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Sins of the Father (Family Tree Mysteries, No. 2) Mass Market Paperback – September 25, 2007


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (September 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060819766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060819767
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Patricia Sprinkle has done it again!” (Margaret Maron)

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I enjoyed the historical and geneological background of the first book of this new series, so I had to get the 2nd book when it came out.
P. Walker
The Bayard's want to disinter the graves on the island so they can build a series of McMansions and Dr. Flo is hoping to learn more about her family tree.
K. Stolldorf
The reason I didn't guess the killer was because it didn't make much sense -- the motive just wasn't sufficient, the character didn't seem right.
M. C. Crammer

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Stolldorf on June 21, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Patricia Sprinkle's mysteries have always some of the best available, but this one is her best so far. The combination of mystery, history, and genealogy research has something for everyone. Katharine Murray's story, begun in "Death on the Family Tree", continues when Dr. Flo Gadney asks if Katharine would be willing to accompany her to Bayard's Island to visit what might be her Grandfather's grave. The Bayard's want to disinter the graves on the island so they can build a series of McMansions and Dr. Flo is hoping to learn more about her family tree. That family tree holds a number of surprises for Dr. Flo and reveals some Civil War history that has been forgotten.

Making a reappearance are Hobart Hastings, Posey Buiton, Hollis Buiton, Dr. Florence Gadney, and Lamar Franklin. Tom Murray, Katharine's husband appears for a time. Katharine, with the help of Hollis, is still working on fixing and redecorating her Buckhead home which was vandalized in the series book one. If you liked book 1, you'll love book 2.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on October 18, 2007
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I enjoyed "Sins of the Father". Sometimes it is a little hard to sympathize with "poor little Katharine" as she sits in her huge house in the wealthy part of town with the kids moved out complaining about her husband not flying home for the weekend and wondering what to do with her life. Sounds like the dream life! That said, what I like a lot about the stories is that the family history and genealogy mysteries add a lot of flavor and interest and the murder part of the story is driven by the "family secrets" uncovered. The final scene came across as a little contrived to me, everybody coincidentally arrives at the same place during the climactic events and I had a bit of a "come on you can do better" reaction. But Katharine is appealing (other than the occasional bout of self-pity) and so are the peripheral characters. The story is very strong and kept my interest throughout. The locale is interesting as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Crammer VINE VOICE on February 19, 2009
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I've read quite a lot by this author, and living in Atlanta and having genealogy as a hobby, this series is particularly interesting for me. I was really enjoying this book until the end. I'll try to explain the problem without any spoilers.

The reason I didn't guess the killer was because it didn't make much sense -- the motive just wasn't sufficient, the character didn't seem right. Moreover, there was a big climactic ending with shooting and death and injury that also didn't seem to have sufficient motivation or seem in character with the person doing it. It just wasn't credible within the story lines.

Aside from that, this was an interesting read, and the genealogical mystery was well done. It really captures life in Atlanta among the upper middle class and the flavor of the coastal regions (including Jeckyl Island). It's well worth a read, and I will certainly look forward to additions in the series.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Walker on December 20, 2007
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I've always been a fan of Patricia Sprinkle, especially her Sheila Travis series. I enjoyed the historical and geneological background of the first book of this new series, so I had to get the 2nd book when it came out.

Interesting background on a area of Georgia I wasn't familiar with, enjoyed the characters (good guys and bad)and found it a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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Patricia has such an easy way with dialogue, making her story and her characters believable. I could not put this book down and enjoyed her historical connections, since I am a regular visitor to Savannah and Charleston and a southerner. Wonderful read with characters who become family and a story that keeps you engaged until the end.
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This book was humorous, yet suspenseful! It is a story of ancestors and the problems they create! Story is well-developed - I highly recommend the first novel in the series, "Death on the Family Tree" as well! No cussing, no gore, just a terrific story!!
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