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Disturbing the Dead (Rachel Goddard Mystery #2)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  147 ratings  ·  20 reviews
om Bridger, who is half Melungeon, thought he had escaped his Virginia mountain community's lingering prejudice against the mixed-race group when he left to join the Richmond Police Department. Tom was moving up the detective ranks when a family tragedy brought him back home and moved him into his father's job as chief deputy in the Mason County Sheriff's Department. Now t ...more
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published March 9th 2007 by Poisoned Pen Press
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Barb Radmore
Sandra Parshall's debut novel, The Heat of the Moon, has been nominated for an Agatha Award for First Novel and her talent shows no sign of stopping. Her follow up novel, Disturbing the Dead, continues the story of veterinarian Rachel Goddard.

Rachel has bought a veterinary clinic and is happily settling into her new life. She is content with her status as single woman, business owner, and friend. Her hopes for peace and quiet in her daily life are dashed by a local scandal from the past. A skull
After enjoying Sandra Parshall's BROKEN PLACES earlier in the year, I realized I'd skipped the second book in her series.
DISTURBING THE DEAD finds veterinarian Rachel Goddard rebuilding her
life in a small town in southern Virginia, having left a lot of trauma
behind along with an overly-controlling boyfriend. Sheriff's deputy
Tom Bridger is also dealing with a tragic past, and he's beginning to
fall in love with Rachel. The discovery of a long-buried body on a
local mountain begins to solve the myst
Family secrets in a rural mountain community are the basis for making a cold-case very very hot again. When human bones are found on a mountain top, they are identified as a women who went missing ten years previously. And it was not just any woman, it was the beautiful mixed-race wife of a wealthy white man prominent in the community. It was also Tom Bridger's father's only unsolved case, and Tom feels he owes it to his dead father to close the file once and for all.

Tom, a sheriff's deputy, is
Linda Strong
This is the second in a series about Rachel Goddard, veterinarian. In her first book, The Heat of the Moon we learn who Rachel really is ... and she also finds out. In this, her second book, some time has passed. She has moved away and opened her own veterinarian practice in a small town where she meets Tom Bridger, previous Virginia State Police, and now the County Sheriff Department.

The bones of a Melungeon woman are found in the mountains 10 years after she disappeared. While trolling the gro
Debbie Heaton
In Parshall’s mystery novel, Dr. Rachel Goddard is all too familiar with the desire to start over. She hires Holly Turner to work at her new Appalachian veterinary clinic and hopes that each of them will be able to have a fresh start. One day the skeleton of Holly’s wealthy Aunt Pauline is found along with another unidentified body. Holly’s family is abusive and manipulative and they try everything to encourage her to return home. As the crime is investigated, numerous suspects are identified al ...more
I received this book as part of a monthly book shipment club. I suspected this was a series but I've never read the first book. This book didn't draw me into the story as well as I would have hoped. Rachel is a vet setting up her new practice in the Appalacians. Tom is a deputy who is part of a search team that discovers old skeletal remains on the mountain. When Tom stops by Rachel's practice to pick up his dog, he tells her about Holly who might be a good fit to work in the office. Rachel, Tom ...more
Georgiana Huizenga
I just discovered Sandra Parshall recently and have been happily surprised. Rachel Goddard isa strong, if flawed female character, with a good cast of supporting players.
Another fantastic read in the Rachel Goddard mysteries. I believe there are 6 total in the series. I'll hate to see them end.
Dark Star
Fast paced murder mystery (with not one, but three murders to solve) with loads of twists and turns.
SERIES: #2 of 2
RATING: 2.75
WHY: Parshall has a flowing, readable writing style. However, characterization was weak; predictable romance stuff; and the plot pulled out one of those assumed identity devices. Secondarily, the author is in love with shoulders. There are dozens and dozens of references to shoulders - they are grasped, patted, held, touched, stroked, rubbed - it got so bad that instead of paying attention to the plot, I was weirdly waiting for the next shoulder
I am liking this series. This had a lot of twists and turns right up to the end.
I loved this book. A very twisty story, I was surprised at the end. I am not too familiar with the Melungeon culture, and I loved the setting in southwestern Virginia, and the whole premise. This is a very well-written, tightly woven story. I have not read the first book in the series, and I'm going to go back and read that as soon as possible. This book does refer to events in the first book, but I don't think it detracts if you don't read it first.
Racial tension, drugs and murder combine for too much excitement in veterinarian Rachel Goddard's life.

I've been fascinated by groups such as the Melungeons for years, so was curious how Ms Parshall would treat the subject. She doesn't really get into the history and origins but portrays the prejudice against them.

As a mystery I enjoyed this one, in fact I have the next in the series on the coffee table for later.
Leslie Angel
Have I already read this? dunno, but it's really good. Her new one is finally out. There's a lot of backstory, need to read in order. This one's about recovering years'-old murders among the Melungeons. (a check in my books shows yes, I did read this last year. Oh the advantages of having no memory)
Interesting and gripping tale of murder in the mountains. I had a little trouble keeping up with all the relatives (and I'm a Southerner, so I should be able to), but I enjoyed the narrative nonetheless.
i am glad that characters from the first book of the series were in the second book. this book kept my attention with all its twist and turns. i would recommend it to everyone.
Cindi (cheesygiraffe)
Very good mystery. Lots of twists and turns. Good page turner that keeps you wondering who done it and why.
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Not bad, not great. Just ok.
Theresa Garrido
Another page-turner!!
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Sandra Parshall is the author of the Rachel Goddard Mysteries: The Heat of the Moon, which won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel of 2006; Disturbing the Dead; Broken Places; Under the Dog Star; and Bleeding Through (Sept 2012). A former reporter on newspapers in her home state of South Carolina as well as West Virginia and Baltimore, MD, she now lives in the Washington, DC, area with her journ ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Rachel Goddard Mystery (6 books)
  • The Heat of the Moon (Rachel Goddard Mystery #1)
  • Broken Places (Rachel Goddard Mystery #3)
  • Under the Dog Star (Rachel Goddard Mystery #4)
  • Bleeding Through (Rachel Goddard Mystery #5)
  • Poisoned Ground: A Rachel Goddard Mystery
The Heat of the Moon (Rachel Goddard Mystery #1) Broken Places (Rachel Goddard Mystery #3) Under the Dog Star (Rachel Goddard Mystery #4) Bleeding Through (Rachel Goddard Mystery #5) Poisoned Ground: A Rachel Goddard Mystery

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