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A good read
on 16 June 2013
This book is one of the genealogy mystery genre which is growing in popularity. There's little wonder when we are all fascinated by our past and we all love a mystery. Bodies are turning up in London and the investigating team begin to see an obscure connection between these and the victims of a serial killer in 1879. They hire the services of a genealogist to trace the families of the present day victims. If they can do it in time, they can save lives.
I found this a gripping and interesting read, although I think Nigel, the professional genealogist involved, would have had subscriptions to the many on-line sites and scanned newspaper archives, without trailing all over London to find things. I'm sure this cranks up the tension but it didn't ring entirely true. As well as discovering the modern killer, we are led on a voyage of discovery and mis-direction with the old case. The end of the book is climactic and I was on edge to find out what would happen. Altogether, I enjoyed this. It's a good read.