Bleeding Through by Sandra Parshall
A Rachel Goddard Mystery (Rachel Goddard Mysteries)

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When veterinarian Rachel Goddard and Deputy Sheriff Tom Bridger take teenagers on an outing to clean up roadside trash in rural Mason County, Virginia, they make a grisly discovery: the plastic-wrapped body of a young woman. One teen peers at the face through the plastic and screams. The dead girl is her sister, Shelley, a law student who has been missing for a month.

As Tom launches a murder investigation, Rachel copes with a visit from her own sister, Michelle, who is terrified that a man is stalking her. Michelle insists she’s receiving threatening calls and someone has invaded her office in the Washington, DC, area. Her own husband doubts her. Although Michelle is a psychologist, she has always been emotionally fragile, and she reverts to her childhood dependence on Rachel, stirring up memories Rachel wants to forget. Soon it becomes clear that the mysterious stalker is real and dangerous and has followed Michelle to Mason County. Now he’s turning his attention to Rachel too.

Tom pursues the stalker at the same time he investigates Shelley’s murder. Was it random, or was she killed because she was working to prove that a Mason County man was wrongly convicted of murder? Relatives of his supposed victim were enraged by Shelley’s efforts to free a man they believe is guilty. Did they kill her to stop her? But what if she was right? If an innocent man was convicted, one person would have the strongest motive to silence Shelley: the real murderer.

As Tom closes in on Shelley’s killer, the stalker makes his move against Rachel.

About Sandra Parshall

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Sandra Parshall is the author of the Rachel Goddard mysteries: The Heat of the Moon (Agatha Award winner), Disturbing the Dead, Broken Places, Under the Dog Star, and Bleeding Through. A former newspaper reporter, she lives in the Washington, DC, area.
Published September 2, 2012 by Poisoned Pen Press. 313 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Veterinarian Rachel Goddard and her boyfriend, Deputy Sheriff Tom Bridger, are supervising a group of teens cleaning trash when they find the body of a law student reported missing months ago in northern Virginia.

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Parshall’s satisfying fifth Rachel Goddard mystery (after 2011’s Under the Dog Star) finds the northern Virginia veterinarian living with her beau, Deputy Sheriff Tom Bridger, and dealing with a case that literally hits too close to home.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

The actions of Michelle’s stalker closely echo those of the man who tried to kill Rachel.

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Nights and Weekends

While they’re out picking up trash along the highways with some high school students, local veterinarian Rachel Goddard and Sheriff Tom Bridger discover a body beneath an old mattress.

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Spinetingler Magazine

Now, Rachel’s psychologist sister, Michelle, announces that she needs to see Rachel immediately because a stalker in her own life has her feeling threatened: her office has been broken into, and she is receiving frequent e-mails, phone calls and notes from him, and she feels unsafe in her own ho...

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