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Echoes from the Grave

by S. D. Tooley

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Book Description: Former homicide detective Sam Casey finds it hard to stay away from crime scenes, especially those where victims have died violently, and where the killers are still unknown. Centuries-old skeletal remains of Native Americans along with artifacts are discovered during the construction of a downtown office building. Sam has a difficult time deciphering her visions of two moons and the sound of gravel crunching until she realizes the two moons are headlights. The Chasen Heights medical examiner follows Sam's hunch and discovers that one of the victims died three years ago. Sam has more than a passing interest in the case. A family friend is in jail for threatening the construction workers. Sam's mother is less than forthcoming about artifacts missing from the dig site. And her husband, Detective Sergeant Jake Mitchell, is at a loss to explain how the missing artifacts ended up in his garage. Elton Breyton III, who runs his construction company on a tight schedule, tries to pull strings to remove the archeologists. Why the rush? Could it be he knew the victim was his young wife, Amanda, who left him three years ago for another man? Bryce Breyton resented his father's remarriage but doesn't have an alibi for the night Amanda disappeared. Nora Breyton despised the beautiful young woman who broke up her family. Jake likes money motives and there are enough to peg all three Breytons for the murder. Sam likes passion motives. If Amanda was running off with another man at the time of her death, who was he? More importantly, where is he now? The more Sam delves into the case, the more confusing it becomes, because now she is hearing more than one voice. Book 4 in the series.
  SandyLee | Jun 29, 2012 |
When an excavating crew uncovers bones and what look like Native American artifacts, the project comes to a screeching halt. That makes developer Elton Breyton III a very unhappy camper. The situation between the developer and Native American demonstrators escalates -- and activist Alex Red Cloud winds up in jail for attempted murder.

The coroner and a team of archaeologists work to discover all they can from the bones while Chasen Heights (IL) detectives Jake Mitchell and Frank Travis investigate what may be suspicious deaths. The cops call in Sam Casey, who is Jake’s wife, an ex-cop, a friend of Alex, a psychic and the book’s protagonist. Soon, the cops and coroner follow the path Sam’s dreams lead them down – to a dark and disturbing villain.

Although I thought the story in Echoes from the Grave was interesting, a lack of believability – and not only of paranormal elements – made it a less than satisfying read for me. Without revealing too much of the story, some details of court proceedings were wrong (I consulted with an expert to make sure) and some forensic elements and procedure difficult to believe. I also thought the writing could have used some judicious editing to eliminate a few of its quirks. One piece of advice: if you read the book, avoid the plot synopsis on the back cover – it reveals waaaaaay too much and that would spoil the fun for some readers.

Review based on publisher- or author-provided review copy. ( )
  NewsieQ | Jan 26, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0978540220, Paperback)

A construction site is transformed into an archeological dig when skeletal remains and artifacts are uncovered. Former homicide detective, Samantha Casey, turns the case into turmoil when she announces that not all the remains are centuries old. One was the victim of a hit and run three years ago. How does she know? The victim told her. Rich in Native American history of the Illinois/Indiana region with a dash of paranormal intrigue, Echoes from the Grave is the fourth in the award-winning Sam Casey Series.

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A recent victim is found among centuries-old skeletal remains, discovered during the construction of a downtown office building.

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