Thursday, August 28, 2008

You'll want to start this one now!

I started reading Lori Andrews's latest last night and it is sooo good! She's only 3 books into the series so now would be a great time to start reading. The series is a combination forensic mystery and medical thriller. Here's my review of Sequence as it appeared on BB's site:

Lawyer and scientific advisor Lori Andrews’ fiction debut is the first in a very promising series. Genetics expert Dr. Alex Blake has just begun a two-year stint with the Armed Forces Institutes of Pathology, or AFIP. Her goal is to use the AFIP resources and facilities to map the genes of the 1918 flu and use that information to create a super vaccine to protect against bioterrorism. AFIP’s new director, Colonel Jack Wiatt, has other plans. Angered that he has been passed over as head of the FBI, Wiatt discovers that AFIP has long been handing over responsibility for various investigations to the Bureau. As part of his own personal grudge against the Feds, he begins pulling cases back under AFIP’s jurisdiction. One of these cases is that of a serial killer who has been strangling women and tattooing their left breasts. Alex is temporarily ordered off her own project and onto what has been dubbed the Tattoo Killer Case. When a link is discovered between this case and the high profile murder of a technology company’s CEO, even the President himself steps in and applies pressure to the Institute. With Wiatt’s own career under scrutiny and increased pressure to AFIP to solve the case as quickly as possible, everyone is at risk of losing not only their jobs, but also their credibility. This intriguing first novel is packed with engaging characters and interesting facts. With an author who is able to draw from such a vast amount of experience, you can be sure that this series will never become boring.

So by book 3, I stand by my original assessment - they sure haven't gotten boring. Book 2 deals with possible Vietnam war crimes and book 3 (due out next Tues) deals with a strange outbreak of an infection that causes a deadly allergic reaction. I was up till the wee hours with this one. 

If you're a fan of Kathy Reichs, older Patricia Cornwell and Robin Cook, or Michael Palmer, you're going to love this series. It's an original spin on what's become a popular topic in mysteries and thrillers today. Alex is a great character that you'll just fall in love with. 


Jon McGoran (a.k.a. D. H. Dublin) said...

I hadn't heard about this series but it sounds great. Thanks for the heads up.

Jenn said...

I LOVE this series. I'll be having a Lori Andrews giveaway on my blog soon!

Becky LeJeune said...

That's great, Jenn! Be sure to let us know when.

Jon - I love them! I started reading just before book 2 came out and I think she's really got a great hook.

Cheryl said...

I read Immunity and enjoyed it. Nice review

Michele said...

Thanks for a great new series to read! These type of books are my absolute favorite! I will be adding this to my tbr list!