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Family Skeletons (Torie O'Shea Mysteries, No. 1) Mass Market Paperback – June 15, 1998
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This whole series is entertaining -- well written, well plotted, and, well, cozy. But this particularly volume isn't quite the caliber that I'd give five stars to -- but quite possibly, 4 1/2 stars.
Being naturally inquisitive (or is it nosy?) Torie wonders if there is some secret in Norah's family tree that led to her murder. Throughout the story, Torie works with the county sheriff to find out the identity of the murderer. The plot is a good one, with lots of turns.
I enjoyed the genealogy aspect of the story too. I'm looking forward to reading Torie's next adventure in family history.
The search for Norah's killer encompasses Torie's expertise in research, as it appears some "family skeletons" just won't stay in the closet, not to mention some long-lost relatives and a slew of unsolved murders from the past that may be linked to Norah's. Bolstered by Torie's witty yet sometimes exhausted point-of-view (what mother of two small children with a full-time doesn't get tired sometimes?), Family Skeletons is a light, cozy read one can finish rather quickly.
Be warned, however, of a brief continuity error that may leave you scratching your head more so than the actual mystery: early on in the story Torie is talking to a contact and mentions that the last time she saw him was at his mother's funeral. A few sentences later she is threatening the fellow with telling his mother about a past affair of his unless he delivers some important information. I admit I had to read the passage a few times to get that straight. I'm sure it is just an oversight that didn't get corrected in the final editing (unless I read it wrong). It shouldn't, however, divert you from the main mystery.
.....Though extremely busy, Torie decides to complete her client's request by developing the Zumwalt family tree. She is also curious and wants to learn why Norah was killed and why her father never returned to his hometown and family. As she learns more about the secret life of her deceased patron and the woman's family, Torie has placed herself and her beloved family in jeopardy from an unknown assailant who wants FAMILY SKELETONS left in the closet. If Torie is not careful, the murder count may soon rise with Torie and her family becoming the latest homicide statistic.
...... FAMILY SKELETONS is an interesting who-done-it loaded with many viable suspects. However, what makes this debut novel a treat is Torie and her delightful family, who come across as multi-dimensional characters living complex lives and entering into eventful relationships. Mystery fans need to keep an eye on newcomer Rett MacPherson, who appears to have a bright future ahead of her within the genre.
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As always, Rett MacPherson never disappoints the reader. She delivers an action packed story that keeps you on edge from beginning to end. Pat Wolff, Retired writer/photographerPublished 2 months ago by Harry A. Wolff
This is a skim through genealogy and historical preservation with an unsympathetic, one dimensional character and a predictable storyline. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Val Sanford
I got this for my Mom and she LOVED it. Neither of us get pulled into books very easily, so I was delighted that she enjoyed it so much. Read morePublished 8 months ago by K. Stack
Small-town Missiourian Victory (Torie) O'Shea is a wife, mother, part-time historical reentactor and museum employee, and genealogist. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Funny, entertaining and great plot. Ready to read book 2 now! Rett knows how to hold the reader's attention throughout the book.Published 13 months ago by Kenneth O'neal Barnes Sr.
Family Skeletons is the first book in the Torie O'Shea Mystery Series. Victory (Torie) lives in New Kassel Misouri near the Mississippi River. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lynn T.
I have loved everyone of Rett's books about Torie O'Shea. There is an interesting mystery, some history (she is the president of the local historical residence), as well as some... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Karen S. Lebeter
Very good series, if interested in genealogy, this cozy mystery series is for you. Small town genealogist Tori O'Shea juggles family life with her work at the local historical... Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by Mitci 920