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Lethal Lineage [Large Print] [Paperback]

Charlotte Hinger

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March 1 2011 Lottie Albright

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 over his scathing sermon when the Reverend Mary Farnsworth flees to the anti-room after dropping the chalice during communion. 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. Alone with Talesbury, Lottie is frightened by the Bishop's cold strange rituals for disposing of the spilled wine, but as Deputy Sheriff, she's duty bound to attend to the death. 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. Worried that this was not a natural death, Lottie calls in other law enforcement agencies. She soon learns that the beloved Reverend Mary was a woman without a past, and that the rogue Bishop has unexpected ties to Western Kansas. A sheriff from an adjacent county, unaware that Josie is an FBI consultant, assumes that seizing control of the investigation will be easy and instead arouses the twins' wrath. Although they are used to double trouble nothing has prepared them for the malevolence of Sheriff Deal's family. Forgetting that the past is always present, Lottie's investigation into old documents riles up murderous century old rivalries and her volatile marriage reels when Keith takes control.


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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: 21.3 x 14 x 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
4.0 out of 5 stars 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
4.0 out of 5 stars 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
4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Windy Desolate Western Kansas Delight! March 10 2011
By PoCoKat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The vastness of Western Kansas. The unrelenting wind. Plot twists and turns. An evil Sheriff and his vicious inbred relatives. A scary Bishop and a brand new little country church. Toss all of these together and you have an excellent page turner that is impossible to put down.

Lottie Albright made her debut in Charlotte Hinger's first novel in this series titled Deadly Descent. I wish I had read Deadly Descent first just because I know it would have been an excellent introduction to Lottie and her family. But not having read the first book did not infringe on my understanding at all of any circumstances in Lethal Lineage.

Lottie is both an under-sheriff in the county in which she lives, she is also the county historian. Through both of these occupations she interacts with everyone in her county in Western Kansas. It is through all these wonderful characters that the story evolves and keeps you from putting the book down. I really wasn't expecting the ending at all but of course once it was revealed it made complete and utter sense! I highly recommend this wonderful mystery.

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