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A Veiled Antiquity
     

A Veiled Antiquity

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by Rett MacPherson
 

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Torie O'Shea investigates the tangled roots of an ancient family tree.

Torie O'Shea-- genealogist and amateur sleuth-- is having a killer of a day. The town gossip spreads the word that her sweet wheelchair-bound mother is having an affair-- with the sheriff! Then quiet Marie Dijon is found dead at the foot of her basement stairs. Did she fall? Was she pushed?

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Torie O'Shea investigates the tangled roots of an ancient family tree.

Torie O'Shea-- genealogist and amateur sleuth-- is having a killer of a day. The town gossip spreads the word that her sweet wheelchair-bound mother is having an affair-- with the sheriff! Then quiet Marie Dijon is found dead at the foot of her basement stairs. Did she fall? Was she pushed? All Torie knows is that Marie had a family tree with royal roots completely foreign to a folksy Middle America town like New Kassel, Missouri. As foreign as, say...murder.

But nosiness in New Kassel is as native as the upcoming Oktoberfest. To Torie, the open door to Marie's house is more tempting than chocolate. Finding a hidden key and old documents in French make further investigating irresistible. But while juggling her growing suspicions, a hectic job at the historical society, two kids, and a sexy husband, Torie overlooks the obvious. Curiosity killed the cat. Someone killed Marie Dijon. And now Torie might know too much to live...

Editorial Reviews

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“Mark Twain seems reincarnated in the witty MacPherson, as she spins themes involving...secret pasts, nobility in disguise, and hidden treasure.” —Booklist

“A lively female sleuth...a satisfying climax...MacPherson is a good storyteller.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Missouri historical tour guide and genealogist Torie O'Shea (Family Skeletons, 1997) brings down-home sensibilities and acute insights into small-town life when she investigates the death of a reclusive woman whose body is found at the bottom of her basement steps. Although the woman was not a native of New Kassel, Torie is surprised at the lack of kinfolk at the funeral and at the woman's will, which states that no one outside the town can bid on her antiques-filled house. Poking into the woman's home while doing a little informal detecting, Torie finds a key and some old documents written in French taped to the underside of the kitchen table. She and the sheriff are stunned when the woman's documents appear to point to the identity of the famous man in the iron mask. What, they ask themselves, would someone in a small Missouri town be doing with such valuable letters? While it may be overreaching to pose the answer to that well-known French conundrum in a small middle-American town, MacPherson's genial exploration of village relationships and neighborly nuances carries its own raison d'tre. (June)
Library Journal
Torie O'Shea, who debuted in last year's Family Skeletons (LJ 3/1/97), suspects that a woman's fatal fall down some steps was not accidental, so she begins sleuthing. Charming, down-to-earth characters and gentle humor.
Kirkus Reviews
Welcome back to New Kassel, Missouri, where the citizens drink Dr. Pepper, go on hayrides, and flirt with their spouses—and where somebody has thrown Marie Dijon down her basement stairs, ransacked her grave, and run genealogist Victory O'Shea (Family Skeletons, 1997) off the road when her interest in the case gets a little too strong. Torie's convinced that the secret the grave-robber was looking for lay in the papers Torie filched (in a pricelessly unconvincing nocturnal visit with her two small children) from Marie's houseþpapers that tie Marie's death not only to a local suicide in 1922, but back three hundred years to Louis XIV's Man in the Iron Mask. And she's willing to take on the most unlikely allies: the playfully hostile sheriff, who's now conducting an affair with Torie's wheelchair-bound mother (!), a translator who can help Torie with the labyrinthine French of Marie's letters, even the blustery town gossip, who sets a sublimely ingenuous trap for the killer by announcing in her newspaper column that Torie's sitting on the vital evidence. Fans of Joan Hess may find the odd chuckle in this warmhearted album. For readers less infatuated with small-town comedy, the big news is that the Man in the Iron Mask isn't Leonardo DiCaprio.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312292492
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Series:
Torie O'Shea Mysteries Series , #2
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,335,240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

Meet the Author

Rett MacPherson lives in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband, Joe, her two daughters, and her two cats.

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A Veiled Antiquity 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I did help you," she persuaded. (GTG BBT)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry for have ever wasted your time and sorry for thinking this would be a good rp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*he watched the commotion by a tree. He slid his hands in his black dress pants pockets*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Possibly," she ventured dubiously. "Worth a shot, eh?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grrrrr. Wish I was more actice here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got up and walked over, "the other relics" he concluded, remembering the dangerous objects.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A traveler appeared in the distance. Spotting the group, he waved his arms and slowly approached, the weight of his pack slowing him down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Come to "we will rise again" res1
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She walked over to the bar. The young teenager bought a bottle of wine and took her first sip of alc<_>ohol, ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Rules?) He pokes her. "Where have you rped before?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Seda, if rain has an issue with it he can deal with it when he returns. Until then, pipe down)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sits in the shadows in a tree overlooking the forest
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh. In that case, bye. I wanted to give it a try but the rules and ways here kind of killed it for me. No offence.)) While the boar is slow she walks in the opposite direction, hoping she will find a home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ggg
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Swings her swords around. (I could change her to be a villan.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Okay. I want to ask you if I can have these things. 1. Power over plants. 2. Ablity to talk to animals. 3. Ice arrows. You know, they freeze what ever they hit. 4. Two pet wovles. Named, Sunil, and Pepper. Thats it. So, I will wait for you to answer me.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thank seda for carrying me. I rest down on the ground in pain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She watched as her hands errupted into the flames, licking up her arms.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Everyone, please move to res 4! It's a multi-res book, and someone got locked out of this one. Thanks!) <p> He nods. "Yeah, same here."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great writer, and interesting subjects. She's a good genealogist, with a flair for solving murders in her little town on the Mississippi River, New Kassel. Her family, the townspeople and the subject matter are always interesting. I've read all her books, so now I am reading the ones that have come out on nook. Mary Otto
reddrose66 More than 1 year ago
Rett MacPherson makes these books enjoyable by making characters and places feel like real, especially if you know the area she is speaking about. Even though the towns names are not real, you can almost think of someplace that is just like what she is talking about. The people in the small towns in Missouri are just like she describes in the book. Great easy reading and I can not put her books down until I have finished them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago