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Mesozoic Murder
First Ansel Phoenix Mystery

by Christine Gentry

      Ansel Phoenix is an artist who specializes in depicting dinosaurs for publications. While out on a dig with some students, they find some rather newer bones than they anticipated. These belong to her ex-lover and colleague Nick Capos, and she is determined to find out whodunit when the police seem to be following all the wrong leads. But this sort of work is dangerous, and there is somebody out there with a secret they will kill for more than once.

I don’t think I have read many slim volumes like this one that are so utterly bursting with plot, lively characters and social interest. Nor any with as many red herrings - surely a record. This sort of book ought to be prescribed reading as a role model for anybody who thinks that size matters over content when writing fiction! There is just so much to enjoy in here. Ansel comes up against prejudice as she is half Blackfoot, goes on an exciting investigation, introduces us to various friends and foes, and generally lives a thrilling and rewarding life. There is plenty of description of everything and looking at the book’s modest size I wonder where it all went. Highly recommended, and I hope the first of a very long series.

The Book

Poisoned Pen Press
July 2007
Crime - Contemporary, Montana
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2007
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