Airtight Case (Lindsay Chamberlain Series #5)

Airtight Case (Lindsay Chamberlain Series #5)

by Beverly Connor


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In a seemingly random event, forensic anthropologist Lindsay Chamberlain is attacked and left for dead. Buried in a shallow grave in the woods, she manages to escape, although she suffers from loss of memory as a result of the ordeal.

When Lindsay's memory returns, it is incomplete. She copes with the trauma by ignoring it, and she allows the authorities to handle the investigation. As the probe quickly comes to a dead end, however, the assault looms like a dark cloud over her peace of mind.

Lindsay joins excavations at an 1830s farm site on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Unlike previous digs where Lindsay has worked, this site is an unhappy one. Crew members are on edge and argue among themselves, and the site director takes an instant dislike to Lindsay. Furthermore, the principal investigator is under suspicion of murdering a local resident and stealing valuable papers from her. If that weren't enough, Lindsay and the crew are lodged in a haunted house, and even though she is the only crew member who doesn't believe in ghosts, she is the only one who sees them.

When very old sealed lead coffins dating from the 1700s are discovered, Lindsay becomes so excited with the discovery that she momentarily forgets her own troubles. However, her relief is short-lived, for inside one of the coffins are the disturbing remains of a woman who has something frighteningly in common with Lindsay. Then when one of the crew disappears, no one but Lindsay is worried or seems to care. If she doesn't figure out what's happening around her, she might lose her sanity, or worse, her life.

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ISBN-13: 9781581821239
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/20/2000
Series: Lindsay Chamberlain Series , #5
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.26(w) x 9.23(h) x 1.43(d)

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Airtight Case 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Romonko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the fifth and final book in the Lindsay Chamberlain series. I am sorry to come to the end of this very intriguing series. I love the mix of complex murder with facts about archeology and the cutting edge stuff that is occuring in this field. Lindsay is a wonderful creation. She's human with human foibles. This book begins with Lindsay running for her life in the middle of an amnesiac attack. What happened to put her in this state keeps resurfacing as her memory recovers, and she realizes that the nightmare is not over. There is a very intriguing ancient mystery (late 1700's) that comes up at the dig. Lindsay and her archeological crew are at a late 1700 farmstead dig in Tennessee. There are a lot of characters in the book and it's difficult to keep them all straight at times. But the mystery and the motives behind it are absolutely wonderful! I am not sure why Ms. Connor has left Lindsay to pursue another mystery series. I know that I will miss her now that I've read this one. I won't be beginning Ms. Connor's other series, but I would certainly read more Lindsay Chamberlain if there were any.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good read started a little slow but by chapter 4 it picked up. Beverly Connors is my favorite author
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lindsay Chamberlain, forensic anthropologist, is buried alive in a shallow grave in East Tennessee in the woods. She manages to escape, but she suffers from amnesia. Even when her memory returns, it is not complete. She joins an excavation at an 1830s farm site. It is located on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. She loves the Smokies, but her recent assault is always on her mind causing her to have trouble concentrating and relaxing. Claire Burke, the site director, causes tension among the crew. She is also very hostile to Lindsay. Drew Van Horne, the principal investigator, is suspected of murdering Mary Susan Tidwell and stealing valuable documents from her. Lindsay's boss, Lewis, asks her to look into the allegations against Drew. Lindsay is uncomfortable with this, but finally agrees. Two sealed lead coffins from the 1700s are discovered during the excavation. The dig becomes a big find. When they open the first coffin, they find the remains of a woman who appears to have something in common with Lindsay. One of the crew goes missing. Now Lindsay feels to regain her sanity, and possibly her life, she must solve this mystery. I am not a history buff, but I truly love this series. I find the locations to be interesting. I always learn something new. Ms. Connor describes the archaeology in a way that I can understand and it has so much reality to it. Her characters are very believable, and the interaction between them is also very realistic. I always enjoy reading this series. Lindsay is a very likeable character and I enjoy finding out what she is up to in each book. I highly recommend this book and this series. Whether you like history or not, you will find this to be an enjoyable read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beverly Connor has a wonderful series going with her protagonist Lindsay Chamberlain. This latest addition shows that Ms. Connor has progressed as a writer. This is the best one in a very good series, all of which I have given 4 or 5 stars to in my reviews. Once again, Ms. Connor gives us a past and present mystery. Which is solved with a good solid plot and characterization. In Airtight Case, Ms. Connor shows even more complex plotting than in the other installations. The author never lost me with this plot. I hung onto every word. The ending was well explained and logical. Ms. Connor¿s strongest point is her characterization, not only of her ¿active¿ characters, but also the ones from the past. Reading a Beverly Connor book is like reading two books in one. Both plots converge in the end and it is a fun trip in getting there. I look forward to the next installment in this wonderful and fun series. I highly recommend this book and series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most definitely one of the best books I have read. Lindsey Chamberlain is an intelligent woman whose limits are pushed in the fifth book of her series. I enjoyed struggling with her as she came to terms with what had happened to her, the amnesia that followed and the obvious effects it has on the work she loves. Beverly Connor became one of my favorite authors with Skeleton Crew, the first book of her's I had read and fourth in this excellent series. Her weaving of past and present shows a skilled sense of detail that many other authors skimp on. I hope Lindsey Chamberlain has many more adventures and her creator continues to enjoy relating them.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The man claimed to be her fiancé coming to take her home from the hospital in Mac¿s Crossing, Tennessee. Mark Smith insists she is Lisa Christian, an amnesia victim. The woman feels that this is not right and refuses to go with him. All she knows is that she needs to escape and stay free until her memory returns.

As her mind begins to recall events, forensic anthropologist Lindsay Chamberlain joins a dig in the Great Smoky Mountains. However, the attitude of the crew is ugly and the excavation is stunned by a murder. Also hanging over Lindsay¿s head is the team of thugs trying to inter her permanently.

AIRTIGHT CASE is a fabulous mystery starring a strong character. The opening scenes are tremendous, as readers will believe Lindsay suffers from memory loss. The story line continues on its powerful path as Lindsay begins to recover bits of her memory including being buried in a grave. Though the climax is quite good, the ending still is not quite on the same level of super-excellence as most of the novel is9although it is very well done). Beverly Connor has written a wonderful, fresh and exciting mystery tale that will garner her new readers seeking previous Chamberlain novels (see RUMOR OF BONES and DRESSED TO DIE, etc.).

Harriet Klausner