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The Christopher Killer (Forensic Mysteries #1)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  2,778 ratings  ·  377 reviews
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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Mr. Z
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
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
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
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
Jun 17, 2007 Lucy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
Mistress   ~ ♠ Mistral's Kiss ♠ ~ (Mist)
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
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.
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
Nov 01, 2008 Donalyn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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
Jul 16, 2008 Liz rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Maggie V
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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
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
Amy Grieve
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
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
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.
Oct 21, 2014 Autumn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens,young adults
This book was ok I like that Alane Ferguson didn't hold back on the gore.But I felt like the climax of the book was a little dull.

QUOTE:"And third my Dad doesn't like you.He won't tell me why
but he's a smart man.If he doesn't like you I can't like

She is obviously a very smart girl.

PARENTAL REVIEW:Main girl see two dead bodies the first is in a bath tub a few days old(skin on the face starts moving and maggots are seen) and the body of a 18/19 year old friend(murdered).She attend
Nicole Baker
Cameryn wants to help her father with his job. She wants to be his right side man. Her father and her help sheriff Jacobs and deputy Crowley. When she her dad says yes she finds out a murder happened. She wants to find out who did it!

This book is really good. I couldn't put it down when I needed to. When there is another book in the series you feel like you will know what will happen who will die! It's a good book to read about murder and crime.

I recommend this book for young adults who like mu
Jonathan A.
The book The Christopher Killer by Alane Ferguson is a forensic fiction.
It is about a series of murdered people killed by "the Christopher killer'' called this because of the token with saint Christopher he leaves on his victims.
Cameryn Mahoney is a fan of forensics and when her friend Rachel is at an autopsy with her father(Cameryn as an assistance) finds out she is the latest on of his victims. Now she is investigating and everything goes wrong.
My favorite character is Adam because he is misun
Though not for the particularly squeamish, this is a good clean young adult mystery. What I mean by "squeamish" is that details of parts of an autopsy are discussed as are other aspects of death. By "clean" I mean there is no sex involved.

My favorite books are ones in which I learn something worth learning and almost from the outset of this one, I learned something new.

Cameryn Mahoney is now assistant to her father Patrick who is the local coroner. Being only 17 years old has its disadvantages
This wasn't a great book but it was entertaining and fills a void. There are very few mysteries for the YA market (or as I prefer to call it OK (Old Kids) market). The main character is a little cheesy and of course most of it could never happen but I could see a lot teen girls really liking this book. The author describes the medical procedures with extreme graphic detail. That surprised me. While the right audience would really enjoy it, and I learned a lot, it kept me from recommending this b ...more
Loved the entire series.
Nicole Edwards
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It was your average murder-mystery, detective story. In general, I like this kind of story but this one didn't quite cut it. First of all, the writing style kept pulling me out of the story. I felt this needed to be edited a few more times. There was a lot of repeated phrasing and regurgitated ideas. This book could have been half as long as it was.

Ok, so the characters: Cameryn was a decent protagonist. She wasn't annoying. I appreciated her intellig
3 out of 5 stars

I think the one sentence summary of this book would be "The author tried too hard."

I love forensics. I want to be an criminal investigator after school, but I do not like crime fiction that much. I don't know why, but the fake crime stories don't appeal to me. Maybe because of the CSI Effect (which is a huge pet peeve of mine). I cannot stand the fake crime fiction stuff. That being said, this is one of the more realistic crime books I have read, but it still missed the mark for
The Nitty Gritty: Cameryn Mahoney is the teenage daughter of the town corner. Now many girls her age would put as much distant between her father's profession and her social life. Who wants to hang out with a girl who's father drives dead bodies around in the family station wagon?

Not Cammie. She fully embraces the science of death and wants to follow in her father's footsteps. Much to the chagrin of her Irish grandmother.

In a stroke of genius she offers to work as her father's assistant to get a
Definitely a mystery you can't put down. You will sit on the edge of your chair as you move through this gripping, forensic pathalogical thriller. Cameron Mahoney, daughter of the County Coroner, thinks she wants to be a forensic pathologist like her father. Her Grandmother, sure that this life course is wrong for Cameron, discourages them of this idea. After much discretion,Pat declares Cameron will assist him in duties, mostly conducting autopsies, since murder hasn't occurred in Silverton in ...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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Forensic Mysteries (5 books)
  • The Angel of Death (Forensic Mysteries, #2)
  • The Circle of Blood (Forensic Mysteries, #3)
  • The Dying Breath (Forensic Mysteries, #4)
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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.”
“'s a sad world we live in when a human being leaves so little of a mark that no one even realizes it when he's gone.” 1 likes
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