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Mesozoic Murder
By Christine Gentry
Read How You Want, (2010)
EasyRead Large Print, in 16 Point Font
(Originally Published in Standard Print by Poisoned Pen Press)
ISBN: 9781458747921
Genre: Mystery

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - February 14, 2011

Anselette "Ansel" Phoenix is a paleoartist - an artist that specializes in the rendering of artistic, yet realistic and scientifically accurate depictions of fossils. In her case, living in Montana, the fossils that she draws tend to be of dinosaurs. Ansel is also the president of the Pangaea society, and she often leads seminars on fossil hunting and leads trips into the field to hunt for dinosaur bones. On one such trip, she finds more than she ever bargained for when she unearths the body of Nicholas Capos, her ex-lover!

An instant suspect, Ansel must not only clear her name, but keep the scandal surrounding Capos's murder from besmirching the name of the Pangaea society, which just happens to be in line to receive a very large gift. A gift that might be withdrawn if Capos's death is linked to Ansel or the society. To make matters worse, Capos's death is only the first, and when another society member turns up dead, things only get worse for Ansel. To complicate matters, Ansel doesn't trust the police to solve the case, so she sets out on her own to find Capos's murderer. Can Ansel discover who is killing members of the Pangaea society before the organization implodes? Can she clear her own name before falling afoul of the police or the murderer?

Written by Christine Gentry, Mesozoic Murder is a well-paced cozy mystery that is filled with paleontological lore. Like any good mystery, it is loaded with interesting characters and lots of intrigue. As the protagonist, it is not surprising that Ansel is perhaps the most interesting character to make an appearance in this book. Her mother was a Blackfoot Indian, and Ansel is extremely proud of her Indian heritage, although she is perhaps a bit too quick to find racial slights around every turn. She is intelligence, a gifted artist, and an emotionally complex woman whose pathos adds to the story line rather than overpowering it. Overall, this is an interesting mystery that will leave you eager to read the next installment in the Ansel Phoenix murder mysteries, which just happens to be Carnosaur Crimes, which is also available in large print.

Mesozoic Murder is available from Read How You Want, an on-demand publisher that makes books available in a variety of formats including Braille, DAISY, and five different large print formats. This range of formats makes this, and other books, available not only to visually impaired individuals, but also anyone with a reading or physical disability that makes reading standard print books difficult.

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