About the author:. Education: B. Archaeology -University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. Beverly Connor is an archaeologist and like many other professionals has decided to dive into the fictional world of forensic thrillers. Her Diane Fallon series begins with Fallon as a reluctant forensic anthropologist that recently took on a directorship with the Museum of Natural History to escape a tragic event that occurred while excavating a mass grave in South America.
She eventually gets drawn back into forensics and becomes director of the Rosewood Crime Lab which is also housed in the museum. What is interesting, however, is the motley crew that is her forensic team. He is brilliant but tends to be moody and cantankerous. He is hyperactive and geeky and loves to tease David Goldstein. Izzy Wallace joined the team after his son was killed in a case that Fallon solved. Wallace, a cop, was very antagonist to Fallon in the beginning but became one of her best supporters once he got to know her.
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It is really this group of characters that makes this series worth reading. The series begins with a slow start but successively improves with each novel. The workings and dealings of a museum make a nice digression from the more criminal aspects of the series.
I would suggest reading the series from the beginning. What about the science?
Conner is a physical anthropologist as well as an experienced caver and her knowledge and experience is very well demonstrated in the series. The Diane Fallon Technical Word in Review: Stable isotope analysis , is used in forensics to determine origin of locality of tissue from a body, usually bone or hair. Isotopes are variants of an element which differ by the number of neutrons that an atom contains, such as carbon 14 versus carbon 13, same element but a different number of neutrons.
Isotopes occur naturally in nature but are not uniformly distributed throughout the world. When a person eats and drinks food and water from a certain locality, the stable isotopes will be incorporated in their bone and hair. When an analysis is done to look at the varying ratios of the isotopes that are in the tissue, it can be compared to a geological database that can give a fairly accurate location of the origin of the tissue. To do the analysis, a mass spectrometer is used. A sample will be added to the instrument which will be ionized and the particles are hurled through a magnetic field.
The mass of the element will affect how the particle is fragmented and deflected through the magnetic field. At the end of the field a detector picks up the signature of the particles and pattern is formed. The particular pattern will determine what type of isotope is present as well as its abundance. The first page has a list of numbers in a table. Your fellow was a vegetarian-note the values in the table. The delta numbers and the levels of the trace element strontium suggest that he ate fish and shellfish.
I am most excited about this. Another interesting possibility to think about: You said the fellow was young, perhaps an older teenager. This would mean he had these eating habits from childhood. Is vegetarianism in childhood common? You must identify the fellow so we can test what the values seem to indicate. Also, I would say death took place five years ago.
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Goodreads Forensic Fiction Best List. Take Our Poll. Diane Fallon: A physical anthropologist who specializes in forensics. Before the series begins, Fallon had work on identifying the dead in mass graves in South America. With the loss of her daughter she returns to her home ground of Georgia to take on the directorship at a Museum of Natural History but eventually gets dragged back into forensic anthropology.
He needs her unique experience as a forensic anthropologist to examine a bone found in the woods. Just one mass grave too many. Reviewing the Evidence. Kittling Books.
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