Lethal Lineage

Poisoned Pen. Mar. 2011. c.250p. ISBN 9781590588376. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781590588390. $14.95. M
When Reverend Mary Farnsworth dies in a locked room in tiny St. Helena's Church in rural western Kansas, Deputy Sheriff (and local historian) Lottie Albright and her sister Josie, a consultant for the FBI, go to the reverend's apartment to find her family contact information. They are arrested for trespassing by Sheriff Deal, who represents the law from another county and who hates Lottie. This sets off a citizens' attempt to oust him from his job.
VERDICT The complex threads of the investigation and the viciously mean-spirited actions of the Deal family add to the electrically charged atmosphere and create drama in this unusual and well-written sequel to Deadly Descent.

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