For The Reconstruction, I described the crime in a prologue set five years prior to the rest of the story. This seemed appropriate because to do a forensic facial reconstruction, a forensic sculptor needs a skeleton to work on. It usually takes a while to turn a dead body into a skeleton. So you see what happens and learn a little about the victim and the perpetrators at the very beginning. Then you watch Jessica and Adam do their best to figure out the victim’s identity, learn what happened to her, and catch whoever did it.
What do you think of this approach to a mystery? Have you read other books in this genre before that you would recommend?