Murder Once Removed–review

This is the first book in the brand new series released in March by S.C. Perkins. It’s called the Ancestry Detective series, and after reading what all is involved in completely tracing someone’s family history, I do agree that the genealogist has to be part detective. This took place in Texas, so of course the two families at odds with each other reminded me of the Ewings and the Barnes families from TV’s old Dallas series. I’m anxious to read the next one.

My Goodreads review:

Murder Once RemovedMurder Once Removed by S.C. Perkins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an exciting beginning for the Ancestry Detective series. While I don’t do genealogy myself, I can appreciate when someone looks up family trees and ancestors. I definitely had no idea just how much work was entailed. It was interesting to see how Lucy went about her research and when she got interested in the death of a man in 1849, I definitely wanted to know how that connected to the current day conflicts between two families, one of which was a senator’s family. The other was her wealthy client. I could see how her loyalty could be torn between the two as she worked to find out the truth behind the 1849 man Seth’s murder. The two battling families reminded me a little bit of the Ewings and the Barnes families in the old Dallas show. Gus definitely made me think of J.R. and the senator could easily have been good ole Cliff Barnes.

The showdown with the killer was kind of a nail biter, because I didn’t really see how Lucy could get herself out of this mess. Her condo manager’s cat NPH (Neil Patrick Housecat who became dubbed Herocat) had something cool to do with it as well as Lucy’s own quick thinking. I liked how her annoyance with FBI Agent Ben Turner turned to a sort of friendship and maybe even more than that in coming books. He did seem to tolerate her fairly well, even though just like every amateur sleuth she had her too-daring moments that made him worry. I’m anxious to keep reading in this series!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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