Secret Remains (Hardcover)

A Coroner's Daughter Mystery

By Jennifer Graeser Dornbush

Crooked Lane Books, 9781643851228

Publication Date: January 7, 2020

List Price: 26.99*
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A cold case murder, a grisly discovery, and a viper's nest of resentment, betrayal, and dirty secrets converge in this mystery perfect for fans of Kathy Reichs and Jayne Ann Krentz.

It's been 12 years since Sandi Parkman went missing after being dropped off at home by her schoolmate, Nick Larson, now the Sheriff of Freeport, Michigan. When a construction crew unearths Sandi's bones--along with Nick's letterman jacket and one of his hairs--Nick becomes suspect number one in the murder.

Dr. Emily Hartford, the daughter of Freeport's medical examiner, is called in to investigate, but the case is about to get personal. Nick was Emily's high school love, and now she has to either clear his name--or contend that he's the killer. As she delves into the case, a host of other suspects emerge: a coterie of Nick's jock friends from high school; Sandi's sister, Tiffany, now a dancer at a local strip club; and James VanDerMuellen, a trust funder who's recently returned to Freeport.

As the autumn skies darken over Freeport and the holiday season looms, Emily must sift through more than Sandi's brittle bones to solve the case. Can she exonerate Nick--and rekindle their long-smoldering romance? The race is on to find the truth.

About the Author

Jennifer Graeser Dornbush is herself the daughter of a medical examiner, whose office was in her home. She investigated her first fatality, an airplane crash, when she was 10 years old. Since that first case she has had decades of on-site experience in death investigation and 360 hours of forensic training through the Forensic Science Academy. Jennifer now uses these experiences to pen crime fiction for film and TV, with a feature film God Bless the Broken Road slated for release in 2018. She has consulted on shows such as Deception, Hawaii Five-O, Prison Break, Leverage, and more. Jennifer is also member of Sisters in Crime and hosts webinars on crime writing through Writer's Digest.

Praise For Secret Remains: A Coroner's Daughter Mystery

Praise for Secret Remains:
"Dornbush has artfully woven a great page-turner. Smartly written, artfully crafted—put this one at the top of your reading list!"
—Catherine Finger, award-winning author of the Jo Olive thrillers

“A twist no one will expect...the perfect ending to a case that becomes more complicated as each fact is revealed.”
New York Journal of Books

“Jennifer Graeser Dornbush has a winning series going. Here’s hoping to more of Emily and Nick and the town of Freeport.”
Red Carpet Crash

Praise for The Coroner:
"Dornbush's debut is an intense, riveting mystery... Readers of Lisa Black's books written as Elizabeth Becka will enjoy this tale."
—Library Journal starred review

"If you like small town mysteries, twisty reads or books written by Lisa Black or Patricia Cornwell, you'll love The Coroner."
—Karen Harper, New York Times bestselling author of Shallow Grave

"Fast-paced and riveting, The Coroner by Jennifer Dornbush is filled with surprises, authentic detail and memorable characters. Well done!"
—Carla Neggers, New York Times bestselling author of Theif's Mark

"Emily Hartford is strong and competent, vulnerable and kind...Add a twisty plot, romance, and family drama and the result is this satisfying first-in-a-series mystery."
—Dawn Eastman, national bestselling author of Unnatural Causes 

"A fast-paced, propulsive read filled with smart characters and all the forensic science we've come to love from her."
—Lynn Renee Maxcy, writer of The Handmaid's Tale Hulu series