Hidden Heritage

Overview

After a gruesome killing at the Carlton County, Kansas, livestock feedyard, Sheriff Sam Abbot, Undersheriff Lottie Albright, and her ranching husband deputy know their resources are over-stretched. Still, none of their team or neighboring law enforcement in Western Kansas welcomes the idea of a regional crime center.
Kansas Bureau of Investigation Agent Dimon suggests the murder may not be a simple local affair. Unconvinced, Lottie— still director of the historical society—calls...

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Overview

After a gruesome killing at the Carlton County, Kansas, livestock feedyard, Sheriff Sam Abbot, Undersheriff Lottie Albright, and her ranching husband deputy know their resources are over-stretched. Still, none of their team or neighboring law enforcement in Western Kansas welcomes the idea of a regional crime center.
Kansas Bureau of Investigation Agent Dimon suggests the murder may not be a simple local affair. Unconvinced, Lottie— still director of the historical society—calls for stories from families whose ancestors were part of groups colonizing Kansas. Doña Francisca Díaz is the ancient head of one such clan.
It turns out, Francisca’s great grandson Victor was the murder victim. Francisca, a fabled curandera with terribly damaged hands, insists she knows why Victor was killed. The key, she claims, is in ancient documents.
At Doña Francisca’s invitation, Lottie visits the Díaz’ property. In a drought-ridden area, the land is lush. Francisca wants Lottie to train as her heir. Reluctant yet fascinated, Lottie agrees.
Will Lottie be lost in this maze of magic? Does this family and its secret hold the key to murder and other terrible crimes?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/26/2013
At the start of Hinger’s slow-moving third Lottie Albright mystery (after 2011’s Lethal Lineage), Lottie, the undersheriff of Carlton County, Kans., receives an emergency call around 2:00 a.m. from the local feed yard. A corpse is floating in the cattle truck washout (aka the “shit pit”), where drivers unload the dirt and manure from their trailers. The dead man is soon identified as Victor Diaz, the feed yard’s foreman, who had no obvious reason to be there in the middle of the night. Lottie, who’s active in the local historical society, draws on her knowledge of Kansas history when Victor turns out to be related to an old land-owning family. Frustrated by her part-time job in law enforcement, Lottie considers quitting, but not before she finds Victor’s killer. The investigation plods, but readers will learn a lot about the cattle business and Kansas history. Agent: Phyllis Westberg, Harold Ober Associates. (Oct.)
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"Lottie Albright, undersheriff of Carlton County, Kansas, isn’t too thrilled with her latest assignment—going undercover at a livestock feed yard to investigate a man’s death. Apparently there are some illegal activities going on in which the sheriff himself might be involved. Convinced that the sheriff is being wrongly accused, Lottie vows to clear her friend and colleague’s name. This is the third Albright mystery, and, like the previous two, it draws on Lottie’s other occupation—historian—to tell a story in which a modern-day crime connects with mysteries from the past. The author adroitly juggles the primary story with a subplot concerning the effects Lottie’s secrecy about her assignment are having on her family." —Booklist

"This third case for Lottie (Lethal Lineage, 2011, etc.) is filled with surprising historical information, social commentary, romance and a strong mystery."—Kirkus

“…a whodunit that will keep the reader turning the pages until the dramatic conclusion.” –Publishers Weekly review on Lethal Lineage

“Deftly drawn characters and a complicated but believable mystery leave you yearning for more.” Kirkus review for Lethal Lineage

“Historical research is anything but dull in Hinger's debut, which holds your attention every exciting step of the way.” Kirkus Starred review for Deadly Descent
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781464200762
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Series: Hidden Heritage Series , #3
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 953,076
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Hinger is a Western Kansas historian. Convinced that mystery writing nad historical investigation go hand in hand, she applies her M.A. in history and her depraved imagination to all different kinds of writing.

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