Trace Evidence: A Novel

Trace Evidence: A Novel

by Elizabeth Becka
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romancemistress More than 1 year ago
If you love the precision of forensic science and enjoy books by Kathy Reichs, Cornwell, or Aaron Elkins, you should love Elizabeth Becka. This book begins with a young woman in peril. We're sweating and struggling along with her escape, hoping that she'll make it; so when she doesn't, it's a terrible blow...and this is just the first few pages of the book. Our forensic scientist is Evelyn James, a mother who tries to balance the horrors of her job with raising a teen aged daughter. When the latest victim of a vicious serial killer turns out to be the daughter of a former love, Evelyn can't help but become personally involved with the investigation. The coldness of the weather provides a great background for the coldblooded qualities of the killer, and Becka hits it out of the park with this first book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good for a first novel but also very cliche. The plot is all too familiar. As a reader, I want to be surprised by something at least. There isn't any new twist- not even a unique moment. I will still try one more though. The author is just getting started so I assume she will improve with time and confidence. Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book very much. Evelyn is a great protagonist, gutsy, smart and real.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
In the style of Patricia Cornwell (a real life former Medical Examiner), Keith Ablow (a forensic psychologist), and Kathy Reichs (a forensic anthropologist), new author Elizabeth Becka draws on her life as a forensic specialist to pen a wonderful thriller/forensic procedural!

Evelyn James is a forensic scientist in Cleveland 's Medical Examiner's office. On a cold November day, she's called to the scene of a chilling crime--a young woman has been pulled from the river, arms and body encased in chains, her feet ensconced in a bucket of cement. Literally drowned to death, the mystery woman preys on Eveyln's mind--especially when another young woman is found dead a few days later. What's even worse is that the second dead girl is Destiny Pierson, daughter of Cleveland 's Mayor. Added to the complications is the fact that Evelyn and Darryl, the Mayor, were once college sweethearts over a decade ago, and Darryl hopes to use that connection to get inside information on the case.

As Evelyn works with grizzled Homicide Detective Riley and newcomer Detective David, they find more missing persons cases that seem similar to the two latest deaths--and find a suspect who seems to fit the profile of their killer. Unfortunately, the suspect has knowledge of Evelyn and her daughter, Angel, leading them to the fact that sixteen-year-old Angel might be another intended victim.

Forensic science mixes with police procedure in Elizabeth Becka's debut novel, and the result is a great read that will keep you turning pages late into the night. As you gain details of Evelyn's personal life, insights into the new Homicide Detective, and background on the serial killer preying on Cleveland 's young women, you'll be enthralled with the perfect mix of truth and fiction.

I can only hope that Ms. Becka plans to return to Cleveland and Eveyln James, a forensic scientist that could well become another Kay Scarpetta, Frank Clevenger, or Temperance Brennan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very suspensful, fresh ideas, a thrilling page-turner!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the style of Patricia Cornwell (a real life former Medical Examiner), Keith Ablow (a forensic psychologist), and Kathy Reichs (a forensic anthropologist), new author Elizabeth Becka draws on her life as a forensic specialist to pen a wonderful thriller/forensic procedural! Evelyn James is a forensic scientist in Cleveland 's Medical Examiner's office. On a cold November day, she's called to the scene of a chilling crime--a young woman has been pulled from the river, arms and body encased in chains, her feet ensconced in a bucket of cement. Literally drowned to death, the mystery woman preys on Eveyln's mind--especially when another young woman is found dead a few days later. What's even worse is that the second dead girl is Destiny Pierson, daughter of Cleveland 's Mayor. Added to the complications is the fact that Evelyn and Darryl, the Mayor, were once college sweethearts over a decade ago, and Darryl hopes to use that connection to get inside information on the case. As Evelyn works with grizzled Homicide Detective Riley and newcomer Detective David, they find more missing persons cases that seem similar to the two latest deaths--and find a suspect who seems to fit the profile of their killer. Unfortunately, the suspect has knowledge of Evelyn and her daughter, Angel, leading them to the fact that sixteen-year-old Angel might be another intended victim. Forensic science mixes with police procedure in Elizabeth Becka's debut novel, and the result is a great read that will keep you turning pages late into the night. As you gain details of Evelyn's personal life, insights into the new Homicide Detective, and background on the serial killer preying on Cleveland 's young women, you'll be enthralled with the perfect mix of truth and fiction. I can only hope that Ms. Becka plans to return to Cleveland and Eveyln James, a forensic scientist that could well become another Kay Scarpetta, Frank Clevenger, or Temperance Brennan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Trace Evidence is a decent novel for this first-time author however, the story itself lacks flesh, soul, it's just lacking. It's a light read as far as crime novels go.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was abousulty fabulous! I enjoyed it imensly! This is a must read for mystery-murder lovers! With strong characters and a entertaining plot with twists and turns, this is a book thats going to find a place in my library!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Medical Examiner¿s Office forensic scientist Evelyn James and homicide detectives Bruce Riley and David Milaski stare at the young woman in chains and her feet stuck inside a bucket of cement drowned in the Cuyahoga River. Making matters worse Mayor Daryl ¿Mobbuster¿ Pierson arrives; he was once Evie¿s lover before she married and since divorced her cheating spouse Rick. At home, their teenage daughter Angel blames the split on Evelyn while Rick and his girlfriend Terrie play the good guys. A second victim surfaces, the mayor¿s daughter Destiny making the case the top story. Evelyn crosses the thin line into cop territory fearing her daughter might be part of the inner circle of targets of a serial killer as she begins seeing a pattern. The killer becomes aware that the forensic scientist is closing in on him so he plans to lure her into a trap. David, who was attracted to Evelyn from the moment they first met overlooking that first corpse by the Cuyahoga, worries about the safety of the scientist he is falling in love with, but he may not be enough to keep her safe from a clever consistent killer. --- Readers who appreciate the details will enjoy this strong forensic police procedural. The heroine is a super person who enjoys her work and worries about her relationship with her daughter even while fighting an attraction to the new homicide detective. The suspense takes somewhat of a back seat to Evelyn on the job and at home, but though the tension is not stratospheric, the investigative depth seems genuine, candid, and insightful making for a fine tale held together by its star. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is a story in there but it contains so many superfluous words, you find yourself turning pages to get back to the story. The story would be too short without them I guess so to extend the book, it must have been necessary to add many unneeded words. Makes the book very boring. Not a well written book.