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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2013
Proving that genealogists can be hard-boiled detectives, "Deadly Pedigree" follows a discredited academic in a "milk them for as much as I can" genealogy business as he's hired to collect everything about an immigrant lineage for two reasons: one to let the truth come out, and one to remove all evidence at any cost. While the protagonist is sympathetic, his moments of guilt don't exactly stop him from acting immorally to get what he wants (so I couldn't always exactly root for him).

The locations are well described, if perhaps too much (an occasional full page of exposition between lines of dialogue), but often the dialogue seems to get the same treatment (who talks like that?). This and the "know it's wrong, but do it anyway" nature interrupted the flow for me, but it won't stop me from checking out the next two Nick Herald mysteries ("Lineages and Lies" and "Jackpot Blood", both being reissued in paperback and Kindle soon).

I received this Kindle edition during a free promotion period.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2013
This was a very enjoyable read for me, especially being a Louisiana girl. I could readily envision the characters in their environments (New Orleans and the Natchitoches, Louisiana area). I guess that is because Nick seemed pretty realistic. I liked the dark nature of the book's plot and motivations that were balanced by lighter moments as well. It was pleasingly complicated and kept me guessing until the end. I'm also intrigued by genealogy and the book appealed to my interest in that topic. It was definitely worth taking the time to read. I will pick up other Nick Herald genealogical mysteries in the future.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2013
A wonderful blend of mystery, genealogy, with a little world history thrown in. It's a fun, quick book to read, but goes into the less traveled realm using genealogy as a background. I wasn't disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2013
This story Is so meaty and so well-written. Fox uses excellent vocabulary and intelligent descriptive language. Loved it. Refreshing and sophisticated.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2014
Both of Jimmy Fox's 1st and 2nd books are very wordy, but not much plot. I had hoped the second book would be better than the first but it was not so I lost interest about a quarter of the way through. ( And I read everything, I am a nut about finding out the ending ). He has a good premise to start with, a New Orleans genealogist who is struggling to make ends meet but has excellent knowledge about old court houses, private collections of historical records, etc. His sleuth is a single guy who spends a lot of times in bars, and dives, and checking out attractive women, smoking and pot. I think of genealogists as smarter than that. He is computer illiterate but in the last half of the first book he gets an assistant who is a tech wiz, an interesting character underutilized in the 2nd book. I want to read more about the unusual things that happen, or even the EZ, stumble over, mysteries solved when hunting down genealogical records for his customers. This book would have been a really good short story. Books solving mysteries and murders with genealogy has a couple of other authors that weave better tales.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2013
I'm a fan of ancestry so this was quite satisfactory. The characters are easy to get to know, and the story moves along at a steady pace. overall very much enjoyed reading this story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2013
The book kept me captivated until the very end and made me want to read the other books in the series.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2013
While the plot was interesting it was clouded over by too many adjectives explaining obscure things in detail. I would get lost and have to reread a paragraph just to figure out what the original topic was about.I can usually read through a good book quickly that can hold my attention, but this has taken me a couple weeks. I love a good mystery and the geneaology got my attention, but I must say I was disappointed
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2013
Amateur genealogists who like mysteries will love this book! It's fast paced with rich descriptions of New Orleans and rural Louisiana and believable detail about genealogical research. The author also has a way with prose that you don't usually find in novels of this type.

The book is not without its problems. The hero's research assistant apparently has wireless internet access and his mother is "on-line." In the early 1990's? Really? Also the hero is described as a nerdy former English professor, but young attractive women keep wanting to jump into bed with him. Oh well, I guess that's what makes him a "hero" and the book fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2014
The is a fantastic way for an amateur genealogist,like myself, to learn about researching or searching AND read a good story at the same time.
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