Top positive review
Enjoyable and entertaining
on 13 August 2017
I've had this on my TBR list for ages but I was prompted to actually get around to downloading it onto my Kindle when a promotion popped up on Twitter telling me that it was currently only 99p.
Hiding The Past is the first in the Morton Farrier, forensic genealogist, series. As a keen family historian myself, the story really appealed to me. And I loved it!
Told from Morton's POV, the reader is as intrigued as he is when his latest client, apparently desperate to learn more about his ancestry, suddenly decides to shoot himself shortly after engaging Morton's services. Totally unconvinced by the suicide assessment and suspecting murder, Morton sets out to get to the bottom of the mystery. It soon becomes clear that there are people out there who will stop at nothing to prevent Morton uncovering their secrets.
Morton is an an engaging character and I really like him. He's an easy-going sort of a guy, with a wry, often bemused, sense of humour which made me laugh. His girlfriend, Juliette, is a serving police officer which isn't always such an asset to Morton as he imagines it could be. But while Juliette doesn't share Morton's passion for genealogy, they both agree on the importance of getting the "bad guys" - even if their methodology differs!
Woven through the story is the subplot of the mystery behind Morton's own ancestry and identity, which helps define both his character and his outlook on life. We learn something of it by the end of the book, but there's still more to come which, no doubt, will be threaded into the next Morton Farrier story. I'm very much looking forward to reading that and the rest of the series.