Title: The Christopher Killer (Forensic Mystery)
Author: Alane Ferguson
Publisher: Puffin Books
Genre: YA Mystery
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I have one thing to say about this forensic mystery targeted at YA readers. Really great book, and really terrible cover.
I haven’t read a lot of gritty forensic mysteries with a younger protagonist, so that’s what drew me to the book. Catelyn is just about to graduate high school, and wants to become a medical examiner. That’s handy, since her father’s the town coroner. When a local murder shocks the small town, she has a front row seat to all the evidence and the investigation.
Of course in addition to a murder mystery, there are relationship issues and family issues, as one would expect in a YA novel. In this book, there’s the mystery of Catelyn’s mother who left years ago, as well as two young men she can’t decide are threats or allies. There’s also an interesting theme parsing out where science meets religion meets fake mumbo jumbo when a famous psychic comes to town. And of course there has to be danger, and there’s plenty of that.
The forensic scenes were well done–just enough ugly reality and facts to keep things interesting without going full CSI and being gross. The interactions were also well done. I found this an easy book to read, and was sorry to see it hasn’t done better. This is a case where I hope the author gets the rights back and is able to republish at some point. I think the publisher did this book a disservice.
Overall, a very enjoyable murder mystery, suitable for both adult and YA readers.
I’m proud to announce that the 2nd Cathy Pembroke Tale, “Ogres At Alcatraz Isle,” is now available for pre-order on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Ogres-Alcatraz-Cathy-Pembroke-Tales-ebook/dp/B00UMESDNA/
This was actually first intended to be the third installment of the Cathy Pembroke Tales, but I decided to pull down the original tale, “Trolls Under Golden Gate Bridge.” This one was a very short story at only about 3500 words which was originally published in the Once Upon A Time magazine several years ago. The new tales are still short but longer than that one–“Ogres” runs at about 9000 words.
The Fae are at it again! All over the world, deforestation has caused the barriers between world to breakdown. Now monsters are invading the city. Cathy Pembroke, a member of the Bay Area’s new Fae Enforcement Division, must deal with everything from trolls to fairies to goblins knocking up the local Circle K. Only this time, it’s much worse.
Ogres have taken over the popular tourist attraction at Alcatraz Isle, and worse, they’ve taken hostages. Cathy and her team must find a way to rescue the humans and the landmark. It’s their greatest challenge yet.
(Please note that it is not necessary to have read “Fairies At Fisherman’s Wharf” first, but it is available on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and a ton of other places for only 99 cents!)
Okay, I’m back! A couple of announcements today. First, I will be publishing the next installment of my Cathy Pembroke tales soon. In celebration of this, I had new covers made for the previous installment, “Fairies At Fisherman’s Wharf.” Check out the new pretty! Along with the now fully branded cover for the next one, “Ogres At Alcatraz Isle.”
Now here’s the sad news. I’m going to take down the original Cathy Pembroke tale, “A Troll Under Golden Gate Bridge.” This was a very short story I wrote fifteen years ago (yikes), and I just don’t think it’s good enough to keep out there any longer. I and my writing have grown a lot since then. I may offer it as a freebie in the future for newsletter subscribers, but that’s about it. So if you never downloaded this one, this weekend is your last chance! It never did go permafree at Amazon so I’ll take that one down today.
It’s still available for free on Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes and Noble and iBooks. Here’s the Smashwords link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/159895
And Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-troll-under-golden-gate-bridge-judy-goodwin/1111943199?ean=2940033218561
I’ll take those down on Monday. Enjoy!