Hello, fellow readers! Wow, have I found a wonderful series by author extaordinaire S.C. Perkins titled “Murder Once Removed (Ancestry Detective Book 1).” I’ve gobbled it up, folks! If you love cozy mysteries, and/or amateur sleuth mysteries, then you’ll want to read this one. As book reviews go, I only post those books that I’ve fallen in love with. This one definitely fits the bill. From the well-developed characters to the complex plot, this cozy mystery takes you on an extraordinary ride of whodunit, leaving you waiting for the next one in the series!

Murder Once Removed by S.C. Perkins ©
St. Martin’s Paperbacks ©

S.C. Perkins’ Murder Once Removed is the captivating first mystery in the Ancestry Detective series, in which Texas genealogist Lucy Lancaster uses her skills to solve murders in both the past and present.

Except for a good taco, genealogist Lucy Lancaster loves nothing more than tracking down her clients’ long-dead ancestors, and her job has never been so exciting as when she discovers a daguerreotype photograph and a journal proving Austin, Texas, billionaire Gus Halloran’s great-great-grandfather was murdered back in 1849. What’s more, Lucy is able to tell Gus who was responsible for his ancestor’s death.

Partly, at least. Using clues from the journal, Lucy narrows the suspects down to two nineteenth-century Texans, one of whom is the ancestor of present-day U.S. senator Daniel Applewhite. But when Gus publicly outs the senator as the descendant of a murderer—with the accidental help of Lucy herself—and her former co-worker is murdered protecting the daguerreotype, Lucy will find that shaking the branches of some family trees proves them to be more twisted and dangerous than she ever thought possible.

What are you waiting for?

As an avid amateur genealogist, Murder Once Removed checks all the boxes for an exciting adventure. As an added plus, it gives good tips on the history of Texas. For more information on the author please visit scperkins.com.

I love hearing from you! If you have read a great mystery book lately, comment below, or can always e-mail me at kduptonauthor@gmail.com. Plus, if you have read Murder Once Removed, what did you think about it?

For now, I must get back to writing The Kaitlynn Dahls series! Until next time…

Happy reading,


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