A Grave Calling by Wendy Roberts is the first book in the NEW “Bodies of Evidence” mystery series. Publisher: Carina Press, June 5, 2017

There had been no attempt to bury the dead girl, naked except for the white ribbon tied to her wrist

Twenty-five-year-old Julie Hall has a unique ability: when she takes up a dowsing rod, she finds not water but bodies. To Julie, it’s a curse, not a gift, and one she rarely uses—she prefers her quiet life in a trailer, with her grandfather and her dog for company. But when FBI agent Garrett Pierce shows up at her door seeking help with a case, she has no choice but to assist with their search.

Three girls are still missing. The killer is still out there. As bodies are discovered and more girls disappear, the case becomes almost more than Julie can bear. And when the killer turns his sights toward her, even her growing relationship with the protective Agent Garrett may not be enough to save her.

A serial killer is on the loose and the FBI seeks the unique skills of Julie Hall and thus began this fast-paced and hauntingly mysterious drama that pulled me immediately that I could not put down until the last sentence was read. The pacing was on par with the tempo of this story as each chapter took me deeper into the mindset of the main protagonist and the turmoil that surrounded her as she fought for her sanity and the innocent victim of the nefarious doings of the serial killer.

The author staged this tale with narrative that was visually descriptive placing me in the middle of all that was happening on the pages. This mystery was filled with suspense, intrigue and trepidation and my heart palpitated with thump, thump, thump as it became clear that who I thought was the killer was not and then the author revealed the killer’s identity and OMG, I did not see that one coming. That scene just blew me away.

The lead protagonist is flawed and vulnerable and yet that gives her the strength to prevail through what life has handed her. I enjoyed my time spent with Julie and the supporting cast of characters that kept me engaged in all aspects of this story. I look forward to reading the next book in this captivating series.

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FTC Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

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