Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Cry from the Dust by Carrie Stuart Parks

Submitted for reader Kaye

The author has spun a modern day mystery involving the history of the Mormon Church, starting with a wagon train massacre in 1857 in Mountain Meadows, Utah. One hundred forty unarmed men, women and children of the Mormon faith were murdered by a band of militant Mormons calling themselves the “Avenging Angels.”

Gwen Marcey, the main character, is a forensic artist that is hired to reconstruct the faces of three victims from the massacre that have been unearthed centuries later. Because of her reconstruction, several people die, her reconstructions are destroyed and the project is shut down. Gwen is fired because her employer believes she initiated the disturbance that destroyed the exhibit. The exhibit was to be used in a ceremony that would be attended by many influential heads of the Mormon Church.

Gwen is then commissioned by the FBI, she believes, to do this reconstruction in time for the ceremony. In her research, Gwen discovers whose skull she has reconstructed, and why the wagon train was attached. This discovery doesn’t agree with some of the Mormon Church history.
Gwen discovers a plot to change the leadership of the Mormon Church by killing many of the leaders at the ceremony by a bomb. The bomb is one she has unwittingly made in her reconstruction of the faces. Many from the FBI, sheriffs and law enforcement are also Mormons, so Gwen does not know who she can trust.

I could not put this book down, as I had to see how it was going to end. I look forward to reading more stories with Gwen Marcey as the heroine! Great book!

-Submitted by Georgette Kaye Carroll
September 8, 2014

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