For those of you still looking for fun “beach reads” for the last week-end of summer, here are a few options that combine mystery, romance and genealogy.
Torie O’Shea mysteries (11) by Rett MacPherson
Family Skeletons is the first of 11 mystery books in this series. The main character, Victory O’Shea, is the resident historian, genealogist, and tour guide for the town of New Kassel, Missouri.
Suzie Fewings mysteries (4) by Fay Sampson
In the first book, In the Blood, English genealogist Suzie Fewing discovers an ancestor with the same name as her son, but her happiness turns to dismay when she finds out that the man had killed his rector, and she is frightened that her son Tom is following in his footsteps after he is questioned in the death of his girlfriend.
The Family tree series (3) by Patricia Houck Sprinkle
Death on the Family Tree is the first in this series. After her Aunt Lucy dies, Katharine Murray discovers her aunt’s possessions, and her search to find out about the artifacts leads to the discovery of the murder of Lucy’s brother, the theft of the objects, and the prime suspect’s murder.
For more serious reads, try:
Only a Few Bones, by noted genealogist John Philip Colletta
A true story of the tragic death of five young people in the Mississippi Delta during Reconstruction
Isle of Canes by noted genealogist Elizabeth Shown Mills
Isle of Canes is the epic account of a multi-racial family in Louisiana that, over four generations and more than 150 years, rose from the chains of slavery to rule the Isle of Canes.
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