Angel of Death: A Forensic Mystery

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Being a coroner’s assistant means that Cameryn has seen more gore than your average seventeen-year-old. But even Cammie is shocked when Kyle O’Neil, the most popular guy in school, discovers the gruesome corpse of their English teacher murdered in his own bed. As Cammie gets involved in the case, she finds herself drawn to Kyle, and considers trusting him with the secret that she can’t even tell her father. But when their relationship starts to move toward romance, the struggle to solve the case of her teacher’s ...

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Overview

Being a coroner’s assistant means that Cameryn has seen more gore than your average seventeen-year-old. But even Cammie is shocked when Kyle O’Neil, the most popular guy in school, discovers the gruesome corpse of their English teacher murdered in his own bed. As Cammie gets involved in the case, she finds herself drawn to Kyle, and considers trusting him with the secret that she can’t even tell her father. But when their relationship starts to move toward romance, the struggle to solve the case of her teacher’s death intensifies. Will Cameryn be too preoccupied to identify the killer in time?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
In the small town of Silverton, Colorado, the strange murder of the popular high school English teacher, Brad Oakes, sends shock waves through the community in this sequel to The Christopher Killer. Seventeen-year-old, Cameryn Mahoney, a high school student, is the coroner's assistant. The coroner, Patrick Mahoney, happens to be her father who respects and nurtures Cameryn's gift for forensic science, despite the questioning challenges from the sheriff and medical examiner. Entangled in this fast-paced mystery story is Cameryn's growing romance with Kyle, who happened to discover the teacher's body. Oakes, who was also a Boy Scout leader, did not show up for the hike, which resulted in sending Kyle over to Oakes' home to look for him. Besides the murder mystery, Cameryn's life is complicated with the communication from her mother Hannah, who disappeared a number of years ago. Hannah's pending visit is a secret that troubles Cameryn and her relationship with her family and friends. The story leaves some unanswered questions that suggest future sequels.
VOYA - Jenny Ingram
In this second book featuring teenaged assistant county coroner Cameryn Mahoney, Cameryn, her father and the cast of small-town characters introduced in the first book investigate the murder of a popular high school teacher and Boy Scout leader who is found cooked to death in his bed. Cameryn's life is complicated by the imminent arrival of her estranged mother, by her father's first relationship since her mother, and by her own romance with an Eagle Scout, and she has difficulties seeing the case clearly. With one successful investigation under her belt in The Christopher Killer (Sleuth/Viking, 2006/VOYA August 2006), Cameryn continues to slowly prove her competency to the skeptics who believe that a teenage girl should not be doing forensic work. Ferguson gives a good representation of small-town life, and the characters and plot are more developed and focused in this installment. As with the first book, she spares no details of death and the work of a coroner, which may make some readers squeamish and recruit others to the profession. The story is both emotionally and scientifically suspenseful, and teens will relate to Cameryn's issues with school, work, and home. The ending opens the way for a third book, which will please fans of this new series.
VOYA - Rebecca Moreland
Ferguson's Angel of Death will not disappoint fans of Cameryn Mahoney and The Christopher Killer. Although this book is much like the first in the series, slight changes keep it interesting. It focuses less on the forensic-related aspects of Cameryn's life and more on how they affect her personal life, with friends, love interests, and family troubles.
KLIATT
Move over,- Patricia Cornwell--Alane Ferguson and her 17-year-old heroine Cameryn are also delivering scary, detailed (gross at times) stories of murder, mystery and suspense. A popular high school teacher is found dead, and Cameryn, as assistant to her father, the town coroner in Silverton, Colorado, accompanies him to examine the body. A 21-year-old Sheriff's Deputy is also involved, not only in the case, but in romantic pursuit of Cammie. Add to this a subplot about Cammie's long-disappeared mother reappearing, Cammie's friendship with a girlfriend ebbing and flowing, and her awakened feelings of attraction to Kyle, the student who discovered the body. What makes this story different from many other YA mysteries is the extent of the description of the physical details of the dead body, the forensics of the case. These don't seem to be offered to offend any reader's sensibilities, and the author has done her research thoroughly, but they are hard to read. Ferguson won the Edgar Award for Show Me The Evidence. KLIATT Codes: JS--Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2006, Penguin, Sleuth/Viking, 263p., $15.99.. Ages 12 to 18.
—Claire Rosser
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Cameryn Mahoney, the teenaged forensic detective from The Christopher Killer (Viking, 2006), continues her adventures as assistant to her father, the county coroner of Silverton, CO. Her latest case involves the death of a favorite teacher, whose body is found by her classmate Kyle. Brad Oakes has seemingly been burned, but there are no signs of fire in his bedroom. Cammie is also dealing with an upcoming visit from her mother, who left long ago. On top of that, she finds herself attracted to Kyle and Deputy Justin. As she gets closer and closer to discovering the killer's identity, she puts her life in danger. The forensic details are intriguing and will definitely attract all of the CSI fans out there. The author doesn't shy away from the gorier details, and she seems to have done her homework about the ins and outs of being a county coroner. Reluctant readers looking for a mystery will enjoy the fast pace and page-turning suspense.-Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Her rare talent for examining corpses and an aching secret separates 17-year-old Cameryn from her friends and family in this mystery by Edgar Award-winning author Ferguson. Cameryn's father is the town coroner. Her eye for detail and ability to quell her feelings as she examines dead bodies lead her to a paid coroner's assistant position, even though she's still in high school. When a favorite teacher is found dead in horrible and mystifying circumstances, Cameryn struggles to remain emotionally detached from the case. Meanwhile, she apprehensively awaits a visit from her long-absent mother and begins a romance with the most desirable boy in town. As Cameryn tries to unravel the mystery she doesn't notice that she's walking into extreme danger. Ferguson deftly sprinkles in some casual clues that astute readers may notice as she advances the story, and the final chapter explodes with suspense. An entertaining read. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142410875
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Series: Forensic Mystery Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 179,519
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.98 (w) x 6.98 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alane Ferguson lives with her family near the foothills of the Colorado Rockies.

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

    The Angel of Death

    Angel of Death: A Forensic Mystery by Alane Ferguson, is the second book of the series, The Christopher Killers. However, this book is so well written that when I first read it, I couldn't tell there were two. I started the series out with the second book instead of the first and was still able to understand the writing and the storyline. It is exciting and fun to read both books in the series, but not necessary to fully understand what is happening and to understand details. The story line starts out in a normal fashion but soon begins to make twists and turns that were not expected by the audience.

    This book will hook you within the first couple of pages. You will not be able to set it down. So, don't start to read this book unless you have time to read it and get sucked into its pages and its every detail. This book is an easy read but very entertaining and keeps your mind thinking and interested. This book intrigues you as the reader and will leave you wanting more. You think you know what will be the outcome but you will never guess the end to this mystery.

    Cameryn Mahoney is a high school student who is interested in her father's career. Her father is the medical examiner in the county in which they live. Cameryn is only seventeen but finds herself very interested in the forensic field. She has only grown up with her father and seems to be living a pretty regular life. What she doesn't know is that something will soon change, bringing excitement, sadness and mystery into her life.

    Alane Ferguson has written this book with much detail. She makes reading her books very enjoyable. They are easy to understand but she has a way with words that will hold your attention. Her writing style is such that you won't be able to guess what will happen next. Through her writing you can tell she has strength in disguising the next step the characters will take. Her enthusiasm for a good story and writing shows throughout her novel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    Anonmyous

    Would I like this book if I watch other forensic shows?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Excellent

    Alane Furguson has done it again, Angel of Death was great. It started off a little slow, but proggesed so much toward the end leaving the reader questioning. The ending was a complete shocker, and I can't wait to find out what happens to Camryn, Kyle, and her mother. Along with the other main characters. I highly recomend you read the entire series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The Angel of Death: A Page Turner for Mystery Addicts Everywhere

    Alane Ferguson's The Angel of Death is the best, well-written mystery novel I have ever read. I say this because the end has such a surprising, unexpected twist, that it blows your mind. Not only the end, but through-out the whole book, the gears in the reader's head will be frantically turning, trying to contemplate this illogical murder in the tiny town of Silverton, Colorado.
    * * *
    The author understands balance, so the main character and coroner's assistant, Cameryn Mahoney, is not only dealing with what seems to be the most difficult case ever, but her mom coming back into her life, and her blossoming relationship with Kyle O'Neil.
    * * *
    As I was reading this book I was trying to figure out who did it. But Ferguson always "turns the table" on you, so you change your mind again, only to find yourself coming back to that person later on. The clues that are given to the reader don't seem to make any sense at first, like puzzle pieces that don't seem to fit together at all. But as the reader gets deeper into the story, the more the seemingly random clues come together, forming a magnificent mystery and the perfect ending to an almost unsolvable murder.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Love the Christopher killer

    Love the Christopher killer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    I love this book i couldnt stop reading

    Love it m

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    The angel of death

    This book is beast. I hope you enjoy i couldnt put the book down.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    I Really Recommended this book to Teen girls and boys who love Froensic

    The Angel of death is a mystery book that takes a wild twist in the murder in the English teacher. The Book talks about how a girl heart takes control when everyone go and tries to blame the boy who bed had the dead teacher in it. The Father of the girl tries to help his little girl but hides a little Secret which my change everyone¿s mind when she finds out! 13- older may read the book if they love Catchy endings

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    Review for Rachel's Book Reviews

    Forensic Mystery
    By Alan Ferguson
    Being a coroner's assistant means that Cameryn has seen more gore than your average seventeen-year-old. But even Cammie is shocked when Kyle O'Neil, the most popular guy in school, discovers the gruesome corpse of their English teacher murdered in his own bed. As Cammie gets involved in the case, she finds herself drawn to Kyle, and considers trusting him with the secret that she can't even tell her father. But when their relationship starts to move toward romance, the struggle to solve the case of her teacher's death intensifies. Will Cameryn be too preoccupied to identify the killer in time?
    This series is one of the most fantastic books I've ever read. The are fantastic mysteries, they seem average at first, but the end made my pulse race and gave me CHILLS. I made this not-so-mistake, I got the third and fourth late one night, I got home and couldn't sleep so I pick the third up. I finished around 1:30. Oh man. What a whopper of an ending. I sounded like this: "OH MY GOSH!!! AAAHHHHH!!!!!" then I couldn't help but look outside, it was a moonless night, totally dark. I definitely couldn't sleep after that..what was my solution? To pick up the fifth. Okay, so the only problem with this review, is I've never read the first in the series. I thought the second was first. So, I've never read the beginning of Cammie's adventures. It seemed like maybe there was something before it, but I never missed a piece of vital information, so if you want to skip the first one too, go ahead. This is a hall of famer, and a DEFINITE READ IN THE DARK..under a moonless night..when you can't sleep...(I'll be picking up book one as soon as I can)

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    couldn't stop reading!!!

    this book was amazing. the end was so good I couldn't put it down. my friend made me so i would pay attention in math class. haha! all i wanted to do was learn who the killer was and what would happen next! i cant wait to read the next one!!! :)

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  • Posted December 26, 2010

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    yay

    i love this book so much, i highly recomend this book to every one i meet, but only if they have the stomach for it. this book is highly predictible but in a good way, it adds to the suspece because you know who did it but they dont

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    If you are a fan of CSI, then this series is for you! THE ANGEL OF DEATH is the second book in the FORENSIC MYSTERY series by Alane Ferguson (following THE CHRISTOPHER KILLER). <BR/><BR/>Seventeen-year-old Cameryn Mahoney is deeply involved in the investigation into the death of her high school English teacher. She is the assistant to the county coroner, who happens to be her father. They have been called to the home of her teacher to examine what the sheriff describes as the "bizarre condition" of the decedent's body. <BR/><BR/>The case is treated as a homicide, and Cameryn joins her father in everything from evidence collection to participation in the autopsy. Her future plans are to be a medical examiner, and thanks to past involvement in her father's cases, she is fairly knowledgeable. <BR/><BR/>Ferguson doesn't limit the plot to the unusual death of the teacher; Cameryn's life has other interesting complications, as well. Her mother left when she was four years old and is about to make a reappearance in their lives. Kyle, one of the most popular boys in Cameryn's school, is suddenly interested in starting a relationship with her. In addition to those problems, Cameryn's best friend, Lyric, is not exactly acting normal. <BR/><BR/>Readers who like an intriguing mystery, a good dose of "gory" detail, and a bit of romance will definitely enjoy this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2007

    THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!

    This book was one of the best books ever! but the first book was also amazing! lets hope she makes another book in the series!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2007

    a reviewer

    If you are a fan of CSI, then this series is for you! THE ANGEL OF DEATH is the second book in the FORENSIC MYSTERY series by Alane Ferguson. Seventeen-year-old Cameryn Mahoney is deeply involved in the investigation into the death of her high school English teacher. She is the assistant to the county coroner, who happens to be her father. They have been called to the home of her teacher to examine what the sheriff describes as the 'bizarre condition' of the decedent's body. The case is treated as a homicide, and Cameryn joins her father in everything from evidence collection to participation in the autopsy. Her future plans are to be a medical examiner, and thanks to past involvement in her father's cases, she is fairly knowledgeable. Ferguson doesn't limit the plot to the unusual death of the teacher Cameryn's life has other interesting complications, as well. Her mother left when she was four years old and is about to make a reappearance in their lives. Kyle, one of the most popular boys in Cameryn's school, is suddenly interested in starting a relationship with her. In addition to those problems, Cameryn's best friend, Lyric, is not exactly acting normal. Readers who like an intriguing mystery, a good dose of 'gory' detail, and a bit of romance will definitely enjoy this one. **Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka 'Readingjunky'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2007

    Larger than Life!

    OMG! I love the gory action and the suspense. I've always wanted to go into forensics and now this just fed my enthusiasm! The author did another great job! My head is still spining from the plot. It blew my mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2007

    Angel of Death: A Forensic Mystery

    Attention CSI fans!! This book is for you! The Angel of Death by Alane Ferguson is the second in her Forensic Mystery series. It features Cameryn Mahoney whose father is the county medical examiner, and at age seventeen, she is his assistant. The story begins when they receive a call to examine the body of Cameryn's high school English teacher. According to the sheriff there is something particularly unusual about the condition of the body. (Caution: Just like CSI, be prepared to be treated to all the gory details.) Cameryn not only helps her father gather evidence and witness the autospy, but she also deals with some problems of her own. The most popular boy in her high school is suddenly interested in her, and her mother who disappeared about 13 years ago, is about to return. If you like mystery and adventure mixed with a touch of romance and more than a bit of gory detail, you'll love this one. #1 in the series is The Christopher Killers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2006

    Hmmm.......what do we have here?????

    I recently read Alane Ferguson's The Angel of Death for a project I had in school. I had purchased the book a few days prior to when the project was assigned. I expected to read the book and enjoy it enough to write a good report on it, but with each page i turned my thoughts plumeted deeper into the plot. I recommend this book to anyone who has a 'thing' for mysteries and loves suspense. You also have to have a stomach that doesn't get upset very easily by very 'different' descriptions of what happens inside the human body. This book triggered my love for mysteries that I now share with my mother. If you're in search of a good murder, look no further simply begin to turn the pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2006

    amazing

    this was an amazing sequel to 'The Christopher Killer'. Both are such good books. I can't wait for the next book in this series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2006

    Angel of Death: A Forensic Mystery

    The Angel of Death by Alane Ferguson is the second in her Forensic Mystery series. It features Cameryn Mahoney whose father is the county medical examiner, and at age seventeen, she is his assistant. The story begins when they receive a call to examine the body of Cameryn's high school English teacher. According to the sheriff there is something particularly unusual about the condition of the body. (Caution: Just like CSI, be prepared to be treated to all the gory details.) Cameryn not only helps her father gather evidence and witness the autospy, but she also deals with some problems of her own. The most popular boy in her high school is suddenly interested in her, and her mother who disappeared about 13 years ago, is about to return. If you like mystery and adventure mixed with a touch of romance and more than a bit of gory detail, you'll love this one. #1 in the series is The Christopher Killers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2006

    Wait until the ending

    I loved the first book and this one is even better. The ending blew my mind. I'm ready for the next one.

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