Dead Ringer is the first book in Susan Sleeman’s latest series, Truth Seekers, which centers around the scientists at the Portland-based Veritas Center. Dead Ringer tells the story of Emory Steele and how she must work with an out-of-town sheriff to track down a missing woman before kidnapping turns into murder.

Sheriff Blake Jenkins is determined to find Caitlyn Abbott, reportedly kidnapped from her home in Cold Harbor, Oregon. But when he meets DNA scientist Dr. Emory Steele, he discovers she’s a dead ringer for the missing woman. Did Emory stage her own kidnapping or will science uncover long-held family secrets?


Emory Steele loves her job at the Veritas Center, where she specializes in studying and comparing DNA. She works long hours, as do her fellow partners, but Emory has another reason: she was recently attacked in her car by her former boyfriend. Now she hates riding in cars or even walking outside at night. Is she willing to overcome these fears to find the missing woman who looks just like her?

As with Susan Sleeman’s other work, Dead Ringer will keep you reading from start to finish. It mixes suspense, mystery, and romance while telling an engaging story. It also lets readers peek into the amazing world of DNA testing and ancestry research. If you’re looking for a fast-paced read with clean romance and lots of mystery, Dead Ringer is for you.

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