Synopses & Reviews
When veterinarian Rachel Goddard and Deputy Sheriff Tom Bridger take teenagers on an outing to clean up roadside trash in rural Mason County, Virginia, they make a grisly discovery: the plastic-wrapped body of a young woman. One girl peers at the face through the plastic and screams. The corpse is her sister.
During Tom’s investigation, questions arise. Was it random, or was she killed because she was working to prove that a Mason County man was wrongly convicted of murder? If an innocent man was convicted, then the real murderer must be free—and ready to kill to stay that way.
Rachel is coping with a visit from her own sister, Michelle, who is terrified that a man is stalking her. Is the mysterious stalker real and dangerous? Will he turn his attention to Rachel too?
As Tom pursues the stalker question and closes in on the murder case, Rachel fights her own battle—and her past.
"Rachel’s fifth adventure combines nerve wracking suspense with a twisty mystery."--Kirkus Reviews
"Readers will enjoy the complex plot and well-developed characters. Parshall won an Agatha for The Heat of the Moon (2006), the first installment in this series."--Booklist
2007 Winner of the Agatha Award for Best First Mystery, Heat of the Moon
2008 Nominee for the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Mystery, Disturbing the Dead
"Parshall's excellent third Rachel Goddard mystery ...[is] a suspenseful tale distinguished by its sharp prose."--Publishers Weekly starrred review of Broken Places
When veterinarian Rachel Goddard and Deputy Sheriff Tom Bridger take teenagers on an outing to clean up roadside trash in rural Mason County, Virginia, they make a grisly discovery: the plastic-wrapped body of a young woman--the sister of one of the teens. As Tom launches an investigation, Rachel copes with a visit from her own sister who claims to have a stalker. As Tom closes in on Shelley’s killer, the stalker makes his move against Rachel.
About the Author
Sandra Parshall is the author of the Rachel Goddard mysteries: The Heat of the Moon (Agatha Award winner), Disturbing the Dead, Broken Places, Under the Dog Star, and now Bleeding Through. A former newspaper reporter, she lives in the Washington, DC area.