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Hiding the Past (The Forensic Genealogist series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Nathan Dylan Goodwin
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This is the first book in the Morton Farrier genealogical crime mystery series.

Peter Coldrick had no past; that was the conclusion drawn by years of personal and professional research. Then he employed the services of one Morton Farrier, Forensic Genealogist – a stubborn, determined man who uses whatever means necessary to uncover the past. With the Coldrick Case, Morton faces his toughest and most dangerous assignment yet, where all of his investigative and genealogical skills are put to the test. However, others are also interested in the Coldrick family, people who will stop at nothing, including murder, to hide the past. As Morton begins to unearth his client’s mysterious past, he is forced to confront his own family’s dark history, a history which he knows little about.


'At times amusing and shocking, this is a fast-moving modern crime mystery with genealogical twists. The blend of well fleshed-out characters, complete with flaws and foibles, will keep you guessing until the end.'
Family Tree Magazine

'Flicking between the present and stories and extracts from the past, the pace never lets up in an excellent addition to this unique genre of literature.'
Your Family Tree magazine

'This is a must read for all genealogy buffs and anyone who loves a good mystery with a jaw dropping ending!'
James Winston, President, Baytown Genealogy Society, Inc. Texas

The second book in this series - The Lost Ancestor - was published 1st September 2014.

For updates on Nathan Dylan Goodwin's releases:
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1108 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F0VY0FA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,125 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in the famed battle town of Hastings, England, Nathan Dylan Goodwin has always had a passion for writing in one form or another. Having gained a 2:1 degree in Radio, Film and Television studies, Nathan went on to gain a Masters degree in Creative Writing, from Canterbury Christ Church University.

Nathan started his writing career with non-fiction, his first book 'Hastings at War' being published in May 2005. This was followed by three further local history books pertaining to the area around his home town of Hastings. His first forays into fiction writing culminated in the publication in 2013 of Hiding the Past (a genealogical crime mystery novel). This was followed in 2014 by the second book in the series, The Lost Ancestor. The first Morton Farrier novella - The Orange Lilies - was published 1st December 2014.

In his mid-thirties, Nathan enjoys skiing, reading, genealogy, writing and time with his family and young son. That about sums it up!

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Twitter: nathangoodwin76
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great genealogical detective read 30 Jan. 2014
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I was totally gripped from start to finish. Likeable main characters in Morton and Juliette and sympathetic and believable treatment of his personal story line. Relevant historical information was presented well without being "textbooky". I enjoyed the switches from past to present and the twists and turns along the way. Unusually for me I didn't work out "who done it". I understand Morton's obsessive compulsive attitude to his research but found some of the situations he got himself into rather far fetched. I hope there's another Morton Farrier book, if not a series, in the pipeline - but get the proof reading sorted!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping. 8 Oct. 2013
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A book with a really interesting storyline with loads of unexpected twists and turns. It certainly kept me guessing, with everything in the mix to make it a real page turner.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 30 Oct. 2013
By Bitza
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Throughly enjoyed this book, couldn't put it down an excellent read and would recommend to anyone with an interest in genealogy or history. Very Good!!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it! 26 Jan. 2014
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I really enjoyed this book, which had a VERY strong story line. My only criticism is that it needed serious proof reading. For instance it was said that a character "ordained" to look at the hero when the word should have been "deigned". Had the story not been so strong I would have stopped reading right there. But the story was great.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 12 Jan. 2014
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This book was recommended to me so I thought I'd give it a go.... unlike some of the similar-themed books I've been pointed at, I found the hero very likeable, no bad language or gratuitous violence. The puzzle was immediately engaging & kept me hooked all the way through, reading the whole thing in only 2 sittings (don't usually get that amount of time to sit & read!)
I found the linking up of the ending a bit of a stretch of the imagination but it was very enjoyable & I look forward to Mr Goodwin's next instalment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down. 5 Feb. 2014
By Sandie
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This book caught my eye on the Kindle special deal page as I have never heard of a forensic genealogist. I decided to "look inside the book". By the time I got to the end of that section I was hooked, so purchased it immediately in order to continue reading. I continued to read (no breaks), until I had finished the book, it's that good.

There were one or two spelling mistakes, but not enough to detract from the story. If you like blood and guts with your thrillers, you probably wouldn't like this book, but If you like a good mystery, and an intriguing somewhat different plot you will probably enjoy it as much as I did.

The story has some interesting twists and turns right up to the end.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent plot marred by dismal proofreading 14 Dec. 2013
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A wonderful plot, excellently presented (who knew that genealogy could be so dangerous!) I couldn't stop reading it. The characterization and details of technology are also very good (though quoting full URLs of websites seems redundant in a novel).

BUT, like so many self-published books, the author needs to find or employ a proofreader.
There are very few actual spelling mistakes (automated spell-checkers have *some* uses), but many many places where he has chosen the wrong word or word form:
wrapped/rapped, lent/leant, psychical/physical, Mechano/Meccano, minutia/minutiae, faun/fauna, for example. There are also some rather bizarre uses of words.

PLEASE, authors, get someone else to check your spelling!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 29 Jan. 2014
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This book had a good storyline with references to genealogical research facilities, and problems encountered with this type of research, all adding to the plot. Morton too is a very believable character. A great read.
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