From Publishers Weekly
Torie O'Shea, genealogist and president of the New Kassel, Mo., historical society, unearths long-buried family secrets when she puzzles out the strange 1920s suicides of siblings Glory, Whalen and Rupert Kendall in MacPherson's homespun 10th Torie O'Shea mystery (after 2006's Dead Man Running). The old Kendall house is put up for sale, and Torie hopes to buy and reinvent the home as a textile museum, honoring Glory Kendall, a skilled quilter. But Torie's interest broadens beyond historic fabric and needlework when she begins researching the odd circumstances surrounding the deaths of the Kendalls, who were survived by their father, Sanders. The ominous intrigue touches the present day when a friend of Torie's is poisoned with the same substance found long ago in Glory's body. Torie's determined historical detective work will absorb cozy readers. (Mar.)
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In the burgeoning subgenre of genealogical mysteries, MacPherson, author of the Torie O'Shea series, is something of an old-timer. This is the tenth novel featuring the genealogist, historian, and amateur sleuth. Looking into a house that recently went on the market--she may turn it into a museum--Torie winds up trying to solve an eight-decade-old crime. This is an immensely likable series, with a sturdy, engaging protagonist. Many cozy fans will have already discovered the O'Shea novels, but those who haven't should remedy the oversight in a hurry. David Pitt
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