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Lindsay Chamberlain is a forensic anthropologist. Her studies of bones found in archaeological digs tell about the life and cause of death of people who lived hundreds of years ago. At her current dig, Lindsay's skills are needed to solve more modern crimes. The local sheriff asks her to help identify the skeleton of a child which has been buried found just outside of town. Soon, other skeletons are found, and Lindsay is caught up in a tangled web of crimes committed over a fifty year period. During her investigations, Lindsay also realizes that someone may murder her to keep her from the learning the truth. This book is the first of a series.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   solving long-past murder    -   Big focus on forensic evidence Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   describing scientific process Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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