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Toni Dwiggins is a third-generation Californian who migrated from southern Cal to northern Cal. What she likes most about her state is that one can go from the ocean to the mountains in one day, with a lunch stop in the desert. She likes it so much she has chosen those settings for her forensic geology books. These stories feature a young woman and her father-figure mentor, who analyze earth evidence to solve crimes and crises--and in the process get entangled in outdoor adventure and thrills.
Kevin A. Lyons
on Feb. 10, 2014 :
Don't let the "geology" throw you -- you don't have to have an in-depth knowledge of science to enjoy these stories. The plots are good and believable, and they proceed through twists and turns to logical, convincing conclusions.
I thought that Quicksilver, the first of the stories, was the weakest of the three, but it was still very good. I liked the second story, Badwater, the best. All three stories are currently available separately, but this anthology is definitely the way to go.
(Full disclosure -- I actually do have a degree in geology. But I like mysteries, and these are very good!)
(reviewed long after purchase)