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

4.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,201 Ratings  ·  125 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
Jan 17, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Aug 19, 2010 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 12, 2010 Nian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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
Oct 06, 2013 Gayathri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 27, 2010 Huiling_mei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-2010
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
Dec 21, 2014 Randi Gilbert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**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
Apr 20, 2014 Alexis Estrada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
...more
Aracely Lopez
Apr 02, 2015 Aracely Lopez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
CGregory
Aug 05, 2015 CGregory rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This one probably deserves 3 stars but I couldnt bring myself to give it that many. It's almost a stretch giving it 2. That would seem like such a poor rating but I assure you, reading my full review would probably be the straw that would prevent you from even continuing to consider reading it.

Did I pick up the wrong book? Was this title truly written, intended and design for only the small peecentage of actual teens already living life like this? Each scene seemed so repetitive, as if it were
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Summer
May 21, 2010 Summer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Nov 18, 2011 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Aug 15, 2010 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, mystery
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
May 16, 2011 Brook Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Dolores
I really love this series. There is usually a really unusual forensic twist that I've never seen in any other book. The books are more "how-dunits" than whodunits. This entry was more about Kyle's return and subsequent stalking of Cameryn. I have enjoyed watching Cameryn and Justin's relationship grow over the course of these books and the payoff was in this entry. In fact there seemed to be a finality to this book which made me sad. I hope this wasn't the end of the series. There just aren't en ...more
Shannon
I really loved the first two books in this series (The Christopher Killer and Angel of Death). I liked book 3 less (I don't even remember the name). This book goes back to the suspense of the first two books. 17-year old Cammie is still working to become a forensic scientist, and unfortunately, her ex-boyfriend is still trying to kill her. Thankfully, her relationship with 21-year old deputy, Justin, seems like it is about to take off. I look forward to book 5.
Jessica Simon
Feb 23, 2015 Jessica Simon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 25, 2011 Tara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 26, 2012 Sarai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, mystery
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
Sep 05, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 29, 2009 Mateo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 08, 2012 Faye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 16, 2013 Lizsquid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 08, 2015 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Barbara Trimm
Jan 22, 2016 Barbara Trimm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: forensic-mystery
Gr. 9 up. I'm still loving this series. Cemeryn's on the brink of turning 18 does that mean that she and Justin, the handsome police officer can finally be together? In this book Cammie's psychopath ex-boyfriend Kyle is back and he's stalking her.
Lucrezia
Jul 20, 2016 Lucrezia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adoro questo libro. Amo come l'autrice abbia concluso la saga, piena di scoperte e colpi di scena. I personaggi sono caratterizzati magnificamente, compresi i cattivi come Kyle, che come psicopatico era davvero inquietante e convincente.
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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 (4 books)
  • The Christopher Killer (Forensic Mysteries, #1)
  • The Angel of Death (Forensic Mysteries, #2)
  • The Circle of Blood (Forensic Mysteries, #3)

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