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A Shroud of Leaves

(Sage Westfield #2)

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“Finely observed beautifully written” Daily Mail on The Secrets of Life and Death

Archaeologist Sage Westfield has her first forensics case: investigating the murder of a teenage girl. Hidden by holly leaves, the girl’s body has been discovered on the grounds of a stately home, where another teenage girl went missing twenty years ago - but her body was never found. With mys
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Published April 9th 2019 by Titan Books
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Rachel Bridgeman
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: july-2019
Published on 9th July by Titan Books,  'A Shroud Of Leaves'  by Rebecca Alexander is the second in the Sage Westfield Series.

Sage is a forensic archaelogist who is on tenterhooks for her first proper case-that of a missing  teenage girl,found dead and  very carfeully covered in a specific type of leaf, in the grounds of Chorleigh House. The traumatised dog walker who literally fell across the body was alerted to it by her dog , so cleverly was she hidden.

River was a 15 year old girl and the sens
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booksofallkinds
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the Publisher.

A SHROUD OF LEAVES by Rebecca Alexander is another exquisite tale of past and present colliding, where murder and betrayal are waiting to be sifted through by top archaeologist Sage Westfield who has her own complicated life to sift through too.

Struggling with what happened to her in the past, Sage takes on her first forensic archaeologist case when the body of a young girl is found unusually buried in the grounds of a stately home. As she tri
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Paperbacks
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
There was a lot for me to get excited about with A Shroud of Leaves, I’ve been really enjoying thrillers of late and the fact that this linked in with both a historical element and a twin offence in the more recent past, really sold it for me. It was also great to discover that it’s setting was the New Forest which is an area close to me and one we visit often. That discovery made the story all the more vivid in my mind. It turns out that this in fact book 2 in the series and whilst the story li ...more
Elite Group
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The role of a forensic archaeologist in solving crimes.

Dr Sage Westfield is attending her first case in her role as a forensic archaeologist. The body of River Sloane, fifteen-years-old is discovered by a dog walker buried on the grounds of Chorleigh House, in the New Forest. What complicates the case is that in 1992, another teenage girl had gone missing, and had never been found. The owner of the house, Alistair Chorleigh, had been suspected of killing the first teenager and now because River
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Marina
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hello.

I hope you are having a great start of the week. Today is Monday and I have another review for you. But this time, the book is a little bit different. “Why different”?- you’ll ask. The main character is archaeologist, not a police officer. And she has a murder to solve.

Sage Westfield finally has her dream job. She has her first forensics case: investigating the murder of a teenage girl. The body has been found in a shroud of leaves. Sage is investigating the bones. Many years ago, another
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Debra
Having read Rebecca Alexander's first book, A Baby's Bones, last year (and loved it by the way!), I was so excited to pick this up. The best way I can describe this is a historic who done it with a bit of a mix of what I can only describe at the moment as almost supernatural.

This story is split between two time lines. In the first time line, you have Sage in the present day where she is brought in to investigate the murder of a teenage girl. But this murder is not your ordinary run of the mill m
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Leonie Hinch
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Titan Books for my copy of A Shroud of Leaves in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Sage Westfield is an archeologist interested in moving into the field of Forensic Archeology. Her first case overseen by her tutor, is that of a girl found in a shallow grave and buried beneath a pile of leaves in the grounds of a stately home. Twenty years earlier another young girl went missing in the same place and As Sage's investigation brings her to some ancient burial mounds in the land
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Night-Mere
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK! If I'm really honest, it reminds me of the Bones TV series with Dr. Temperance Brennan, which was always one of my favourite shows. I remember binge watching that because I loved the characters and storyline SO much. This novel had everything from that TV series that I loved about it - banter, drama, thrills, and mystery. Plus, the personal character arc only adds to my interest!

Rebecca Alexander is a supremely talented writer. She has the ability to draw you into the story it
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John Hash
Feb 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
I thought it was a less than interesting story about an archeologist undecided throughout most of the book about transitioning into a criminal forensic career, and undecided about a romantic relationship. The protagonist, Sage, is caught up in a case of a murdered teen and another teen in an unsolved mystery of a long term disappearance. The two cases, connected by thousands of years in burial remains, coincide in suspicious circumstances involving the Chorleigh family, property owners of the ex ...more
Nicole
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This was just an average crime thriller for me.

I liked the forensic aspects of this book. I think the chapters set in the present day were quite interesting and engaging.

However, I was less interested in the chapters set in 1913. I found those chapters to be quite dull.

The writing style was pretty average and I didn't think the book was particularly pacey, it was quite a slow burn story.

It was also on the fairly long side and I think it could have been shorter.

I did like the rep for PTSD in th
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Joyce
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I was very excited to read this after reading the first Sage Westfield book, A Baby's Bones. That was a great book and I couldn't wait for the second one. However, this one just didn't do the trick for me. It had too many details about archeology and the police investigation which just weighed the book down. Things moved too slowly until the last part of the book before things started to get really interesting. I do look forward to more Sage books. I just hope they are more like the first one an ...more
Dave
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the 2nd book in the Sage Westfield series.
While I enjoyed it, it was not as good as the first book, IMO.
Once again, Sage is investigating a case that has ties to an older case/event. In this case, 2 prior cases.
There are times here where you want to grab Sage by her shoulders and shake her.
I do like the character, though she does frustrate me at times.
And I will read the next book in this series, when it comes out.
Maureen
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was very slow reading for me....two time lines are not one of my favorite presentations of a story...although I like anthropology reads, this was a bit too detailed for me...I actually got tired of trying to follow things and came to the conclusion I didn’t really want to finish this, so I didn’t...
Elizabeth King
Aug 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
I just couldn’t get into this at all. There was far too much detail about who does what in a police investigation and not enough plot or character development. I was misled by the blurb thinking it’s the start of a series but this is book two and I was irritated to all the references to the last story. Maybe this tinged my view but I didn’t find it an enjoyable read
D. Wickles
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
I didn't finish this book only because it involves mutilation of animals (with details). The story line and characters seemed interesting but I couldn't get passed the details. Read it and decide for yourself.
Melissa Acquaviva
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
The second Sage Westfield , A Shroud of Leaves, was good but I have to say I liked A Baby’s Bones better. This left me feeling like something was wanting at the end. Still, well written and a good addition to the series.
Wendy Turner
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: misc
An author I've not heard of or read before, but thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It kept me interested throughout. Great storyline. Keen to read more of her work.
Lester
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Quick and fast read..entertaining. I like the back and forth of one chapter today, next chapter from generations before.
Thankx for the read.
Runalong
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
More like 3.5 ambitious approach and good ear for character but possibly one crime too many

Full review - https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/bl...
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Sydney Williams
Dec 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Really difficult to get into. Couldn't finish unfortunately.
Cindy
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
A great blend of archaeology and modern forensics with the tale told in the early 1900s and current day. I'm looking forward to Sage Westfield #3!
Hilary Catron
I started reading this book because I had somewhat enjoyed the first book in the series. By somewhat I mean that I was aware of too many repetitions of the same information about the dual mysteries, and too much repetitive introspection by the main character. I’d prefer a writer to assume the reader is paying attention, and not go over everything, yet again, from a few chapters earlier.

I did not finish the second book for those same reasons. I’d have preferred to meet and interact with the char
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Night-Mere
Beautifully written - RTC
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Having had a career in psychology, Rebecca Alexander decided to take time out to raise and home educate six children - and home educate herself with an MA in Creative Writing. The Secrets of Life and Death (2013) was a runner up in the 2011 novel writing competition with Mslexia and an agent and book deal for three books ensued. The Secrets of Blood and Bone (2014) and The Secrets of Time and Fate ...more

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