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Daughter of Deceit (Family Tree Mysteries, No. 3) Hardcover – September 30, 2008

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“Patricia Sprinkle has done it again!” (Margaret Maron)

“As Southern as Sunday fried chicken and sweet tea. Sprinkle’s Hopemore is as captivating as Jan Karon’s Mitford.” (Carolyn Hart, praise for the Thoroughly Southern Mystery series)

“An intricate web of suspense and intrigue lead to an enthralling mystery.” (Romantic Times BOOKclub, praise for DID YOU DECLARE THE CORPSE?)

“This mystery keeps you turning each page in suspense….I can’t wait for the next adventurous mystery!” (The Lamplighter, praise for WHEN DID WE LOSE HARRIET?)

“The humor and drama will keep you reading.” (Romantic Times BOOKclub, praise for WHO INVITED THE DEAD MAN?)

“Readers who are fans of Carolyn Hart and Kate Kingsbury will want to buy Patricia Sprinkle’s latest.” (Harriet Klausner, praise for WHO LEFT THE BODY IN THE RAIN?)

About the Author

Patricia Sprinkle grew up in North Carolina and Florida, graduated from Vassar College, and afterwards spent a year writing in the Scottish Highlands. She has been writing mysteries full time since 1988, and currently lives in Smyrna, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. She and her husband have two grown sons. When she is not writing, Patricia is active in advocacy for abused, neglected, and deprived children.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; First Avon Paperback Edition edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060819839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060819835
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,306,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Daughter of Deceit" is the third entry into Patricia Sprinkle's Family Tree Mysteries &, in my opinion, the weakest. The book is not bad, but I feel that the first two are better. I continue to love the Buckhead, Atlanta setting, but I wasn't all that interested in Bara, who is the center of the mystery. I really wanted to see more of Katharine Murray, the protagonist, but it seemed as though there were too many chapters devoted entirely to Bara & her family problems. I felt that Katharine was tangential at best & wasn't even needed for the book.

Even though "Daughter of Deceit" isn't my favorite in the series, the book itself is good, & I'll surely buy a fourth book in this series.
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Bara Weidenauer is having a hard time. Her husband Foley is asking for a divorce and wants half of everything. He has frozen her bank accounts, credit cards and had all items in the house appraised and listed so she cannot sell them. She believes he will take her for every penny she has, and to make matters worse, he is seeing their former maid. After being sober for a long time, Bara has taken up drinking again.

Bara's father committed suicide a little while ago. She stored his belongings in a storage unit. She goes to the unit to look through her father's things for money for groceries. She comes across her dad's military medals.

Katharine Murray is recovering from her house being vandalized. She has been redoing her house, getting it ready for a big party. That is until Bara comes into Katharine's life.

Bara decides to have the medals framed for her grandson Chip. Someone gives her the idea to ask Katharine to see what the medals mean so that when Chip is older, he will know what kind of man his great grandpa was.

Katharine gets to work on the medals-and it starts to get really interesting. Bara and she get together and go over the meaning of the medals and read the citations they found that go with some of them.

Foley is discovered dead and Bara is badly beaten up with lots of broken bones. When the police look at Bara as the only suspect in Foley's death, Katharine starts her own investigating. She is questioning people and revealing a family secret that has been hidden for lots of years.

I really liked this series. This is the first one I have read by Patricia Sprinkle but I will be sure to read the others. I find the background interesting when they are searching for people as well as items.
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This is an enjoyable story, however the spelling and gramatical errors make it hard to read.
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At times it appears to be 1st person narrative, with quoted statements, but overall it is third person with the characters thoughts revealed. This is a murder mystery with a bit more violence than her other books, but would be suitable for older teens. I really like mysteries that are guessing games until the last of the book. She is an excellent writer. You really get to know the characters. In each of her books is some information regarding genealogy or family history. You might just learn some new things or skills after reading this. If you are into genealogy, you will probably love this book. A fast read with few to no printing or editing errors. Makes you realize that families don't always open up and tell the whole truth about the other famiy members.
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I began reading Patricia Sprinkle's books when she was writing the Sheila Travis series (loved it....great plots and humor!). I then introduced myself to McLauren Yarbrough and visited her often in that series (truly wonderful!!!!). Loving history and genealogy, I knew this series was right up my alley.....and it is! Sprinkle's characters become good friends of mine. They are real, and I enjoy visiting them so much. I highly recommend all three series to any cozy mystery lover.
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An entertaining, hold your attention read. Being a genealogist and history buff was just a bonus. Katherine reluctantly takes on the job of finding out about Bara's father's war medals and promptly opens a can of worms. Enjoy!
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