Family Skeletons (Torie O'Shea Mysteries, No. 1)

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9780312152369: Family Skeletons (Torie O'Shea Mysteries, No. 1)

When Victory O'Shea, the resident historian, genealogist, and tour guide for the town of New Kassel, Missouri, begins researching Norah Zumwalt's family tree, her client turns up murdered, and with the help of the local sheriff, she sets out to investigate the killing.

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Rett Macpherson lives in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and three children. This is her first Torie O'Shea mystery.

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A breezy, fun, and woefully unconvincing debut featuring hausfrau-of-all-hobbies Victory O'Shea of the historic German town of New Kassel, Missouri. Young Victory is approached after her costumed tour of an antique-furnished landmark to do a genealogy for a well-groomed but rather glum lady who was long ago deserted by her father. (Victory, among various civic activities, makes an occasional buck doing family trees; meanwhile, if you can believe it, her divorced, wheelchair-bound mother keeps track of Victory's house, husband, chicken coop, and two preschoolers.) Now, Victory traces Norah Zumwalt's father to a nearby town, then finds her client bloodily murdered. Swiftly adding killer-catching to her list of interests, and perhaps egged on by a sexily adversarial relationship with the police chief who once jailed her for speeding, she uncovers a snakepit of neurotic motivations among Norah's ex-husband, grown children, and perhaps unfaithful lover. Further complications arise when Victory discovers that Norah's father has a largely fabricated identity. And then the Mississippi overflows. . . . MacPherson does okay by her cute heroine but--while she pioneers the excellent fictional entr‚e of genealogical research-- is helpless to exploit the fear, grief, and sheer bloody-mindedness that lead to violence here. Stressed female readers may feel that her supermom deserves a case and possibly a career of her own. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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