Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Murder Once Removed by S.C. Perkins
Lucy Lancaster won't let go when she's on a hunt for ancestry. She endangers herself and others who have clues to a death that took place in 1849 in Texas. Gus Halloran, patriarch of one of Texas' most powerful families, hires Lucy to trace his family lineage. While doing research, she finds a photograph of Seth Halloran's body, and the photographer's confession that he lied to hide the murder on behalf o another powerful family. While Lucy narrows the killer down to one of two families, Gus announces at a press conference that an ancestor of a Texas senator killed Seth.
For once in her life, Lucy had drank a little too much at the luncheon celebrating the successful search for lineage. She wasn't able to prevent Halloran's announcement. Now, she finds she also can't prevent the break-ins that resulted when someone didn't like Lucy's discoveries. Lucy feels guilty about the break-ins, but it's the murder of her mentor, and the dismissive attitude of an FBI agent that cause her to turn amateur sleuth.
Lucy Lancaster is an appealing intelligent amateur sleuth, who bases her conclusions on her research. Her office mates, long-time friends, are also strong, supportive women. There's an excellent supporting cast, a little sexual tension, a combination of a cold case and a current one, along with some Texas history in the book. The intricately plotted story is a strong, enjoyable mystery debut.
S.C. Perkins' website is www.SCPerkins.com
Murder Once Removed by S.C. Perkins. Minotaur Books, 2019. ISBN 9781250189035 (hardcover), 336p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I received the book to review for a journal.