Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Review: Paging the Dead (A Family History Mystery #1) by Brynn Bonner

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (Mar 12 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145166186X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451661866

Book Description

When a professional genealogist who teaches classes in family history scrapbooking is implicated in the murder of her client, she starts her own investigation to clear her name—and avoid jail!

Genealogist Sophie McClure spends much of her time researching the histories of families. With the help of her business partner and medium, Esme Sabatier, she is able to achieve extraordinary results in tracing family histories, which she translates into archival-scrapbooking. When one of their clients ends up dead and the evidence in the crime scene points to them, Sophie and Esme are immediately suspected of foul play. To clear their names they need to channel all of their investigative efforts—with the help of their scrapbooking club—into finding a murderer.

About the Author

 Brynn Bonner grew up in Alabama and lives in North Carolina. She was a working journalist, a high school teacher, a university instructor, and a full-time mother before beginning to write fiction. Both her literary fiction and mysteries frequently reflect the landscapes and the genuine people of her southern heritage—with an abiding emphasis on characters and their relationships to one another and to their place in the world. She has penned six novels writing as Ellen Harris. Her short stories have been featured in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Futures, Now and Then, Crossroads, and other publications.

My Review

 Light, cozy mystery featuring two of my favorite things:  a mystery and genealogy.   And archival scrapbooking which is something I always think about doing but never seem to get around to it! 

This book is the first in a series and it is off to a promising start.  The characters were all believable, fully drawn and filled out.  The story was well plotted and the book is well written.   I enjoyed the mystery portion even though I did have it solved about three quarters of the way through.

I do recommend this cozy mystery by author Brynn Bonner.

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