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Circle of Blood

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Cameryn Mahoney works as the assistant to her father, the county coroner of Silverton, Colorado. But if that's not hard enough, her long-lost mother has made a surprise return to Cameryn's life. When her mother picks up a mysterious young hitchhiker, Cameryn senses that the girl is running from something. But before she can find out more, the girl is found dead-with a gun in her hand. Is it suicide? Or something even more sinister?

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Overview

Cameryn Mahoney works as the assistant to her father, the county coroner of Silverton, Colorado. But if that's not hard enough, her long-lost mother has made a surprise return to Cameryn's life. When her mother picks up a mysterious young hitchhiker, Cameryn senses that the girl is running from something. But before she can find out more, the girl is found dead-with a gun in her hand. Is it suicide? Or something even more sinister?

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AGERANGE: Ages 12 to 18.

The third installment in Ferguson's forensic mysteries finds seventeen-year-old Cameryn Mahoney in her small Colorado mountain town getting to know her long-estranged mother, Hannah, an unstable artist. Hannah picks up a teenage girl hitchhiker, who runs off with Hannah's wallet when Cameryn meets them in downtown Silverton and who shortly thereafter is discovered dead. As assistant to the coroner, Cameryn is torn between the duties of her job and the instinct to protect her mother from suspicion of murder, and she attempts to rectify it by putting herself in danger and finding the killer. Along the way, Cameryn's bond with the young deputy sheriff grows tighter, and she gains the respect of the county's curmudgeonly medical examiner. In addition to writing a suspenseful story, Ferguson fairly and accurately approaches the subject of Mormonism and fundamentalist Mormons. She also treats bipolar disorder knowledgeably and sympathetically in Hannah. The descriptions of the forensic work, including documenting the crime scenes and performing autopsies, are engaging and informative and will no doubt garner interest for the profession among teens. This book is the best yet in the series, and the ending lets the reader know that there are more to come. Reviewer: Jenny Ingram
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)

KLIATT - KLIATT Review
This is part of a series about 17-year-old Cameryn, who wants to be a forensic expert. She lives in a small town in Colorado where her father is the county coroner, and he has hired her and trained her to be his assistant. The details of the dead bodies are graphic and horrifying, but nothing that will shock YAs who are accustomed to TV shows such as Bones or the CSI series. Ferguson takes the details of the forensics seriously and tries to be realistic. The mystery is challenging, and Cameryn's life is interesting as she struggles to connect to her mentally ill mother. There's a bit of romance involved, but more effective than that is the ongoing suspense (from previous books) created by her being stalked by Kyle, a murderer who once was her friend. Yikes! Age Range: Ages 12 to 18. REVIEWER: Claire Rosser (Vol. 42, No. 1)
Children's Literature - Janet L. Rose
Cameryn is assistant to her father, the county coroner. Her job is to photograph the body and scene of an accident or crime. She lives with her father and grandmother, but her mother has come back to the small town of Silverton, Colorado, and Cameryn is learning uncomfortable information about her past. Facts like her mother was psychotic and accidentally killed Cameryn's sister. A hitchhiker her mother picked up is shot hours later. The dead girl is holding a gun toward her head. Was it suicide? Or was her mother responsible? Dealing with bloody corpses doesn't faze Cameryn, but she falters when confronted with a moral dilemma—whether to protect her mother or come forth with details in a possible murder case. To justify her cover-up and after her mother is arrested for the murder, Cameryn feels she must find out who really killed the girl and puts herself in danger with the fundamentalist sect of the Mormon Church. Alane Ferguson has written other books about Cameryn. Reviewer: Janet L. Rose
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up- Cameryn Mahoney, 17-year-old forensics expert and assistant to her father, the county coroner of Silverton, CO, is back for her third case, which involves the apparent suicide of a girl whom Cameryn's estranged mother picked up as a hitchhiker only hours before. As it becomes increasingly obvious that the victim was murdered, Cameryn struggles to shield her mother from the authorities while trying to find out the truth about the girl's death, which involves a polygamist cult very loosely based on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She is also attempting to learn more about her mother's past and her parents' separation. In her desperation to solve the case, she enters into an email correspondence with a dean of the CU College of Forensics, but all is not as it seems. As with the previous two books, there is an abundance of gruesome and accurate forensic detail that will delight CSI fans, and the story is fast paced and exciting enough to hook reluctant readers as well as mystery enthusiasts. The conclusion is a real shocker (although those who read the second book may see it coming), and Ferguson definitely leaves the door open for a sequel.-Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142412671
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/8/2009
  • Series: Forensic Mystery Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 202,785
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alane Ferguson is also the author of The Christopher Killer, an Edgar Award nominee, and The Angel of Death. Ms. Ferguson and her family live in Elizabeth, Colorado.

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

    Meet Cameryn Mahoney. She's not your average high school senior. She's the assistant to the county coroner in Silverton, Colorado. Most kids her age find her fascination with all things forensic rather bizarre, if not macabre. But Cameryn is intrigued and has gained the (reluctant) respect of local law enforcement and medical personnel alike. <BR/><BR/>The story starts off with Cameryn and her father handling a fatal car accident. The victim affects Cameryn and her father in the fact that it's a young man. Nothing is worse than a senseless death. But Cameryn is ever the professional and they get the job done. <BR/><BR/>Later that day, Cameryn encounters her long lost mother, Hannah. Hannah has a young girl in the car with her. The girl seems agitated and Hannah doesn't give Cameryn a straight answer. But there is little Cameryn can do, and her mother drives off with the sad girl, Mariah, in the passenger seat. <BR/><BR/>Only later does the encounter come back to haunt Cameryn. Her father is out of town when the call comes in. There's another dead body. Cameryn is asked to attend to the scene until her father can be present. Upon seeing the body, Cameryn realizes that it's the girl, Mariah. If she lets on that she recognizes the girl, then her mother could be implicated. <BR/><BR/>What starts as an omission soon blossoms into a complete mystery that entwines everything that Cameryn does. Her mother eventually gets arrested for a murder that she swears she didn't commit. No one is there to help Hannah. Cameryn has since learned the truth of her childhood, and still finds it in her heart to forgive Hannah for everything she's done and comes to her aid. Against the odds and against the advice of everyone she knows, Cameryn takes it upon herself to clear her mother's name. <BR/><BR/>For anyone who's a fan of C.S.I. or Bones, THE CIRCLE OF BLOOD is a real page-turner. It's a bit graphic in the descriptions of dead bodies and autopsies, but done so in a fascinating and scientific manner. This isn't the first story featuring Cameryn Mahoney, but one doesn't have to have read the previous stories to enjoy this one. The story is easy to follow with little to cloud the main plot. I enjoyed it quite a bit and will now look for the previous Cameryn Mahoney books myself.

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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 fourth (I keep forgetting there's only four, it seemed like more!). 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 December 26, 2010

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    yay

    this book is a good one and i love it, if you love justin as i do, he plays a big part in this one and im glad he does, cameryn is a stron person and i love her and envy her life and cant wait tll i get into my scrubs in the mourge, but till theni read this book amd its as good as the real thing, but if you have a strong gag reflix, keep a bag on hand, this one the cases are a bit well ummm how do i say this haha they are very bloody

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2010

    my opinion on the circle of blood.

    Title: The Circle of Blood
    I read the circle of blood and it is a very good book. Cameron is her father's assistant as a coroner. Cameron's mother has been a stranger to her since her parents divorced when she was four. Hannah, cammie's mother had been addicted to drugs and had ended up accidently killing cammie's older sister Jayne. When her mother moved out and her sister was gone cammie was left to be raised by her father and grandmother. Recently Hannah had returned to the little town of Silverton, Colorado and cammie is learning to forgive unlike her father. One day Hannah is seen with a little red headed girl who mysteriously ends up dead two hours later. Is it suicide or a homicide? That's the question that cammie and her forensic friends have to figure out. Throughout the whole book cammie is getting emails from a college professor but then she starts getting disturbing emails from her asking about a murder from a couple years ago. Cammie answers some of the questions but then she starts to wonder? In the end it turns up to be Kyle, the boy that tried to kill her not long before. Throughout the whole book cammie is trying to figure out this crime and connect to her mentally ill mother. But it is a very good mystery and enjoyable for anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2010

    The Book That Tears at You Heart

    This book puts you on the edge of your seat, just like any good movie. It's got that exciting mystery of the killer and any fan of CSI: stuff will enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2010

    the ending

    The ending pulling you in i just finished the book, now i want the other one to finish the awesome series.

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  • Posted December 10, 2009

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    Wow!

    This is another great installment in the Forensic Mystery Series. The beggining was sorta slow, but towards the middle it picked up. The ending is gonna leave you with a huge surprise, and you'll crave the fourth book. If you haven't read this entire series, don't hesitate!

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  • Posted November 4, 2009

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    Wow...

    This book was just breath taking. I felt like i was holding all of Cameryn's secrets for her mother, Hannah. With another body that could be a homicide, she yet again risks her life for the killer to be found. But what about her so called love. With the remaining of the mistery of where he is she gets some spine chilling things from the killer himself. With Justin and Cameryn starting to get together even closer now I am just "biting my nails" to find out how that will end up. I just wish they got together of course when she is of age. I wwould like from the author to have an even longer book because this book just goes by quick when your reading something that is most spine chilling like The Circle of Blood. I would really recommend this to people who want to become a scientist of any anatomy science. I would reread this book a hundred times!! The Circle of Blood is must read and is going right next to Twilight on my shelf!

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

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    The circle of blood

    I read this book in probably about 2 or less days. i really really loved it and i couldnt put it down. The ending made me want to keep reading and i wish and hope there is a sequile.

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

    The Circle Of Blood Review!

    I loved this book. It was amazing and fun to read. I read this book in just 3 days. After I read this book, I told my friends, Melissa, Melanie, Stacy, Joy, Hailey, Jill, Yoshi, Sierra, Ashley, Nathan, Charlie and Marcy. They were really into my summary about the book. They asked me where I got it and I told them that I bought it from Barnes and Nobles at a great price. They all immediatly got a copy too! They got copies at the library and at bookstores. This book has a lot of suspence. I like it a lot!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2008

    Best one ever

    Each one in the series gets better. This is the best yet. I can't wait for the next one!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2008

    awesome!

    wow! this book was superb! i absolutely loved it! great suspense and good story line. I was hanging on the edge of my seat!!!!!!!! 'but read the 1st two books before you read this one'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2008

    cant get enough

    this book while dealing with the wonders of forensics it also has a tidbit of drama. the book leaves you hangin at the end so you need to know what happens next.

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