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Publisher's Summary

S.C. Perkins' Murder Once Removed is the captivating first mystery in the Ancestry Detective series, in which Texas genealogist Lucy Lancaster uses her skills to solve murders in both the past and present. 

Except for a good taco, genealogist Lucy Lancaster loves nothing more than tracking down her clients’ long-dead ancestors, and her job has never been so exciting as when she discovers a daguerreotype photograph and a journal proving Austin, Texas, billionaire Gus Halloran’s great-great-grandfather was murdered back in 1849. What’s more, Lucy is able to tell Gus who was responsible for his ancestor’s death. 

Partly, at least. Using clues from the journal, Lucy narrows the suspects down to two 19th-century Texans, one of whom is the ancestor of present-day US senator Daniel Applewhite. But when Gus publicly outs the senator as the descendant of a murderer - with the accidental help of Lucy herself - and her former co-worker is murdered protecting the daguerreotype, Lucy will find that shaking the branches of some family trees prove to be more twisted and dangerous than she ever thought possible.  

©2019 Stephanie C. Perkins (P)2019 Recorded Books

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  • Robert McLemore
  • 27-03-2019

Murder once removed

Loved it! Being a genealogy buff myself for the past 14 years is what drew me to try out this book. I'm happy to say that the author has a loyal new fan. I liked Lucy and her quirky friends. I could totally relate when she had a "Eureka" moment in her research. I enjoyed the twists and turns between the past and present. This story was light hearted and serious. Even if you're not into genealogy, it is still an entertaining book.

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  • Christina M Dye
  • 21-03-2019

Has potential

The storyline had potential but it was travelling no where fast. The large number of characters , an excessive amount of descriptions, and repeated retelling of previous chapters meant the true storyline got lost. Unfortunately, I gave up after chapter 7. If you like stories with lots of detail and how it works descriptions--this is probably the book for you.

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  • Cynthia
  • 30-04-2019

I think geneology lovers will like this book.

I think you will enjoy this book if you like cozy mysteries and geneology. I suggest that you speed up the narration. It is painfully slow.

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  • ccfox
  • 12-01-2021

Cozy his story mystery

Perkins Has brought us a wonderful new cozy mystery. Lucy has discovered a the answer to a hundred year old family mystery which in turn has brought about a new mystery in. She also has to deal with the hunky special FBI agent turner who she has some great chemistry with. After reading this book he will want to look up the genealogy of your own family.

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  • Andrew P.
  • 28-09-2020

Loved the twists and turns

What a fun book by a fresh young author! Enjoyed trying to keep one step ahead of the bad guys! Well written and well read. Onward to her second book in this series.

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  • Julie
  • 25-05-2020

Genealogist-in-training approved

If you enjoy genealogy, mysteries, and tacos, then you’ll like this. Only thing that really bothered me was that the narrator did not say “San Jacinto” the Texan way... so that made me twitch at least 3-4 times. Also, made me really crave tacos more than usual.

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  • Barbara
  • 19-12-2019

So fun

I loved this book. It was so fun to listen to and so fun to hear the Texas references. Definitely recommend!

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  • kws
  • 06-08-2019

Thoroughly enjoyable mystery

This book was delightful. I loved the location (Austin, Texas) and the characters. Lucy Lancaster is a genealogist who uncovers a murder in the past. Once this is made public things spiral out of control. Filled with fun secondary characters and life in Austin it is a fun read. I highly recommend it and am looking forward to the next Lucy Lancaster mystery.

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  • Cathy DNP
  • 03-04-2019

Excellent performance

Hopefully she will be doing many more performances.
Her voice is of exceptional quality. and easy to listen too.

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  • Debbie Lacey
  • 22-03-2019

ENCHANTING NEW SERIES

LOVED THIS BOOK AND ALL THE CHARACTERS! LUCY, JO, AND SERENA ARE FABULOUS, FUN, INTELLIGENT, AND INTERESTING. WALTER AND BEN ARE GREAT AND I LOVE GUS, BETTY ANN, AND THE SENATOR. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE!

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  • Mrs Donna Dixon
  • 17-07-2019

Murder Once Removed

Absolutely brilliant. One of the best books I've listened to. I hope there will be a sequel.

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