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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (113 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Becka Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9781415937341
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In Elizabeth Becka’s latest highly suspenseful novel, forensic scientist Evelyn James returns to investigate a harrowing series of crimes–only to find that no one is safe.

Evelyn James is a forensic specialist in the Cleveland Medical Examiner’s office who’s juggling a demanding workload, a teenage daughter from a failed marriage, and a homicide detective boyfriend. And somehow she always happens to be involved in some of the twistiest, most challenging crime scenes imaginable.

This time around she’s called in to investigate what appears to be a locked-room mystery: a wealthy woman is murdered in the penthouse suite of a luxurious, high-security building. The building’s intricate surveillance system didn’t pick up anything, the entrance wasn’t forced, and the victim’s husband has an airtight alibi. Cases like this, Evelyn knows, can turn on the most microscopic piece of evidence, if she can find any. Then Evelyn’s best friend is attacked—and things get personal. When another body is found in an apartment across town, Evelyn realizes that the killer’s choice of victim is anything but random…

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oldbluebus | 1/4/2014

    " Enjoyable summer read, but not as engrossing as the said-to-be-similar Kay Scarpetta novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 11/27/2013

    " Another 3.5 star book. Good mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Malina | 11/4/2013

    " Pretty good, but I wonder how the ME gets away with doing the Police Depts work by investigating the murder. The main character was hardly ever at her office doing her real job. David (the boyfriend) also pissed me off he came across as such a clingy, suffocating type, "Red Flag" run! Lol. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 10/26/2013

    " Mediocre at (at best) mystery from a forensic scientists point of view. Very little depth to her characters, very predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 10/14/2013

    " This is a very good mystery. Forensic descriptions are not too graphic, which suits me just fine. The story moves along at a nice pace and keeps you guessing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 8/5/2013

    " Was a good book, but took me forever to read it. Haven't done much reading lately. Bad me!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Alexander | 5/3/2013

    " Incredible book - kept me in suspense through til the very last page!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 12/24/2012

    " Good mystery graphic details takes place in Cleveland "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pauline | 12/15/2012

    " Not a bad 2nd book in a what I thought was a series but it would appear that she hasn't written anymore. She has written another series though under the name Lisa Black which I will have a look at. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 8/1/2012

    " A great forensic mystery that was well plotted, had interesting character development and good twists. I will read her other novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 3/20/2012

    " Not bad...interesting that it took place in Cleveland and they made references to different places in Ohio. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 7/27/2011

    " Good police procedural. Like the characters and I am familiar with the setting, so that added something. Not as dark as Patricia Cornwall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 7/27/2011

    " Not quite as good as her first novel, but it keeps the reader's interest and is full of forensic facts. I admit I'm partial 'cos I've met her, but I think I would've like it even if I hadn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 9/7/2010

    " Not bad...interesting that it took place in Cleveland and they made references to different places in Ohio. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 7/19/2010

    " Good mystery graphic details takes place in Cleveland "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 6/6/2009

    " Mediocre at (at best) mystery from a forensic scientists point of view. Very little depth to her characters, very predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 4/9/2009

    " This is a very good mystery. Forensic descriptions are not too graphic, which suits me just fine. The story moves along at a nice pace and keeps you guessing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 11/25/2008

    " Was a good book, but took me forever to read it. Haven't done much reading lately. Bad me!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oldbluebus | 8/11/2008

    " Enjoyable summer read, but not as engrossing as the said-to-be-similar Kay Scarpetta novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 7/18/2008

    " Not quite as good as her first novel, but it keeps the reader's interest and is full of forensic facts. I admit I'm partial 'cos I've met her, but I think I would've like it even if I hadn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 5/10/2008

    " A great forensic mystery that was well plotted, had interesting character development and good twists. I will read her other novels. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Becka

Elizabeth Becka is a forensic specialist working with the Cape Coral, Florida, police department. Formerly with the Coroner’s Office of Cleveland, Ohio, she has lectured to students and officers, has testified as an expert witness forty times, and is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.