Family Skeletons As resident genealogist historian tour guide and occasional amateur snoop Victory Torie O Shea can be found anywhere in the historic German town of New Kassel Missouri mixing fudge giving tours

  • Title: Family Skeletons
  • Author: Rett MacPherson
  • ISBN: 9780312966027
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • As resident genealogist, historian, tour guide, and occasional amateur snoop, Victory Torie O Shea can be found anywhere in the historic German town of New Kassel, Missouri mixing fudge, giving tours, tracing family trees, and even investigating murderWhen shopowner Norah Zumwalt asks Torie for help in piecing together her family lineage to find her missing father, ToAs resident genealogist, historian, tour guide, and occasional amateur snoop, Victory Torie O Shea can be found anywhere in the historic German town of New Kassel, Missouri mixing fudge, giving tours, tracing family trees, and even investigating murderWhen shopowner Norah Zumwalt asks Torie for help in piecing together her family lineage to find her missing father, Torie cheerfully agrees But before Torie delivers her results, Norah is brutally murdered Now Torie must use her formidable skills at prying into the past and the human heart to solve a case of passionate secrets and betrayal But as the Mississippi floods, she may be in deep trouble when evidence of another killing surfaces and Torie comes face to face with a family skeleton that will chill her to the bone.

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    1. I enjoyed seeing how this series started. I've read other books in it, although it's been a few years so this was perfect. I like Torie and its fun seeing how she uses her genealogical research to help solve crimes.

    2. Torie (called Victory by Sylvia, an older, somewhat grouchy older woman that Torie works for/with) is a genealogist and historical guide. She's an interesting investigator, especially paired up with both a sheriff she doesn't like because he arrested her for speeding (while trying to get a pregnant woman to the hospital) and her witty, perceptive mother, a wheelchair-bound woman who gives care (cooking, esp.) more than takes it. The story was different and well-told - Torie is approached by a wo [...]

    3. Generally speaking I liked this book. While the first in the series it is not the first book of the series I have read. Knowing later books are much better I was a bit disappointed until I took into consideration that this was probably the author's first book. I found it suffered from a few glaring inconsistencies such as early in the book when Torie recalls attending a friend's mother's funeral then immediately attempts to blackmail that same friend by threatening to tell his mother something. [...]

    4. Torie is a dedicated, plucky, and tenacious investigator. Much like you have to be when working as a genealogist. The story is a unique one, and very detailed and filled out with subplots and nuances. I did enjoy the book overall, but found that the character of Torie herself was a little lacking. We see evidence that she loves history, her town, her family, but never experience any of that passion firsthand from her point of view. there was just a flatness about her that kept me from connecting [...]

    5. This is a book that I probably have a personal bias toward liking since the setting is a fictionalized version of Kimmswick, MO and the real surrounding towns. I enjoyed recognizing local depictions, and I also found the protagonist, Torie O'Shea, to be extremely likable. Torie, the beloved town genealogist, is like a Lorelai Gilmore meets Nancy Drew who solves mysteries in a midwestern Stars Hollow. The mystery to this book has enough twists to be interesting but is still solvable for the reade [...]

    6. I love this time of year. November and December are my two months to primarily read cozies/amateur sleuth. I like finding new-to-me authors or series, meandering Mt Git'r'Read to see what I've stashed away. That's how I found this one, waaaay in the back of my closet version of Mt G'r'R. It's like my birthday sometimes when I start digging around the backstacks. Glad I found it. A good start to a series with a cool premise. I like the idea of a genealogist with a family and a career. I always wo [...]

    7. Tori is asked to locate one of the locals, Norah Zumwalt's, father. She never met him and was sure he may have died in the war. Norah is murdered and Tori does some investigating into the reasons why someone would kill Norah.Family secrets are uncovered and at times things get a little complicated. A fun read, laugh out loud lines and a nice ending.

    8. An interesting murder mystery investigated by a genealogist who lives in Missouri. This is right up my alley!

    9. MacPherson is a good writer. She has the ability to pull you right in to the story. She is humorous and the story flows well. I have read all of the Torie O'Shea mysteries.

    10. Victory O'Shea, I think, has a cool job: she works for a historical preservation society in a small town outside St. Louis and gives tours of local points of interest garbed in period dress. Having lived near Colonial Williamsburg, I can relate.When "Torie" is not pointing out the fine craftmanship of an antique writing desk to tourists or sandbagging around her home to keep the mighty Mississippi from sweeping her life away, she freelances in genealogical research (I'm working on my own family [...]

    11. Family Skeletons is the first book in the Torie O'Shea Mystery Series. Victory (Torie) lives in New Kassel Misouri near the Mississippi River. She is a genealogist and historian who gives tours while dressed in period costume. She is also a wife, mother , and daughter in a very loving family. She is approached while giving a tour to do a family tree with emphasis on the father's side for a resident of New Kassel. Torie soon finds herself trying to solve the mystery of who killed her client.There [...]

    12. A fine little mystery, solved by a family historian. Torie O'Shea kind of bugged me. Her character seemed inconsistent: helping out the old ladies at the historical museum one minute, being rude to the town sheriff the next. Her husband was way nicer to her than I would have been. It was like she was suffering PMS through the whole book. Plus, there were a couple of times when her descriptions of things were a little too rambling and downright annoying. Like the one paragraph dedicated to Torie' [...]

    13. Victory “Torie” O’Shea has a good life in a small town in Missouri, working as a museum docent, researching genealogy and mothering her two preschoolers. When she’s hired by Norah Zumwalt, the local antiques dealer, to compile her family tree, Torie is surprised to find that Norah’s father, presumably lost in World War II, is living in a town nearby. She calls her client with the news, only to find her murdered a short time later. Needless to say, a trifle like murder cannot stop a ded [...]

    14. “Family Skeletons” – written by Rett MacPherson and published in 1997 by Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St Martin’s Press. Advertised as a mystery with a family tree twist, I was excited to read this book. Unfortunately, all the facets of the story were sadly lackluster and not very well put together. Most irritating was yet another flighty, ridiculous female lead, although true to her described characteristics, “cranky, high tempered, self-absorbed and moody.” Sentences like this [...]

    15. In the first installment of the Torie O'Shea Genealogical mystery series by Rett MacPherson, Family Skeletons, we were introduced to a new heroine and a new kind of cozy series. Victory "Tori" O'Shea was the resident genealogist for her historic German hometown of New Kassel, Missouri. She was also a wife and a mother of three kids, too. When Nora Zumwalt asked Torie to help her work on her father's side of her family tree, Torie agreed. When she delivered the results, she found Nora's dead body [...]

    16. Yet another take on the "cosy" mysteryour sleuth this time is Torie (Victory) O'Shea. She is a wife, mother, resident historian, geneologist and tour guide (in costume) in the historic German town of New Kassel, Missouri (just outside St. Louis). Shortly after a crotchety antique store owner, Norah Zumwalt asks Torie to locate the father she never knew, Norah is brutally murdered. Torie keeps delving into Norah's family tree and she finds herself working with Sheriff Brooke to discover what real [...]

    17. First in a series about a genealogist who gets involved in a murder. Characters are still being developed, though I liked what I was seeing. I did like that the main character, Torie, is a "young" (mid to late 20s) woman with children and a husband. The plot did get a little convoluted or contrived in a few places, forcing me to go back and check the family lines. It might have been helpful to have a list of characters at the beginning or a family tree for the basic characters.

    18. This book was OK, it was a little too "cozy" for me, I'm not running to the library to get the next in the series, but I may read it eventually. The characters were likable, the main character was a genealogist who through her research into a client's tree becomes entangled in a murder mystery. Worth the read if you are looking for a light read.

    19. This is the first book in the Tory O'Shea series. In this book, Victory O'Shea is hired to discover the fate of Norah Zumwalt's father Eugene Courts. Tory discovers Norah's body and in spite of the warnings from the Sheriff and her family, she tracks down the killer of Norah while helping solve cold cases of murder comitted by a serial killer during World War II

    20. I enjoyed a great deal of this mystery. The mixing of genealogy with a murder mystery seems the perfect blend - is it a new murder or one tied to the past, and how? The main character had some traits that I wasn't that fond of but I was able to mostly ignore them and enjoy the story. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series.

    21. Cute, good read if you're looking for a simple, light-hearted whodunit (my secret pleasure haha).From a more critical literary standpoint, not impressive. Plot devices and under-developed characters galore!Although, to be fair, I'm pretty sure this novel is just meant as easy-reading, so in that sense it's entertaining enough.

    22. So I would really give this a 3.5 but only lets you do rate on a full star system so I guess 4 stars it is. This mystery was a lot better than your average cooking, crafting type mystery series. I haven't read any more of the series but I did like the fact that it was a quick read. It didn't go in to too much detail about certain things so it kept it light and fresh.

    23. This genealogical mystery novel was particularly interesting to me because I am descended from a Zumwalt family in St. Charles County, Missouri -- the same location and name as mentioned in this book. My four times great-grandfather was Andrew Charles Zumwalt. The author here, Rett MacPherson (pseud.) apparently lives in that Missouri neighborhood and writes about it, as well.

    24. Rhett MacPherson writes a good cozy mystery series featuring genealogist Tori O’Shea. Tori often gets involved in solving mysteries in New Kassel, Missouri, her home town. Start with the 1st book, Family Skeletons.

    25. I love a good mystery and Rett MacPherson's books are a great read. I did have problem finding this book, the first in the series. None of my local libraries had it so I had to buy it online which was a bummer since I am a big supporter of libraries.

    26. A bit uneven with inconsistencies in the background details at first. This evens out and the story keeps developing well to the end. A good mystery. I'm not to keen on the point of view character but the story was well told and the other people were more interesting than Torie.

    27. This is the 1st book in the Torie O'Shea mystery series. The stories are best read in order and get better & better as Torie and her family and new mysteries develop. The characters, mysteries and settings are excellent creations and I am always waiting impatiently for her next installment.

    28. This book took me back to my younger days of reading Nancy Drew and trying to piece together the puzzle of who did it and why! Except it kept me very entertained as an adult. I loved it! Easy read, quick and fun!

    29. Unless you're stuck on a plane with only this book to read, don't do it. Harsh, I know, but I really, really wanted to like it. A genealogical mystety set in St. Louis where I was headed for a genealogy conference! Perfect. Except it wasn't. Boring, simplified and predictable.

    30. I discovered Rett MacPherson at my local library in St. Louis. I have read all of the Torie O'Shea mysteries. They are enjoyable, easy reads. I'm an amateur genealogist and thoroughly enjoy Torie's research and antics.

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