Deadly Design: A Deadly Past Mystery

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What promises to be a perfect summer for Millie Kirchner—a chance to volunteer at the archaeology site at Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s secret retreat—turns ominous as first an archaeology intern and then Millie’s housemate are murdered. A secret involving a stolen ring ties the nearby mansion called Highgrove, possibly designed by Jefferson, to a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Exhaustive research leads Millie to discover that the deadly past holds the key to the murders in the ...

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Overview

What promises to be a perfect summer for Millie Kirchner—a chance to volunteer at the archaeology site at Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s secret retreat—turns ominous as first an archaeology intern and then Millie’s housemate are murdered. A secret involving a stolen ring ties the nearby mansion called Highgrove, possibly designed by Jefferson, to a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Exhaustive research leads Millie to discover that the deadly past holds the key to the murders in the continuation of this series that links the doings of a founding father to modern times.

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"A wealth of Virginia history. A rich and complex story . . . works on multiple levels. Mystery fans, history buffs and people who revere Mr. Jefferson will find it irresistible."  —Richmond Times-Dispatch

Richmond Times-Dispatch
A wealth of Virginia history . . . works on multiple levels. Mystery fans, history buffs and people who revere Mr. Jefferson will find it irresistible.
Library Journal
Hill's follow-up to Deadly Will revolves around Thomas Jefferson's secret retreat at Poplar Forest. At a nearby estate, which may have been designed by Jefferson, an assistant archaeologist is murdered, and history buff and amateur sleuth Millie Kirchner investigates. VERDICT The mystery gets lost in the excessive rumination over Jefferson's life and side trips to Virginia's tourist attractions. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 5/1/09.]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935421009
  • Publisher: Pemberley Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Deadly Past Mystery series
  • Pages: 329
  • Sales rank: 1,449,592
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Marion Moore Hill is the author of the Deadly Past Mystery and the Scrappy Librarian Mystery series and the inaugural winner of Whispering Willow mystery magazine's Dagger award. She lives in Durant, Oklahoma.

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  • Posted March 29, 2010

    Deadly Design

    Millie Kirchner, a lover of Jeffersonian history, snatches the opportunity to volunteer at Poplar Forest, the retreat which Jefferson also designed. She and her nine year old son are roommates with three other women, each of which has past baggage. A twice stolen ring completes the circuit between a roommate, a nearby mansion called Highgrove, and a member of the Lewis & Clark expedition. Millie's research not only answers the questions, but indicates that she is not the only one doing research into the matter and that time is of the essence. This is a laid back historical mystery. If you enjoy books with "meat" in them, then read this one!

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  • Posted August 9, 2009

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    entertaining amateur sleuth

    In 2002, single mom Millie Kirchner and her nine year old son Danny head to Lynchburg, Virginia where she is a volunteer at an archaeological site; the Poplar Forest, secret retreat of Thomas Jefferson. Her recently widowed friend Alice invited the mother to join the dig while Danny attends camp next door. The women met when they both found out they are heirs along with others to a trust fund set up two centuries ago by a Nathan Henry (see DEADLY WILL).

    However, after a near incident with a motorcycle driver whose recklessness reminded her of her ex Jack, she learns that archaeology intern Paige Oberlin was murdered. Soon after that roommate Cynthia flees as her unwanted former boyfriend Ted stalks her. Soon afterward someone kills another roommate Jill. Millie investigates finding ties back to the nearby Jeffersonian Era Highgrove mansion and Lewis and Clark; as she believes the early nineteenth century has the answers to the twenty-first century murders.

    This entertaining amateur sleuth mystery occurs in 2002, but has more of a feel of a historical tale as told by a tour guide; as much of the story line especially the musing of the amateur historians and the archeological professionals focuses Jefferson or the nearby attractions. Still though the whodunit takes a back seat, fans of cozies with a strong sense of location will enjoy Marian Moore Hill's fun guided tour of Jeffersonian Virginia.

    Harriet Klausner

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