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As the assistant to her father, the county coroner of Silverton, Colorado, Cameryn Mahoney gets to witness all aspects of death, including the autopsy room. Yet somehow that feels easy, compared to her personal life. Now that her long-lost mother has made a surprise return, Cameryn�s more confused than ever. Things only get worse when she and her mother pick up a mysteriou As the assistant to her father, the county coroner of Silverton, Colorado, Cameryn Mahoney gets to witness all aspects of death, including the autopsy room. Yet somehow that feels easy, compared to her personal life. Now that her long-lost mother has made a surprise return, Cameryn�s more confused than ever. Things only get worse when she and her mother pick up a mysterious young hitchhiker. Cameryn senses that the girl is running away from something, but before she can find out more, the girl is found dead a gun in her hand. Is it suicide? Or something even more sinister? Mixing forensic details and ripped-from-the-headlines themes, Alane Ferguson makes her readers� hearts pound yet again with this edge-ofyour- seat forensic mystery!


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As the assistant to her father, the county coroner of Silverton, Colorado, Cameryn Mahoney gets to witness all aspects of death, including the autopsy room. Yet somehow that feels easy, compared to her personal life. Now that her long-lost mother has made a surprise return, Cameryn�s more confused than ever. Things only get worse when she and her mother pick up a mysteriou As the assistant to her father, the county coroner of Silverton, Colorado, Cameryn Mahoney gets to witness all aspects of death, including the autopsy room. Yet somehow that feels easy, compared to her personal life. Now that her long-lost mother has made a surprise return, Cameryn�s more confused than ever. Things only get worse when she and her mother pick up a mysterious young hitchhiker. Cameryn senses that the girl is running away from something, but before she can find out more, the girl is found dead a gun in her hand. Is it suicide? Or something even more sinister? Mixing forensic details and ripped-from-the-headlines themes, Alane Ferguson makes her readers� hearts pound yet again with this edge-ofyour- seat forensic mystery!

30 review for The Circle of Blood

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marian

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I need an option between like and really liked it, simply because the book waffled back and forth between good and so-so until the end. Which I should have seen coming, but didn't, and it creeped me out more than I should admit, considering I haven't read any of the other books in the series. I couldn't tell you how accurate the forensic aspects of the story are, simply that they managed to gross me out and fascinate me all at the same time. Perhaps if I'd read the previous books I'd feel somethi I need an option between like and really liked it, simply because the book waffled back and forth between good and so-so until the end. Which I should have seen coming, but didn't, and it creeped me out more than I should admit, considering I haven't read any of the other books in the series. I couldn't tell you how accurate the forensic aspects of the story are, simply that they managed to gross me out and fascinate me all at the same time. Perhaps if I'd read the previous books I'd feel something more than irritation for the interaction between Cameryn and her mother, and the subsequent guilt thrown all over the book. I'm not sure if I award points for the realistic nature of a 17 year old thinking they can single-handedly save someone suffering from severe depression/mental illness, or take them away for the stereotypical depressed/mentally ill character who could have been, and probably should have been, more complex than that. If that wasn't enough to drive me slightly batty, she chooses to protect her mother by not doing her job, and lying, either flat out or by omission. When she's busted, she expects a pat on the head and a cookie for her good job in solving the case... ignoring the fact that she nearly got someone else killed, not to mention herself, or what would have happened to that someone else's kid. Again, realistic for seventeen, but painful to read. The balance between her forensic prodigy side and her missteps with her parents never manages to gel, so you're left feeling horribly off-kilter. Until the end, where you promptly forget everything that came before, slam the blinds closed, and then peek out, making sure that you really are alone.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sierra

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is more like a 3.5 Star for me! This is the third book in this series, and for me unfortunately the weakest so far. I found the plot to be slow moving and dragging on until the last few chapters of the book. I was also quite annoyed by Cameryn’s back and forth about her mother and whether she should tell the cops what she knew. Granted this back and forth helped her find the killer in the end, but it was a struggle to get through before that. The last chapter was very intense though, and I c This is more like a 3.5 Star for me! This is the third book in this series, and for me unfortunately the weakest so far. I found the plot to be slow moving and dragging on until the last few chapters of the book. I was also quite annoyed by Cameryn’s back and forth about her mother and whether she should tell the cops what she knew. Granted this back and forth helped her find the killer in the end, but it was a struggle to get through before that. The last chapter was very intense though, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the last book of the series!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I was a little disappointed that this book seemed to stray from the forensic aspect to focus on the emotional/realtionships Cammie has. Obviously those are important in any story but I felt they were almost too much of a focus. I was, however, intrigued by the plot twist at the end which has me anxious to begin the 4th book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    carolina ☾

    That last chapter, Jesus!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Fergusson, Alane Circle of Blood, pgs.238 Viking Juvenile. Language~PG, Sexual Content~G; Violence~PG-13; In the third title of her forensic mystery series, Fergusson plunges her readers back into the gore and science of forensic detective work. The book begins at the scene of a car accident where the driver, not wearing his seatbelt, has been decapitated. Ferguson picks up the story of Cameryn Mahoney where she left off in Angel of Death. This book focuses more on the sudden appearance of Camery Fergusson, Alane Circle of Blood, pgs.238 Viking Juvenile. Language~PG, Sexual Content~G; Violence~PG-13; In the third title of her forensic mystery series, Fergusson plunges her readers back into the gore and science of forensic detective work. The book begins at the scene of a car accident where the driver, not wearing his seatbelt, has been decapitated. Ferguson picks up the story of Cameryn Mahoney where she left off in Angel of Death. This book focuses more on the sudden appearance of Cameryn’s mother who until recently, she thought was dead, and a girl named Mariah who suddenly turns up dead after being seen with Cameryn’s mom. The autopsy scenes while graphic are intriguing, but may be too much for those reader’s with weak stomachs. Ferguson leaves the reader dangling, leaving readers begging that her next installment come sooner rather than later. MS/HS –ADVISABLE. Allison Madsen~Teen Librarian-SJO Public Library

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Severino

    Summary: The main character in this book is a girl named Cameryn Mahoney. She lives in Silverton, Colorado. However, Cameryn is not an average southern girl. Cameryn is a coroner’s assistant and the coroner himself is her one and only dad. They work great as a team. Cameryn is very interested with death and likes her job. Then all of a sudden things start to change. Cameryn's mother who she has not seen in years has just returned, and Cameryn has just been offered a scholarship. Things seem to be Summary: The main character in this book is a girl named Cameryn Mahoney. She lives in Silverton, Colorado. However, Cameryn is not an average southern girl. Cameryn is a coroner’s assistant and the coroner himself is her one and only dad. They work great as a team. Cameryn is very interested with death and likes her job. Then all of a sudden things start to change. Cameryn's mother who she has not seen in years has just returned, and Cameryn has just been offered a scholarship. Things seem to be going wonderfully for Cameryn. Then all of a sudden a suicide is called in. She is the first coroner to report. She sees that the girl is young and when she sees the girls face...she is speechless. Cameryn has seen this girl before....and the girl was with her mother. The conflict of this story is quite confusing. Cameryn must do her job and find the true cause of death of this girl. The problem is her mother just might be involved with the case. Cameryn's life just got extremely crazy and very confusing. In this story Cameryn is not a normal girl. Her father is a coroner and she is her father's assistant, making her the coroner's assistant. Then, all of a sudden, her mother returns after many years. Cameryn never knew why her mother had ever left. She wants to know the truth but no one seems to want to tell her anything. Cameryn is happy to have her mother back in her life but she wants the truth. Her father and grandmother do not like her mother but no one will explain to Cameryn why? Cameryn decides enough is enough. She marches her way to her mothers place and demands an explanation. Her mother gives her one, but she was not at all expecting what she heard. The secrets are out but Cameryn does not know how to handle them. Her mother needs help and Cameryn seems like the only one still around to help her. So Cameryn must help her all she can. Then, very soon after all the secrets come out Cameryn meets her mother over by a gas station in her car with a young girl. The girls name is Mariah according to her mother. Her mother claims that she was just picking her up to take her home. Mariah looks worried and lost. Suddenly, Mariah bursts out of the door claiming she just wants to go home. Her mother shrugs this off until she notices the girl has stolen her wallet. Cameryn tries to catch the girl, but is unsuccessful. Cameryn shortly after is called on a case where a girl has just committed suicide. She must start the case since her dad is still on his way. When she sees the girl she is stunned to find that the girl is not just any girl but Mariah herself. Cameryn is even more stunned to find that the case is not just a suicide but a murder. She refuses to reveal that her mother and she know the girl. She knows she is withholding evidence but she needs to protect her mother. So the race is on. She must find out who really killed Mariah so her mom is not harmed. However, she cannot afford to lose her scholarship she has been generously offered by a woman named Jo Ann. Finally to top it all off she also has the threat of being found by a man named Kyle O’Neil. Kyle was a boy she met at a funeral previously when she had examined the body. He killed one of her teachers and even tried to kill her. However, she was able to escape but so did he. He is still not to be found which just puts even more threats on poor Cameryn. With all this going on the tension is unbearable. Cameryn’s life has collided with her job. The questions are endless. What is more important to Cameryn her job and scholarship or her newly found mother? Who really killed Mariah and why would they kill a defenseless girl? Where did Kyle go and why can't the police catch him? Can Cameryn handle all this? Explanation of Review: I gave this book four stars. I gave this book four stars, because I believe it is truly an amazing mystery. There is barely ever a dull moment in the story and that makes it a story that you never want to put down. The suspense is also extraordinary which makes you question everything that occurs during the story. However, at times the book goes into some unneeded details that in a way confuse the reader. The story also goes in a strange time order which can also confuse the reader a little throughout the story. The story is still a marvelous piece of literature that really makes you think. This book also has a cliff hanging which makes me like the book even more. I really do love a good cliff hanging ending. The most important quote from the book is: This quote is said from the deputy when they are first investigating the scene of the crime where Mariah was found. He states “I am saying we might be looking at a murder.” This is the most important quote because this is when Cameryn’s life and job really do collide. If the case was a suicide there would be no reason for her mother to even be mentioned. However, by the case becoming a homicide, Cameryn is technically withholding evidence by not telling the police that her mother and she know the victim. This is also when the action starts and Cameryn's life becomes absolutely insane. This is defiantly the most important quote of the story. I recommend this book to anyone who really likes a good mystery and a good cliff-hanging ending. I also recommend this to anyone who is interested in forensics. I, however, do not recommend this to anyone who does not like death, blood, and violence. This book at times can be quite detailed.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Janna Wesselink

    Cameryn is at it again. She has a new case to solve. Hannah, her mother, has entered her life again so that complicates things even more. Mariah is killed and found in an alley. Cameryn takes over the case while her father is somewhere else, probably with his first girlfriend since Hannah. Mariah was either murdered or it was a suicide.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    The Circle of blood was a very interesting book. When Cameryn was the investigator, I think that was the most interesting parts of the book. My favorite character, is Cameryn's dad. He is the mastermind of all investigations. He guides Cameryn throughout all of the investigations that Cameryn has to do. Personally, the ending was my favorite. The Circle of Blood, is a 4/5 murder mystery.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    Like the other Forensic Mysteries books by Alane Ferguson, this novella follows the same story-line as Cameryn is still the coroner's assistant. I thought the book could've been a little longer, and I wish this was a series not novellas, as they do leave out information that is important from the last book. Overall, good book

  10. 5 out of 5

    Micky Parise

    1st time reading Alane Ferguson, have to say really enjoyed this book. Story flowed, characters were well written and plot was really interesting. Going to try to read the 1st 2 books in this series. Recommend.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    This is a really good series. The main character is a young adult trying to follow in the footsteps of her father who is a forensic investigator. She has worked as his assistant and has learned a lot which she applies to her own investigations

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristy McRae

    Reading this series with my 12-year-old daughter, who loves forensics. Great mystery, interesting procedural for the young forensics buff, and a good suspense story thread that runs through the whole series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Cameryn, is a young adult working with her father in forensics. When her mother comes to town she yearns to know a family secret. Intertwined is the love for Hannah. Can she solve the mystery, protect her mother, and stay on track for college?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Erica Van Hooser

    Amazing cliff hanger and story

  15. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    “The Circle of Blood”, written by Alane Ferguson, is the third book in the “Forensic Mysteries” series. Even though it is similar to the second book in the series (“The Angel of Death”), I didn’t seem to enjoy it as much. It was a good mystery, but I feel like it went a little too much into the gory details of death. This book starts out with Cameryn, the coroner’s daughter, finally meeting her mother. They had been separated for most of Cameryn’s life (she is 17) and so Cameryn is trying to le “The Circle of Blood”, written by Alane Ferguson, is the third book in the “Forensic Mysteries” series. Even though it is similar to the second book in the series (“The Angel of Death”), I didn’t seem to enjoy it as much. It was a good mystery, but I feel like it went a little too much into the gory details of death. This book starts out with Cameryn, the coroner’s daughter, finally meeting her mother. They had been separated for most of Cameryn’s life (she is 17) and so Cameryn is trying to learn to reconnect with her mother. But her mother acts a little differently than most other people. She has violent mood swings, and for some reason she always seems to be on edge. Cameryn notices these things, but against the will of her father and grandmother, she continues to see her mother. Eventually Cameryn finds out the reason for which her mother left. Cameryn had originally been born a twin, but at age 3 her mother had accidentally ran over the other child, killing her. Because of this, Cameryn’s mother had never been quite “right” in the head, and so Cameryn’s father thought it was best for her to leave, “She’s not well in the head, Cameryn. She never quite was, and the death of your sister just pushed her over the edge,” (56). While Cameryn is slowly figuring this out, she encounters her mother downtown in the city they live in. Her mother is talking to a young girl, around 13 years old, when suddenly the girl runs away. Cameryn’s mother screams for Cameryn to chase her because the girl stole her purse. Cameryn cannot catch up, and so she simply blows off the incident. Until the girl shows up dead. Cameryn also notices that her mother has once again regained her wallet. Could Cameryn’s mother be the one who murdered this girl? Or was it suicide, like everyone else seems to think? The theme of this book, I believe, is honesty. Cameryn finds out that it is best to always tell the truth. After the death, Cameryn decides to keep the information she knows a secret. But in the end, as the police are nearing the culprit of this murder, she decides to tell them what she knows, “I think I may know who was behind this (...) I think that my mother may have killed her,” (230). Cameryn gets in a lot of trouble for withholding information, and eventually realizes that the truth would have been better in the beginning. I rated this book with two stars because, like I said before, I did not enjoy it very much. Its theme of honesty I did enjoy, but I felt like it was a little too predictable, unlike the previous book in the series. Once you meet Cameryn’s mother in the beginning of the book, you know that obviously something big is going to happen, and that this event will most likely revolve around this new character. The description of the characters in this book was not too great, meaning that Ferguson did not go into much detail. This, I feel, is because the book is the third in the series, and if you have read the first two books you should already know the characters pretty well. Ferguson’s writing style made the book very interesting, and it made me want to solve the mystery before the characters in the book. But I think that she could have made it a little less obvious of an ending (like I previously stated). This book was also a little too gory for me. It went into a lot more detail of the autopsies than the previous book had. I’m usually okay with dealing with things like this, but this book simply made me feel a little too uncomfortable. Overall, the book itself wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t exactly what I had been hoping for. It was a little too predictable and gory, which struck me as strange after reading the previous book. I probably would not recommend reading this book, unless you have read the beginning of the series and simply want to finish it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hannah_larsen5

    Alane Ferguson is the author of The Circle of Blood. Penguin Group Publishing published this book in 2008. This book would be considered a forensic thriller, but it also falls into the coroner’s fiction and mystery fiction categories. The Circle of Blood is part of a series of books, this one being the second. It is about a seventeen-year-old girl, Cameryn, who is an assistant to her father. Her father doesn’t do any normal work though; he’s a coroner for the town of Silverton, Colorado. A coro Alane Ferguson is the author of The Circle of Blood. Penguin Group Publishing published this book in 2008. This book would be considered a forensic thriller, but it also falls into the coroner’s fiction and mystery fiction categories. The Circle of Blood is part of a series of books, this one being the second. It is about a seventeen-year-old girl, Cameryn, who is an assistant to her father. Her father doesn’t do any normal work though; he’s a coroner for the town of Silverton, Colorado. A coroner’s main job is to determine someone’s cause of death and perform autopsies. I thought this book captured the struggle of this job and its rewards very well. Cameryn shows the tough struggle between feeling bad for the victims and becoming thick-skinned to get her job done. Cameryn’s passion is in forensic science. At the age of seventeen she’s already a coroner. Things in Cameryn’s life have gotten tricky ever since her mom, Hannah, came back into town. Her dad is worried about Hannah because she has a secret to hide. A secret that might land her in jail after a young run-away is found shot in an alley. At first the shot looks self-inflicted, but after the autopsy the results prove differently. The girl was murdered. The Circle of Blood takes the reader on a journey to find out who the girl’s killer was and Cameryn’s struggle to prove her mom’s innocence. This book always kept me on the edge of my seat. The ever-changing story line is what kept me engaged. One moment you think one person is the murderer, then the next it looks like someone else. Cameryn’s character makes you believe her mom is innocent, but the facts seamed to not be stacked in Hannah’s favor. Cameryn was my favorite character because the author developed her more than anyone else. She is brave and represents the adventure we all have inside ourselves. She takes risks and has a job that never gets boring. I think The Circle of Blood is a good read for anyone interested in forensics. Some parts seam a little far fetched, but I really liked this book. Usually books like these aren’t my first choice in reading material, this one however left me wanting more. I never wanted to put it down because every other page had a cliffhanger on it. Overall I would The Circle of Blood is a good, easy read for those who have a liking for finding out what lies underneath death, and how murders are solved.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com Meet Cameryn Mahoney. She's not your average high school senior. She's the assistant to the county coroner in Silverton, Colorado. Most kids her age find her fascination with all things forensic rather bizarre, if not macabre. But Cameryn is intrigued and has gained the (reluctant) respect of local law enforcement and medical personnel alike. The story starts off with Cameryn and her father handling a fatal car accident. The victim affects Cameryn and her f Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com Meet Cameryn Mahoney. She's not your average high school senior. She's the assistant to the county coroner in Silverton, Colorado. Most kids her age find her fascination with all things forensic rather bizarre, if not macabre. But Cameryn is intrigued and has gained the (reluctant) respect of local law enforcement and medical personnel alike. The story starts off with Cameryn and her father handling a fatal car accident. The victim affects Cameryn and her father in the fact that it's a young man. Nothing is worse than a senseless death. But Cameryn is ever the professional and they get the job done. Later that day, Cameryn encounters her long lost mother, Hannah. Hannah has a young girl in the car with her. The girl seems agitated and Hannah doesn't give Cameryn a straight answer. But there is little Cameryn can do, and her mother drives off with the sad girl, Mariah, in the passenger seat. Only later does the encounter come back to haunt Cameryn. Her father is out of town when the call comes in. There's another dead body. Cameryn is asked to attend to the scene until her father can be present. Upon seeing the body, Cameryn realizes that it's the girl, Mariah. If she lets on that she recognizes the girl, then her mother could be implicated. What starts as an omission soon blossoms into a complete mystery that entwines everything that Cameryn does. Her mother eventually gets arrested for a murder that she swears she didn't commit. No one is there to help Hannah. Cameryn has since learned the truth of her childhood, and still finds it in her heart to forgive Hannah for everything she's done and comes to her aid. Against the odds and against the advice of everyone she knows, Cameryn takes it upon herself to clear her mother's name. For anyone who's a fan of C.S.I. or Bones, THE CIRCLE OF BLOOD is a real page-turner. It's a bit graphic in the descriptions of dead bodies and autopsies, but done so in a fascinating and scientific manner. This isn't the first story featuring Cameryn Mahoney, but one doesn't have to have read the previous stories to enjoy this one. The story is easy to follow with little to cloud the main plot. I enjoyed it quite a bit and will now look for the previous Cameryn Mahoney books myself.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rachel's Book Reviews

    Forensic Mystery By Alan Ferguson Being a coroner's assistant means that Cameryn has seen more gore than your average seventeen-year-old. But even Cammie is shocked when Kyle O'Neil, the most popular guy in school, discovers the gruesome corpse of their English teacher murdered in his own bed. As Cammie gets involved in the case, she finds herself drawn to Kyle, and considers trusting him with the secret that she can't even tell her father. But when their relationship starts to move toward romance Forensic Mystery By Alan Ferguson Being a coroner's assistant means that Cameryn has seen more gore than your average seventeen-year-old. But even Cammie is shocked when Kyle O'Neil, the most popular guy in school, discovers the gruesome corpse of their English teacher murdered in his own bed. As Cammie gets involved in the case, she finds herself drawn to Kyle, and considers trusting him with the secret that she can't even tell her father. But when their relationship starts to move toward romance, the struggle to solve the case of her teacher's death intensifies. Will Cameryn be too preoccupied to identify the killer in time? This series is one of the most fantastic books I’ve ever read. The are fantastic mysteries, they seem average at first, but the end made my pulse race and gave me CHILLS. I made this not-so-mistake, I got the third and fourth late one night, I got home and couldn’t sleep so I pick the third up. I finished around 1:30. Oh man. What a whopper of an ending. I sounded like this: “OH MY GOSH!!! AAAHHHHH!!!!!” then I couldn’t help but look outside, it was a moonless night, totally dark. I definitely couldn’t sleep after that….what was my solution? To pick up the fourth (I keep forgetting there's only four, it seemed like more!). Okay, so the only problem with this review, is I’ve never read the first in the series. I thought the second was first. So, I’ve never read the beginning of Cammie’s adventures. It seemed like maybe there was something before it, but I never missed a piece of vital information, so if you want to skip the first one too, go ahead. This is a hall of famer, and a DEFINITE READ IN THE DARK….under a moonless night….when you can’t sleep…..(I'll be picking up book one as soon as I can)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    There was just one part that in the beginning that kept nagging at me, even when I finished the book." 'I killed your sister.' The words hung in the air. Killed. Your sister. Cameryn couldn't take it in. I'm sorry—what did you say?' ”(Ferguson 26). I'm sorry, but those two lines are one of the worst sentences ever. First of all, it doesn't fit Cameryn's character. For a girl who's portrayed as this super-forensic-genius, she sounds pretty dumb to me. And secondly, what kind of reaction is that? There was just one part that in the beginning that kept nagging at me, even when I finished the book." 'I killed your sister.' The words hung in the air. Killed. Your sister. Cameryn couldn't take it in. I'm sorry—what did you say?' ”(Ferguson 26). I'm sorry, but those two lines are one of the worst sentences ever. First of all, it doesn't fit Cameryn's character. For a girl who's portrayed as this super-forensic-genius, she sounds pretty dumb to me. And secondly, what kind of reaction is that? Your mother tells you she killed your twin sister and you just go, "I'm sorry, but what did you say?” Why the heck would you APOLOGIZE? Call me insane or whatever, but I will not let that line go. The correct reaction is: WHAT? Or maybe turn Cameryn into this confused teenager or have her not talk since she's shocked into silence. Anything but I'm sorry! Also, the way that the characters change isn't written so smoothly. Patrick and Mammaw have hated Hannah since Jayne died and for them to accept her into their life again seems so random. As the reader, you know it's going to happen eventually, but the author doesn't set it up. The families odds are put into disagreement and everyone's just unwilling to budge, but suddenly, they're like, "Okay, we're going to try to forgive! Yay!” Like I said in my review of her second book, the author needs to SHOW, not TELL. The ending isn't much of a shocker. With Kyle's disappearance in the second book, you're bound to expect his return sometime. There's probably just one more book to go in this series anyway.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)

    Once again I can say that I am so proud of myself for reading outside of my normal genre. I have been continuing to read The Christopher Killer series because a co-worker told me how good these books are. Circle of Blood is the third book in the series and is a hauntingly realistic forensic murder mystery… A far cry from my normal fantasy books. Like all of the books in this series, this one was extremely detailed. If I were writing a forensic mystery novel, I would base my entire content off of Once again I can say that I am so proud of myself for reading outside of my normal genre. I have been continuing to read The Christopher Killer series because a co-worker told me how good these books are. Circle of Blood is the third book in the series and is a hauntingly realistic forensic murder mystery… A far cry from my normal fantasy books. Like all of the books in this series, this one was extremely detailed. If I were writing a forensic mystery novel, I would base my entire content off of what I saw on CSI and Law and Order. Seriously. The author spent a lot of time doing her homework to make sure that her details and facts were accurate and believable. That really made the difference in this book, but it also made my stomach churn at times. Some of the descriptions are really graphic! And my over-active imagination had a field day with the visualization. Also like the other books in the series, the plot in Cirlce of Blood was well developed and had a nice twist. The characters complimented one another nicely and were believable. Cammie is continuing to grow as a character, and also learning to face her difficult past. I'm finding myself engrossed in the side stories as much as the murder mysteries. If you are the type like always gravitates towards contemporary reads, you might want to give this series a try. It’s not a mushy summer romance book, but it is 100% believable (and that’s scary). If you’re like me and tend to stick with one specific genre, it’s time to branch out and try something new. Live on the edge!

  21. 5 out of 5

    VJ

    I whipped through this book and cannot wait to get to the other one in the library. Wow, this took me back to when I was a volunteer in hospital, a Candy Striper. I was around 11 or 12, before all sorts of regulations set in, in a small community hospital. Are there still Candy Stripers? Have to look that up. The supervisor tried me in every department where there were live people, feeling pain/nausea/effects of dis-ease, and I couldn't hang. If the patient felt pain, I felt pain. The only thing I whipped through this book and cannot wait to get to the other one in the library. Wow, this took me back to when I was a volunteer in hospital, a Candy Striper. I was around 11 or 12, before all sorts of regulations set in, in a small community hospital. Are there still Candy Stripers? Have to look that up. The supervisor tried me in every department where there were live people, feeling pain/nausea/effects of dis-ease, and I couldn't hang. If the patient felt pain, I felt pain. The only thing I didn't do was cry. Blubbering doesn't make much of an impact on me. Finally, I think in a fit of cheek, I was sent to the pathology department. What a wonderful place! If you don't mind the odd smell of the place, it is perfect for a soul that craves quiet and a place to do focused work. Doctor had been on faculty at Brigham Women's Hospital in Boston, and right away he spotted my gifts of auditory memory, medical vocabulary, and lack of squeamishness, built on them by teaching me anatomy, physiology, some elements of hematology along with general diener skills. He taught me how to make/mount frozen sections, a decent y-cut, the order of things (which is in the book!) and all manner of things until he spoiled me for the conventional study of medicine, where you do not touch a patient for years but acquire book and laboratory knowledge. OJT rules! This book validated my unusual childhood training. I never liked mysteries, but this one drew me in with its familiarity: many topics that I have long been interested in play center stage in this tight forensic tale. Loved it!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Cootey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Circle of Blood Forensic Mystery Book 3 continues the adventures of Cameryn Mahoney of Silverton, CO as she works as assistant coroner to her father and continues her studies in forensics. Unlike Angel of Death Forensic Mystery Book 2, Cameryn is in full control of her life and makes some very bad decisions in the misguided attempt to protect her mother from a murder investigation. As the investigation unfolds, Cameryn's lies wind her deeper and deeper in potential trouble until the real kil The Circle of Blood Forensic Mystery Book 3 continues the adventures of Cameryn Mahoney of Silverton, CO as she works as assistant coroner to her father and continues her studies in forensics. Unlike Angel of Death Forensic Mystery Book 2, Cameryn is in full control of her life and makes some very bad decisions in the misguided attempt to protect her mother from a murder investigation. As the investigation unfolds, Cameryn's lies wind her deeper and deeper in potential trouble until the real killer is exposed. What I enjoyed about this book was the way Cameryn was allowed to botch up her life with one foolish decision after another, yet Ferguson kept Cameryn engaging and likable through the experience. I found that a pretty piece of writing. I also appreciated the distinction made between polygamists and Mormons, though the polygamists were reduced to caricatures in the rush to the end. I didn't hold that against Ferguson because I loved the image in my mind of a 17 year old skirt holding a shaky Magnum while taking on burly, chauvinistic, polygamist thugs. The cliff hanger at the end was a treat as well.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    The Circle of Blood by Alane Ferguson is the sequel to the Angel of Death. Continuing the story of the seventeen year old Cameryn who works with her father as an assistant coroner, Cameryn is associated with a homicide in this book which the case involves her mother, whom she just met again. The victim, with being called so many names, was shot on the head mysteriously at the back of an alleyway and her braids where cut off a sign of psychological cause. Throughout the book, Cameryn is trying to The Circle of Blood by Alane Ferguson is the sequel to the Angel of Death. Continuing the story of the seventeen year old Cameryn who works with her father as an assistant coroner, Cameryn is associated with a homicide in this book which the case involves her mother, whom she just met again. The victim, with being called so many names, was shot on the head mysteriously at the back of an alleyway and her braids where cut off a sign of psychological cause. Throughout the book, Cameryn is trying to hide the fact that her mother, Hannah had met the victim but doing so, she will meet a lot of serious consequences and it might cost her, her job and her life… or will it? Like with The Christopher Killer, the Angel of Death, The Circle of Blood kept me reading all to the end by its interesting plot, forensic mysteries and captivating, interesting yet disturbing details such as how to preserve the brain outside the victim’s body. However, one thing that I especially like about this book compared to the two prequels was how at the end, after the cause was solved, the author Ferguson had made a reference back to the second book where the killer of the second book appears. By doing so, the reader might have a feeling that there is going to have a sequel yet leaves the reader captivated until the end, wanting to know for what happen between them.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Huiling_mei

    Cameryn Mahoney’s mother had came back into her life and she brings with her a hitch hiker girl. On Cammy’s hand she wants to know the truth about her other sister Jean. The reason she died was because her mother was on drugs and killed her by accident. That hitch hiker girl was found dead later on. The police thought it was a suicide, but really she was running away from a life where she was married off to at a very young age such as 14. In the end she was really murder by those people who bel Cameryn Mahoney’s mother had came back into her life and she brings with her a hitch hiker girl. On Cammy’s hand she wants to know the truth about her other sister Jean. The reason she died was because her mother was on drugs and killed her by accident. That hitch hiker girl was found dead later on. The police thought it was a suicide, but really she was running away from a life where she was married off to at a very young age such as 14. In the end she was really murder by those people who believed in a religion where a man can have more than 1 wife, so they can have a lot of children. Kyle comes back for Cammy. For a man to have more then 1 wife is not a good thing and that can cause major conflicts in the relationships, but to have a religion on it is really weird. Having relationships are hard to like even just family relationships like Cammy and her mother. I guess if the parent and the child were separated in the very beginning and doesn’t know the whole truth can be painful and hard to deal with, but here Cammy stand’s by her mother because she has no one and that her sister dying was in the past and where they are now is the present. All relationships seem to have some sort of twist in them no matter who the person is. And even for myself I argue with my parents sometimes, I guess that’s how love grows.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brooklyn Bartlett

    Cameryn Mahoney is a seventeen year old girl who is the coroner of forensics to her father, and her grandmother does not approve of it. Cameryn's life has gone downhill ever since her long lost mother, Hannah Mahoney re-enters her life. In Cameryn's job she gets to see all sorts of deaths. Cameryn was at the gas station when she sees Hannah with a young girl, whose name is "Mariah". Mariah was apparently getting a ride with Hannah but Mariah was strange to Cameryn. Mariah stole Hannah's wallet Cameryn Mahoney is a seventeen year old girl who is the coroner of forensics to her father, and her grandmother does not approve of it. Cameryn's life has gone downhill ever since her long lost mother, Hannah Mahoney re-enters her life. In Cameryn's job she gets to see all sorts of deaths. Cameryn was at the gas station when she sees Hannah with a young girl, whose name is "Mariah". Mariah was apparently getting a ride with Hannah but Mariah was strange to Cameryn. Mariah stole Hannah's wallet and ran Cameryn tried to catch her but just could not. When Cameryn got a call saying a young girl had died of a suicide. Cameryn arrives at the crime scene to find out that Mariah was the girl who had died! Could it be a coincidence or a murder? Overall I really enjoyed this book the characters seemed real and their actions were interesting. The end for me was extremely confusing and hard to understand. The details were amazing and you could just feel Cameryn's emotions. Her job seemed so hard but a great expierience. The book was great and I reccomend it to young adults or teenagers. This is a series so make sure you read "The Christopher Killer" and "The Angel of Death" before you read "The Circle of blood" then after you finish them "The Dying Breath" comes next. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cassa M.

    The circle of Blood Alane Ferguson Pages: 252 Fiction Mystery The Circle of Blood is about a girl named Cameryn who is an assistant to the coroner who happens to be her father. Cameryns mom Hannah Left fourteen years ago and just reentered Cameryns life. When Cameryn has to start solving a new case with her dad she finds out that her mom might have been part of the death of a fourteen year old girl. They found a girl dead In an alley and they think she commited suicide but theres a twist in the stor The circle of Blood Alane Ferguson Pages: 252 Fiction Mystery The Circle of Blood is about a girl named Cameryn who is an assistant to the coroner who happens to be her father. Cameryns mom Hannah Left fourteen years ago and just reentered Cameryns life. When Cameryn has to start solving a new case with her dad she finds out that her mom might have been part of the death of a fourteen year old girl. They found a girl dead In an alley and they think she commited suicide but theres a twist in the story and you will have to read and find out. This is the third book in the series by Alane Ferguson. I thought this was a very good book. I loved this book and the other books in the series they were really good. I loved how at the end of the story the author brought part of the second book into the third book it was a really good twist. Most of the time I read books and the endings are ok but this ending was really good and I'm really sad that there isn't a fourth book. I hope Alane Ferguson writes a Fourth book. But she probably won't. I would recommend this book to people who like a series and good mystery books. If you like series books that tie into each other then you will really like this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Leanna

    The Circle of Blood is the third book in Alane Ferguson’s young adult “Forensic Mystery” series. Cameryn is a senior in high school and works with her father, the local coroner. She dreams of becoming a medical examiner, but these dreams are put into jeopardy when she investigates the death of a young drifter. Cameryn believes her mother may be involved and compromises her professional integrity to help her. I hate when female characters make stupid decisions, and it seems to happen in almost eve The Circle of Blood is the third book in Alane Ferguson’s young adult “Forensic Mystery” series. Cameryn is a senior in high school and works with her father, the local coroner. She dreams of becoming a medical examiner, but these dreams are put into jeopardy when she investigates the death of a young drifter. Cameryn believes her mother may be involved and compromises her professional integrity to help her. I hate when female characters make stupid decisions, and it seems to happen in almost every book and movie. At times, Cameryn makes choices that are clearly dimwitted. However, she is 17 years old, and 17-year-olds (both male and female) can be very stupid. Cameryn can also be frustrating, particularly in her relationship with Justin, the sheriff’s deputy. If I were her, I would be all over hottie Justin, but I guess successful romances don’t make for dramatic young adult novels. Despite my criticisms, Circle’s last few pages—though not necessarily logical or consistent with the rest of the book—gave me the creeps: the good kind that sends a thrill of chills through your body. I can hardly wait for the next book in the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Reader

    In this 3rd book in Alane Ferguson's forensic mystery series, brilliant high school enigma Cameryn continues finding herself in the middle of dangerous situations that only she seems able to solve. The reappearance of her long-lost mother is hard enough to deal with emotionally, but when her mother becomes involved in the murder of a Jane Doe, complications couldn't get any harder to handle. Cameryn must find the truth about what happened to the Jane Doe and somehow balance her feelings and obli In this 3rd book in Alane Ferguson's forensic mystery series, brilliant high school enigma Cameryn continues finding herself in the middle of dangerous situations that only she seems able to solve. The reappearance of her long-lost mother is hard enough to deal with emotionally, but when her mother becomes involved in the murder of a Jane Doe, complications couldn't get any harder to handle. Cameryn must find the truth about what happened to the Jane Doe and somehow balance her feelings and obligations to her split family. When the going gets tough, Cameryn gets tougher, but how much can one person handle without going over the edge? Ferguson is at the top of her game in this emotional rollercoaster of a page-turning mystery! Reading The Circle of Blood is even better than watching an edge-of-your-seat thriller in the movies. Alane Ferguson will be coming to visit Corner Lake Middle School in January, so hurry up and get in the game! This is one series you don't want to miss! The Christopher Killer is the first book in the series, followed by The Angel of Death and then The Circle of Blood. I can't wait to begin reading The Dying Breath, Ferguson's latest book in this series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Baker

    Cameron and her father work great as a team. Cameryn is very interested with death and likes her job. Then all of a sudden things start to change. Cameryn's mother who she has not seen in years has just returned, and Cameryn has just been offered a scholarship and her ex is still out there. Things seem to be going wonderfully for Cameryn. Then all of a sudden a suicide is called in. She is the first coroner to report. She sees that the girl is young and when she sees the girls face...she is spee Cameron and her father work great as a team. Cameryn is very interested with death and likes her job. Then all of a sudden things start to change. Cameryn's mother who she has not seen in years has just returned, and Cameryn has just been offered a scholarship and her ex is still out there. Things seem to be going wonderfully for Cameryn. Then all of a sudden a suicide is called in. She is the first coroner to report. She sees that the girl is young and when she sees the girls face...she is speechless. Cameryn has seen this girl before....and the girl was with her mother. The problem is her mother might just be involved with the crime. I really love this book series and it really makes me want to read the next book. I read all of the book except the last one and I'm about to read it. In the end of this book, it makes you think what will happen to her. Is it really him? I'm very excited to read this book. I would recommend this book for middle scholars who like to read about mysteries and crimes. They would love this book. Even if the person doesn't like reading, they will love this book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca S

    Cameryn Mahoney, daughter of a coroner, has had her life turned upside down. Her ex-boyfriend murdered one of her favorite teachers, and she went to him for comfort because she had no clue about the culprit. She was investigating the murder, when she is kidnapped by her boyfriend and is almost fried from the inside out. Her mother also has reappeared in her life and is causing a lot of stress for Cameryn. This all happened in the second book of the series, The Angel of Death. Cameryn has changed Cameryn Mahoney, daughter of a coroner, has had her life turned upside down. Her ex-boyfriend murdered one of her favorite teachers, and she went to him for comfort because she had no clue about the culprit. She was investigating the murder, when she is kidnapped by her boyfriend and is almost fried from the inside out. Her mother also has reappeared in her life and is causing a lot of stress for Cameryn. This all happened in the second book of the series, The Angel of Death. Cameryn has changed and some of the other characters have noticed this too. In Circle of Blood, Cameryn is faced with probably one of the most difficult decisions of her life. Should she betray her mother in a way? I think this was a very good follow-up to the other two books in the series. I enjoyed reading it so much. It was pretty good compared to the other books in the series, too. The end pretty much will leave you on the edge of your seat. You don't expect anything towards the end. I hope more books for the series will come out super soon. I would definitely recommend reading the series.

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