The Dinah Harris Trilogy: “The Shadowed Mind” by Julie Cave

Having lost her career as an FBI agent but gained her sobriety, Dinah Harris is ready to begin her new career:  as a private consultant.  With the a shady senator keeping his eye on her while she tracks a serial killer, Dinah is challenged to stop the man killing society’s most undesirables – before his aim settles on her.

Peace does not yet reign supreme in Dinah’s mind.  Although she desperately wants the new life she has found in Jesus, she isn’t sure yet how to make that happen.  Staying sober continues to be a struggle even as she hates the part of her that craves alcohol, and thus makes her a target for the eugenics killer.

Eugenics, defined by www.dictionary.com as the practice of improving the human race by discouraging the reproduction of people with defects, is a main theme of this book.  The history of eugenics in America – yes, America! – plays a large role in solving this case.  Like in Deadly Disclosures, the information is passed to the reader from experts consulted throughout the investigation.  Because the information trickled through the suspects as new evidence was revealed, it flowed naturally.

Dinah Harris is one of my new favorite characters.  Her enthusiastic desire to create a new life for herself is inspiring, and she tackles each mystery with bulldog tenacity.  If I needed her superior investigative skills, I’d want her on the case.

The Shadowed Mind is a realistic suspense with a clear view of how easily we humans can lose sight of kindness and good will when we take our minds off of the One who created them.  A cut above your ordinary mystery, this book is not merely 200 pages of mysterious fluff but the well-crafted work of an educated, inspirational author.

I received a free copy of The Shadowed Mind from Julie Cave in exchange for an honest review.  The opinions are my own.

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