Fay Sampson In the Blood (Suzie Fewings)

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In the Blood (Suzie Fewings)

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The first in a fascinating new series combining mystery and genealogy - Keen family history researcher Suzie Fewings is delighted when she discovers an ancestor with the same name as her teenage son. But what she finds out about the seventeenth-century Thomas casts a darker shadow than she expected. Then her own Tom's girlfriend is found dead in mysterious circumstances, and Suzie finds it hard to suppress her growing fears that Tom has inherited more than a name from his predecessor . . .

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Fay Sampson, three-time nominee for ""The Guardian"" Children's Fiction Prize, is the author of many books, including the Pangur Ban Celtic Fantasies ""Shape-Shifter,"" ""Pangur Ban the White Cat,"" ""Finnglas of the Horses,"" and ""Finnglas and the Stones of Choosing,""

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Suzy Fewings is an avid genealogical researcher, and she is thrilled when she discovers that one of her ancestors, one Thomas Loosemore, a church warden in the sixteenth century, had the same name as her son, Tom. But the discovery loses its fascination when further research reveals that Loosemore was most likely a murderer. Her research into the past takes a backseat, however, when a modern-day murder takes place. A 16-year-old local girl, Julie Samuel, is found brutally slain, her body left in a drainage ditch. Even more horrifying is the fact that Tom, who dated Julie in the weeks before her murder, suddenly becomes a suspect in the investigation. Shocked, Suzy begins to wonder if the sixteenth-century Thomas Loosemore could have passed down a curse to her own Tom. As the investigation progresses, Suzy's happy family begins to unravel, as Suzy and her husband think the unthinkable--that Tom is Julie's killer. The conclusion is as surprising as it is tragic. A gripping story and a believable depiction of how a family can be destroyed by guilt and doubt make this a fine read for crime fans. --Booklist, 1st August 2009

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