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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.
Note: Some reviews called out that the story ends with a cliffhanger and you have to buy the second part. This issue has been resolved, as this is now a complete book.
This story is well developed, with an excellent plot and characters you would actually like to meet because you have learned something about them and who they are.
For those who care, the book has no misused or misspelled words. The story flows smoothly and effortlessly. Events unfold perfectly to reveal the identity of the killer and the culmination of the tale.
Things I don't quite get: If Ms. Steel is the eminent forensic expert she is purported to be, why did someone with no background (me!) notice fundamental oversights in the handling of evidence from the crime scenes? I also would have preferred that the perpetrator remain a mystery just a bit longer. As it was, I got a bit bored with the second half of the book.
Still, this is,overall, a nice introduction to a new series of forensic stories.
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