Beneath the Soil: A Suzie Fewings genealogical mystery

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Genealogy-enthusiast Suzie Fewings and her family are on a family-history trip to Saddlers Wood Farm when they hear a gunshot ringing out. The local farmer and his wife, Philip and Eileen, seem strangely agitated and upset, and direct them to a ruined cottage in the wood . . . where Suzie gets the strangest feeling she’s being watched. Two days later, they hear that Eileen has been shot dead and her husband arrested.

Suzie is convinced there is more to this than meets the eye, ...

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Overview

Genealogy-enthusiast Suzie Fewings and her family are on a family-history trip to Saddlers Wood Farm when they hear a gunshot ringing out. The local farmer and his wife, Philip and Eileen, seem strangely agitated and upset, and direct them to a ruined cottage in the wood . . . where Suzie gets the strangest feeling she’s being watched. Two days later, they hear that Eileen has been shot dead and her husband arrested.

Suzie is convinced there is more to this than meets the eye, and she and her family investigate. But the police seem uninterested in their findings, and Suzie soon begins to feel as if wherever she goes there is someone watching her . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/28/2014
Sampson’s sixth mystery featuring English genealogist Suzie Fewings (after 2012’s The Overlooker) proves a rather tepid family affair. Suzie’s husband, Nick; 15-year-old daughter Millie; and 19-year-old son Tom are all drawn into a murder at bucolic Saddlers Wood, where Suzie goes to research a 19th-century ancestor of hers, Richard Day. Soon after reaching Saddlers Wood, they hear a gunshot, then meet farmer Philip Caseley carrying a shotgun. After a tense exchange with Philip, they have a separate, equally awkward conversation with his wife, Eileen, who directs them along a bramble-filled path to the ruined cottage where Richard once lived. Soon afterward, the Fewings learn that Eileen has been shot dead and Philip is being questioned. Revisiting the cottage, Suzie and Tom discover a possible clue—a survey nail—but their interference in the case displeases Chief Det. Insp. Alice Brewer. The plot bogs down into repetition until a family member is endangered, leading to an unsurprising conclusion. Agent: Pollinger Limited (U.K.). (June)
Booklist
A good choice for genealogists and cozy lovers.”
Library Journal
06/01/2014
Fewing family members get in over their heads when Suzie's latest genealogical field trip takes them to a remote farmhouse one weekend. Startlingly, the woman who resided at the farm turns up murdered a few days later. Suzie can't let go of the idea that the victim seemed terrified when they saw her; she takes ownership of her instincts and returns to the scene of the crime for more of a look-see. Once involved, the Fewings learn that the victim's property has some mineral potential. When the geologist whom Nick, Suzie's husband, met turns up dead, too, the Fewings hope the authorities realize someone dangerous is afoot. VERDICT Sampson's sixth series entry (after The Overlooker) is a bit thin initially, but the family uncover some surprising secrets about the land, ratcheting up the suspense. Genealogy buffs will appreciate how the protagonist's inherent curiosity about her past morphs into amateur detecting. Low-key, almost cozy, and great for readers who enjoy family ensemble casts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780727883735
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2014
  • Series: A Suzie Fewings Genealogical Series , #6
  • Edition description: First World Publication
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,063,005
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Fay Sampson now lives in Devon, after many years abroad. As a keen genealogist, she has traced some of her ancestors to before the Norman Conquest, and is constantly adding to her tree.

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