Author: Toni Dwiggins
Publisher: Toni Dwiggins
Overall Rating: 4.00
The forensic geologists team of Cassie Oldfield and Walter Shaws are hired by a venture capitalist to help him on an unusual case deep in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Using their experience, skills, and a bit of luck, Walter and Cassie make their way through the Mother Lode country in search of a man poisoned by mercury and driven mad by a family legacy of the Great Blue Lead, and the search for gold.
Things aren’t always what they seem to be, and gold fever begins to strike more than just the man that they’re tracking. Can Walter and Cassie follow the clues in the land to find their quarry before it’s too late?
First, let me say that I have education and training as a geologist, and I have also worked in the field for over quite some time, in addition to being a writer. So when I came across Toni Dwiggins and her Forensic Geology series on Kobo, I immediately snatched up this book.
Hands down, this book provides one of the better, most relatable descriptions of what it is like to work in the field and as a professional geologist without going into the realm of techno-babble or sounding too artificial. The necessary terms are used in context, and the descriptions of the locales are just detailed enough that even someone with absolutely no experience in the field can quickly pick up on what is going on. Plus, the author strikes the all-too-elusive balance of providing the necessary information without being patronizing to the reader.
I will say, however, that I was a little bit disappointed with the actual plot and movement of the story. At times, it seemed unnecessarily disjointed, and I felt that one of the characters was really unnecessary in the grand scheme of things. I won’t say which one since that would provide too many spoilers for the prospective reader.
I found this book to be an intelligent, relatable, and overall and enjoyable read. I am looking forward to reading more of Toni Dwiggins work.
0 Stars — Perfect for kindling or wasting space on your hard drive.
1 Star — Perfect gift for that person you can’t stand.
2 Stars — Put it on your “to borrow” list
3 Stars — Buy it if you get the chance, worth a weekend read.
4 Stars — Definitely add to your library
5 Stars — Impulse Buy Approved
© 2015 – 2019, Laura Seeber. All rights reserved.