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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; First Paperback Edition edition (23 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752880772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752880778
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 860,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'To say this is a fascinating book is an understatement. I really loved it. A real puzzle... Brilliantly crafted, this is a realy mystery. I wanted to know the end but I didn't want the book to finish. Definitely on my top ten reads of 2004.' (Lizzie Hayes MYSTERY WOMAN )

'Fiona Mountain has hit on an ingenious twist in crime fiction... The writing is pacy and the world of genealogy is well portrayed... I hope Fiona will entertain me with more of Natasha's adventures.' (HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW )

'This is a novel rich in atmosphere, an unusual crime story with plenty for the reader to guess at and be involved in.' (LEICESTER MERCURY ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fiona Mountain grew up in Yorkshire, then moved to London where she worked at the BBC for nine years as a press officer, primarily for Radio One. She now lives in the Oxfordshire countryside with her husband and three young sons.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Ballard on 21 Sep 2008
Format: Paperback
I did enjoy reading this book, recommend it as a good read, and but for one aspect would have given four stars.

The characters are entirely credible throughout - I totally disagree with the one star reviewer below - and the story line is at least as credible as that of others in the crime related genre (substantially more credible than Robert Goddard, for example). The denouement does become a little far fetched (won't spoil it) but never becomes ludicrous. And the storyline does revolve around something of which I was totally unaware and which linked nicely to the main character's passion for genealogy.

So what is the difficulty? As I said, I find each individual character interesting and credible. The problem is that there are quite a few who play a relatively minor role and it was hard to keep them all in mind. So every time a name like Toby or Archie or Richard or John or Rosa or PC Harman or ... came up I found myself having to work to remember who they were (there are more - lots more). This broke the flow for me somewhat. I think that a good editor could have helped the author here: cutting down the number of characters by at least a third would have allowed her more scope to develop the good ones even more.

So a good read, a good concept and an enjoyable story - I think that this author is worth watching and could move on from here.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Oct 2005
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This original and thought-provoking mystery is both clever and haunting. Very atmospheric, a touch of supernatural, great characters and a brilliant concept, what more could you want? Read it for it's lyricism, its wonderful Cotswold settings and well-researched historical insight into a little known but fascinating aspect of World War II.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christine Wallace on 2 Dec 2005
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I couldn't let the 1 star review of this book by a previous reader skew the score any longer - this is a great novel which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. The intricate plot was all tied together in the end in a very satisfying way. The descriptions of the Cotswold scenery were very vivid, and perhaps especially nice for me, being an ex-pat who misses Britain.
I enjoyed the first book in the Natasha Blake series but I would say that this one is even better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Mar 2009
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Natasha is a freelance genealogist and she receives a commission from elderly Charles Seagrove to draw up a family tree. Needing the money she accepts the task against her better judgement. Before long there is a murder and Natasha realises there are damgerous secrets lurking at the bottom of this muddy water - secrets people are prepared to kill to preserve.

Natasha is battling with her own family problems and her serious and energy sapping insomnia and wonders whether she has taken on task which is beyond her capabilities. The book presents a fascinating puzzle and a lot of interesting information about doing research into family history. It isn't a fast moving book but if you are interested in the effect the past has on the present and enjoy reading about people dealing with psychological issues then you will enjoy this. It is a thoughtful and thought provoking story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicola in South Yorkshire TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Dec 2010
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Having read and enjoyed Pale as the Dead, the first novel by Fiona Mountain to feature genealogist Natasha Blake, I was very keen to read Bloodline, also featuring the same main character. Although a loose sequel to Pale as the Dead, Bloodline can be read as a standalone story quite easily.

The story this time involves the death of a man for whom Natasha was compiling a family tree, except it wasn't his family that she was researching. She finds herself more and more drawn into the investigation as she is asked by the dead man's son and the police to carry on researching to help them try and solve the mystery of why he was killed.

I enjoyed this book immensely. Not quite as good as Pale as the Dead in my view, but still an excellent read. It's nice to read a crime book that features historical research and genealogy and I really wish Fiona Mountain would write more in a similar vein. I found it fascinating to read as the story unfolded and Natasha fitted together more and more pieces of the jigsaw puzzle. Recommended to anybody who likes history with a contemporary setting.
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