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Lineages and Lies: A Nick Herald Genealogical Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Jimmy Fox
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In Lineages and Lies, Jimmy Fox has created an intricate, gripping tour de force of genealogical mystery—a worthy successor to his acclaimed first Nick Herald novel, Deadly Pedigree.Nick Herald doesn’t go looking for trouble. Really. He’s just a struggling, not-so-humble professional genealogist trying to make a decent, mostly honest, living in New Orleans, a city where masquerade is second nature, where for centuries secrets have grown on family trees like rotten fruit. Genealogy should celebrate life, allow us to pay homage to our forebears and their sacrifices. But that’s not how things work in Fox’s fascinating fiction: Nick invariably finds himself mired in murderous perversions of normally quite healthy curiosity about Louisiana family origins. Nick always expects to discover interesting and sometimes disturbing genealogical facts in the complex tapestry of the area’s rich history. Clients usually take the good and the bad in their family trees with good grace. But Nick understands immediately that something more sinister is at work when an old friend and colleague is brutally murdered at a posh French Quarter hotel, and other gruesome murders follow. He vows to lift the veil of deadly mystery surrounding a lineage society whose members trace their ancestry back to a ship that sailed into colonial New Orleans. Is the Society of the Allégorie at the heart of the violence? Who is the killer? One of the many members, someone inside the society’s bureaucracy, a frustrated applicant, or someone closer to Nick than he wants to believe? Working with his spunky, sharp-as-a-tack assistant, Hawty Latimer, and with a New Orleans police detective, Nick calls on his impressive research talent and remarkable investigative intuition to discover the truth that someone is willing to kill to keep hidden. A beautiful woman usually isn’t far from Nick’s thoughts and desires, and here it is an adorable blonde who seems to know more about the Society of the Allégorie than an innocent family-history buff should. Puzzle out the clues of the novel’s nearly three-hundred-year-old mystery with Nick and Hawty, and thrill to the perilous scrapes Nick must extricate himself and his friends from in this suspenseful tale that will keep you guessing, make you laugh or gasp, and kindle your interest in genealogy, long after you’ve finished every scintillating, jewel-like chapter. Fox has again brought us a dramatic, moving, unusual tale that brilliantly showcases his sophisticated take on the amateur-sleuth genre. His trademark sardonic wit, deep knowledge of the genealogical field, and crime-fiction mastery make Lineages and Lies an unforgettably excellent reading adventure!

About the Author

Jimmy Fox is a Louisiana native and a member of the Mystery Writers of America. An enthusiastic student of genealogy and Louisiana history, Fox enjoys melding fact and fiction in his award-winning novels. Deadly Pedigree, Fox's first genealogical mystery, was published in 2001. The author's website is www.jimmyfox.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 894 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (23 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FEJ0XHW
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,549 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 10 May 2014
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Long slow bit hard work. Too many paragraphs with long words saying very little, basic story not bad but could have been told in half the time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing read 29 Jan 2014
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It wasn't quite as fast moving as some other genealogical novels I have read recently but I learned a lot about New Orleans; the characters were well drawn.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read. 9 Jan 2014
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I remained interested throughout and liked the characters. My genealogy skills are rather lax, I now feel. I found his style a little wordy at first...but got used to it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very dull 2 Jan 2014
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This was, in my opinion, not very well written, not very interesting and the characters were rather wooden and completely unconvincing. A pity since the concept was clever and it ought to have been gripping.
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