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Deadly Descent: A Lottie Albright Mystery (Lottie Albright Series) Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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"Historical research is anything but dull in Hinger's debut, which holds your attention every exciting step of the way." --Kirkus Reviews starred review
"a promising mystery debut from Hinger...a nail-biting climax, when Lottie makes a life-altering choice." --Publisher's Weekly
"With Deadly Descent, Charlotte Hinger again displays here deft and amazing talents as an accomplished novelist, this time in the mystery genre. Her characters sparkle with credibilty, and the tension in this complex, compelling, and often lyrical story is mesmerizing. Lottie Albright is a central character you will not soon forget." --Bob Cherry, author of Little Rains, one of the Denver Post's ten notable books of 2003
"Fast-paced, intelligent, and as cunningly woven as a spider's web, Deadly Descent is a mystery-lover's dream. A crackling great story!" --W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear, New York Times bestselling authors of People of Thunder
More About the Author
She has published a number of mystery short stories. Simon and Schuster published her historical novel, Come Spring, which won the Western Writers of America Medicine Pipe Award. Convinced that mystery writing and historical investigation go hand to hand, she applies her MA in history to academic articles and her wicked and depraved imagination to murder most foul.
Top Customer Reviews
Lottie Albright, director of the Carleton County Historical Society in western Kansas, is busy editing the family stories of the county residents. She's also the campaign manager for Brian Hadley, who is trying to win a seat in the senate.
Although some of the residents have beliefs that Lottie does not agree with, their stories are historical documents, and she treats them accordingly. When Brian Hadley's mother, Fiona, comes to Lottie and insists that she suppress Fiona's sister's racist slant of their family history, Lottie disagrees-- even though the story could damage her candidate's chances in the coming election. Soon thereafter, Fiona's sister is murdered, valuable documents are stolen, and anonymous letters begin arriving.
Believing that her work in historical investigation will help in finding clues to the identity of the killer, Lottie talks the local sheriff into letting her become a part-time deputy. The sheriff thinks it's a joke and gives her an old cold case to look at, and Lottie's husband thinks she's lost her mind, but both men soon learn that Lottie can tease the truth out of dusty old documents-- and the murderer doesn't like it one bit.
I keep forgetting how historically rich the state of Kansas is, but I think Charlotte Hinger has given my memory the jolt it needed to remember this fact. She deftly weaves bits of history into her narrative in a way that adds detail and texture in addition to bringing her cast of characters into sharper focus.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A well-crafted and solidly entertaining mystery, the first in a series. Author Charlotte Hinger, a historian herself, really knows her stuff. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Eileen Goudge
always love a good book , done with style that you seldom see anymore in a mystery. very good book and I'sm sure that I'll go back and read all over again..Published on December 29, 2013 by Larry Holding
You are living in a small, Western Kansas town of around a thousand souls, all of whom have interesting family histories. Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by carl brookins
Charlotte Hinger's DEADLY DESCENT provides a powerful Lottie Albright mystery set in a Kansas community and revolving around a candidate for politics and a historian's... Read morePublished on November 13, 2009 by Midwest Book Review