Roadside Crosses by Jeffery Deaver

Roadside Crosses (Kathryn Dance Series #2)Roadside Crosses. Finished 8-26-14, rating 3.75/5, mystery, pub. 2009

Unabridged audio 16 hours. Read by Michele Pawk.

Book 2 of the Kathryn Dance series. (Book 1)

Kathryn Dance, kinesics expert with the California Bureau of Investigation, made her first appearance in the Lincoln Rhyme series (Cold Moon) and then started her own series with The Sleeping Doll.  She is caught up in a string of nasty crimes that culminate with roadside crosses being left before the crime is committed nearby.  It all seems to stem from a blog post and the comments section. (Oh, to have such power!)  As she tries to track down all those who made a comment blaming a maybe innocent teen, she spends less time reading body language and more time relying on help from tech experts.  I think that’s what made this less enjoyable than the other two books with Dance.  This became a good mystery, but little to set it apart from other good mysteries.

This book was interesting from a blogger’s perspective since it showcased blogs, websites, social media and virtual gaming.  Deaver likes to educate on a given topic and when this was written in 2009 it probably was more cutting edge than today.  Still, for those three people still offline, this would be eye-opening.  It is a cautionary tale about how much of our lives and ourselves we put online for the world (strangers whose motives we don’t know) to see.  The longer I blog and comment the less I am aware of the lurking evil so this was a nice refresher for me 🙂

I like Dance and will read her next book, but I hope she uses more of her skills in reading people.

This was from my personal library.