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  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; Large type / large print edition (March 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159058838X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590588383
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g

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Review

“appealing second mystery . . . a whodunit that will keep the reader turning the pages until the dramatic conclusion.”— Publisher’s Weekly

 

 

 “Lottie’s second case is a worthy successor to Deadly Descent (2009). Deftly drawn characters and a complicated but believable mystery leave you yearning for more.”— Kirkus Reviews

 "unusual and well-written sequel to Deadly Descent.”—Library Journal

"an intriguing tale that links current events to old rivalries. Readers will be waiting for Lottie’s next case."— Booklist

 

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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A sinister Episcopal Bishop shows up to confirm Lottie and Josie Albright’s niece at the new frame church built on the corners of four Western Kansas counties. The twins are already agitated when the Reverend Mary Farnsworth flees to the anti-room after dropping the chalice. Josie, a psychologist, lingers after the service to comfort her, but Lottie immediately orders her sister to leave when they discover Reverend Mary’s body. Back at the county-wide picnic, an elderly lady informs Lottie that a man kneeling next to her scared Reverend Mary into a heart attack. Where does the truth lie?

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Hinger's Lineage Continues! March 31 2011
By Gallo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Lethal Lineage, Charlotte Hinger's latest addition to her brilliant series with small-town local sleuth, Deputy Sheriff Lottie Albright, is another spellbinding mystery. Hinger again weaves a riveting tale that winds through the musty historical archives of Carlton County, Nebraska, and through the back roads and homes of the rural residents, some not so friendly to Lottie's mission to delve into a strange and sudden death during a service in a local church. One interesting character after another tells stories to Lottie of past lives that have been kept secret for generations, some from as far away as Africa. All this blends into Hinger's novel of intrigue with gripping scenes that will pull you skillfully from one chapter to another, not only with Lottie, but with the able assistance of her twin sister, Josie, and her husband, Keith. Don't miss this newest edition from one of our most gifted novelists writing today.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
More History than Mystery May 13 2011
By Kae - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I like the contemporary Western Kansas setting with wide open spaces and third/fourth generation land survivors. Thirty-something Lottie Albright is married to a respected rancher-veterinarian; she is a mover and shaker in the local historical society, and also the under-deputy sheriff for the county.

Lethal Lineage starts in church with Lottie, and members from several counties, attending the first service at the new church they built themselves. But the day is marred when Episcopal priest Mary Farnsworth has a panic attack, locks herself in another room, and is there found dead after the service. No windows, only one door. A natural physical ailment is ruled out.

The mystery deepens when there is no record anywhere of Mary Farnsworth's history, family, or other relations. And then there's the strange Bishop who was officiating for the baptism of Lottie's niece...He reminds Lottie of a priest she researched who lived 150 years ago.

A lot to contemplate here, and with Hinger's good writing the lively plot moves along quickly. We see her conflicts with being a sheriff and also a wife and a working historian; to lessen her burdens, her husband takes on the vacant deputy position, and is also on the case. Both of them really rile the sheriff of a neighboring county and he makes trouble.

Throw into this mix Lottie's continuing interviews with county people for family history, and, lo!, some seem to be tangential to the Farnsworth murder. Also, Lottie's very urban twin sister, Josie, gets involved after a not-so-smart arrest by the neighboring county sheriff. And then there's the fiddle contest...

Sound complex? Well it is, and I think Hinger nearly undid herself. The information that led to the denouement, while it tied up all the loose ends of the story, is presented quite late and it seemed a scramble to get it all told. And then there's Edna... Well, you know how it is with some characters: you either love 'em or you hate 'em...

All in all, Lethal Lineage is an interesting whodunit with complex characters and descriptive writing. I look forward to the next Lottie Albright adventure.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Strong Characters and a Vivid Sense of Place Feb. 26 2011
By caryn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
What starts out as a happy celebration for both the Albright family and the parishioners of St.Helena's Church, turns terribly wrong in the course of a few minutes. First the visiting Episcopal Bishop who has come to confirm Lottie and Josie Albright's niece delivers what can only be described as a fire and brimstone homily. Then as the congregation is receiving communion, Reverend Mary Farnsworth, drops the chalice spilling the consecrated wine before fleeing to the ante-room. Farnsworth is found dead after the service ends. That is the set up for Hinger's second Lottie Albright mystery.

There are so many different angles to this book to pull different sorts of readers in. It's rather unusual to have a protagonist who is both an amateur sleuth and a law enforcement officer, but that is exactly what readers have in Lottie Albright. While she came to Western Kansas as the Director of the County Historical Society, she soon found herself a part-time deputy for the Sheriff's Department and is now in fact the Under Sheriff. So while the book is technically a police procedural, it's also an amateur detective novel. Because Lottie's current project at the Historical Society is writing the county's history through the stories of the residents, it is very much historical fiction as well.

Then there's the rich detailing of Western Kansas for a setting which brings the area to life leaving no confusion with the reader that Lottie's Kansas is far, far away from Kansas City-and not just in miles. Through the oral histories of the families readers learn much of how this area of the country came to be settled-what drew people to what was not by any measure an easy life in the early days.

For readers fond of mysteries set around religion, there is the interesting plot line centered on the Episcopal Church. The death of Mary Farnsworth immediately sets off a controversy over who has jurisdiction over the investigation since the church is built on land straddling four different counties. Some really interesting history of church building on the prairies and the history of clergy known as "tent builders" are entwined throughout the book.

But the thread that pulls all of these things together is the remarkable characters found in the Lottie Albright books. Lottie and her twin sister Josie are a different as can be, but in spite of their personality differences, there is the strong "twin" interconnection. Keith Feine, Lottie's husband struggles to accept his wife's involvement with the Sheriff's Department. His children who are not exactly thrilled to have a stepmother more their age than their father's present a dose of reality in the family dynamics. The various community members who fight amongst themselves on nearly every issue, but close ranks quickly against any outside threat to their community-all of these people come together on the pages of Hinger's book to give the plot depth and bringing it to life.
With so many different angles, it's hard to imagine a reader not being drawn into this book. The book's short chapters end with a teaser to keep the pace moving, making it hard to put the book down once started. This is quickly becoming one of my "must read" series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
In just two books, this has become a must-read series! Oct. 23 2012
By Cathy G. Cole - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First Line: Happiness happens.

The Episcopalians in Lottie Albright's corner of western Kansas have worked hard to build a small church on a parcel of land that sits on the corners of four counties. The first day they gather together for a sermon, communion, and the confirmation of Lottie's niece.

The bishop gives an inappropriate sermon filled with hellfire and brimstone, and everyone is thunderstruck when beloved Reverend Mary Farnsworth drops the chalice during communion and locks herself in the anteroom. Lottie's sister Josie, a psychologist, stays after the service to comfort Mary, but Lottie orders her sister to leave when the locked door is opened and Mary's body is found on the floor. Frightened by the bishop's strange rituals for disposing of the spilled wine, Lottie would like nothing better than to leave, but as undersheriff, she must stay to attend to the death.

An elderly lady who attended the service insists that a man kneeling next to her scared Reverend Mary into a heart attack which gives credence to Lottie's belief that this was not a natural death. Calling in other law enforcement agencies, Lottie discovers many more questions than answers as the investigation moves forward.

The first book in this series, Deadly Descent, relied a great deal on Lottie's skill as an historian digging through old records, documents, and genealogical charts. In Lethal Lineage, Lottie finds herself focusing more on the oral histories of several county residents. She also realizes that she's bitten off more than she can chew in her work for the county historical society and as undersheriff. It is something on which both she and her husband must come to some sort of agreement while Lottie tries to find a killer and deal with a sheriff whose family has ridden roughshod over a neighboring county for decades.

Hinger brings sparsely populated western Kansas to life by seamlessly including details of how poor counties constantly battle budget constraints as well as how feuds, secrets and lies never seem to die out no matter how many decades pass. (Have you ever stopped to wonder how many fewer books would be written if people everywhere would simply tell the truth?)

Her three main characters-- Lottie, her sister Josie, and her husband Keith-- are strong, vivid people who care for one another deeply although they don't always see eye-to-eye. I feel as if I've known them my whole life.

In just two books I've fallen in love with the setting, the characters, and the way Charlotte Hinger can tell a story. Lethal Lineage stands alone quite well, but I think it would be best to start at the beginning so you can fully appreciate the fascinating work Charlotte does at the historical society, as well as the dynamics between the characters. This is a highly recommended book in a highly recommended series. I can't wait for book number three!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on the edge of my seat March 20 2011
By N. Wills - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is the second book in the series. If you missed the first one like I did, then don't worry. This is not the type of series where if you miss one book, you are lost. But since I am going to suggest that you run out to the store and get this one, then I am going to suggest you might as pick up Deadly Descent (book one) while you are at it.

This was a really great mystery that was so convoluted it was hard to tell who was supposed to be good and who was supposed to be bad.

I know that I was sitting on the edge of my seat right until the very end with this one.

First off you have the Bishop who is so scary that he makes the Clown Pennywise look like a cuddly toy. Then you have the Sheriff who will do whatever it takes to keep Lottie and Josie from poking their noses where he thinks they don't belong.


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