Nineteen-year-old Jenna Blake has been through enough drama in the past year since she started her freshman year at Somerset University, so making it to her sophomore year is definitely a blessing. Jenna's father is happier than ever, for he has finally married Shayna, a wonderful Professor who works alongside her father at the University, just in a separate field. Unfortunately, just as the happy couple is about to ride off into the sunset, they are surprised with a fabulous wedding luncheon, that carries a great deal of baggage along with it. Suddenly guests at the luncheon begin experiencing very peculiar symptoms, and a Dean ends up dead. As if that weren't bad enough, Shayna ends up paralyzed - unable to move, speak, or even open her eyes. But those attending the wedding luncheon aren't the only ones who have fallen victim to the mysterious illness. In fact, there are plenty more. Suddenly the virus is attacking various students at Somerset, and employees of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are sweeping the campus. Now the only thing left for Jenna and the rest of the ME's team is to put the pieces together and figure out what is truly going on.
I adore the BODY OF EVIDENCE series, and love to read about Jenna's adventures. THROAT CULTURE hits a very strong point with me since many people are currently worried about biological warfare, and that's exactly what this book discusses throughout it's many chapters. Jenna, as you can always expect, is her normal Nancy Drew self, getting herself into trouble everywhere she goes. Die-hard fans will be excited to see the relationship between Danny Mariano and Jenna - that has kept us on the edge of our seats for years - take a new turn. One that is surprising and exciting at the same time. A must read book for anyone who has followed the series since book one.
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