Murder Once Removed (An Ancestor Detective Mystery)

 by S. C. Perkins

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Murder Once Removed
(An Ancestor Detective Mystery)
by S. C. Perkins

About the Book 

Murder Once Removed (An Ancestor Detective Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Minotaur Books (March 19, 2019)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1250189039
ISBN-13: 978-1250189035
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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MY REVIEW – Five Stars

Murder Once Removed is the first in S. C. Perkins’ Ancestry Detective series, and I definitely hope there will be more.

The details of ancestry research, the places a person needs to go (online or in person) to discover centuries-old facts, and the persistence it takes to interview, dig, and put together the jigsaw pieces of a family’s background are both amazing and fascinating. For this feat alone, I would praise Perkins’ new series. (Frankly I would love for protagonist, Lucy Lancaster to search back in my own family tree!)

But there is also an old mystery, a present-day murder, a few violent attacks, threats, and thefts, as well as a couple testy politicians and a hunky, chameleon-like FBI agent for 30-something Texas genealogist Lucy Lancaster to deal with.  Good thing she has some loyal friends and the tenacity of super glue to aid her.

When two present-day politicians start what could be called a Hatfields and McCoys feud over a mysterious murder that took place in the early 1800’s – and all because of Lucy’s research – the intrepid genealogist puts her life and limb at risk to figure it all out, especially when one of those best friends is murdered because of her.

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! The denouement of the last chapter is also very satisfying, where the final hidden truths are revealed and the whole multi-generational family tree is put in order.

I highly recommend the book, especially to genealogical buffs, but all others will enjoy this unique kind of “detective” book.  For those who get lost in relationship charts, Perkins put a page in the front of the book to show just how 8 generations of family members are related. (Her protagonist also explains this to one of her friends in the book.)

Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book for review from the publisher


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2 thoughts on “Murder Once Removed (An Ancestor Detective Mystery)

  1. Thank you for your review on “Murder Once Removed” by S. C. Perkins and for being part of the book tour.

    Sounds like a fabulous book and one that I would love the opportunity to read.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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