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The Christopher Killer (Forensic Mysteries #1)

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As the daughter of a Colorado County coroner, seventeen-yearold Cameryn Mahoney is no stranger to death. in fact, she’s always been fascinated by the science of it. so she’s thrilled to finally get some hands-on experience in forensics working as her father’s assistant. but Cammie is in for more than she bargained for when the second case that she attends turns out to be s ...more
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Published February 28th 2008 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published May 4th 2006)
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Suspense, my ass. This is more like a book where a teenager is a detective-slash-medical examiner wannabe. The execution of characters were lame and the mystery isn't exactly mysterious.

I love forensic science and I watch a lot of shows where Medical Examiners slice up dead bodies to determine the cause of death and all that shit. I also know that not because I watch CSI and read crime books, I'm already an expect when it comes to science stuff. H
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Mr. Z
Sep 11, 2009 Mr. Z rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Young Cameryn's father is the town's coroner. Since Cameryn dreams of becoming a forensic pathologist someday and her father is overworked, she begs her dad to allow her to become his assistant. When he finally gives him, Cameryn is all smiles--until the dead bodies start appearing and The Christopher Killer's victims become more personal than Cameryn ever thought possible. Suddenly a target, Cameryn must solve the serial murder's case before she becomes part of the file. There are few better my ...more
Maddie
Nov 21, 2008 Maddie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Christopher Killer is about 17 year old Cameryn Mahoney, who has the annoying habit of challenging her elders. She also has the unshakable desire to be a forensic pathologist and a very strong stomach. This comes in handy during the autopsy of a friend,the latest victim of a serial killer whose signature is a St.Christopher's medal left with each body. The vivid autopsy scenes are surprising given the fairly routine story line and agreeable though certainly not complex,characters.It's Cammie ...more
Pawlowskierik
Nov 21, 2008 Pawlowskierik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Christopher Killer
By Alane Ferguson
Review by Erik Pawlowski

Alane Ferguson, author of The Christopher Killer, writes with unbelievable description. She could turn a one-word subject into a whole book, and this is part of the reason why this book is so good.
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The Christopher Killer’s main character is Cameron Mahoney, who dreams of following in her father, Pat Mahoney’s footsteps as a County Coroner. The only obstacle in her way is her grandma, who she refers to as mammaw. That doesn’t stop
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Dale Ibitz
Jun 06, 2012 Dale Ibitz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
17 year old Cameryn Mahoney wants to be a forensic pathologist. Living in a teeny town in the mountains of Colorado, she doesn't get to see much in the way murders and forensics, even with her dad being the county coroner. So Cameryn learns what she can by studying her books. Until a new deputy comes to town, and the Christopher Killer drops a body right at the town's doorstep.

This forensic mystery is rock-solid. Solid characters, solid plot, solid writing, and solid details regarding the scienc
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Karin
Jan 06, 2008 Karin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
Are you a fan of CSI or Bones? If so, this series is for you. Alane Ferguson has written a good forensic mystery. Cameryn Mahoney is a seventeen-year-old with dreams to become a forensic pathologist. She is in a great position to do so with her father being the county coroner. The budget problems have prevented the county from hiring an assistant for him and the work load has been too much. So, he asks Cameryn to be his assistant and she accepts, even though her Mammaw (Irish way of referring to ...more
Lucy
Jun 17, 2007 Lucy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like crappy mysteries
Shelves: teen, mystery
17-year-old Cameryn Mahoney's dad is the town's forensic pathologist, and Cameryn wants nothing more than to follow in his footsteps. When she convinces him to make her his assistant, she has no idea that one of the first deaths she'll investigate is that of her friend Rachel. Rachel is the fourth victim in a string of killings known as Christopher Killings, girls who are strangled and then left with St. Christopher medals on their corpses.

Cameryn throws herself into the forensic work, trying to
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Camryn convinces her father ( The town coroner) to take her on as an assistant, since she dreams of a career in forensics. When all signs point to a notorious serial killer hitting their sleepy town, she's determined to decode the story the dead are telling so they can have justice. Our plucky teen doesn't quite hit the ground running though, all her reading hasn't quite prepared her for all the sites, smells, inner turmoil, and characters she'll have to contend with.

I enjoyed this novel, you g
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Giselle Mendoza
Mar 24, 2016 Giselle Mendoza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Giselle Mendoza

The Christopher killer is a great book. If you like forensic mystery this would be a good book to read. Alane Ferguson researched and talked to people that worked as pathologist or knew about forensics.
I loved the characters. I liked how the author made the main character Struggle with the people that didn't believe she would be able to handle the job she wanted. They treated her like a kid but the author made her overcome that and to show that she is capable of
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Michele
Aug 06, 2014 Michele rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, paranormal
I loved Nancy Drew, Scooby-Doo and other meddling kid mysteries growing up, but this was just too ridiculous. A high school student as an assistant to the medical examiner? I really did not like the main character, either. I felt she was a know-it-all teen, and thank you, I already have one of those.
Caitlin "Sparkie"
It so pleasing to know that there is another human being out there just like me! Let's jump in:
I really connected to this book, I loved Cameryn, I was able to relate and connect to her on a whole other level. Connecting to characters in other books was never much of an issue, but when I was reading about Cameryn I felt like I was looking in a mirror. The beginning of the book was a little rocky, in my opinion, the dialogue between Cameryn and her father almost seemed forced and there were some a
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Sary
WOW. How to start on this book? I actually tried to read this book in high school, but some of my classmates had a car accident and unfortunately died, and I did not feel like reading a book about dead people so I stopped. But I did started it, I thought I would be able to deal with it, but I was SO wrong. It was too hard. So I decided to try it out again, ironically a few weeks ago, another classmate of the class before mine suffered an accident and died too. Anyways, when I read this book, I d ...more
Donalyn
Nov 01, 2008 Donalyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: CSI and mystery fans
Shelves: ya-mystery
I would describe the Forensic Mystery series as Nancy Drew meets CSI. Cameryn Mahoney, the protagonist, is the daughter of the Colorado County coroner, and she is obsessed with forensics.

Convincing her father to hire her as his assistant, Cammie joins her father to investigate the first murder in her town in several years. When the killer gets too close, Cammie fights to solve the crime before she becomes one of his victims.

The descriptions of the crime scene, the victim, and the details of an
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Melinda
Mar 27, 2012 Melinda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In the small town of Silverton, Colorado, lives a teenage girl names Cameryn Mahoney. She's kind of an odd duck, living with her coroner father and her Irish Catholic Meemaw (Grandma). Cameryn is fascinated with forensic science, and somehow convinces her father that she would be perfect as his assistant. When Cameryn visits her first crime scene with her father, she becomes ill. Since that went so well, her father takes her to observe an autopsy for a murder victim recently found in the woods. ...more
Talinj
May 21, 2012 Talinj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommend by my teacher. This is a kind of book I never though of reading. Once I started reading it, I feel in love with it. This book is about a girl named Cameryn who loves forensics science. Since she's read so many books about it, she decides to work as an assistant for father who is the coroner. She loves doing what does until, it gets personal. After this insistent she was truly determined to find out what happened. To get the truth out, she has to go threw a lot of people a ...more
Ashlyn
Nov 21, 2008 Ashlyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a young highschool student, Cameryn Mahony, who becomes a ferensics patholigist. Her father highers her as his assistant. She is a very intelligent 17-year-old who just happens to be very close to her first case. One of her friends, Racheal, was killed by a very cunning serial killer. Cameryn is torn between 2 worlds- the world of science and the world of the dead. When she meets Dr. Jewel, she is a certain sceptic but Dr. Jewel has the power to tweak Cameryn's mind to make he ...more
Liz
Jul 16, 2008 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy shows such as Bones, CSI, and Criminal Minds.
Recommended to Liz by: The library.
This is a extremely mature young adult novel. Cameryn Mahoney is our protaganist, a senior in high school, almost 18. She's always wanted to be a forensic pathologist. Her father is the local coroner in Silverton, CO. When he complains that he can't get the budget for an assistant, he takes Cameryn's suggestion & hires her (out of his pocket). Naturally, this is a boon for her when one of Cameryn's friends becomes the fourth victim of the Christopher Killer, who has been killing young women ...more
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Bethany
May 14, 2009 Bethany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
This book is about a small town where nothing happensin silverton, colorado. until now. Cameryn wants to be a csi like her dad but she never thought she would be sloving the murder of someon she knows. The christopher killer kidnaps young women and kills all across the country and Rachel just happened to be his next vitum. Cameryn will stops at nothing to find out who this guy is. She finds herself in the worst possible place. face to face with the killer. I could not put it down. It keeps you q ...more
Jess
Oct 27, 2007 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cammie is the daughter of the county coroner. She is fasicinated by forensic pathology. She pleads with her father for a job as his assistant, and one of the first cases is her co-worker from the hotel she works at. It's part of a series of murders by the Christopher Killer, who leaves a St. Christopher medal with each victim. A psychic shows up in town, having predicted this and other murders, and Cammie throws herself into the case to find this killer, to bring justice for her friend. Great bo ...more
Alison Paulette
"Still holding her breath, she moved closer, repelled and drawn at the same time. Something on the man's face was moving. His skin? He was dead and yet alive, and her mind connected sideways- movement equaled life. For an instant she could make no sense of her own perception. Leaning closer, she tried to understand, then jerked back in horror as she realized the source. The movement was from maggots. Tiny larvae wiggled out from beneath his eyelids like grains of crackiling rice. They slid from ...more
Christopher Nogal
Ferguson’s The Christopher Killer it's an incredible novel that has a forensic mystery.
Alane Ferguson is a forensic mystery novel about Cameryn, a seventeen-year-old girl who begins to work as the assistant to the county coroner. so basically it's a mystery on whether whos the serial killer and it's just a long process.

A major theme in "The Christopher Killer" is the need to reconcile science, religion, and mysticism as these three concepts that typically seem diverse, also play a part in this
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Jacqueline
3.5
I am never starting a thriller or murder mystery when the sky is dark outside again. Even as I finished the book today in broad daylight I was simultaneously gripped and terrified by the unfurling of the plot. It is mainly because of my unsuitability to read thrillers that I refrain from giving this book a higher rating. One thing I have to admire is the accuracy and detail of the processes involved in the autopsies and the rest of the procedures, though it made for some slightly squeamish re
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Amy Grieve
Aug 27, 2014 Amy Grieve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cameryn's father is the coroner of their little town of Silverton, Colorado, a place where murder just doesn't happen. Cameryn wants a career in forensic pathology, so she asks her father if she can be his assistant to gain some experience, this seems like a good idea at first.

Then, the Christopher Killer strikes again! And this time it's Cameryn's friend, Rachel, who is killed. Cameryn must now use all her forensic knowledge and quick thinking to find the killer... because the famous Physic, D
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Goodreads Synopsis: Fascinated by forensics, seventeen-year-old Cameryn Mahoney persuades her father, the county coroner in sleepy Silverton, CO, to take her on as his assistant. But she never expects her first case to involve the death of a friend! Rachel Geller, a beautiful young waitress, is found strangled in a field with a Christopher medal around her neck—clearly marking her as the fourth victim of a serial killer. Cameryn is determined to help find Rachel’s killer, and attending the autop ...more
Randi Gilbert
A loooong time ago I read the second book of this series not knowing it was a series. I've been meaning to read the first and third and so here I am.
Now I don't remember much about the second installment so it didn't really alter how a read the first. So we'll start out with what I liked: I liked cameryn. I liked how she felt confident but it never came off cocky in a bad way because she knew she still needed to learn. I DID like how cocky deputy Crowley was.. And then how awkward and cute he w
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Shelley Daugherty
A great book for YA readers looking for a good mystery book. Many of the books in the YA genre always have a multi theme going on, but this book is plain and simple, a mystery. The part I enjoyed the most was the forensic aspect to the book. While most mysteries are all about the "who-dun-it" (and this does have that) this book also jumps into how the forensic materials help solve the case. It also includes a very young, wanna be forensic scientist who is more than happy to witness an autopsy.

C
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Jamie
Mar 11, 2014 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great mystery/suspense series for teens. However, I would not recommend it for all teens as it does have explicit forensic scenes described in great detail. There were some believability issues for me at times, but overall the writing and story were strong.
Lynn
Jun 27, 2016 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-and-teens
In The Christopher Killer, Cameryn Mahoney is hired by her father to become his assistant county coroner because of her interest in forensics and pathology. She proves herself quickly, but finds that this job may be more than she bargained for. When one of her friends is killed by a serial killer who leaves St. Christopher medals behind as his calling card, Cameryn realizes that the last thing she can do for her friend is to help find out who killed her. The suspects are many including a so-call ...more
Judy Goodwin
Sep 30, 2015 Judy Goodwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, ya-mystery
I have one thing to say about this forensic mystery targeted at YA readers. Really great book, and really terrible cover.

I haven't read a lot of gritty forensic mysteries with a younger protagonist, so that's what drew me to the book. Catelyn is just about to graduate high school, and wants to become a medical examiner. That's handy, since her father's the town coroner. When a local murder shocks the small town, she has a front row seat to all the evidence and the investigation.

Of course in addi
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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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“No, that's because there are more interesting things to do."
Her grandmother looked at her sharply. "Like cutting into dead bodies"
Carmeryn swallowed back her irration. "Yeah-the live one kick too much.”
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