Friday, May 31, 2013

Seeds of Evidence Book Review

I have a really good FBI story to tell you about called Seeds of Evidence about a little boy's body being washed up at the beach in Virginia and it was written by Linda J. White.
Here is an excerpt from the back of the book:
Stressed-out FBI Special Agent Kit McGovern returns to her grandmother’s Chincoteague Island home in search of peace. But when a little boy’s body washes up on the beach, Kit cannot resist throwing herself into the mystery of his murder. Her only clues: the tomato seeds in the Latino boy’s gut, and the acorns in his pockets. 
The medical examiner points out that the volume of tomato seeds in the boy’s gut could indicate he was from a farm worker’s family. But the acorns? Kit discovers they’re from a Virginia live oak, not native to the area where the boy was found. Can she use those to identify his origins anyway? And why hasn’t anyone reported him missing? 
Kit meets David O’Connor, a D.C. homicide detective in Chincoteague recovering from a shooting incident. She makes it clear she’s not interested in a relationship, but their passion for justice is mutual and they soon forge a partnership to find the boy’s murderer.  
As plant DNA evidence leads them straight into the dark world of human trafficking, Kit and David wrestle with the depths of human evil, with questions of faith, and with possibilities for hope. “Seeds of Evidence” takes readers on a white-knuckle ride they won’t soon forget. 
My Thoughts:

If you like the Murder/Mystery style of writing that Murder She Wrote used in the TV series, then you will love this book. Yes, there are some killings but no gory details and it is light hearted and then right in the middle of the investigation is the FBI Agent, Kit who was married to a man that left her after he finally finished going to school to get a degree and then he wanted out of the marriage.
Kit is in denial mode and keeps wondering what she did wrong and when she finds out he is getting married again, she really loses it. But, she has to pull herself together because they just found a 6 or 7 year old Mexican boy's body that washes ashore while she is walking on the beach.
David is a cop on medical/leave of absence from his job as a Homicide Detective from Washington, D.C. where he shot and killed a teen age boy whom he thought had a gun but he didn't and it's eating him alive, the guilt that he feels.

So, put the two of them together and it's like pulling teeth with Kit. Poor David really had to work overtime on her and in the process of all the kidnappings and a few deaths and then stumbling onto something even worse, David has a faith crisis and returns to D.C. to talk to someone who knows more than he does about God and Jesus and how the whole heaven thing works.

It's a good solid story about 2 people who are falling in love with one fighting it all the way and she is also struggling with her faith also.

Like I said earlier, if you liked watching the TV show called Agatha Christie then you will love reading this book. It is even actually safe enough that a teen could read it but only after the parent has and thinks it's age appropriate for her child.

Happy Reading!

By day, Linda J. White writes editorials for The Free Lance-Star, a newspaper in Fredericksburg, VA. By night, she plays the “what-if?” game, entangling engaging characters in “white-knuckle” plots.
Her first FBI thriller, “Bloody Point,” was published in 2005. “Seeds of Evidence” (Abingdon Press) will be released in April 2013. Linda’s husband, Larry, was a video producer/director at the FBI Academy for over 27 years.
Married since 1970, they have three grown children and now live with two dogs and two cats on two beautiful, wooded acres in Virginia.
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. 


LAMusing said...

We both love to read :)

Jessica said...

We all love to read in my house... there are books everywhere!

Anita Yancey said...

Both my husband and I love to read, and we share our books. Thanks for having the giveaway.