Shadowed Mind: A Dinah Harris Mystery

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Against this backdrop, Dinah must come to terms with her own past, as those associated with the deepening mystery face their own personal demons, and struggle with the concept of God's inexhaustible grace and forgiveness.

Old secrets are revealed, tragedies unearthed, and the devastating legacy of science without compassion is finally brought to light.

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Overview

Against this backdrop, Dinah must come to terms with her own past, as those associated with the deepening mystery face their own personal demons, and struggle with the concept of God's inexhaustible grace and forgiveness.

Old secrets are revealed, tragedies unearthed, and the devastating legacy of science without compassion is finally brought to light.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780890515907
  • Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/25/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Warriors Den

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

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    Suspense, Mystery, Murder!!!

    All men are created equal. Or are they? One of America's core beliefs is about to be challenged. There's a killer on the loose who is intent on making a point. Those deemed unworthy - the prostitutes, mentally ill, alcoholics, and homeless - are all lower on the evolutionary scale and ought to be eradicated. Former FBI Agent Dinah Harris is hired by the mysterious Detective Samson Cage to assist in the investigation and gets a crash course into the world of neo-eugenics. As a recovering alcoholic, staying sober is hard enough. But when the killer targets her personally, the stakes are higher than ever before.

    The Shadowed Mind by Julie Cave is the second book in the Dinah Harris trilogy. In my opinion, it is better than the first book though I do recommend reading them in order. Dinah Harris is a deeply intricate character that captures and holds the attention of the reader. Half-mystery and half-suspense, this book keeps the reader guessing about the killer's identity. There is also a sub-plot that doesn't seem to have anything to do with the Dinah's part of the story until the very end. I am always impressed when an author writes so well that I can't predict who did it until the chosen moment of revelation.

    I applaud Cave for her boldness in tackling the topic of neo-eugenics. In way of warning, I think that politically liberal readers will probably take offense at some portions of this book. The book takes obvious stabs at prevailing liberal philosophies. From mocking evolutionary beliefs to quoting Obama's "no longer a Christian nation" statement, the author attacks ideologies and defends her own. Personally, I agree with the author's beliefs. I just feel it necessary to warn of the prevalent conservative bias that may cause some readers to discard the book rather than considering Cave's argument.

    I recommend reading this book with an open mind.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from New Leaf Publishing Group as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

    Highly Recommended Must check it out!!

    What is human life worth to you. Should people who are alcoholics, homeless, disabled, or mentally disturbed be considered a burden to society? If we got rid of everyone who have these problems will it strengthen society for the greater good? According to "The Movement" group, eugenics is better for everyone, but what if that meant murder?

    In this mysterious tale "The Shadowed Mind" by Julie Cave, Dinah Harris is in search of a murderer. With each murder well thought out and planned it gives Dinah and the detective a run for their money with the search for the mysterious man with black eyes. During their investigation they stumble upon a eugenics group called "The Movement", who does not believe that life is precious. With Dinah's recent alcoholic background and her struggling to stay sober, things take a turn when she becomes the killers next target. Will Dinah turn to God and surrender to His will, or will she take things upon herself and go back to her old ways?

    Although I'm not much of a Mystery person, I though this book was an amazing picture of God's love and grace. It shows us how no matter who we were in the past, God is able to transform us with His love into who he wants us to be. Highly recommend this book!

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

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    as good, if not better than the first Dinah Harris Mystery

    Dinah Harris has been through the wringer, a high profile, profiler with the FBI, she finds herself fired. Her alcoholism has finally cost her, her job. After solving the murders of the Smithsonian staff members, and showing up in public drunk, she was too much of a liability to the FBI. So after going into rehab, and giving her life to God, Dinah is ready to start living again. Sober. She starts up her own business as a consultant, to help police or other agencies with crimes they have trouble solving.

    She soon finds herself immersed in a case with Detective Samson Cage. Someone is killing what would appear to be to the killer "the undesirables." Trying to glean out the people he feels has nothing to offer society. As she and Detective Cage investigate this case and learn more about eugenics and what was driving this mad killer.

    Struggling with her alcoholism and her anger issues, Dinah and Detective Cage seem to be an odd pair. He is rarely ruffled, and seems to be in control of himself at all times, and Dinah who seems to constantly battle her anger issues, they indeed are an odd pair. But getting to know each other and working closely Dinah learns things about Detective Cage run much deeper than the surface appears. Trying to figure all that out, on top of finding a killer, keeps Dinah on her toes.

    Julie Cave has brought another awesome book, and I so excited to finish it and write this review. Her first book Deadly Disclosures was an awesome book, and really pegged our government and society, as does this one. I truly enjoyed this book, and they just get better each book, and I cannot wait for Pieces of Light due out in June of 2011. 281 pages $US 9.99 5 stars

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

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    The Shadowed Mind

    The Shadowed Mind by Julie Cave, was a great! I am a huge fan of mysteries, and this one is over the top, with a few clues here and there, and a killer who seems to think he has the right to decide who lives and who dies based on their "value" to society! The author doesn't just give us an interesting murder mystery, but she also taught me about a subject that I knew virtually nothing about!

    Dinah Harris, a recovering alcoholic, was one of the best profilers the FBI had, but they let her go because of her alcoholism. So she decided to hang out her shingle and use her skills on a consultancy basis. The first call she gets is from Detective Sampson Cage. There has been a murder,and he wants Dinah to help him figure out who the killer is.While there doesn't seem to be alot of clues with the first murder, just an old photograph. Soon there is another murder, and the clue that is left soon leads Dinah to believe the person committing the murders is somehow connected to the teachings and beliefs of neo-eugenics. Can Dinah figure out who is committing the murders?

    While we get to see how the murderer operates in this novel, figuring out who he was wasn't so easy, because of the types of victims he chose, it was relatively easy to murder them and not be detected. I felt sad for the victims, who were down on their luck, and then someone comes along whom they think they can trust only to be murdered by that person.

    Dinah was a christian who comes off as a very down to earth normal person. She is far from perfect, and her problem with alcoholism is something she struggles with on a daily basis.
    The secondary story of Ella and her father, who was suffering from Alzheimer's, was interesting, and tied in to the main story at the end.
    While this is the second story in the Dinah Harris mystery trilogy, it can easily be read as a stand alone work. The author provides enough information to allow you to read this story without feeling lost. I found the topics discussed in this story, such as euthanasia, alcoholism, and neo-eugenics, to be very well done, and I for one intend to learn more about neo-eugenics.

    If your a fan of suspenseful mysteries, that also have a good christian message look no further, pick up the Dinah Harris mystery series,you won't be disappointed.

    Book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted December 8, 2010

    I Thoroughly Enjoyed This Book!

    The Shadowed Mind, authored by Julie Cave, is the second book in the Dinah Harris mystery series. I read the first book, Deadly Disclosures, after my sister purchased it, and I was thrilled to find a fiction book that wasn't just a waste of time. I'm very picky about the books I read, and generally don't like the normal "Christian romance" novels. There has to be more to the plot than hero and heroine meet, fall in love, and after several difficulties, end up getting married. I much prefer a deeper plot, and so I usually stick with mystery/suspense if I'm in the mood for a fiction book. But, what I enjoy most about this series is that even though they're fiction, there is a lot of information packed into them! The Shadowed Mind deals with the issue of eugenics. It explains how eugenics is a natural offshoot of evolution, since if humans are simply higher-evolved organisms, there is no sanctity to life.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The mystery is well thought-out and develops smoothly, and it really keeps your attention! From the discovery of the first body (a young street girl) to the end of the book, Dinah and her new partner Samson are tracking down a serial killer. The killer leaves a mysterious message with each body (starting with a picture on the first victim), and Dinah must discover what the messages mean so they can stop the murders. In addition to the mystery, there is also an underlying plot regarding a woman dealing with her father's struggle with Alzheimer's. Of course, in the end this is also tied in to the story. Above everything else in this book, the message of God's forgiveness and mercy for those who repent prevails. When Dinah loses her battle with alcohol one night, she speaks to a Christian friend who encourages her with the thought that if she truly repents of her sin, God will forgive.
    Julie Cave has a writing style that I really enjoy, and she keeps the story moving at a good pace. Even the "lectures" on euthanasia, eugenics, etc. are written in such a way as to make them interesting. Not just a portion of the book you'll skip over to get to the end quicker :)
    I thought The Shadowed Mind was very well-written, and very informative. I can't wait to read the 3rd book in this series, which is due out in June 2011!

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  • Posted December 5, 2010

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    The Shadowed Mind

    The age old questions of euthanasia, natural selection, and involuntary sterilization are examined, but from the perspective of detectives trying to solve a string of puzzling murders. Their mission is to find a warped criminal who is sadly influenced by his own upbringing, and has been plotting his own personal part in "cleaning up" those that he feels are unworthy to live. The mystery begins with the discovery of the first victim, and a mysterious photo is found on the body. Each subsequent case has another clue that is left specifically for the detectives assigned to solve the murder. Filled with danger, puzzling clues and their own personal demons, the detectives put everything they've got into stopping the evil criminal before he strikes again. A story of the extent of evil possible in the lives of some, this book also demonstrates God's unconditional forgiveness, eternal hope and second chances. If you enjoy a suspense book that keeps you up at night, then you will love The Shadowed Mind. I highly recommend this book!!

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  • Posted November 17, 2010

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    The Shadowed Mind

    The Shadowed Mind by Julie Cave is a new mystery crime novel, in which the heroine, an ex- FBI agent, must solve the case of a serial killer whose eugenics enthusiasm drives him to target the homeless, the sick, and the drug addicted in order to deliver the warped message of the need for society to maintain the integrity of the gene pool by wiping out those deemed as weak or mentally and/ or physically inferior.
    A big strength of this book are its well thought out sub-plots, realistic characters such as Dinah, the main character of this story, faces an ongoing battle with alcoholism, together with the grief of the death of her husband and young son, and the loss of her prestigious job at the FBI, is depicted as a real human being with very real problems, and is not a perfect, idealistic out of touch heroine. Another character, Ella, a lonely and isolated, tired woman must deal with the draining effects and painful emotions of caring for her aged father with alzheimers. Pehaps many readers can relate to the plight of Ella.
    The title: "The Shadowed Mind" has many meanings, one of which refers to the dark recesses of the criminal side of human mind (which takes hold when one rejects the grace of God). Another meaning refers to the sickness which takes control of one's intellect or personality as in the case of mental illness or degenerative organic disease of the brain. And another reference could refer to the shadows of painful memories that intrude as a result of the consequences of traumatic events and circumstances. While this is a fictional novel, the author, Julie Cave provides authentic details woven throughout to add realism. Furthermore, indepth information and actual historical background is provided into the eugenics movement as well as the catalyst behind it: the drift from a Christian society into a society based on naturalism and evolution, in which human beings are no longer depicted as being made in the image of God, but rather simply as animals, in which the motto: "the survival of the fittest" must apply. Additionally, the link between the dangers of naturalism and Hitler, as well as imposed euthenasia is clearly drawn. Not only is this an entertaining, fast paced action mystery, but it also delivers an important message as well, about the sanctity of human life. One main downside of this story is the unresolved ending, where the reader must wait for yet another novel in this series to see the corrupt senator get justice for his deeds. Also the story behind Cage, which the reader is kept in suspense for the entire book, is somewhat anti-climactic, when the reader learns that he is hiding the fact that is in a multi-racial marriage, and that he had some traumatic experiences with a previous work partner that betrayed his trust. The main message of the novel can me summed up: without God, we are doomed to live in the shadows, without the light of God, our world both on a wide scale as well as personal level, is subjected to shadows and pain, imperfections and injustice. Without God, we as a society and as individuals, can not get beyond the shadows that threaten to prevail. As a blogger fopr NewLeaf press I recieved a copy of this book for the purpose of writing a review.

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