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TABOO - CSI Reilly Steel #1: Forensic Mystery Kindle Edition
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The detective has joint pain and fatigue. The brilliant CSI draws his blood and runs a serum ferritin test. Next test is serum transferrin saturation. Doesn't appear she ran any other tests. Gimme a break. Hemochromatosis might make the top one hundred list of things for which a scientist would check. Of course the diagnosis is "confirmed" later through inadvertent phlebotomy because the therapy works. The "scientist" needs to go back to school. The blood sample should have been exhausted after a CBC, an ANA test, a Rheumatoid Factor test and about twenty five others. Hemochromatosis inspiration my foot.
The hair has a follicle and the DNA matches the heroine's. Just a few differences. When the source of the hair is discovered this result is, of course, not impossible. Simply far less likely than an invasion from Mars. Please, somebody tells me the science gets better in the later books.
The heroine is American-born and -educated, hired away by the Dublin, Ireland, police. Her idiomatic expressions are all from the British Isles. Her internal thoughts are all expressed in words few natives of North America would ever use.
The writing in general tends to wander about. It's consistent, which doesn't necessarily make it any better than adequate. It is a shame that such a fabulous story idea was wasted in pedestrian writing and junk science.
Soon, there is a series of murders to solve. At first glance, the murders do not seem to be connected. Reilly Steel must figure out what the murders have in common as she faces her past ghosts.
I really enjoyed the book. There are enough clues and twists & turns to entertain the reader throughout this "forensic mystery". I especially liked the fact that if you do not understand forensics, the author describes enough for you to "get it".
I did not see this ending coming! Even when the author was ready to share "past ghosts" information with the readers, you could not guess exactly how the book would turn out.
I was 1/2 way through this first book TABOO in the CFI REILLY STEEL series when I chose to purchase the rest of the series. I like reading the first book in a new series because if the author can keep my attention and keep me interested in the main characters, I am very likely to go back and purchase other books in the series before I finish the first book. At this time, there are 6 books + a prequel in this series.
The story is set in Dublin and the forensics specialist (the GFC) Ms. Reilly whom is originally from america sets the tone for the story and is the one that takes the story to whole new realms and links the cases together. In efforts of trying not to give the story away I will limit what I post about it but this story does have some sensitive situations that some may have a hard time reading, but alas they make the story what it is. The chapters are short and the story progresses well with a hook at the end (although I had my suspicions about half way through), but it leaves you feeling a little unfulfilled in my opinion.
I received this e-book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My opinion is my own and is in no way reflective of the discount.