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Circle of Blood (Forensic Mystery, Book 3) Paperback – January 8, 2009

Book 3 of 4 in the Forensic Mystery Series

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Back in her third Forensic Mystery, Cameryn, 17, is still helping out her father as coroner’s assistant, observing all the gruesome procedural details in preparation for a career as medical examiner. As in previous books, Cameryn and readers will learn multiple facts about dead people and forensic medicine, but this time Cammie’s attention is divided: her mother may be involved in the murder of a 14-year-old girl. Cameryn definitely isn’t the warmest of characters,though readers can’t help but respect her dedication. Just be sure they have a strong stomach. Grades 9-12. --Stephanie Zvirin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Alane Ferguson is also the author of The Christopher Killer, an Edgar Award nominee, and The Angel of Death. Ms. Ferguson and her family live in Elizabeth, Colorado.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Forensic Mystery
  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (January 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142412678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142412671
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I enjoyed it quite a bit and will now look for the previous Cameryn Mahoney books myself.
TeensReadToo
My daughter is interested in forensic psychology, so I bought her these books to read and ended up reading them myself.
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Also like the other books in the series, the plot in Cirlce of Blood was well developed and had a nice twist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on May 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Meet Cameryn Mahoney. She's not your average high school senior. She's the assistant to the county coroner in Silverton, Colorado. Most kids her age find her fascination with all things forensic rather bizarre, if not macabre. But Cameryn is intrigued and has gained the (reluctant) respect of local law enforcement and medical personnel alike.

The story starts off with Cameryn and her father handling a fatal car accident. The victim affects Cameryn and her father in the fact that it's a young man. Nothing is worse than a senseless death. But Cameryn is ever the professional and they get the job done.

Later that day, Cameryn encounters her long lost mother, Hannah. Hannah has a young girl in the car with her. The girl seems agitated and Hannah doesn't give Cameryn a straight answer. But there is little Cameryn can do, and her mother drives off with the sad girl, Mariah, in the passenger seat.

Only later does the encounter come back to haunt Cameryn. Her father is out of town when the call comes in. There's another dead body. Cameryn is asked to attend to the scene until her father can be present. Upon seeing the body, Cameryn realizes that it's the girl, Mariah. If she lets on that she recognizes the girl, then her mother could be implicated.

What starts as an omission soon blossoms into a complete mystery that entwines everything that Cameryn does. Her mother eventually gets arrested for a murder that she swears she didn't commit. No one is there to help Hannah. Cameryn has since learned the truth of her childhood, and still finds it in her heart to forgive Hannah for everything she's done and comes to her aid. Against the odds and against the advice of everyone she knows, Cameryn takes it upon herself to clear her mother's name.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sammi Mahoney on January 13, 2013
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Over all it was a good book. It annoyed me some of the stupid decisions she made. Although her actions I'm the end kind of are up for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Flashlight Reader on July 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
Once again I can say that I am so proud of myself for reading outside of my normal genre. I have been continuing to read The Christopher Killer series because a co-worker told me how good these books are. Circle of Blood is the third book in the series and is a hauntingly realistic forensic murder mystery... A far cry from my normal fantasy books.

Like all of the books in this series, this one was extremely detailed. If I were writing a forensic mystery novel, I would base my entire content off of what I saw on CSI and Law and Order. Seriously. The author spent a lot of time doing her homework to make sure that her details and facts were accurate and believable. That really made the difference in this book, but it also made my stomach churn at times. Some of the descriptions are really graphic! And my over-active imagination had a field day with the visualization.

Also like the other books in the series, the plot in Cirlce of Blood was well developed and had a nice twist. The characters complimented one another nicely and were believable. Cammie is continuing to grow as a character, and also learning to face her difficult past. I'm finding myself engrossed in the side stories as much as the murder mysteries.

If you are the type like always gravitates towards contemporary reads, you might want to give this series a try. It's not a mushy summer romance book, but it is 100% believable (and that's scary). If you're like me and tend to stick with one specific genre, it's time to branch out and try something new. Live on the edge!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Caren Cowan on March 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is the best of the three forensic mysteries, I think. With each new book, Ferguson, becomes better at hiding the solution to the mystery. I had a little inside chuckle concerning the head rolling down the side of the mountain (sick, I know).
Learning new things like the story behind "Keep Sweet" and how the path of the bullet was determined by using the "brain bucket" is great information. You just never know when that information might come in handy at a party. LOL No really, I love it!
Justin has been staying at a safe distance. Maybe he has been just waiting for Kyle to surface.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann M. Gustavson on December 20, 2012
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I went through these books quickly. This was a fun read especially since I had gotten to know the characters throughout the prior books. Ferguson brings together the tension, humor and drama quite nicely. The book was a balanced fun read for me.
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