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The Blood Ballad

by Rett MacPherson

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I bought this book at a used bookstore, so the price was right, and it was a nice, quick read. Since I like mysteries and genealogy, it was a good fit during busy times. ( )
  dukefan86 | Dec 13, 2013 |
I had lost touch with local historian and genealogist Torie O'Shea in recent years, as well as her little town of New Kassel, Missouri. I'll certainly have to go back and pick up the volumes I've missed after reading THE BLOOD BALLAD.

In this one, Torie deals with every genealogist's nightmare -- the possibility of what is euphemistically termed "a non-paternity event." In other words, a man shows up claiming to have evidence that her grandfather was actually the son of a well-known local musician. What's more, he has tapes that appear to show that the musician stole songs that Torie's grandfather wrote and copyrighted them as his own.

Meanwhile, Torie is working busily on events for the town, the main business of which is tourism. During a "Birding Olympics" she's been roped into, shots are fired and then she and her partner literally have a dead body thrown at them. While she's investigating all this, another tape surfaces, with a song that appears to be a murder confession. The usual complications of family life and Torie's conflicts with her stepfather, the former sheriff, add to the mix.

Anyone who prefers their cozy mysteries with a bit of meat to them would do well to read THE BLOOD BALLAD. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
This cozy series just keeps getting better and better.

Torie starts out the book by attending a Bird Olympics with Eleanor as her partner! If you've read any of the earlier books you would know that this is not going to turn out well. Once dusk sets in Torie is writing down birds for Eleanor and Eleanor is sitting in a tree when they hear gunfire. Two or three sharp reports. Then bullets start flying toward them and they run to get away. They make it down to the river and then the dead body is introduced to the story.

It was quite an opening and just the start of a rollicking good story.

One of the things I like best about this series is the realistic family life that surrounds Torie. She has two teenage daughters who fight violently (including throwing things at each other) and yet they will help each other occasionally. Matthew, her son, is six now and is into bugs and dead squirrels as well as superhero's and swings. Rudy just tries to keep peace and keep Torie alive.

The mysteries in these books are good, well plotted and mostly very realistic but it is the characters who shine in the stories and it is the characters who will keep bringing me back. ( )
  bookswoman | Mar 31, 2013 |
If you like mysteries and genealogy, you'll like this book.
  malob | Sep 28, 2011 |
Done in a day. It was okay. Not earth shattering but better than many of the romantic mysteries that I read so fast. ( )
  krystalsbooks | Oct 7, 2009 |
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In loving memory of my grandfather,
Lawrence Allen (1892-1976), who gave the gift of music
to his children, and whom I adored unconditionally.
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"Eighty-two years ago, Isabelle Mercer was a girl like many other girls of the day."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312362226, Hardcover)

Genealogist and mother of three Torie O’Shea is out birding on the cliffs of the Mississippi River as part of New Kassell, Missouri’s first ever bird-watching Olympics, when someone starts shooting at her and her partner. Disoriented and running for their lives, they stumble over an antique trunk and discover a badly beaten dead body stuffed inside.

Soon after this disturbing event, musicologist Glen Morgan shows up at the Kendall House, Torie’s new textile museum, claiming to be Torie’s cousin and to have proof that Torie’s grandfather secretly may have written a number of popular songs for the Morgan Family Players, who were famous country music singers. Being a genealogist and the head of the local historical society, Torie doesn’t appreciate anyone shaking up a family tree that she has spent years putting together, but Glen’s old recordings are more than she can resist. After a little digging in the library and some serious snooping into the shooting, Torie starts to uncover secrets about her family and the town that even she didn’t know.

Rett MacPherson’s intricate plots and delightful small-town characters with long family histories hit all of the right notes in The Blood Ballad, the newest installment in her terrific Torie O’Shea series.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:59:10 -0400)

Genealogist Torie O'Shea is out birding on the cliffs of the Mississippi River as part of New Kassell, Missouri's first ever bird-watching Olympics, when someone starts shooting at her and her partner. Disoriented and running for their lives, they stumble over an antique trunk and discover a badly beaten dead body stuffed inside. Soon after, musicologist Glen Morgan shows up at the Kendall House, Torie's new textile museum, claiming to be her cousin and to have proof that her grandfather secretly may have written a number of popular songs for the famous country music singers, the Morgan Family Players. Torie starts to uncover secrets about her family and the town that even she didn't know.… (more)

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