Murder Once Removed
(An Ancestor Detective Mystery)
by S. C. Perkins
Several elements blend together to make a very entertaining and complex read overall – lots of local color and history around Austin, Texas, the field of genealogy, a cold case, and a strong lead character in Lucy Lancaster.
~The Power of Words
I’m turning the pages and unable to put it down!
~My Reading Journeys
Intertwining mysteries in both the past and present keep the twists coming, the tension high, and the pages turning . . . This was such a remarkable debut to what sounds like a promising series!
~That’s What She’s Reading
Who knew that Genealogy could be so deadly dangerous, I am not sure if this makes me want to track down my family history or not!
~A Wytch’s Book Review Blog
. . .it was a thrilling ride. I love this type of stuff and truly connected with the characters and the investigation.
~This Is My Truth Now
The characters are quirky and well-rounded. The plot is excellent and the genealogy angle adds a nice unique touch to it.
Murder Once Removed by S.C. Perkins was a great novel that kept me entertained until the last page.
~Baroness’ Book Trove
I started reading the book and fell in love with the story. I enjoyed the way the author mixed genealogy, history, mystery and a little humor all in one story.
~A. Holland Reads
Murder Once Removed is a clever whodunnit mystery that left me guessing until the next-to-the-last chapter. Wow! Who would’ve thunk it was THAT person!
~Here’s How It Happened
The mystery is multi-layered with a list of suspects and twists and turns that will keep you guessing. Not only did I enjoy the mystery itself, but I loved the genealogy as well.
~Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews
The historical mystery that affects the present is well-plotted and an intriguing premise all the way around.
~Reading is My SuperPower
Murder Once Removed is unique for cozy mysteries . . . an enticing new cozy mystery that will appeal to the history and genealogy enthusiasts.
~The Avid Reader
When I saw Murder Once Removed, come up for review, I jumped at the chance to dive into this book. And let me tell you, the water is f.i.n.e. The dialog is witty, the characters are solid and the genealogy tips are on the money.
About the Book
Murder Once Removed (An Ancestor Detective Mystery)
1st in Series
Minotaur Books (March 19, 2019)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Digital ASIN: B07D2BJ2JT
S.C. Perkins’ Murder Once Removed is the captivating first mystery in the Ancestry Detective series, in which Texas genealogist Lucy Lancaster uses her skills to solve murders in both the past and present.
Except for a good taco, genealogist Lucy Lancaster loves nothing more than tracking down her clients’ long-dead ancestors, and her job has never been so exciting as when she discovers a daguerreotype photograph and a journal proving Austin, Texas, billionaire Gus Halloran’s great-great-grandfather was murdered back in 1849. What’s more, Lucy is able to tell Gus who was responsible for his ancestor’s death.
Partly, at least. Using clues from the journal, Lucy narrows the suspects down to two nineteenth-century Texans, one of whom is the ancestor of present-day U.S. senator Daniel Applewhite. But when Gus publicly outs the senator as the descendant of a murderer—with the accidental help of Lucy herself—and her former co-worker is murdered protecting the daguerreotype, Lucy will find that shaking the branches of some family trees proves them to be more twisted and dangerous than she ever thought possible.
About the Author
S.C. Perkins is a fifth-generation Texan who grew up hearing fascinating stories of her ancestry and eating lots of great Tex-Mex, both of which inspired the plot of her debut mystery novel. Murder Once Removed was the winner of the 2017 Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery competition. She resides in Houston and, when she’s not writing or working at her day job, she’s likely outside in the sun, on the beach, or riding horses.
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