book 30 – Death Finds a Way
Death Finds a Way is the debut novel by genealogist/writer Lorine McGinnis Schulze. The story follows genealogist and accidental detective Janie Riley as she travels to Salt Lake City to research her family tree and finds herself embroiled in a murder mystery. Janie is, refreshingly, a middle-aged, happily married woman which is a nice change from the typical 30-year-old, single fitness buffs who seem to always feature in detective stories.
The story nicely blends a mystery from the past, uncovered by a fellow genealogist, with a modern day murder. Several clues, mixed with cleverly placed red herrings keep you guessing and re-guessing as you try to figure out “who dunnit”. I was pretty close in my initial guess as to the basic mystery, but kept changing my mind as new clues were revealed or as I followed wrong paths. Lorine cleverly uses these red herrings to draw parallels to the way genealogy research will often lead you down a road that ultimately turns out to be a dead end, forcing you to have to go back to the start and try again.
In all, this was a short but fun read. I especially appreciated the ending, where Lorine allows Janie to return to her true genealogist nature, offering comfort in the form of a family history that until that point was missing.
Rating: Well, to fully disclose, Lorine is my aunt, so I of course bought a copy. And so should you. You know, to support my aunt 🙂