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At the start of Hinger's slow-moving third Lottie Albright mystery (after 2011's Lethal Lineage), Lottie, the undersheriff of Carlton County, Kans., receives an emergency call around 2:00 a.m. from the local feed yard. A corpse is floating in the cattle truck washout (aka the €œshit pit€), where drivers unload the dirt and manure from their trailers. The dead man is soon identified as Victor Diaz, the feed yard's foreman, who had no obvious reason to be there in the middle of the night. Lottie, who's active in the local historical society, draws on her knowledge of Kansas history when Victor turns out to be related to an old land-owning family. Frustrated by her part-time job in law enforcement, Lottie considers quitting, but not before she finds Victor's killer. The investigation plods, but readers will learn a lot about the cattle business and Kansas history. Agent: Phyllis Westberg, Harold Ober Associates. (Oct.) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Lottie Albright, undersheriff of Carlton County, Kansas, isn’t too thrilled with her latest assignment—going undercover at a livestock feed yard to investigate a man’s death. Apparently there are some illegal activities going on in which the sheriff himself might be involved. Convinced that the sheriff is being wrongly accused, Lottie vows to clear her friend and colleague’s name. This is the third Albright mystery, and, like the previous two, it draws on Lottie’s other occupation—historian—to tell a story in which a modern-day crime connects with mysteries from the past. The author adroitly juggles the primary story with a subplot concerning the effects Lottie’s secrecy about her assignment are having on her family. --David Pitt
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Product Details

  • Series: Lottie Albright Series (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1464200742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1464200748
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,735,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Brown on January 4, 2014
Format: Paperback
Charlotte Hinger's latest installment in the Lottie Albright series, HIDDEN HERITAGE is a winner! Hinger is a skilled writer who weaves an intriguing mystery, Kansas history (unknown to many of us) and very real characters, into a novel I enjoyed tremendously. I'm not surprised that Kirkus Reviews has named it one of the best mysteries of 2013, or that Mystery Magazine feels "the Lottie Albright series deserves to be around for a long time to come."

I have to add that I turn often to Poisoned Pen Press for the best mysteries. If that's what you're looking for, I advise you to do the same!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nybiblio on March 19, 2014
Format: Paperback
"Slow-paced" keeps cropping up in reviews of this book. That's an understatement.

It starts off well, with a good hook that promises a great story. The tidbits tossed in about Kansas history are interesting. You think, let's grab a couple of cookies, a cup of tea and settle in! That's when it bogs down in useless details about the characters' back stories and their "putting the fun in dysfunctional" family dynamics. Several hours in, there's been no advance on the mystery, but you know more than you want to about the main character's sister's dog's secret powers.

Borrow it from the library and read it before you decide to give it a permanent place on your bookshelves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
Hidden Heritage: A Lottie Albright Mystery
Charlotte Hinger
Poisoned Pen, Nov 5 2013, $24.95
ISBN 9781464200762

In the middle of the night in Carlton County, Kansas, a corpse floats in the "s*** pit" at the feed yard. Someone murdered Victor Diaz, who apparently had no known reason for being at this locale especially at two in the morning.

Sheriff Sam Abbott assigns Undersheriff Lottie Albright undercover at the feed yard where she learns of felonious activities tied to her boss. While she hides her current assignment from her concerned family, Lottie also rejects the idea that Sam is corrupt. KBI Agent Frank Dimon thinks Sam's going bad is plausible as he believes the homicide is more than just a local murder. Also a historian Lottie realizes that the victim is the great-grandson of still living Dona Francisca Diaz, who developed the western part of the state. Dona Francisca explains to Lottie the motive for Victor's homicide can be found in historical documents she gives to the undersheriff.

The third Lottie Albright police procedural (see Deadly Descent and Lethal Lineage) is a leisurely paced whodunit that uses Jayhawk State history as the key element in the protagonist's investigation. Although the overly included insight into the cattle industry detracts from the mystery, readers will enjoy Lottie seeking the homicidal Hidden Heritage.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cathy G. Cole TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
Once again, Kansas history is what brings this book to life. Lottie learns that the murder victim is the great-grandson of Dona Francisca Diaz, the elderly head of one of the first groups to colonize the state. Dona Francisca insists that she knows why Victor was killed, and that the key to the murder can be found in ancient documents. A famed curandera with horribly crippled hands, Dona Francisca invites Lottie to their lush property and insists that she wants to train Lottie as the heir to her legendary cures. Although Lottie is extremely reluctant to do so, she sees this as a once-in-a-lifetime chance for incredible knowledge... and for the chance to solve a murder.

Solving crimes through old documents, ephemera, and stories has always fascinated me, and that's why Charlotte Hinger's Lottie Albright books have become one of my favorite series. Sure enough, the history and legends surrounding the Diaz family and their property grabbed hold of my interest and didn't turn it loose, but two other components were a bit lacking in this third book. The mystery was very slow-paced, almost plodding in places, and Lottie's family dynamics which have set off so many sparks in the first two books are a bit lackluster here.

Despite that, I still found the book to be very enjoyable. I have a button here at my desk that proclaims HISTORY MATTERS-- and it does. Seeds that were sown long ago can germinate and take hold down through generations. Families can have prejudices and yet have no clue that those prejudices had their beginnings eight generations in the past. Hinger understands this and shows us how to tease the answers out into the light of day. It's a process of which I never tire. I look forward to the next book in this series and hope that Lottie regains the spark she was lacking in this book.
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