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Posted March 28, 2011
1st in genealogist mystery series is gritty and compelling
The Blood Detective by Dan Waddell is the first book in a new mystery series starring London genealogist Nigel Barnes. Barnes has recently returned to his work as a family history researcher after an unsuccessful attempt to become a university professor. He's frustrated at the lack of work within the occupation until hired by police detective Grant Foster and his partner Heather Jenkins to discover the meaning behind a code carved into the body of a murdered body found in a churchyard. The code refers to a record at the Family Records Centre which Barnes discovers traces back to a murderer known as the Kensington Killer who stabbed five men to death in 1879. As Foster, Jenkins, and Barnes investigate the 1879 case, they quickly discover that the current victims are tied to that century old case. Who would have thought that Waddell could take the dusty hobby of genealogy and turned it into an exciting and completely thrilling murder mystery. He uses the past to good effect as each person associated with the case has a secret in their own history. The writing is gritty, believable, and thoroughly compelling. Waddell gets extra points from me for laying out the clues for readers so I knew the motive and murderer before the main characters. I will definitely be following up on this series.
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Posted December 20, 2010
A surprisingly good read
Who would have thought that genealogy could make such an interesting basis for a mystery. Of course, the writing is excellent, too. I was suprised to learn that it was written by a former tabloid journalist. I truly enjoyed this book. Can't wait to try his second one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.