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The Dying Breath: A Forensic Mystery (Forensic Mysteries #4)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  1,102 ratings  ·  116 reviews
Cameryn's ex-boyfriend is back . . . and ready to kill! Cameryn had thought she was in love with him. He was smart, strong, and would do anything for her-even kill. Kyle O'Neil disappeared after his first attempt on Cameryn's life at the end of The Angel of Death. Now he is back for his second. He's leaving macabre love notes for her everywhere-on her computer, on her cell ...more
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Jessica
The fourth book of the forensic mystery series, The Dying Breath by Alane Ferguson continues with Cameryn and her journey to capturing her ex-boyfriend Kyle who attempts to murder her and those she loves. Meanwhile, three victims have been murdered including a famous producer and actor in Kyle’s attempt leave clues to play a mind game with Cameryn.

After waiting for more than a year and a half, Ferguson’s The Dying Breath did not disappointment my expectations for this series. However, at times,
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Liz
Warning: Spoilers if you haven’t read the previous books in the series.

The Forensic Mystery series by Alane Ferguson has yet to disappoint me. The latest, The Dying Breath, is no exception. Cameryn, a brilliant teenage girl, has been fascinated with forensics for as long as she can remember. In the first book she is instrumental in finding a serial killer. In the second book, Kyle, a serial killer just starting his career, finds her. She barely survived her first encounter with Kyle and he’s be
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Nian
What's up with Ferguson and her weird fetish with the phrase "assistant to the coroner"? That's how Cameryn is introduced, in every forensics installment she's written, every time. Pray tell, what is wrong with simply saying "coroner's assistant"? This is just one of the many weird phrases I've picked up whilst reading. It seems like such a trivial thing, but it really bugged me. It further proved my argument that there was no variation to Ferguson's structure, characterization, or dialogue. Her ...more
Gayathri Mudigonda
OMG!!!! I loved this book! I've read up till the 4th book. This was the best book in the series yet ( according to my opinion) So basically, Cameryn is getting stalked by her ex-boyfriend, who, by the way, is a psycho maniac. He keeps leaving her love notes everywhere and calling her his "Anam Cara " his soul friend. Things get really creepy when he starts watching her at night. Justin lets Cameryn know that he really truly cares about her. So they start dating. Cameryn is unsure where to turn f ...more
Huiling_mei
The fourth book of the Forensic Mystery series and i hope it is not the last. It continues from the 3rd book where the evil Kyle O’Neil comes back in attempt to kill Cameryn. He leaves his love messages for Cameryn, but he wants to kill her (Cameryn's ex-boyfriend). As a new love with Justin starts, her brightness in forensic grows. She talks her way out when she was nearing death.
The ending of this book was fairly good, but i thought it was a bite of a rush. Ferguson does well in keeping the
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Randi Gilbert
**deep sigh**
So to start, this forensic mystery series by Alane Ferguson has been a bit of a struggle to get through since this is the last (published) book in the series this review will be more of an overview of how I felt about the series as a whole.
The books weren't bad. There weren't! But I just kept having problems with the way thing were written, continually. Over and over and over again. That was one of my main issues with the books. Now I get it's a series and the author must refresh
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Alexis Estrada
Cameryn is being stalked by her old boyfriend, killer Kyle O'Neil. The local cops, especially Justin, are keeping a close eye on her. But no one realizes just how close Kyle is getting until Cameryn finds the body of Leather Ed.
Next to Ed's body is a note left just for Cameryn. The house is a mess, but the note has been left out in plain sight for anyone to find. The note calls Cameryn his soul mate and that he will love her until her dying breath. This does not sound good at all.From that point
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Nicole Baker
The fourth book of the forensic mystery series, The Dying Breath by Alane Ferguson continues with Cameryn and her journey to capturing her ex-boyfriend Kyle who attempts to murder her and those she loves. Meanwhile, three victims have been murdered including a famous producer and actor in Kyle’s attempt leave clues to play a mind game with Cameryn.



After waiting for more than a year and a half, Ferguson’s The Dying Breath did not disappointment my expectations for this series. However, at times,
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Aracely Lopez
The Dying Breath, which is the fourth book to a series, by Alane Ferguson is a forensic mystery. The main character Cameryn was being threatened by her ex-boyfriend, Kyle O'Neil. Kyle had always been nice to Cameryn, until he tried to murder her. After she escaped from Kyle, he began leaving her love notes on her computer and phone. Everyone was trying to help keep Cameryn safe; Kyle began to be a real threat. I enjoyed reading the previous books more because they had more suspense. Some vocabul ...more
Summer
Kyle doesn't mind blood. He doesn't mind hurting people. He doesn't even mind killing them. In fact, he loves the fact that he can force people through the gates of life and death. Back and forth. Back and forth.

It gives him control.

Cameryn is just getting over the trauma of Kyle's last attack. She's the only one who has ever escaped one of his intricate death set ups. She's starting to let him settle in the back of her thoughts. She knows she'll never be rid of him so she tries moving on. She
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madaline dannis
I loved these books and they were simply amazing until now. I was bitterly disappointed by the storyline. My main issue however was the supporting characters. Justin who is Cameryn's lover/deputy is just plain annoying during the story. He constantly judges Cameryn and stops her so she is "safe". Even his crush on her is annoying to the point that you wish that they will breakup or something. And allen ferguson writes realLY REALLLYYYY CHEESY romantic moments. for example ""....they were smiling ...more
Rachel's Book Reviews
Forensic Mystery
By Alan Ferguson

Being a coroner's assistant means that Cameryn has seen more gore than your average seventeen-year-old. But even Cammie is shocked when Kyle O'Neil, the most popular guy in school, discovers the gruesome corpse of their English teacher murdered in his own bed. As Cammie gets involved in the case, she finds herself drawn to Kyle, and considers trusting him with the secret that she can't even tell her father. But when their relationship starts to move toward romance
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Caroline
I love this series. You don't really get YA mysteries very often, and to make it forensic mysteries! Yes please! As a whole, The Christopher Killer is still my favorite, but this one comes in at a close second.

Kyle. My God he creeps me out. He is truely a psychopath. I knew he'd come back and I believe he was alot scarier in the second book, but that changed once the ending came around. That really changed. Creepy, creepy, creepy.

This book didn't really focus that much on the forensics as some
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Sandra Stiles
Cameryn (Cammie) Mahoney is like any seventeen year old girl in high school. She keeps secrets from her family, has some bumps in her relationship with her father and her best friend, and she is starting a new relationship, while someone is waiting in the wings for her. What makes Cammie unlike most seventeen year olds is she is a paid assistant to the county coroner, who just happens to be her father.
In this sequel to the Christopher Killer, Cammie is once again involved with a murder. This ti
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

Cameryn is being stalked by her old boyfriend, killer Kyle O'Neil. The local cops, especially Justin, are keeping a close eye on her. But no one realizes just how close Kyle is getting until Cameryn finds the body of Leather Ed.

Next to Ed's body is a note left just for Cameryn. The house is a mess, but the note has been left out in plain sight for anyone to find. The note calls Cameryn his soul mate and that he will love her until her dying breath. This doe
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Brook Baker
Alane Ferguson

The last book in the series "The Dying Breath" was definitely my favorite. Cammie finally opens herself up to Justin, and the relationship really grows. Besides that, Kyle is back on the prowl and is out to kill.

Kyle is suspected to be behind the last 3 cases, and its up to Cammie to decide how. As Kyle said, she sees his mind in his work and eventually cracks the case. But what she doesn't know is that it was all part of Kyle's plan. When he contacts her, she is set up to play al
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Jessica Simon
The book "The Dying Breath" by Alane Ferguson was truly an amazing book. This book was a fictional mystery. This book was about a very smart young teen forensic scientist. Carmen,the girl, is living in a nightmare when her ex-boyfriend hunts her down and threatens her life. This book has many twists and turns and makes you never want to put it down. I rated this book five stars because it was very informative and an amazing book.
Tara
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Becca Kirkman
First, from looking at the cover, I didn't know that this book was part of a series. I would have liked to read the previous books, but the author does a good job of catching you up on the previous books so you don' t feel lost the entire time. This book felt less of a Forensic mystery and more like criminal mystery with a love story. It is a thriller and I think my middle school students will really like it.
Sarai
Very happy to finally have the whole thing with her mother done with and the main character back in a good space. I liked the progression of relationships in this installment, though for me the characters are never quite fully drawn. Better than book 3, though. :)

Book Description
Publication Date: March 3, 2011 | Series: Forensic Mystery
Seventeen year old Cameryn Mahoney is the assistant to the county coroner, so she's no stranger to death. But when it's possible that the next death under investi
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Linda
I'm very glad that I gave this series another try. The last book was very gory with forensic/autopsy details that were better left unread, in my opinion. This book does have an autopsy at the beginning and a few references later in the book but all in all, the autopsy details are tamed down. The honest-to-goodness mystery chiller that's left is very enjoyable. In this book, Cameryn (Cammie) is drawn into 3 odd murders by her mentor, Dr. Moore, the medical examiner. Each of the bodies have a fore ...more
Mateo
This book is about a girl named Cameryn and her boyfriend, Kyle O' Neil, is back to haunt her. She is falling in love with a police officer, Justin, and he promises she wont get hurt. They both go through a long way with Kyle sending emails to her telling he loves her when he killed many people and is not afraid to die.
I can relate to Cammie because many things scare me and when someone is looking at me suspiciously I feel like I'm being watched like her. I have never been threatened to die a
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Faye
I've only read this book, I haven't read the previous ones from the series and I remember that I bought this from a sale in NBS. It was really good! If you like the kind of books where a psycho of an ex is stalking your every move, not to mention he is a genius (in a very sick way) and if you're interested in Forensics, this is a book for you.

The story was a very good one in a sense that you know the writer put a lot of work (and research) in it. I was surprised to see her acknowledgement and w
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Lizsquid
The Dying Breath
By Alane Ferguson
Mystery

I will love you till your dying breath. Cameryn froze with fear. She thought she knew him. But now he's back, to kill her.
The Dying Breath was a tense book in the Cameryn Mahoney series. Cameryn's dream of becomming a pathologist has meant her running into danger. The author did an amazing job of keeping your hands glued to the book. The characters were very well thought out. When they were scared you were scared. This was a great book to end the series
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Megan
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Dina Harrington
After reading The Dying Breath, it left me wanting to read more from this author. Since I'm interested in forensics and mysteries, this book fit my satisfaction and I really enjoyed it. This book was about a teenage girl named Cameryn, who lives with her grandmother and father, who works for the police department. Cameryn had a relationship with this guy named Kyle, but the break up didn't really end well. Kyle thought that Cameryn was the best thing he could ever have, and that she would be his ...more
Mr. Z
"Forever the sand slips through the glass
Love is the thing that eternally lasts
We're fresh when we're young
We wither with age
Live life without borders
And write on your page"

Out of the four books so far in Alane Ferguson's forensic mystery series geared toward teens, The Dying Breath has been my favorite. This story picks up where the third book left off and keeps the reader's attention hostage up until the tension-filled end. These pages contain mystery, suspense, romance and a wealth of informa
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Erica Simon
The dying breath had unexpected turns of events. Cameron Mahoney a young in training forensic scientists is asked to examine the body of a famous actor. She finds that her ex boyfriend has something to do with this celebrities murder along with other murders around town. Kyle O'neal her ex boyfriend leaves notes on dead bodies to find her. He kidnaps her and has a chance to kill her once and for all. In the dying breath it's Cameron's job to choose life or death. "The dying breath" is mixed with ...more
Rebecca
I thought I'd like this book because I love forensic mysteries so much but this is an absolutely forgettable story. The little forensic information you get is interesting but the romance and stalking plot was on par with a bad Lifetime movie. Cameryn Mahoney is a 17-year-old (almost 18!) forensic prodigy. Her father's the coroner, her love interest is the 21-year-old deputy sheriff and she has a brilliant psychopath stalking her. It's all too fantastic and implausible and predictable. There's a ...more
Marsha
Once again Alane Ferguson weaves an intriguing tale. This time our herione, Cammie and the town's deputy, Jason finally get together. However, the union is not without challenges. We also get a glimpse of how Cammie is maturing and learning to trust that she can take care of herself. After reading this installment, it felt like the end of the series for me. I am not sure if Ms. Ferguson plans on writing any additional books in the series. I like the fact that she seems wise enough to know when t ...more
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Alane Ferguson was born in Cumberland, Maryland, in 1957. She attended the University of Utah and Westminster College where she studied journalism. Later, Alane became interested in writing for children, mostly, she says, to follow the example of her mother, successful author Gloria Skurzynski. Her mother has written over fifty-seven books for children, while Alane is currently completing her thir ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Forensic Mysteries (5 books)
  • The Christopher Killer (Forensic Mysteries, #1)
  • The Angel of Death (Forensic Mysteries, #2)
  • The Circle of Blood (Forensic Mysteries, #3)
  • The Dead Giveaway (Forensic Mysteries, #5)
The Christopher Killer (Forensic Mysteries, #1) The Angel of Death (Forensic Mysteries, #2) The Circle of Blood (Forensic Mysteries, #3) Show Me the Evidence Overkill

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“Forensics had taught her that scars left tissue much tougher than skin.” 8 likes
“I've decided that I can also touch the hearts of many - dead people, but the living, too. (Cameryn Mahoney)” 6 likes
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