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Dead Secret (Diane Fallon Forensic Investigations, No. 3) Mass Market Paperback – December 6, 2005

4.3 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
Book 3 of 9 in the Diane Fallon Series

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An outstanding series...deserves comparison with the best of Patricia Cornwell. -- Booklist, starred review

Calls to mind the mysteries of Aaron Elkins and Patricia Cornwell. -- Chicago Sun-Times

About the Author

Beverly Connor previously worked as an archaeologist in the South-Eastern United States and she weaves this professional knowledge into her works. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Diane Fallon Forensic Investigations (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx; 1st edition (December 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451411927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451411921
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #915,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Hughes on December 13, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Beverly Connor has become one of my favorite authors. She keeps the suspense level high while creating complicated plots and sub plots that always leave me guessing.

Dead Secret may be her best Diane Fallon (series) novel to date. While cave mapping with friends, an accident reveals a skeleton hidden within the cave for decades.

Diane investigates the cause of death and attempts to learn the identity of Cave Doe (the name given to the skeleton). As she works on the first body, Diane is asked to analyze the bones of yet another cave fatality. These bones, as legend goes, belong to a witch murdered centuries ago in an English cave. Diane combines the resources of her crime unit plus those of her natural history museum to discover the identity of both skeletons.

Beverly Connor manages to include just enough forensic detail to create interest, but she doesn't bog the plot down with an overload of scientific data. She also throws in a bit of archeology, anthropology, and earth science and weaves them into her tale of adventure and mystery. And what a shocking end to this story.
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I love to read. I love mysteries and crime dramas. I've been a fan of Patricia Cornwell for a while, but have been disappointed with her last few novels, so I've been expanding my library (when I say library, I mean it...I own more books myself than my parents, 2 sisters, 1 brother, and 5 nieces combined). I commute by way of the DC area Metro trains and spend a lot of time each week with a book, so they have to be good to keep me interested.

I picked up Beverly Connor's "Dead Secret" because the title caught my eye. The book description on the back isn't the most impressive I've ever read and the cover really didn't sell me the book. The title intrigued me though.

Beverly's writing style is similar to the old Patricia Cornwell style. The book grabbed me from the first moment and held onto my attention to the end. I won't give away any of the plot, but I will say this: I'm usually very good at figuring out the who-dun-it pretty early on, but this one kept me guessing right to the last page.

An excellent read for the mystery fan!
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I reviewed before I finished! So I had to come back and reduce it to 3.5 stars, since I felt the ending was just too much in one book...in one region....I agree with one annoyed reviewer that far too much happens to Dr. Fallon and her cohorts! Despite that, I enjoyed the story and the descriptions of the forensic and museum work. It is not uncommon in most of the mysteries I read (British detective series often) that an unusual number of murders take place in small villages....Louise Penny writes beautiful five star writing novels of detection...with an unusual number of complicated crimes in or near a peaceful small town, so one has to set aside the demand for realism in these stories and concentrate on the interesting details! The same is often true of the Cornwell books. Perhaps, though, I had too much to set aside in this one...will probably read more though, I also like her archaeological series.

I have enjoyed these books despite the risk to her characters!
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Back in the early days of the Patricia Cornwell series I became hooked on books with a view point from academics dealing with the dead. The how,when,the where of death that eventually leads to a deeper investigation of motive. I have not enjoyed Cornwells writing style in her more recent books so I set out on a search for similar genre and just as engaging material. I was not disappointed. I caught up on Beverly Connors entire series in a week start to finish and I'm drooling for more. This is a 5 star author and I'm surprised she has not risen higher in the ranks in regards to best seller listings. Read the book! You won't regret it. ( unless of course you're squeamish lol )
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I bought the whole series of books, and the characters are great, the books are entertaining, but I like more investigation, science, clues, etc., and less chasing, being chased, shooting, fighting and getting klunked in the head. Really, if any one person was abducted, klunked, stabbed, or shot at as often as these folks from this small suburb of Atlanta, CNN would be all over them as magnets for danger. It's just not believable. So if you just read one book, it's great, but when you read the series, it's really too much trouble for one team. I do love the characters, however, and it was fun to follow them and see them evolve.
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Beverly Connor deserves the 5 ratings I have given her! Her stories have everything, excitement, mystery, twists and turns that keep you going until literally the last page ;)))) Anyone who thinks they know where she is going find out the folly of those thoughts. The intelligence she shows of her own and her research shine through and her characters are so well wound into her novels make everything seem like non-fiction. I would recommend this series ,Diane Fallon Forensic, to anyone who likes great mysteries ! Also make sure it is the weekend or you don't have to work the next day lol. If you need to take your mind off of whatever is bothering you these are the books for you ;)))) Thank you AGAIN Diane!!!!!
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