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Lineages and Lies: A Nick Herald Genealogical Mystery Paperback – December 8, 2002

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About the Author

Jimmy Fox is a Louisiana native and a member of the Mystery Writers of America. An enthusiastic student of genealogy and Louisiana history, Fox enjoys melding fact and fiction in his award-winning novels. Deadly Pedigree, Fox's first genealogical mystery, was published in 2001. The author's website is www.jimmyfox.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (December 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595258999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595258994
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,035,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a geanealogist for many years, I was thrilled to discover Nick Herald, a sleuth with a family link that is all tied up in the shipyard. A lot of people, when they came to this country, changed their names or their persona, but this is the first time I ever ran across a ship with a new face. Jimmy Fox makes the plot line so believable, I scrambled to try to find the documentation he so brilliantly created. What I did find was that the verification was in the author's head. The characters were as endearing--and varied--as the plot. A brilliant piece of literature. I look forward to future books in this series.
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Fox is `quick like a fox' and just as cunning in his second Nick Herald Genealogical Mystery. With returning protagonist Nick Herald, from Deadly Pedigree, and his faithful yet disabled assistant Hawty, Jimmy Fox gives us another taste of New Orleans--and a dash of spicy murder on the side.

Lineages and Lies starts with the murder of a doctor whom Nick had an appointment with the night the man was killed. From there, the amateur sleuth and professional genealogist is thrown into a series of murders, and Nick discovers that a ship's manifest may hold the key to solving them. With thorough research and quick wit, Nick and Hawty delve into the secrets of the past to solve a case in the present.

Like Jackpot Blood, the first Fox novel I read, Lineages and Lies is just as delightfully suspenseful, a fun read. It is rare to find a protagonist with a disabled assistant, and Hawty's character adds humor and emotion to the story. I look forward to reading more from Jimmy Fox, a master of genealogical mysteries. Way to go, Jimmy!

~ Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Author of Divine Intervention
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There was no way I was going to enjoy this book. When I began reading it, all I could focus on were the excessive number of adjectives that jumped off the page at me. I found myself reading them out loud to my husband and laughing. I had almost decided to give up on it after the first chapter. But I read. I read anything, and everything, so I pushed on. I am very glad I did.

Jimmy Fox has created a character who is just like you and me. He has issues and he lives on. The genealogy aspect is handled very well and I found the whole premise to be believable and entertaining. A little bit of mystery, a little more mayhem, and people you really like and dislike.

The beginning of the book is a tough read, but after a chapter or two, Fox finds his stride and gives readers a book that is quite good. In fact, I ended up enjoying it so much I had to force myself not to dive right into the next book. I have already purchased it, but I try not to read two books by the same author right in a row, Funny how writers never write fast enough for readers.

Thank you Jimmy Fox for making me glad I invested the time. Well done.
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To be honest, I stopped reading this book about a quarter through. Both of Jimmy Fox's 1st and 2nd books are very wordy, but not much plot. I had hoped the second book would be better than the first. He has a good premise to start with, a New Orleans genealogist who is struggling to make ends meet but has excellent knowledge about old court houses, private collections of historical records, etc. His sleuth is a single guy who spends a lot of times in bars and dives, and checking out attractive women. He is computer illiterate but in the last half of the first book he gets an assistant who is a tech wiz, an interesting character underutilized in the 2nd book. I want to read more about the unusual things that happen, or even the EZ, stumble over, mysteries solved when hunting down genealogical records for his customers. This book would have been a really good short story. Books solving mysteries and murders with genealogy has a couple of other authors that weave better tales.
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Really liked Nick Herald and his investigation. I Even got more ideas on where to look for documents on genealogy.
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I really enjoyed this book - and thought that it was more cohesive than the first Nick Herald book, Deadly Pedigree. The plot was interesting and believable, the book moved along at a steady pace, Hawty is a great addition to Nick's business, and if you are an amateur genealogist as well, why would you not enjoy it! There aren't many genealogical mystery books around, so it is good to find a new author writing in this genre - I am looking forward to Nick Herald's next assignment.
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Entertaining for genealogy buffs who usually like a good mystery! Nick isn't your average family researcher, however, but he is interesting.
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Enjoyed this book. Sometimes predictable but mostly intriguing enough to keep me interested. I always enjoy history being incorporated into the story.
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