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Martha Stevens-David Review: "A Cry from the Dust" by Carrie Stuart Parks
By Martha Stevens-David
Sep 7, 2014 - 12:12:37 AM

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Upon receiving a list of books for possible review from my editor, upon seeing the title "A Cry from the Dust" and the associated publicity material, I was immediately intrigued.

The publicity material states that the main character Gwen Marcey was tops in her forensic art field and after some personal problems started a new life in a temporary job in which she had to reconstruct the faces of three intact bodies that were discovered from the wagon train massacre of more than 120 people by Mormon fanatics calling themselves Avenging Angels. (Read More) The material also said that the author Carrie Stuart-Parks has spent the past two decades teaching law enforcement personnel across the USA how to catch killers, sexual predators and other unsavory characters on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list.

Having been a lover of mystery stories all of my life, starting with the "Nancy Drew" stories as a child, I couldn't wait to get this book.

Not only does this book hold you mesmerized from the very beginning, it keeps you interested until the very end. I found that the author, Carrie Stuart Parks, certainly knew her stuff. She was able to insert the main characters into the storyline in such a way that the reader feels as though he/she is right there and part of the story.

I found the author's ability to introduce the history of the "Mormon" religion while including her story, to be very educational and interesting and I finished her book feeling that I had spent my time in a "learning" situation.

Would I recommend this story to others? YES!!

Martha Stevens-David.
Martha Stevens-David Column Magic City

Carrie Stuart-Parks is an award winning fine artist, internationally known forensic artist and the author of the new thriller A CRY FROM THE DUST (Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson Publishing), about a renowned forensic artist much like herself. Find out more at

"A Cry from the Dust"
by Carrie Stuart Parks
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Published August 12, 2014
ISBN-10: 1401690432
ISBN-13: 978-1401690434

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