Torie O'Shea investigates the tangled roots of an ancient family tree.
Torie O'Shea-- genealogist and amateur sleuth-- is having a killer of a day. The town gossip spreads the word that her sweet wheelchair-bound mother is having an affair-- with the sheriff! Then quiet Marie Dijon is found dead at the foot of her basement stairs. Did she fall? Was she pushed? All Torie knows is that Marie had a family tree with royal roots completely foreign to a folksy Middle America town like New Kassel, Missouri. As foreign as, say...murder.
But nosiness in New Kassel is as native as the upcoming Oktoberfest. To Torie, the open door to Marie's house is more tempting than chocolate. Finding a hidden key and old documents in French make further investigating irresistible. But while juggling her growing suspicions, a hectic job at the historical society, two kids, and a sexy husband, Torie overlooks the obvious. Curiosity killed the cat. Someone killed Marie Dijon. And now Torie might know too much to live...
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Rett MacPherson lives in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband, Joe, her two daughters, and her two cats.
Welcome back to New Kassel, Missouri, where the citizens drink Dr. Pepper, go on hayrides, and flirt with their spouses--and where somebody has thrown Marie Dijon down her basement stairs, ransacked her grave, and run genealogist Victory O'Shea (Family Skeletons, 1997) off the road when her interest in the case gets a little too strong. Torie's convinced that the secret the grave-robber was looking for lay in the papers Torie filched (in a pricelessly unconvincing nocturnal visit with her two small children) from Marie's housepapers that tie Marie's death not only to a local suicide in 1922, but back three hundred years to Louis XIV's Man in the Iron Mask. And she's willing to take on the most unlikely allies: the playfully hostile sheriff, who's now conducting an affair with Torie's wheelchair-bound mother (!), a translator who can help Torie with the labyrinthine French of Marie's letters, even the blustery town gossip, who sets a sublimely ingenuous trap for the killer by announcing in her newspaper column that Torie's sitting on the vital evidence. Fans of Joan Hess may find the odd chuckle in this warmhearted album. For readers less infatuated with small-town comedy, the big news is that the Man in the Iron Mask isn't Leonardo DiCaprio. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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