CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Grave Matters

Author: Max Allan Collins
Pocket Books
RRP 6.99, US $6.99, Cdn $10.50
ISBN 0 7434 9575 6
Available 04 October 2004

Rebecca Bennett, the estranged stepdaughter of a well-to-do Las Vegas businessman, is hounding the Las Vegas Police Department to reopen the investigation into her mother Rita's death - alleging that, despite appearances to the contrary, Rebecca's greedy stepfather actually played a hand in Rita Bennett's untimely end. But no one is prepared for the news that CSI's Gil Grissom, Sara Sidle, and Nick Stokes report - their investigation is inconclusive... because the disinterred deceased is not Rita Bennett. Meanwhile, at the Sunny Day Continuing Care Facility, Catherine Willows and Warrick Brown must investigate the sudden demise of Vivian Elliot - a patient whose death may be the result of unnatural causes....

Max Allan Collins weaves another intricate CSI tale in Grave Matters. This time the Las Vegas crime lab are called upon to examine the death of the wife of a rich businessman. Despite what appears to be a fairly cut and dry case, the dead woman's daughter is convinced that foul play was involved.

This book is a little more meatier than the previous two CSI: Miami books published by the author - as though Collins is more at home on this series. While his previous books have been entertaining enough, this story really hits home as a job well done.

Unlike the previous CSI: Miami books, Grave Matters would probably work well as a stand alone TV episode. The characters' dialogue is believable and you can well imagine each actor speaking the lines Collins gives them.

Fans of the TV series will certainly appreciate Collins's work on Grave Matters. Lets hope that future books are up to the same high standard.

Pete Boomer

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