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Tainted Evidence

(Evidence #10)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  251 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Some family secrets are deadly…

Inventorying human remains can be difficult at the best of times without a creepy security guard hovering over Maddie Foster’s shoulder. Nervous about being stuck in the crypt with the strange man, Maddie asks a friend of a friend to drop by and pretend to be her boyfriend to force the guy to back off.

Raptor operative Josh Warner recently mov
Published June 26th 2020
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Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B at AAR

Rachel Grant is one of my favourite authors of romantic suspense (if not THE favourite) and I was thrilled when she announced she’d be continuing her long-running  Evidence  series following the winding up of her excellent  Flashpoint  trilogy.  Tainted Evidence is the tenth  Evidence  book, and the author shows no sign of running out of steam, presenting just the sort of high-stakes, clever plot I’ve come to expect together with interesting, complex characters th
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Maddie is tasked with inventorying human remains possibly stolen from Native lands-who knew bone laws could be so fascinating?!-while dealing with the family museum’s horrid excuse for a guard. She calls her bestie to send her backup and in walks Raptor operative Josh, her new fake boyfriend.

Josh has moved to Oregon to take custody of his 17 year old niece and open a new branch for Raptor security. With all that and his volunteer work, the last thing he needs is to fall for the girl he
So, this is a DNF at 26% with spoilers. I don't have the heart or energy to reprise this, so I'm literally copy/pasting from the thoughts I posted to Twitter as I read the book. It is NOT necessary to take advantage of the current cultural changes to sell books In fact, it's NOT recommended.

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Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tainted Evidence by Rachel Grant was another awesome addition to this series featuring the Raptor Security Service operatives. I cannot tell you how much this book made me think about the current issues that are leading headlines currently throughout are country. Ms. Grant's attention to detail and thorough research was enlightening and thought provoking.

Josh and Maddie were both strong characters that Ms. Grant brought to life with their thoughts and actions throughout the book. Josh's niece, A
Books are undeniably reflections of the sensibilities and times we live in, but Grant’s ‘Tainted Evidence’ is one so steeped in it that I had to take a step back several times in the middle of it.As always, I liked the engaging academic angle Grant tends to aim for in all her well-researched stories and the authoritative, overall tone that comes from it as a result. With characters that are mostly sympathetic and intelligent to boot, it’s typically a winning combination that keeps me coming back ...more
Oct 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always liked Rachel Grant's Evidence series. But this one is quite different than rest. Honestly I reqd some stopped read some more. It felt a bit tedious so many plot lines going on. So this had a lot of current issues come into play here protests, Nazi family backgrounds, white supremacist, lgbtq, women's rights and racism. While those good relevant topics abd sub themes, they were just a lot crammed in one book and some were more expounded on.

Maddie is doing an inventory of bones from gr
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm a HUGE romantic suspense fan and let's face it, the bar is set pretty high for me. I had Ms. Grant's books on my TBR for a while and I got around to the earlier this year and fell in love with her and her books. Josh and Maddie's book was just as enjoyable as previous books in the series and I continue to be fascinated by the suspense plots created by Grant. Josh was such a great guy, truly. He relocated to Oregon to run a new Raptor office and most importantly to care for his niece, Maddie. ...more
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tainted Evidence by Rachel Grant is the 10th book in her Evidence series and it is so very powerful. With this installment, we get Raptor operative Josh Warner’s story, and it is a difficult and emotional ride for him and Maddie Foster, a museologist, who also is going through an emotional time. There is also a storyline about protesters, counterprotesters working with police, racists, and white supremacists. Because of that, reading this at this time, was a deeper experience than I expected it ...more
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for the next book in the Evidence series and this was worth the wait. This is the story of Josh Warner and Maddie Foster.
Josh moves to Oregon to open another Raptor office and also to become guardian to his niece who has been through a lot. Maddie is inventorrying human remains in a crypt with a really creepy security guard. Worried she asks her friend to send a Raptor operative to pretend to be her boyfriend. Josh doesn't have time for a relationship because of work and his
Book Him Danno
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rachel Grant decided to give readers a chance to find themselves as the female lead in all her books and this one is no exception. She used the modern day political environment bring in a female who is Bi sexual. I can see this causing some reader to have issues but really books are to be about the world we create and the world we create is part of the world we live in.

Rachel Grand has made her political side very well known in the story which could leave some readers pushing the book aside. If
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome! Rachel Grant blended romance, suspense, science into a great book. That she also seamlessly weaves in anti racist messages, respect for personhood, consent, mental health and feminism made it even better. This book blew me away and I can’t wait to read her backlist of other novels.

Madeline is working to discover if the looted human remains in a private museum can be repatriated with their original tribes. She’s uncomfortable around the “security guard” with her i
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rachel Grant's series are like a learning experience along with usually having real world issues at the forefront. On the learning aspect the main character was a museologist of which I had never heard of and the second was the word doxing. Once I look up the definition of doxing, turns out I did know its meaning just had never heard of that word. And for this book the real world issue was here in States. The deeply rooted white supremacy groups in Oregon. As this book takes place in Oregon the ...more
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m a fan of all Rachel Grant’s romantic suspense but this one gets extra love for its timeliness and relevance. I can’t remember ever experiencing a book more in-the-moment. Love how the forces for good triumph over evil and I can’t wait til that happens in our real world. Great plot and lovely romance.
Nancy Kehl
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An awesome blend of history, mystery, murder and mayhem but with love as one of the overriding elements in a couple, in a new uncle/niece relationship and how some families have an element that will never love anyone but themselves and their agendas. Loved it!!
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wow this book deals with a great currwnt hot topic! Rachel handles it well. The suspense if off the chart and romance is hottttttt
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4 stars
What I Liked: I had a bit of a hard time deciding between a 3 stars and a 4 stars for this book.
Overall, I thought this was a very good book. The plot was very gripping and moved along really quickly - there was always something big happening, whether in terms of the romance or the overarching suspense plotline, and it made for very entertaining reading.
I really liked the heroine, Maddie. I was so excited to read this book as she's a museologist, and that's my background, and it w
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another great one! This installment was packed with action and romance. The ending was non-stop, and I just adored the epilogue! Maddie and Josh are great together, and I liked their dynamic and chemistry. Ava was also a fun addition to the story with her sass. This book also contains a lot of timely social topics, and I thought the author handled them very well. The museumology/archeology/bones portion of this one felt just a tough lighter than previous installments, but it was still great. Loo ...more
The final book in the evidence series (for now!) takes place in Oregon and follows Maddie, a museologist who is tasked with inventorying human remains from a private museum collection, and Josh, a Raptor operative who just moved to Portland to take custody of his teenage niece.

Maddie’s job is to inventory the collection that was on display in the Kocher family private museum and research the human remains to determine where they’d originally been buried. If she can prove that the remains were s
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Rachel Grant & NetGalley for an eArc! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
My first time reading Rachel Grant and I am so thrilled to see my high expectations were warranted. This is part of a larger series but can be read as a standalone.
The story begins with Maddie, a museologist, researching human remains at a wealthy mansion whose owner is her giving her the creeps which propels her to ask Josh, security specialist and
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great read by this author that is full of details and descriptions that makes you feel like you are right there in the middle of it.
Josh, a Raptor operative, moves to Portland to take over guardianship of his teenage niece and to open a new Raptor office in the area. He gets a call from Trina, the wife of his best friend and CEO of Raptor, to help out her friend, Maddie, who is being harassed at a site she is working on.
Maddie is intimidated by Troy, the man who is overseeing her work,
Between My BookEndz
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
Another taunt, fascinating romantic suspense story from this author, with her usual heavy dash of archeology and history! One of the reasons I read every one of Rachel Grant’s books is for those glimpses of anthropology, archeology, and cultural history. And this book is no exception to that, taking us inside the world of the indigenous people of the northwest United States and the crimes committed against them in the past and present. At the same time, we get to know better Raptor operative Jos ...more
Stephanie Panach
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is TOTALLY a book we all need to read right now. It is a great romantic suspense story and an awesome example of how we can all learn to be antirascists. I'll admit that I haven't read all the other books in the Raptor series - but I probably should go back and read them! There wasn't a need to have read them to understand what was happening here or to enjoy the story.

Josh has moved to Portland to start a new Raptor office - largely because he has custody of his teenage niece. His niece ha
Dolly Sickles
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been a perennial fan of Rachel Grant’s from the get-go. She’s educated me more about the lives and adventures of real-life archaeologists than a lifetime subscription to National Geographic. Who knew all archaeologists weren’t out raiding tombs on the hunt for the Holy Grail or ancient artifacts from the Illuminati? And who knew archaeologist’s actually faced real danger that required the support of hot-ass soldiers like Pax Blanchard and Keith Hatcher? She’s back with the tenth installment ...more
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Maddie Foster has been hired to inventory and research the remains in the museum at the Kocher mansion, but she is creeped out by Troy Kocher who is working there as a security guard, so she calls her friend Trina whose husband owns Raptor Security and asks if operative Josh Warner who has recently moved to Portland will act as her boyfriend in order to make Troy back off. Josh is busy trying to get his teenage niece, Ava settled after her father is sent to prison and get a new branch of Raptor ...more
Laura R
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was jam packed full of romance and suspense. Josh is a protector and care giver who doesn't think twice about moving across the country to become the guardian for his niece. Maddie is a museologist who is tasked with inventorying the human remains in the crypt below the Kocher's Museum to determine if they should be repatriated or can be moved to the Columbia Legacy Museum. Only thing is the guard is so creepy, she feels the need for someone to know where she's at in case something hap ...more
1.5 stars

I've enjoyed the rest of the books in this series but this one was hard to enjoy. I feel like it included every hot-button political issue of the past few years. It was too much. I generally like my romantic suspense to be a bit more unrealistic. Reality sucks enough. And pick one hot-button topic if you need to but don't overwhelm your reader with them.

*Mild spoiler* & * Rant*
The heroine is bi-sexual and makes a comment that bi people can be monogamous (of course they can). Yet when sh
Trish R. Ali
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tainted Evidence is Book 10 in the Evidence series by Rachel Grant. I'm not a new reader to Ms Grant's works, although I have yet to read this series. I was apprehensive if I was able to just jump into the book without reading the prior books. I was glad that I didn't have any problem at all reading this book at all. It was a tad confusing at first but as I read more of the book, I had no issues settling into the book.

Our heroine Maddie Foster's job is to take inventory of human remains, the job
Nikki Brooks
Maddie is a friend and colleague of Trina. She has been given the assignment to identify and inventory a morbid collection of human remains from a private museum. The guy in charge is an absolute charmer - NOT. He gives off a very arsy, white-is-right-vibe and Maddie does not feel safe with him. She puts out an SOS to Trina and before she knows it her knight appears!

Josh leapt at the chance to grow Raptor in the Pacific Northwest. He kept his job and managed to move across the country to look af
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tainted Evidence is well into Rachel Grant’s Evidence Series as book number ten. It has all the thrills, tough and complex characters and intriguing plots as the previous books in the series. The Raptor Security operatives have taken over with Josh Warner moving to Oregon to open a new office and become a guardian of his teenage niece. It’s not long before he is a pretend boyfriend to Maddie Foster.

What should have been a normal case of inventorying old human remains turns into a dangerous and
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was my first Rachel Grant book and I can definitely say it won’t be my last! It was lengthy which gave the opportunity for a deep dive into Native American repatriation as well as a deep dive into racism and being an ally- none of which I was expecting in a romantic suspense but I was totally here for!

Our heroine is in charge of cataloguing Native American bones that was part of a private museum with the potential for them to be repatriated back to the culture they were stolen from. On her
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