Sunday, March 04, 2007
Death and the Family Tree
Patricia Sprinkle starts a new mystery series with the engrossing Death and the Family Tree. When Katharine Murray inherits a necklace and a diary, her investigation into their history puts her home, her security, and her own sense of herself in jeopardy.
As Katharine researches the background of the Austrian village where the ancient necklace and the diary might have originated, she attracts unwanted attention. Can she even trust an old friend who is now a history professor who shows an unhealthy interest in both items? What about her niece, who spends too much time with an employee of a right-wing Atlanta family? Even the head of that family is interested in the necklace.
Katharine's search into the diary's history takes her to an interest in her family history and genealogy. Suddenly she finds shocking secrets that she never guessed. As in the recent Rett MacPherson book, Died In the Wool, family secrets lead to tragedy.
At forty-six, Katharine Murray is facing a lonely life, with a husband off on business, two grown children, and the final loss of aging relatieves. But, she's been forced to stand on her own for years, and the threats to her life may scare her, but she's still determined to dig into the past. Death and the Family Tree is a satisfying introduction to the Family Tree mystery series.
Patricia Sprinkle's website is www.patriciasprinkle.com
Death and the Family Tree by Patricia Sprinkle. Avon Books, ©2006, ISBN 9780060819682 (paperback), 348p.