burning around the only characterold enough to have played a part in it. That Connor could mix up thisinteresting but not particularly taxing mystery (from the reader'spoint of view) is one advantage of the lack of focus on any onestoryline in this book.[general points]I didn't really notice the shortcomings of the dialogue until I'd hadthem pointed out to me, I just had a general feeling that nothing rangtrue. I don't demand absolute realism of my mysteries but I like tofeel that I understand why the characters act as they do and I neverquite sussed out what was going on here.I thought that there weren't enough highs and lows in the plot. Everychapter had some kind of big discovery and rather than making the plotexciting it just made it tedious. I would rather have had the authorconcentrate on the mystery of the young girls more and have hadLindsay do more investigating. I think "Burial 23" was the bestplotline in the book though and I did like its conclusion but itcould've been tied into the little girls deaths much better. I'd liketo have seen more complexity in how Isabel Tyler's past crime came toinfluence her family's lives and gave birth to the criminal intents ofher descendants who murdered the girls. Not that I want everythingall tied up neatly, just that I thought there was a much better storylurking within this book than the one that was told.I'd rather the whole romance thread had been junked by an editor. Itjust took away from the other plotlines and didn't add anything to it.The characters were all acting like thirteen year olds in search ofnothing more than a snog. The rest of the book was distinctlyunrealistic but this was the bit that really killed it for me. I'drather Lindsay had slept her way through the camp than demurelydeliberated over each man's charms.CRS has kicked in and I can't remember a chase scene. The bit thatseems very formulaic to me was when Patrick had kidnapped Lindsay andI was wondering which of her two suitors would turn up to rescue her.The resolution of "Burial 23" was quite decent, the resolution of thelittle girls deaths wasn't much good at all. I might read a bookfurther into the series if someone whose reading tastes I trust tellsme that the writing and the plot have improved but otherwise I'munlikely to bother. I thought the idea of this book was good but itjust didn't deliver for me.

  • Thomas Schultz
    2018-10-01 12:18

    I've had this book in my collection for a long time and now (looking for something 'new' to me), I've finally read the book. This book is over 20 years old and is a limited series, but I was very happy with it and will read the the rest of the series (5 books). Just goes to prove that age is not a factor with a good read! The book reminded me of the early 'Kay Scarpetta' books, when they were very good. Very good read for a first book. I only hope the rest are as good.

  • maria helena
    2018-10-11 14:07

    I did not love this as much as the other books I have read by Beverly Connor, but it was good enough that I will read at least another from the series.

  • Jayne Sullivan
    2018-10-16 18:17

    Enjoyed the bookI will probably read the entire series. I learned quite a bit about archeology and was entertained at the same time.

  • Maria Proud
    2018-10-15 13:35

    Good readVery easy to read. Lost of protagonists. Lots of information on digs bones etc.Looking forward to the next book

  • Michelle
    2018-09-27 14:12

    Not as good as her Diane Fallon series, but I get the impression this was Connor's first book. They definitely improve.

  • Kathryn
    2018-10-09 11:28

    I was fortunate to have received a sneak preview, of Beverly Connor`s dynamic debut mystery, A Rumor of Bones--before the book was even sold to a publisher! During my less chaotic days (seems like years ago), I was enrolled in a continuing education mystery writing class, using the wisdom of instructor Harriette Austin and thoughtful critiques from my literary peers to shape a now-shelved outline for a mystery novel I had planned to write. As I doodled curlicues and stick figures on my yellow tablet, I took careful note to listen to other contributions, hoping I could learn a thing or two about crafting a good story and plausible characters.As I sat through each class, listening to several snippits of different mystery stories, I recall thinking, I`d certainly like to read that when it`s done.Well, thus far, former classmate Connor has been gracious enough to provide not only me but mystery enthusiasts everywhere with a solid, enthralling whodunnit. Through a reluctant amateur sleuth--forensic anthropologist Lindsay Chamberlain--Connor unfolds a mystery that appears as old as the bones Chamberlain and her colleagues discover in their North Georgia archaeological dig.While searching for evidence of a long lost Native American tribe in a section of dirt located near the fictional town of Merry Claymoore, Lindsay and company are surprised to find mingling with ancient pottery shards and dried corn the bones of a skeleton dating back no further than 60-100 years. As if this anachronism were not enough to keep Lindsay`s mind awake, the local sheriff calls on her expertise to identify an entirely different set of bones--all of which belong to missing and presumed dead children. Before Lindsay can even ponder a connection between the dead children and the mystery boarder buried at her dig site, the snooty lawyer of the local grand dame whose attempts at getting the archaeologists expelled from their site is found dead.Lindsay now is not only faced with helping to catch a possible serial killer, but she must also help to solve the lawyer`s murder in order to prove the innocence of everyone involved in the dig. Not far from her mind, also, is the lone skeleton to which Lindsay has become endeared. Her quest for clues regarding this long span of deaths brings Lindsay to the acquaintance of members of the town`s most prominent family, a crew straight out of a Tennessee Williams play. At first reluctant to sleuth, Lindsay becomes so involved with the extra-curricular activities around her that it appears she may be digging her own grave.Add a nicely-woven subplot of mounting sexual tensions between archaeologists and a disturbed local obsessed with beautiful Lindsay, and one wonders how any actual digging gets done around the site. Nevertheless, these instances of passion enhance the mystery and secrets that surround Merry Claymoore and her people.The writing classes did well for Connor in her first novel; "predictable" is not a word to be associated with A Rumor of Bones. The field of anthropology, though unusual in a mystery world of hard-boiled detectives and aging spinsters, is a welcome and fascinating aspect to this mystery story.

  • Christyn
    2018-09-22 13:19

    I enjoyed A Rumor of Bones. The plot (and subplot) played out nicely with the mysteries being interesting and well done. There are several mysteries that are going on in this book - the main two are the mystery of Burial 23 & the question of who is molesting and killing little blonde girls. I enjoyed watching the mysteries unfold and trying to figure out what was what. The writing was a little slow paced to start, but once it got going it went on at a good, solid pace. The characters, I mostly liked. Lindsay is intuitive, intelligent, thorough and likable. Well with the exception of the "romantic" relationships - the romance angle I could've done without the triangle and the immaturity (because it was clear who 'fit' her early on and really it was like watching a group of teenagers instead of adults). I did like that unlike a lot of cozy mysteries, Lindsay's part in the investigation made sense - her connection to the case wasn't that she was being accused of murder, but that she was consulting on it. She worked with the police, didn't take unnecessary risks and was connected professionally to the cases. Derrick - I liked this guy. Sheriff Duggan - Liked. Frank, eh. Michelle, ditto. Marsha - she grew on me. There were other side characters, some I liked, some I was neutral too and some I actively disliked. We got to know Lindsay (and Derrick) the best in this book and I like them both as individuals, friends and a possible couple (hopefully without so much unnecessary, not-adding-to-the-plot drama). This book has a few minor issues - there were some editing mistakes, the characters didn't all get the chance to develop (some were introduced far too late in the story to make any real impact) but the main ones show promise, you have to be at least somewhat interested in archaeology otherwise the day to day and technical talk will likely bore you. However, I enjoyed the glimpse into every day life whether Lindsay was on site or working with the bones. I also enjoyed Lindsay as a character - and quite a few others as well. The mystery was interesting and (mostly) well done (view spoiler)[ I do still have some questions regarding the third victim, Marylou Ridley that was found - who was probably the first victim. As well as whether or not the killer was working alone or as part of a pair.(hide spoiler)] Overall, I liked it and look forward to reading the next book in the series. 3.5 stars.

  • Connie N.
    2018-09-26 11:19

    I enjoyed this mystery and was kept guessing all the way to the end. Sadly, I thought that one of the main characters might have done it, which goes to show how much I disliked him. But Lindsay is a likeable character--very intelligent and intuitive. She was a bit annoying as she couldn't seem to decide which man in her life to choose as a romantic partner, but that irritating habit was actually addressed in the book by another character. In many cozies, the heroine goes off half-cocked and takes dangerous chances. In this case, I liked how she worked closely with the sheriff to help solve the murders. It was also fascinating to read some details about how archeology and the study of bones works. I think I have a little better understanding of the way conclusions can be reached even with small bits of information. There was also some dancing in the story, as she and Derrick were competitive dancers, and that was a nice contrast to the dry dustiness of bones and the dig. The overall book seemed a bit old-fashioned to me, but that may be because it was written in 1996--no cell phones or other modern technology mentioned that is so much a part of our lives now. I'll definitely continue to read more in this series. It kept my interest throughout. And I like the natural connection between the jobs of an archeologist and detective, both drawing conclusions from incomplete and indefinite data.

  • Gail
    2018-10-19 18:30

    Lindsay Chamberlain is a forensic anthropologist on a dig in Southern Georgia, excavating a site that will eventually be flooded over in a water project. She's asked to identify some child bones found at another site, perhaps a missing child. It is a child who died horrifically. As the team uncovers other bones of other young girls, the mystery deepens.The dig site is plagued with mysterious vandalism and Lindsay is stalked by the grandson of the local matriarch. Great book with lots of details about forensic archaelogy. Some cool dancing, a love triange or perhaps it's a love rectangle. Good writing, good story, and a satisfying ending to many mysteries over many generations.

  • Julie
    2018-10-19 17:22

    Lindsay and her fellow archeologists are excavating an old Indian village in a small town. The sheriff asks for her help when they uncover some bones belonging to a child. She goes back to the excavation, but more bones are found along with other items that pull her and her friends into more of the mystery. They end up helping the sheriff figure out what's happening.Interesting and well-written. There is a lot about the excavation history as well as the mystery. Some times I skimmed through those parts, because I wanted to find out the mystery, but overall--enjoyed it.

  • Shéa MacLeod
    2018-10-09 11:19

    After enjoying Beverly Connor's other book series (Diane Fallon), I was surprised to find out just how badly this book was written. Completely disappointed. The mystery part of the story line was kind of interesting, but the writing was so shockingly bad I'm astonished this was ever published. The characters were superficial and flat and the dialog stilted and awkward. The "romance" element felt forced and chemistry between characters non-existent. Granted I've read worse, so am giving this two stars instead of one, but I won't be reading any more in this series.

  • Jenna Gardner
    2018-10-09 16:15

    I was lucky enough years ago to receive this book while having lunch with this author. Connor was friends with an author represented by the publisher I worked for and we had lunch during SEBA. Little did I know she would become one of my favorite mystery writers. I think Connor should be much better known then she is. The weaving of an archaeologic mystery with a present day mystery is always well-connected and enjoyable to read.

  • Gigi
    2018-10-10 15:36

    You know that feeling when you read a book by an author whose other series you have really enjoyed and you keep reading the current book thinking "is this really the same author?"; sadly, that's what happened when I read this book. This character bears no resemblance to the character of the same name introduced in one of the Diane Fallon mysteries. The writing style is different, as well as the level of character development. Not very good; not sure I'll try the others in this series.

  • Jody
    2018-10-21 18:31

    This book has Lindsay Chamberlain as a forensic anthropologist. She's helping out on an excavation where they end up finding the bones of someone who hasn't been there as long as the ancient bones. On top of everything else, Lindsay is trying to decide if she's just friends with Derrick and should she stop seeing Frank. I finished this book & couldn't wait to read the next in the series. I'm just about ready for the 3rd one. Good readings.

  • Elaine
    2018-10-19 12:22

    A combination of young adult, romance, and mystery, I found this, the first in the series, to be more of a cozy; There was nothing really compelling about it. Everything fell into place a bit too easily with Lindsey's hero showing up time and again with no real reason for him being there. Most of the story seemed rather juvenile, and while I don't mind juvenile books, it's certainly not what I had expected.

  • Rachel
    2018-09-23 12:06

    I really enjoyed this book. It is similar to the Diane Fallon series (by the same author), but has its own personality. I will definitely read more in this series, especially since I first met Lindsay Chamberlain in a guest appearance in a Diane Fallon book. I am dying to find out how she got the point that I found her there. And if you like Lindsay Chamberlain and haven't read Diane Fallon, do it. If you love this, you will love that too.

  • Sfdreams
    2018-10-05 14:25

    I really enjoyed this book! It is the first of a series of Lindsay Chamberlain mysteries, and I am looking forward to the others.The main character is an anthropologist bone expert, and while working on a dig, gets involved with identifying the remains of children discovered nearby.The next book in the series is called Questionable Remains.

  • Patricia Gulley
    2018-10-07 18:32

    Good story, good mystery, good read. The plot did tend to fall in place by chunks, but it was written in late nineties, and has had more books in the series, so it might have gotten better. As an archeology book, it is very good, especially since the dig is in the US. The protag's little 'ability' adds greatly to the story.

  • Denise Corwin
    2018-09-26 17:11

    This was the firtst book I have read of this author, and I really liked it. good story, fast read and will be reading all of them. I like books that are series. Diane Chamberlain is someone I will be reading about some more. If you haven't read this author you should really give her a try, shes good!

  • Nicole
    2018-10-13 13:29

    Having read The Diane Fallon series, I was very interested in this one. They are very similar but have distinct differences. It is reasonable easy to tell that this is one of Connor's earlier books based on the writing. Its not as fine tuned as her later works, but I still found it a very wonderful read.

  • Debra Cook
    2018-09-26 11:17

    This was an excellent archeological mystery that keeps you gripped till the end. Lyndsey Chamberlain is busy working on an archaeological dig when some children's skeletons are found and she is asked to identify them. This is only the beginning. She series to figure out the murder as she is also fending off a stalker, and trouble at the dig site. What happens next you need to see for yourself.