Time and again, Emily-- Em-- Hansen uses her geological training and her unflinching scientist's eye to sniff out a killer. Now in her newest case, Em heads to Utah for a paleontology conference and ends up embroiled in murder when her host, a notorious dinosaur expert, ends up dead, stabbed with a dinosaur bone. The high-stakes world of dinosaur study and research, coupled with the secrets of a conservative sect of Mormonism, provide the suspects and Em, if she isn't buried like so many fossils by a determined ...
Time and again, Emily-- Em-- Hansen uses her geological training and her unflinching scientist's eye to sniff out a killer. Now in her newest case, Em heads to Utah for a paleontology conference and ends up embroiled in murder when her host, a notorious dinosaur expert, ends up dead, stabbed with a dinosaur bone. The high-stakes world of dinosaur study and research, coupled with the secrets of a conservative sect of Mormonism, provide the suspects and Em, if she isn't buried like so many fossils by a determined killer, is forced to provide the solution.
Science and detective work should go together naturally. After all, they're both about the pursuit of truth. But aside from medical thrillers, not many writers nowadays embark upon the scientific mystery. Of those who do, Andrews, whose novels feature forensic geologist Em Hansen, has become a leading light. The fifth entry in Andrews's series (after Only Flesh and Bones) rivets both as a crime story and as a discussion of the relationship between science and religion. Em is working as a petroleum geologist when George Dishey, a famous paleontologist, invites her to speak at a conference in Salt Lake City. Flattered, she accepts, although she knows little about his specialty: dinosaurs. Em is Dishey's houseguest when he is savagely murdered, and her status as prime suspect leads her to launch an independent investigation of her host's death. Em is a vulnerable and highly appealing lead, and Andrews shines at showing readers what it's like to be a scientist. Em believes in "the pleasures of learning"; readers will happily learn alongside her as she finds out about dinosaur fossils. The allure of scientific discovery is strongly felt in this novel, as is the jealously and pettiness of paleontologists engaged in academic back stabbing. Em is attracted to Ray, a police officer assigned to the murder case. Ray is a devout Mormon, and Em wonders about the difference between his religion and her rational scientific beliefs. It's a crisis of conscience for her: can a spiritual life honorably co-exist with a life devoted to science? Andrews provides absorbing discussions of creationism, fossil excavation and the scientific method. Her novel is a suspenseful mystery spiked with dinosaurs, science and religion: what more could readers ask for? Author tour. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
While in Utah for a paleontology conference, series geologist/sleuth Em Hansen winds up investigating another murder. This time, someone murders her host, a famous dinosaur expert, and the deed is almost pinned on her. Appealing characters and fluent prose; for fans of the series. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Hence, loathed melancholy. Professional stratigrapher and amateur forensic geologist Emily Hansen's flown her gas-and-oil coop in Denver, and the million problems that dogged her there (Only Flesh and Bones, 1998, etc.) for the temporarily greener pastures of Salt Lake City—greener at least, she assumes, for the time it'll take her to read her paper at the geological conference that hotshot George Dishey has invited her to. Except: (1) her host has been murdered by someone evidently intent on returning his blood to the ground—someone the local cops suspect might be her—and (2) she's not really scheduled to speak at the conference; it seems instead that confirmed bachelor George had imported her as his latest bimbo. And that's not all the swinging single was up to, as Em realizes when an awfully young woman named Nina bursts into George's home and announces that she's George's other wife. George, it soon develops, was quite the liar, telling giant fibs about his fieldwork, the source of his well-financed solo digs, his checkered private life, and his ties to the Mormon community. But which of his hundred lies got him killed? The mix of generous plotting and leisurely plodding leaves Andrews time for long excursuses on allosaurs, academics, Mormons, and helicopters, some didactically effective, all blind alleys. Many readers will forget that George Dishey ever got himself killed.
Sarah Andrews, a professional geologist and licensed pilot, lives with her husband and son in northern California. Awarded the prestigious American Association of Petroleum Geologists' Journalists Award in 1998 for her mystery writing, she also teaches geology at Sonoma State University. This is her fifth Em Hansen mystery.