on June 16, 2006
Fox is 'quick like a fox' and just as cunning in his second Nick Herald Genealogical Mystery. With returning protagonist Nick Herald, from Deadly Pedigree, and his faithful yet disabled assistant Hawty, Jimmy Fox gives us another taste of New Orleans--and a dash of spicy murder on the side.
Lineages and Lies starts with the murder of a doctor whom Nick had an appointment with the night the man was killed. From there, the amateur sleuth and professional genealogist is thrown into a series of murders, and Nick discovers that a ship's manifest may hold the key to solving them. With thorough research and quick wit, Nick and Hawty delve into the secrets of the past to solve a case in the present.
Like Jackpot Blood, the first Fox novel I read, Lineages and Lies is just as delightfully suspenseful, a fun read. It is rare to find a protagonist with a disabled assistant, and Hawty's character adds humor and emotion to the story. I look forward to reading more from Jimmy Fox, a master of genealogical mysteries. Way to go, Jimmy!
~Cheryl Kaye Tardif
on January 18, 2003
As a geanealogist for many years, I was thrilled to discover Nick Herald, a sleuth with a family link that is all tied up in the shipyard. A lot of people, when they came to this country, changed their names or their persona, but this is the first time I ever ran across a ship with a new face. Jimmy Fox makes the plot line so believable, I scrambled to try to find the documentation he so brilliantly created. What I did find was that the verification was in the author's head. The characters were as endearing--and varied--as the plot. A brilliant piece of literature. I look forward to future books in this series.