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Deadly Descent (Lottie Albright Series) Hardcover – September 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Lottie Albright Series
  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159058645X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590586457
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,605,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Family secrets both past and present underpin this promising mystery debut from Hinger (Come Spring). In compiling oral histories for a county book project, western Kansas historian Lottie Albright encounters racist attitudes in a piece by a prominent local, Zelda St. John. Yet when Fiona Hadley, Zelda's sister and mother of political hopeful Brian Hadley, demands that Zelda's contribution be suppressed, Lottie's sensibilities as a historian are offended. When Zelda and her daughter are murdered, valuable documents are stolen and anonymous letters arrive from an unbalanced individual, Lottie enlists the help of her psychologist twin sister, Josie, with whom she has an uneasy relationship. Lottie's part-time job as a sheriff's deputy, tensions within her marriage and a sensational cold case involving a dead pregnant woman cause further complications. Readers who stick with the often awkward plotting will be rewarded by a nail-biting climax, when Lottie makes a life-altering choice. (Sept.)
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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

Charlotte Hinger is a Western Kansas historian. The Lottie Albright series was inspired by a childhood listening to the natural born liars in her small community of Lone Elm, Kansas, and the mesmerizing "rest of the stories" whispered behind closed doors when she edited over 500 family submissions for county history books.

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.

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The book builds to a satisfyingly surprising ending.
Michele Crockett
The author moved from a little rural town in Kansas to Colorado and wrote this book from her real life experiences living in this type of community.
Deborah Curley
Her characters sparkle with credibility, and the tension in this complex, compelling and often lyrical story is mesmerizing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ernie*s mom on February 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I loved the Kansas setting. As a northeasterner, I really am not that familiar with Kansas and I appreciated the introduction to the state. I also thought that casting the heroine as a local historian, was great, again, it provided information about the setting in a fun way, but also easily set up the character to be a sleuth. The ending came fast and furious, which is why I gave it four stars (although it deserves 4.5, but that is not possible) as I had to re-read it several times to get it straight. The book is well written, with an intelligent and believable protagaonist. I look forward to what is hopefully a series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gallo on October 8, 2009
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With Deadly Descent, Charlotte Hinger again displays her deft and amazing talents as an accomplished novelist, this time in the mystery genre. Her characters sparkle with credibility, and the tension in this complex, compelling and often lyrical story is mesmerizing. Lottie Albright is a central character you will not soon forget. I hope we see this wonderful new character from one of our most gifted and multi-faceted writers again. I can't wait to see what tension filled tangles Lottie might unravel in the future!
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Format: Paperback
First Line: She was coming for me.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michele Crockett on April 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Kansas isn't typically a riveting setting for a mystery, but Hinger makes the intricate nuances and entanglements of small-town living come alive in this engrossing read. Lottie is an unusual female protagonist who is strong in her own right but respectful of the tradition on which her life is built. The book builds to a satisfyingly surprising ending. Interesting characters, well-crafted plot, and a setting that breaks the mystery mold!
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By Larry Holding on December 29, 2013
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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..
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