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    Review of BIRTHRIGHT by Nora Roberts (see her website)

    G. P. Putnam's Sons, March 2003

    When a 5,000-year-old skull is unearthed at a housing development on Antietem Creek, archeologist Callie Dunbrook is called in to organize an extensive dig. But not everyone supports the dig, which has halted construction and taken away local jobs. Soon Callie is up to her ears in trouble--threats, then murder.

    If that weren't enough trouble, Callie's anthropologist ex-husband, Jake Graystone, is also hired to work the site. And she's being stalked by a woman who claims Callie is her long-lost daughter, kidnapped at three months and sold in a black-market baby scam.

    You can always count on author Nora Roberts (see more reviews of novels by Roberts) for a solid, emotional read, and Birthright is that. The murder mystery was intriguing, though there was, in my opinion, absolutely no clues that lead to the real murderer. The details about archeology and anthropology give the story a sense of credibility. However, the lead characters are impossibly gorgeous, smart, and perfect. Callie and Jake are in their late twenties--ridiculously young to be considered experts in any scientific field. Their sense of history--their memories of prior digs and what-not--would have fit better on characters ten years older.

    Still, a pleasant read.

    Three Stars

    Reviewed 2/08/04

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