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Beverly Connor

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Aug. 4 2009 DIANE FALLON FORENSIC (Book 7)
A woman dies under suspicious circumstances, supposedly after finding evidence of her incarcerated brother's innocence. Now to prove a possible murder, Diane Fallon must root through the victim's family secrets-and the many skeletons in her closet...


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Original edition (Aug. 4 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451227689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451227683
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.6 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #415,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Before she began her writing career, Beverly Connor used to work as an archaeologist in the South-eastern United States. She weaves her professional experiences from archaeology and her knowledge of the South into interlinked stories of the past and present. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, fast paced forensic mystery Aug. 10 2009
By M. Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
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When Dr. Diane Fallon, head of the Rosewood, Georgia crime lab, is called to the scene of a home invasion, the case becomes personal. The homeowner, Dr Marcella Payden, a colleague and friend, is hospitalized in critical condition. Another friend, Dr. Jonas Briggs, is being questioned by the police as a possible suspect.

Determined to find evidence leading to the person or persons responsible for the attack, Diane arrives at the crime scene. Her headlights illuminate an old farmhouse, peeling paint, rotten wood and eerie gargoyles standing sentry in the lawn. Before she can begin collecting evidence, Diane sees a shadowy movement inside the house and gunfire erupts from the nearby woods.

So begins another fast paced adventure featuring Rosewoods museum director, CSI and forensic anthropologist, Dr Diane Fallon. Before long, Diane is up to her knees in bodies, multiple cases, and strange, conflicting evidence. As determined as she is to let the evidence lead her to the solution, someone is just as determined to prevent it.

Connor always includes a little archeology, a little anthropology and just enough semi-technical crime scene detail to wet the appetite of arm chair CSI's. This novel also has some personal insights into the controversial science of criminal profiling which I found interesting. Connor's novels are roller coaster rides, one dramatic event leading to another with little time between. Strong female characters are one of the most appealing elements of these books. Fallon is no victim and never wastes time waiting for a hero on a white horse to rescue her. She manages to take care of herself in any situation.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent novel by an undiscovered gem of a writer Aug. 14 2009
By W. Dobson - Published on Amazon.com
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DUST TO DUST is the seventh in Beverly Connor's delightful Diane Fallon mystery series. From the start of her career Ms. Connor has consistently written entertaining mysteries set in the forensic world made so popular by Patricia Cornwell and others but while Cornwell has become less and less readable and insanely complex, the Connor books have managed to deftly balance the scientific and human aspects of her stories such that each book is better than the last. And unlike Cornwell she remains true to her characters allowing them to grow both emotionally and in their understanding of the technical aspects of their jobs.

This series is set in a north Georgia town near Atlanta that is home a natural history museum that bears a striking resemblance to the Fernbank Science Center ([...] This setting allows for the addition of museum management and the politics of a small insular intellectual community to the criminal and forensic aspects of these fine novels. The local crime lab is located at the museum allowing a mix of forensic and scientific avenues to broaden the playing field considerably while keeping all the technical investigations under one roof such that aspects of investigations that might otherwise be referred to in passing can be more closely examined for the readers enjoyment (and education). Ms. Connor also provides a fair amount of small town political infighting and departmental jealousies in her stories adding not just more meat to the potatoes but a nice bit of spice as well..

As usual with a Beverly Connor mystery there are several stories taking place at once. An old friend recruits Dr. Fallon to assist in looking into the death of a young woman who was investigating the murder that sent her brother to prison. While any experienced mystery reader (or TV watcher) has seen this plot line done many times before, Ms. Connor manages to find some new twists to keep the reader's attention. Simultaneously an archaeologist associated with the museum is attacked at her home and when the crime scene techs arrive to work the scene they find themselves under fire before uncovering what appears to be an art theft. Throw in traumatized relatives, feuding medical examiners, distrustful police detectives, pink haired girl guitarists, a couple of hundred year old ladies, serial killers and some fascinating information about pottery and you've got a fast moving and highly entertaining book.

Beverly Connor is a wonderful writer. I highly recommend all of her books to everyone and if you happen upon an old copy of one of her much missed Lindsay Chamberlain series in a used book shop buy it immediately before some other lucky soul can beat you to it!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under-appreciated author! Aug. 9 2009
By L. Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
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Beverly Connor has written a clever, interesting, not-too-violent mystery series featuring a very likeable female lead who is surrounded by very entertaining secondary characters -- all expert in some field. Dust to Dust is the latest entry, and one of the best in the series. My suggestion: Read them all! OK, suspend reality when it comes to Diane Fallon's job description, but it's hard to deny that she has a plum job -- if one like it existed. But how entertainning is it to be in charge of a museum, a forensics lab, a first-class group of employees and able to call all the shots in a murder investigation when you're just an anthropoligist? (Heh, heh) Connor is a clever, expert writer, a great story teller and her dialogue is right on. I truly enjoyed reading every one of the books she has written about Diane Fallon, including this latest one, as well as the series about Leslie Chamberlein. I sincerely believe she will entertain you as well.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Return to form Sept. 13 2009
By Scott E. Preece - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read all of Beverly Connor's mysteries. I thought the series had been going down hill (my wife gave up on the previous one in the middle). The villains lost all believability and the tendency to use government conspiracies as the major plot driver just didn't ring true.

BUT, this one is one of her best - taught, interesting, and credible. The plot and the story that is uncovered as the book goes on is not run-of-the mill and I found the way she handled it, and her characters' reactions to it, very well drawn and interesting.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great installment in this forensic mystery series Feb. 24 2010
By CJ-MO - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read most of the books in Beverly Connor's Diane Fallon series and have enjoyed each one. "Dust to Dust" was an interesting book with a unique, if somewhat creepy premise. (Don't want to spoil the mystery, but it has to do with pottery and human bones.) This was a great book from beginning to end.

I like the character of Diane, because she is smart, independent, and ethical. It's also nice to read about co-workers who are friends and truly enjoy working together. I find each book to be exciting as well as educational - without being dull. Besides details related to archaeology, the book also included some interesting information on decoding, which is the specialty of Diane's boyfriend Frank.

If you haven't read the prior books in the series, you could start with this book and quickly get to know the characters and enjoy the book. However, after finishing "Dust to Dust", you will want to check out the earlier books!

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