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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: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,788,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The characters were as endearing--and varied--as the plot.
Janet Elaine Smith
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.
Patricia M Murdoch
I thought this was a good story but it used over-flowery language and had a surfeit of adjectives in every sentence!
Joanne Mathews

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Janet Elaine Smith on January 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Tardif on June 16, 2006
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane Werthmann on November 14, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Hartmann on January 9, 2014
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This book looked good but the story does not flow I was never sure where in the book I was as some parts seemed to be the same. Too many loose ends and I did not look forward to reading the next chapter, took me twice as long as the usual time it takes me to read a book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grandma reads on January 7, 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia M Murdoch on November 6, 2013
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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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I thought this was a good story but it used over-flowery language and had a surfeit of adjectives in every sentence! It made it difficult to read and difficult to concentrate.

I think the author needs to reduce the number of adjectives he uses and increase the amount of interesting facts. New Orleans is an interesting place but this book makes it sound violent and banal. Shame!
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