Murder Once Removed
(An Ancestor Detective Mystery)
by S. C. Perkins
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.
Murder Once Removed is the first mystery in what appears to be a promising series!
Lucy is a genealogist who finds herself in the middle of a present day murder mystery. What first appeared to be a pretty normal job becomes a lot more. Who knew a murder mystery from the past would figure into a present-day murder? Perkins gives her readers a great cozy mystery with great characters and even a bit of a romance! What could be better than that?
I loved Lucy. She is smart and has a great sense of humor. Ben, her possible love interest, is just as likeable as she is. They really do complement one another, and their banter is just too cute! The secondary characters, like Lucy’s friends, as well as other townspeople really do add dimension to the story itself.
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. Perkins gives us a great insight into it which made the book even more interesting. If you are looking for a great mystery with great characters, you can’t go wrong with this one. Once you begin, you will be amazed at how quickly you are finished. I’m really looking forward to future books in this series!
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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