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Hidden Heritage: A Lottie Albright Mystery (Lottie Albright Series) Hardcover – November 5, 2013
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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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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!
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.
Poisoned Pen, Nov 5 2013, $24.95
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.
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.