DUST TO DUST
If you love procedural stories that involve dense, complex plotting and layered characters, Connor should be at the top of your must-read list. Over her last half-dozen books, she's solidly built forensic anthropologist Diane Fallon and the team that surrounds her. In this new book, Diane unearths lots of proverbial skeletons in a closet. A perfect piece of entertainment!
When one of the museum's archaeologists, Dr. Marcella Payden, is attacked in her home, Diane and her crime-lab team attempt to process the scene, only to be attacked in a return visit by the perpetrators. The only things taken are paintings and some pottery, which begs the question -- what were they after?
Diane also gets involved in a pro bono case involving the killing of a young woman determined to prove her brother was falsely convicted of murder. Police call it autoerotic asphyxiation, but Diane can tell it was murder. (OBSIDIAN, Aug., 384 pp., $7.99)