Earth Colors

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Macmillan, Dec 28, 2004 - Fiction - 368 pages
3 Reviews
Paint By Murder
Unemployed professional geologist and sometime FBI consultant, Em Hansen desperately needs work. So when her best friend Faye tells her that she knows someone who could use Em's expertise as a geologist to authenticate a painting, she jumps at the prospect. The painting is by the famous painter of the American West, Frederic Remington, and Em's client has had it in his family for years. But he believes it's a fake and wants Em to use her forensic skills to analyze the pigments to prove it. Since pigments are just ground-up minerals, it's a perfect task for a geologist like Em.

Although Em doesn't quite trust Faye's friend, she sets aside her doubts and takes the case. Following the painting's trail takes her from Wyoming to Utah to Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, and then it takes an unexpected sinister twist, putting Em on the trail of a murderer too. Suddenly she's the only one who can find out what's going on in time to save several lives, including her own.

"Intriguing."--Publishers Weekly

"Compulsively readable." -Houston Chronicle on Fault Line
  

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Review: Earth Colors (Em Hansen Mystery #9)

User Review  - Emily Schnabl - Goodreads

I think this is one of the strongest Em Hansen outings yet, mostly because the main character is finally (finally!) getting her act together. (It's one thing to have a flawed main character, but ... Read full review

Review: Earth Colors (Em Hansen Mystery #9)

User Review  - Rose Zamy - Goodreads

Started slow for me. . . I'm less interested in romantic entanglements. And Em seems so confused. But once we got into the pigments and chemistry with the delightful old geezers, I was hooked. Plan to read the other 8. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
12
Section 3
21
Section 4
36
Section 5
41
Section 6
48
Section 7
61
Section 8
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Section 17
158
Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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About the author (2004)

Sarah Andrews, a professional geologist and licensed pilot, is the recipient of four awards for her writing, including the American Association of Petroleum Geologists' Journalism Award and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers' James Shea Award. When not writing or teaching at Sonoma State University, she likes to draw with pastels plein air in Northern California's wine country, where she lives with her husband and son. Together they enjoy blue-water sailing, skiing, and exploring the West in their 1965 Beechcraft Baron.

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