In the Blood

Overview

The first in a fascinating new series combining mystery and genealogy - Keen family history researcher Suzie Fewings is delighted when she discovers an ancestor with the same name as her teenage son. But what she finds out about the seventeenth-century Thomas casts a darker shadow than she expected. Then her own Tom's girlfriend is found dead in mysterious circumstances, and Suzie finds it hard to suppress her growing fears that Tom has inherited more than a name from his ...

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Overview

The first in a fascinating new series combining mystery and genealogy - Keen family history researcher Suzie Fewings is delighted when she discovers an ancestor with the same name as her teenage son. But what she finds out about the seventeenth-century Thomas casts a darker shadow than she expected. Then her own Tom's girlfriend is found dead in mysterious circumstances, and Suzie finds it hard to suppress her growing fears that Tom has inherited more than a name from his predecessor . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
British author Sampson (Daughters of Tintagel) introduces Suzie Loosemore Fewings, a keen family genealogist, in the engaging first in a new series. Suzie, a married mother of two, visits local parishes and libraries to discover her ancestors. When she uncovers a link with a 17th-century Southcombe churchwarden, Thomas Loosemore, which also happens to be the name of her 17-year-old son, Suzie is ecstatic. Her happiness is tempered, however, by learning Thomas Loosemore was involved in a clergyman's death just as her own son, Tom, is questioned by the police about a missing 16-year-old girl, Julie Samuel, whom Tom had briefly gone out with. Suzie soon becomes immersed in murder mysteries past and present with devastating consequences for her family. Sampson deftly weaves historic and modern-day crimes in a cerebral yet exciting tale of guilt, innocence and circumstance. (Sept.)
Library Journal
In her genealogical research of her family's roots, Suzie Fewings comes across an ancestor with the same name as her son. But her delight turns to dismay when she discovers that the man had killed his rector. Then her son's girlfriend is murdered, and Suzie has to deal with an actual police investigation and her husband's estrangement, which resulted from her comparing her son to her ancestor. VERDICT This series debut will interest readers of genealogical mysteries (i.e., Jimmy Fox's Nick Herald series; see Dan Waddell's Blood Atonement, below).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780727879394
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Series: Suzie Fewings Series
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Fay Sampson, three-time nominee for "The Guardian" Children's Fiction Prize, is the author of many books, including the Pangur Ban Celtic Fantasies "Shape-Shifter," "Pangur Ban the White Cat," "Finnglas of the Horses," and "Finnglas and the Stones of Choosing,"

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