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Dead Dry (Em Hansen Mystery #10)

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For Em Hansen, things couldn't be better professionally and personally. She's got a full-time gig with the Utah Geological Survey; she's the go-to forensic geologist for state law enforcement--and a long-simmering acquaintance with a handsome pilot is turning into more than friendship. But when she's called in to invest
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2005)
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Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Within the pages of this book is one of the best explanations I've ever read of what it's like to be a geologist:

"He had worked for one of the mid-sized oil companies for a while, and now was teaching part-time at a couple of different schools, eking out a living as geologists so often find themselves doing. People want oil? We'll find oil until it gluts the market and people think they don't need us anymore. Folks got ground-water contamination to clean up or landfills to be built to ensure tha
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Em's investigation of a body found in a gravel pit wall collapse in Utah leads her to Colorado, where groundwater is in short supply. A housing development is planned for an area where wells are already running dry. The murdered man was at the heart of situation, trying to block the proposed development any way he could. Until someone decided to eliminate him from the picture. There are several possible suspects, all with a motive to want him gone, and it is up to Em to figure out who the murder ...more
Jun 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Disappointed. Yes, I love the forensic geology and the digressions on how Colorado is made, and the plot is promising, but although the long parts of working through a love obsession, through AA, and the lovely benefits of love make it a human story, those parts also take over--to the point where I could not tell you who the actual murderers (except for one) are or how the whole case wound up. I'll keep reading Em Hansen mysteries because I've read one great one and this not-so-great one, and wi ...more
Jun 23, 2013 rated it liked it
A body has been found buried in a gravel pit and a wall of gravel has fallen on it. Forensic geologist Em Hansen of the Utah Geological Survey is called in to help with the murder.

The body is horribly disfigured but Em recognizes a tattoo on the body and identifies him as Afton McWain, a well-known geologist from Colorado.

Andrews is an expert on geology, and the book has a lot of interesting and informative information. The mystery is well written and her descriptions are very vivid. I did not r
Marya Pezzano
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
A good read. I liked the mystery. The women characters were enjoyable, strong, funny. The story read quickly. The info on geology was enlightening. And it had a good surprise ending. I felt at times I was learning too much of a lesson I wasn't looking for when it came to all the geology, and too much morality, but it didn't discourage me from the story. I think I would chance another in the series.
Jul 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I've missed Em Hansen. It was good to catch up on her next-to-latest. She's smart and engaging. I care about both the mystery and the developments in her personal life. Sarah Andrews doesn't pull punches on the geology. You get an education and a good story.
Emily Schnabl
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
The strongest Em Hansen outing I've read so far. Em's growth as a character has significant improved the last two books of this series. The water issues, for any of us who live in the West, are a real and present danger, and much more haunting than the murders.
Leslie Conner
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Good characters, learn a few things about dirt and fossils. A mystery with strong geology slant, and funny female protagonist.
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Everyone in Colorado should read this!! Great explanations on Denver and Douglas County's water situation and why we're all screwed if we keep building here!! Plus there's a great who dunnit
Geologist who writes murder mysteries = YAY!
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Shelves: keepers
The tenth Em Hansen book, bought new at Cultura
Feb 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I learn so much from these books!
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Sarah Andrews is a geologist who writes mystery novels about a geologist.

She currently lives in northern California and invests her free time on community pursuits and flying, skiing, and sailing with her husband and son.

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