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Death on the Family Tree (Family Tree Mysteries, No. 1) Mass Market Paperback – December 26, 2006
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“The sort of light entertainment we could use more of in the hot summer days.” (Denver Post, praise for Patricia Sprinkle)
“Quintessential cozy writer!” (Florida Sun-Sentinel)
“Like spending an afternoon in the porch in the porch swing on Aunt Dixie’s veranda” (JoAnna Carl, praise for Patricia Sprinkle)
“This series is a winner” (Tamar Myers, praise for the Thoroughly Southern Mystery series)
“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?)
“A terrific read.” (Romantic Times BOOKclub, praise for WHO KILLED THE QUEEN OF CLUBS?)
“[E[njoy this down-home mystery full of charming characters and sparkling Southern witticisms.” (FreshFiction.com, praise for WHO KILLED THE QUEEN OF CLUBS?)
“Patricia Sprinkle knows how to write a charming and quaint mystery. A great installment in a winning series.” (Harriet Klausner, praise for WHEN WILL THE DEAD LADY SING?)
“[A]n excellent traditional mystery.” (ReviewingTheEvidence.com, praise for WHO LET THAT KILLER IN THE HOUSE?)
“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?)
“The humor and drama will keep you reading.” (Romantic Times BOOKclub, praise for WHO INVITED THE DEAD MAN?)
“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?)
“[A] fun read for mystery fans.” (Library Journal, praise for BUT WHY SHOOT THE MAGISTRATE?)
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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Top Customer Reviews
I love Katharine Murray and can't wait to find out what she does next... do we really have to wait a whole YEAR, Ms. Sprinkle????
She learns that her aunt had a brother that she never knew about who owned the two items she just received. He got them in Austria when he visited there in 1938. Katherine makes no secret about the items but someone obviously wants the diary because her home was broken into while she was there. The robber never saw her but he stole a collection of jade and the diary. Katherine feels lucky that she made copies of the diary but her house is broken into again and this time was totally destroyed. She believes thieves are looking for the necklace and the diary. Two people who knew about the objects were murdered and if Katherine isn't careful, she could be the next victim.
Patricia Sprinkle who writes cozies that have no violence in them has started a new mystery series that is every bit as good as her Judge MacLaren Yarbrough and Sheila Travis series. The protagonist copes in one week with more traumatic incidents then most people do in a life time. She earns the admiration of the audience by her actions and the way she copes single handedly with events that are very frightening. The storyline is totally absorbing and the fast paced plot will keep readers turning the pages.
Kate Murray is appealing enough as a main character, with some unexpected edge as she pushes back at her unsupportive husband and flirts with a little action on the side. She sounded a bit like those astronaut wives who, when asked to comment on how difficult it was for their husbands to be in space, remarked that you should realize how hard it was to stay behind and deal with everything. Naturally, our underestimated heroine comes through.
The mystery itself and plot are also reasonable, with some surprises in store regarding family relationships. In fact, there are so many characters and relationships by marriage that one might get a tad confused.
Two weaknesses were rather clumsy observations about political and religious topics and some silly scenes. As an example, when Kate first goes to the research center and meets two gentlemen who later come to blows, that whole stretch made little sense.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed her books, all three of them. She always teaches you something about genealogy or family history and keeps you guessing as to who done it until the end of the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Karen S. Lebeter
another favorite author of mine. have read all her books and own most of them.Published 11 months ago by daditch
Death on the Family Tree by Patricia Sprinkle. The author is one of my favorite cozy mystery writers to read. Her cozies are always great quick reads. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Nancy Wolfe
Enjoyed reading this and thought the mystery was pretty good tho certain things were more obvious to me than to the narrator. I will look for more by this author.Published 21 months ago by Rose Norman
This is the first of a very short series (3 books) all of which are quite enjoyable. The characters are well drawn and believable. Read morePublished 21 months ago by J. Stein
so.... i read this whole book, even though the first half was excrutiatingly dull... like a list of possible suspects. just a list. the things that happened being inconsequential. Read morePublished 21 months ago by jacqueline
I love Patricia Sprinkle mysteries-have read all of them and would highly recommend them to cozy mystery fans. However, I am not a fan of this book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by LJR
I love how Patricia Sprinkle can take a story and twist the plot to keep you guessing until the end. I hope she keeps on writing these great books.Published 24 months ago by Lorna Ashe
The book starts by drawing out and artfully defining the main characters, and you quickly become involved. Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by James E. Sawyer