Tramping around a graveyard in the dark is not how Dr Sam Ryan, forensic pathologist, planned to spend her day off. Then another death is discovered.
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The corpses of two young men are found nude and mutilated in a cemetery crypt. On their chests is carved what looks like an upside down cross. Sexual murder? Cult killing? Witchcraft? Forensic pathologist Dr. Samantha Ryan is presented with a number of tantalizing clues in this British mystery. Dr. Sam is similar to Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta in that she helps to solve crimes by analyzing the most minute of clues. Reader Paddy Glynn gives Dr. Sam a pitch-perfect imitation of Roma Downey's ("Touched By An Angel") Irish lilt, and the story moves quickly enough to capture the attention of all mystery lovers. J.L.C. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom Kirkus Reviews:
31218178.798 McCreary, Nigel SILENT WITNESS Samantha Ryan doesn't take proper care of her ailing mother--at least that's what her put-upon sister thinks--and she's forever losing her housekeys. But when she puts on her lab coat and changes into Dr. Ryan, the Home Office pathologist, she becomes the best hope for solving a pair of ritual killings in Cambridge's fen country. Both victims have been garroted, mutilated, adorned with ivy shoots, and left on consecrated groundand both had run afoul of unsavory club owner Sebastian Bird. So Sam's colleagues, from sympathetic Inspector Tom Adams to overbearing Supt. Harriet Farmer, are certain Bird killed them both; they take Bird's knowledge of an eerily similar 30-year-old killing (garrote, mutilation, ivy, sacred depository) and the witchcraft lore that goes back centuries as even stronger evidence against him. But Sam, who toils in her mortuary with all the aplomb of Kay Scarpetta (if with a lot less compelling fascination with grisly detail), keeps turning up bits of evidence that don't fit Bird--but that strongly suggest he's being framed by an ultimately unconvincing, though well-hidden, killer. Just what you'd expect if somebody whittled Patricia Cornwell down to TV scale alongside A&E's Cracker episodes--where alert American viewers will already have caught this first installment of Sam's adventures. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Thomas Dunne Books, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110312291973