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Peter Coldrick had no past; that was the conclusion drawn by years of personal and professional research. Then he employed the services of one Morton Farrier, forensic genealogist - a stubborn, determined man who uses whatever means necessary to uncover the past.

With the Coldrick Case, Morton faces his toughest and most dangerous assignment yet, where all of his investigative and genealogical skills are put to the test. However, others are also interested in the Coldrick family, people who will stop at nothing, including murder, to hide the past.

As Morton begins to unearth his client's mysterious past, he is forced to confront his own family's dark history, a history which he knows little about.

©2013 Nathan Dylan Goodwin (P)2018 Nathan Dylan Goodwin

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Annoying narrator - can't pronounce genealogist!

I really couldn't get past the narrator not knowing how to pronounce genealogist. Or genealogy. And such a dull, flat delivery. I won't be buying any more of this series.

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Really enjoyed this story!

The past holds all sorts of mysteries for those who enjoy researching their family tree. But what if no such avenue of research is available? What if someone were to find that their past simply didn’t exist?

Despite the fact that Peter Coldrick has no family and no family tree, his past does catch up with him in a way that sets Morton Farrier on a course of investigation that led to places that neither he nor the reader could possibly expect.

This is a really interesting mystery story with a refreshing perspective that presents new opportunities and avenues for investigation than amateur sleuths or police detectives usually employ. It draws on some intriguing elements of World War II history as the background for an investigation that takes place seventy years later and in a completely different context.

The narration by Jonathan Ip is very good indeed. He has a very pleasant voice to listen to, and portrays the different characters very effectively. His reading brings the story to life, and immerses the audience in the story as an eyewitness to the drama and action as it takes place.

All in all, a great story and a great narration.

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  • Susie Buggs
  • 15-06-2018

Disappointing

I’m a genealogist so I was really looking forward to this book. The genealogy research portions of the book were quite believable and explained well. However the two main characters, purported to be in a long term relationship, were so lacking in emotion or humor that it was difficult imagine them as a couple. The narrator added to the problem with his flat unemotional voice. The very convoluted plot was difficult to follow. I actually listened to the last couple of chapters twice to see if i’d missed something. After all was done I spent some time wondering why on earth any upper class British family would be ruthlessly killing people to cover up the Nazi sympathizer leanings of the family from World War II - over 80 years ago? What’s more they conveniently left a complete written file of their involvement sitting on an open shelf in their library?

I love the genealogy involvement and the quality of the writing but the characters need more development and more humanity. The plots need more believability and they need a new narrator.

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  • Judith
  • 01-04-2020

a first novel.

good story, just can't quite like the main character. hope to see development there.

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  • LOVETOQUILT
  • 07-07-2019

Long involved but good

Enjoyable read with many twists and turns. Definitely not boring. Will follow the series for sure

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  • S. North
  • 26-03-2019

Fiction a Genealogist Will Enjoy!

As a long time amateur genealogist, the plot, methodology and pace were engaging! I listened to the whole book in just two days! I can’t wait to download the next in the series.

Well done 😄

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  • Marsha J. Bembry
  • 14-02-2020

Can this many things happen to one person in such a short period of time?

I think not. I still enjoyed the genealogy part because I am doing family research. Good fast read or listen to, as the case may be.

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  • VAG802
  • 20-08-2018

Stumped me!

Engaged from start to finish. Enjoyed a few corny moments, and a laugh or two as I was taken straight to the end that I didn't see coming.

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  • Karen Johnston
  • 31-07-2018

Not crazy about the main character

I thought the story was pretty good, and I liked most of the characters, but I really wanted to give Morton a slap upside the head. What a self-pitying prat. I'm not adopted, but honestly, it seemed like the dad and the brother wanted nothing more than to love this guy and he did everything to put them at a distance. Either explain his problem with them better, or leave off that part. It wasn't necessary to the story.

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  • DC
  • 27-05-2018

a little difficult to get started but great after.

loved it once I got past the very beginning. onto the next book to read

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  • The Curator
  • 08-08-2021

A good story spoiled

Firstly, there’s an entertaining story here. It unravels nicely even if it’s a bit obvious from the start. The characters are likeable enough and the relationship between brothers is engaging. However, the way Goodwin writes about women, and particularly those not attractive to the protagonist is a real problem. He is cheap and nasty in this book about fat women, unmarried women, women with too many children and women who fail to be charmed by men. It’s a really uncomfortable read.

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  • Tracy
  • 12-03-2020

Great book

I found the book Very interesting and enjoyable read, I couldn't wait to start the next one

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  • Avril Peppard
  • 07-08-2018

Interesting new genre

I don't think the narration (performance) did this story justice. Jonathan Ip has a very deep voice, and the end parts of sentences were often a bit garbled. Also replacement sentences were input into his narration and these were quieter than his voice. (& his female voices were quieter than the 'hero' Morton Farrier). All in all it was possible to miss key words & this was frustrating.
Having said that, the story did race along and I was interested to hear the denouement.

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  • Julia
  • 09-01-2021

Flatters to deceive

Was attracted to potential of a story about a forensic genealogist, but it's quite a thin plot, the villains are implausible and the voice the narrator puts on for the women is irritating. But reasonably engaging and listened to the end.

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  • Mrs Susan Steele
  • 08-10-2019

If you love a mystery this is for you

I love crime and mystery and this ticks all the boxes including genealogy as an added bonus. A really good read.

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  • Jo
  • 30-08-2019

Brilliant book certainly kept me listening.

I love a book with a good solid centreline story around which a tale swirls. Twists and turns, some forseen some not. Going straight to the next case.

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