Date: Dec. 2002
Reviewed: Trade Paperback
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Janet Elaine Smith
Notes: Reviewer Janet Elaine Smith is the author of A
House Call to the Past, Monday Knight, My Dear Phebe, In St.
Patrick’s Custody, Recipe For Murder, Dunnottar, Marylebone,
A Christmas Dream
Nick Herald Genealogical Mystery
a genealogist for over 20 years, Lineages and Lies was
instantly appealing to me.
setting is New Orleans, LA. Nick Herald is a former English professor,
but is now pursuing his real love and obsession: genealogy. Trouble
seems to follow him, and he doubles as an amateur sleuth. Nick begins
to investigate the prominent Society of the Allegorie. The original
passengers were supposed to have come to New Orleans on the famed
French ship. Nick has a crazy concept that the ship was not all
it claimed to be, and as he begins to investigate in order to prove
his own theory, bodies seem to appear from all different nooks and
is assisted by Hawty Latimer, a woman in a wheelchair, but who defies
anybody to think of her as disabled. If there was ever a handicapped
person who rues the hand fate has dealt them, they should read this
book. Hawty is a force to be reckoned with.
entire book is jam-packed with some of the most delightful and off-key
characters I have found in a book for a long time. They add to the
plot, as Nick wanders from office to library to high society, eventually
ending up with a position in the Society itself, where he has full
access to the secret books, which he is sure contain the answers
to the unsolved mystery of the ship.
plot line of the ship and its counterpart is so believable, I found
myself going to my own genealogical library to see if I could find
out more about the story. When I found nothing, I contacted Jimmy
Fox to see where he had found his facts. To my surprise, he admitted
that the plot existed solely in his mind. It was a masterfully-woven
story, the likes of which are usually based on fact, but so realistic
that it easily could have been.
and Lies is the second Nick Herald Genealogical Mystery; the
first one was Deadly Pedigree. I have to get my hands on that one,
and then wait a bit impatiently for Jimmy Fox to finish the next
Nick Herald Mystery.