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Dead Guilty (Diane Fallon #2)

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,137 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
In Beverly Connor's absorbing series, the bones of the dead reveal the secrets of the living. In this latest investigation, forensic anthropologist Diane Fallon must lead a chilling excavation of a crime with harrowing implications: the murder of three people, hanged execution-style in an isolated patch of Georgia woods.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 7th 2004 by Onyx (first published 2004)
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May 11, 2015 Bigd_041555 rated it it was amazing
Great book from start to finish. Ms Connor is fast becoming a favourite author.

Three bodies are found hanging from trees deep in the woods and a noose reserved for a fourth! Lots of forensic investigating, lots of twists and turns, honorable mention for Canada, and a bit of spelunking makes this book a great read.

2 thumbs up and 5 stars
Hyderali Shaikh
Mar 23, 2014 Hyderali Shaikh rated it it was ok
Well, this is my first book of Ms. Beverly Connor & after gathering some information about her I found that this is her 3rd book. The premise was interesting but her writing was very bad. I think Ms. Connor forgot to introduce her main lead Ms. Diane Fallon's posture. I still don't get how she looked like, forget to be in sympathy with her if you don't know how the main character look like.

After reading so many novels about mystery & crime I found that are always two characters - 1. Who'
DEAD GUILTY (Forensic Investigation-Georgia-Cont) – Ok
Beverly Connor – 7th in series
Onyx Fiction, 2004 – Paperback
Forensic anthropologist Diane Fallon is called to the site of a murder scene where thee people have been hanged. But it becomes personal when she starts received threatening emails and phone calls.
*** While I always learn new things in reading Ms. Connor’s books, I also find myself wishing she’d get on with the story. After being told, way too many times, that the character is an exp
Jan 21, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
Three stories in one, since forensic anthropologist Diane Fallon is also the director of a natural history museum in Georgia and a spelunker in her spare time. She is called in when three bodies are found hanging in an isolated woods. The author does quite a bit of research for this absorbing series. Knots are a key to the investigation and the book describes anything that you could possible want to know about them, as well as other topics of interest associated with forensics, museums, and cave ...more
Mar 17, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-fiction-read
I'm really enjoying this series of books; they are very engaging. I love all the details and the mysteries solved, despite the improbability of all the events happening. However I don't read these books for realism!
Nov 16, 2015 Tjfox rated it really liked it
While I did like this one, I didn’t like this quite as much as the first book, which is a disappointment.

In the first book, we saw some issues with the police, but it worked because it was a part of a larger sort of political posturing thing. As far as I was concerned, that was pretty much taken care of in book one, but we see a level of ignorance and incompetence from the police characters in this book that is on the annoying side. I hope this isn’t going to be a trend in Diane’s character and
Jul 23, 2011 Beth rated it really liked it
I am enjoying this series -- it's got a lot of description of bones and decomposition, etc. Very much like Bones on TV, but without the very quirky characters. In this book, you learn about what happens to the human body when it's been hanging outside for a while ...
Sep 04, 2013 Scu8a8uddy rated it liked it
Im tired of novels that spell out obvious details about certain aspects of their plot. Here we have an intelligent woman, holding down two full time roles - head of museum and head of a forensics lab (for want of a better name) being told by a spotty student type (almost young enough to be her son) the diamonds aren't really rare, they're quite common, it's because one company (DeBeers actually) controls almost two thirds of the market to keep the price high. She was then flabbergasted that the ...more
May 13, 2014 Baoyi rated it really liked it
I've always like believably flawed characters. Diane Fallon, however, is perfect to the point of almost Mary Sue-ish - working two full-time high position jobs competently, dating a guy, is a former Human Rights Investigator, has a younger guy crushing on her, has a sob story involving her almost-adopted daughter, and can be calm in the face of terrifying situations etc... Need I go on? Nonetheless, I love her; she doesn't irritate me or make me jealous of her not-so-ordinary life, which is a ra ...more
A nice forensic novel. Not as grittily real as Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta series, but meat enough to satisfy any die-hard procedural fan. The protagonist, Diane Fallon, is likable enough, but despite the superb writing technically, there's just a wee bit of that ellusive "spark" missing -- that spark of reality that elevates the Scarpetta books to the A-List, in my opinion. Nevertheless, this book is a very strong B or B+ itself. This being the first book I've read in this series, I will defi ...more
Dead Guilty by Beverly Connor.
Book #2 in the Diane Fallon series.
3 Stars

Three bodies are found hanging execution-style in the woods. As the investigation progresses, a number of people involved in the investigation begin dying in a similar fashion. At the same time, a stalker, perhaps even the killer, begins sending Diane cryptic and disturbing messages.

The forensics is interesting, particularly the details about the knots and I find the main character quite engaging - she kicks
Jul 21, 2014 Phillipa rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
This was alright as a follow up to One Grave Too Many (although it seems to take place about a year later, which confused me for a little). But I did find it a little same-same-but-different. Diane seems to be setting a a peculiar trend of being kidnapped on her way to her car o_0.

Still, I am looking forward to the rest of the books in the series and I'm enjoying the Museum / Forensic cross-over :)
Apr 25, 2009 Gail rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Diane Fallon, a museum director also directs a forensic crime lab for her Georgia community. They are called to a process a scene with three bodies hanging from ropes. There is a fourth rope, but no victim. Soon, the two forest workers who found the bodies have either disappeared or were brutally murdered. And Diane begins to receive mysterious gifts, emails, and phone calls. The menace grows the footprint of the crimes increases.

Interwoven into the investigations are stories of museum nad commu
Jan 25, 2016 Sheyper rated it it was amazing
very, very good read. Suspenseful and Intriguing. I love how the author Beverly brings out each character to life; Diane, Alice, Mike, Frank, Star, Jin, Neva and David. Make's me wish I were younger so I could have a do over and get into forensic reconstructions....:0) I plan to read the entire series
Mar 10, 2012 Kay rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I'm one of those mystery fans who love to read about detectives using technical expertise and arcane knowledge--rather than brute force or trickery--to solve crimes. The Diane Fallon series features a forensic anthropologist who is also the director of a natural history museum in north Georgia. For fun, she goes caving and is an expert on rope tying. Who knew there was such a thing as forensic rope analysis, but there is, and it helps find a killer who has hanged three unidentified victims. Whil ...more
Jun 15, 2016 Zafia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diane-fallon-s9x
I really loved this book. And how the author manages to keep it all interesting and not feel cluttered with all the directions the book took. I like that Diane both oversees the museum but also the crime scenes and the like. It makes it a lot more exciting. I enjoy reading about all the characters in the book. I think they give the series more depth. I think Mike is great. Not too sure of Frank, but that may be because there's hardly any of him in it and when there is, well that's just enough fo ...more
Sep 09, 2014 Laurie added it
Not quite as good as the first one, but very enjoyable. Few too many "lessons" about (admittedly interesting) topics to be super great.
Sep 21, 2013 Katie rated it liked it
I really love Diane Fallon as a character. She keeps a calm head under pressure, even when her life and the life of her friends are threatened. Diane has her vulnerabilities, but she does not let them define her.

What keeps this from a higher rating for me is how the "bad guy" comes into the story; he is barely a whisper in the mind of any of the main characters because his existence (view spoiler) was revealed so late in the novel. The tension
I really love Diane Fallon as a character. She keeps a calm head under pressure, even when her life and the life of her friends are threatened. Diane has her vulnerabilities, but she does not let them define her.

What keeps this from a higher rating for me is how the "bad guy" comes into the story; he is barely a whisper in the mind of any of the main characters because his existence (view spoiler) was revealed so late in the novel. The tension
Oct 15, 2009 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Another good read from Beverly Connor I am really enjoying this series. I missed Frank from the first 100 pages and he didn't really feature much in this story I hope he appears more in later instalments. I like the short chapters and that the story is constantly developing with new clues and events with lots of characters contributing to the unravelling of the story. It is quite a complex but not so you can't follow. Highly recommend.
Jul 31, 2014 Elize rated it really liked it
Very entertaining reading material. Gripping to the end.
Apr 07, 2012 Phredric rated it it was ok
Easy read if you skip the long passages about knots and forensics - one or two of them would be okay to show she knows her stuff, several gets a bit tedious. Lead character was a bit too super-woman. I found the ending to be weak: the killer appeared very late in the book and you had no way of guessing who it might be or why, it was all explained in very last pages of the book. Probably won;t be reading more of this author.
Apr 08, 2011 April rated it it was amazing
The second book in the Diane Fallon mysteries did not disappoint. Like the first, it has twists that aren't obvious and an interesting storyline to propel the action. I enjoy the characters and find the unraveling of the mystery and all the forensic details included very interesting. It's almost like watching an episode of CSI, only better =). I think I've found a winner in this series.
Nguyen Phuong
Jun 22, 2012 Nguyen Phuong rated it really liked it
This book is about how bones reveal the truth about the death.

Diane Fallon is a forensic investigator/ museum curator for the city of Rosewood. This will be a puzzle of great challenge for Diane as three bodies are found hanging in the forest. Then those connected to the case drop dead like flies. To make matter worst, she has a stalker trying to influne her judgement.
Jan 07, 2014 Harold rated it it was ok
This novel gets a C grade. It's OK but nothing special. Diane Fallon and her forensic investigations team help solve a series of murders.
Sep 28, 2012 Craig rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the most part I enjoyed reading Dead Guilty. It was a quick read and the story flowed well. The one downside, and it cost the book a fourth star, was that a character was introduced in the last 50 pages or so that had a major effect on the ending. Still, Dead Guilty is a good summer read at the very least.
Jul 12, 2013 Ellen rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Not bad as a thriller but a bit too much detailed forensic analysis and background explanations for my liking. I feel now I could almost pick up my scalpel and carry out an autopsy! The plot was complicated at times and I lost track of some of the characters but, generally, it was a decent read.
Brenda Kirton
I am really enjoying this series. An intelligent protagonist is nice to see (I guess I have been reading a few too many books with dumb ones, lately). I like the relationship developing with Frank. My favorite part was the cave scene.
Nov 20, 2013 Ricardo rated it it was ok
The writing felt stilted, lacking flow. It was hard to get into the book and a big reason was that this author went overboard with her research and facts, to the point that they almost overwhelmed the actual story
Matt Gleeson
Oct 18, 2011 Matt Gleeson rated it really liked it
The book is well written, but I'm pained.

Here's the thing: is Diane going to be chased around by the perps in EVERY book? She's two for two so far. You can only go to that well so often.
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I'm Beverly Connor and I love archaeology. I worked in Georgia and South Carolina as an archaeologist doing both fieldwork and analyzing artifacts. I also love mysteries. I combined these two loves and now write mysteries in which I weave my professional experience as an archaeologist into stories of murder and intrigue in both my Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation series and Lindsay Chamberlain ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Diane Fallon (9 books)
  • One Grave Too Many (Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation, #1)
  • Dead Secret (Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation, #3)
  • Dead Past (Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation #4)
  • Dead Hunt (Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation #5)
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