Blood Atonement

Blood Atonement

by Dan Waddell
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed the first book in the series (I believe it one an Edgar Award), you might be dissapointed by this entry. It wasn't as interesting as the first, though it does provide seem deepening of characterization. Part of the problem was that the story seemed so far fetched. Still, if there is a 3rd - I'll give it a shot.
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Opinn8d More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book while strolling through the mystery section of my local B&N because I was recently doing some geneology on my family and found out my great-great grandmother's maiden name was Waddell and was born in Scotland. I immediately was drawn to the idea that a mystery, with a protagonist as a geneology researcher, written by a man named Waddell was just too much coincidence to pass up. We may be cousins, 100 times removed, but i felt a sense of family responsibility to critique the book (okay - a bit of a stretch, but it did give me an excuse to critique) Dan wrote a fascinating account of the sometimes weird inner workings of the Mormon church and tied it into a good old fashioned murder mystery. The characters were at times a little too vivid, and at other times needed a little more development, but I could see this as a romping good TV movie - without the bad language. The personal relationships were a little baffling as well, but it all worked out in the end and I was pleasantly satisfied of the outcome by the last page. Definitely a good read. It's been several weeks now and the thing that still stands out in my mind is that a perfectly good running dialogue or action scene could be so totally ruined by the use of an obvious, gratuitous use of the "F" word. Each time he did it, it startled me out of the book into "what? people don't really talk like that!" So the reality of the story vanished for the few moments it took me to get back into the story again. This is my only advice to my cousin Dan...stop the (bad) swearing - it doesn't do the story any good and it distracts your reader. And if your companions talk this way - I suggest you spend less time with them. Maybe look up some long lost relatives for more qualilty company.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Detective Chief Inspector Grant Foster arrives at the scene of a particularly gruesome homicide to lead the investigation. In middle class Queens Park section of London, someone cut the throat of thirty seven year old single mom Katie Drake on the birthday of her teenage daughter who just turned fourteen years old daughter. It turns out Naomi is missing. No motive or clues to the daughter's whereabouts surface. As hours pass with nothing, Foster and his peers begin to believe a double homicide occurred and the second corpse will be found shortly. Foster digs into the victim's past to see if a motive surfaces, but to his shock there is no Katie Drake. The Inspector asks Scotland Yard consulting genealogist Nigel Barnes to follow the limited trail. Barnes finds a link back to late Victorian England when a couple came over from the Sates and had ties to the Mormon Church. He and Foster fear further BLOOD ATONEMENT will follow. The sequel to THE BLOOD DETECTIVE is an engaging genealogy murder mystery that is fun to follow but leave your plausibility meter parked elsewhere as the motive is over the top of Big Ben. Still following the inquiry into the history of the Mormon Church is intriguing especially Barnes' investigation as fans, which are willing to ignore believability and too much left to flukes of chance, will enjoy Dan Waddell's rotting family tree whodunit. Harriet Klausner