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When a body is found half-submerged in a molten mud pot in one of Rotorua's famous geothermal wonderlands, forensics expert Alexa Glock spots a way to prolong her stay in New Zealand, which she has been visiting for work. Teeth are her expertise, and the investigation needs her help, as other ways of identifying the body may have...melted away.

Joining Detective Inspector Bruce Horne and his team, Alexa discovers that the murder victim, a city councilman, had trespassed on an island sacred to the Maori. The ancient punishment for such a transgression is disaster, demonic possession, or death...and when she visits the island to investigate, the same outcome is promised for her. Alexa doesn't believe in ancient spirits returning to exact revenge, but then another victim turns up dead, and she begins to wonder whether the real threat is something - or someone - much closer to home.

©2019 Sara E. Johnson (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • Jan
  • 20-06-2021

New Zealand!

procedural, law-enforcement, New Zealand, cultural-exploration, culture-shock, forensics, romantic, murder-investigation, Maori

***** As an exploratory into Maori customs and the lack of respect from non-Maori locals and tourists I found it to be quite well done. As an introduction to forensic sciences I felt it was also quite well done. As a cosy mystery I really enjoyed it! Lots of misdirection, plot twists, and red herrings along with some really great imagery of a land I will never be able to visit. Personally, I could have done with less romantic obsessing by forensic odontologist Alexa over Senior Constable Horne but I suppose it sells. Nevertheless, I highly recommend it!
I requested and received a free ebook copy from Poisoned Pen Press via NetGalley. Thank you!
I liked it so well that I wanted a permanent copy and hoped for some good pronunciations--that part didn't happen.

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  • Pat G
  • 24-10-2020

Entertaining NZ mystery

Enjoyed this, as the main character is likeable, and it was interesting to make her, as an American, ask all the questions allowing the author to tell us about Kiwi culture.
Very patchy and inaccurate accents for the NZ and Australian characters, but they’re not the easiest accents to do. I’ll listen to the next in series

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