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Religious tract disguised as poorly plotted mystery
on October 5, 2013
There are many fine mysteries that feature a religion as an integral part of the plot. Examples are Faye Kellerman's series featuring Judaism, Sister Carol Anne O"Marie's series featuring Sister Mary Helen, a Catholic nun, and Ralph McInery's Father Dowling mysteries that were made into a TV series. These series have disclosure of the religious component in their book descriptions so the reader can make an informed decision.
There was no warning that this is a Mormon or Latter Day Saints religious book. Many people are interested in family history without being Mormon. If you are interested in genealogy based mysteries without a religious component the Tori O'Shea series by Rett MacPherson is well written.
This book, Poisoned Pedigree, did not have a viable plot. A Celtic singer asks the two main characters to investigate her "bad blood." The author repeatedly states that there is no such thing as "bad blood" yet the two main characters depart for a rural town to investigate the singer's family history anyway. The two main characters do not obtain basic information to investigate the singer's family history from the singer but instead seem to focus on trying to show how the non-LDS people in the town are bad.
This is the "New Edition" which means it is the digital edition of something that was only available in a hard copy version previously.
I am appalled that the religious content was not disclosed before purchase. I would have still bought the book as I have enjoyed other mysteries with a religious focus. However, the terrible writing in this book makes this a do not recommend purchase.