In 2012, I published my first post, which was titled Genealogy Mysteries. It provided a summary of the genealogy mysteries I discovered at that time. In 2014, I published Genealogy Mysteries – Expanded and earlier this year, I published Genealogy Mysteries – Expanded and Updated.
Since then, I have been accumulating and reading new books, authors, and series in this sub-genre. For those of you who also enjoy genealogy and reading mysteries, I would like to share these recent discoveries.
In addition to the Orchard series that I have previously mentioned, Sheila Connolly authors the Museum Mysteries set in Philadelphia and featuring Nell Pratt. Sheila Connolly used to work at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. See below for more on this series.
The latest news is that two of my favorite genealogy mystery writers are releasing new books this year.
The new Morton Farrier, Forensic Genealogist book, The America Ground, by Nathan Dylan Goodwin will be published in September 2015, and Steve Robinson just submitted his next Jefferson Tayte book to the publisher. I am really looking forward to these new releases.
The Museum Mysteries by Sheila Connolly star Nell Pratt, president of the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society (think Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia) who spends much of her time solving murders through research in their collections. These books are fascinating for their mysteries, their history, and our glimpses into the lives of the archivists. Highly recommended.
- Fundraising the Dead (2010)
- Let’s Play Dead (2011)
- Fire Engine Dead (2012 )
- Monument to the Dead (2013)
- Razing the Dead (2014)
- Privy to the Dead (2015)
In the Morton Farrier, Forensic Genealogist series by Nathan Dylan Goodwin, we discover a stubborn, determined man who uses whatever means necessary to uncover the past. Great series! If you haven’t already read these, I highly recommend them. I can’t wait for September.
- Hiding the Past (2013)
- The Lost Ancestor (2014)
- The Orange Lilies: A Morton Farrier novella (2014)
- The America Ground (2015) – scheduled for September release
The Jefferson Tayte mysteries by Steve Robinson feature a professional genealogist who ferrets out family secrets and old mysteries using genealogy research primarily in the UK. This series is a page-turner and keeps getting better and better. I can’t wait for the next one later this year; the title and publication date have not been officially announced yet.
- In the Blood (2011)
- To the Grave (2012)
- The Last Queen of England (2012)
- The Lost Empress (Oct 2014)
In the Family History Mysteries by Brynn Bonner, genealogist Sophreena McClure is an expert at unearthing other people’s secrets. Using old documents and photographs, Soph and her business partner, Esme Sabatier—also a gifted medium—trace family histories and create heritage scrapbooks.
- Paging the Dead (2013)
- Death in Reel Time (2014)
- Picture Them Dead (2015)
Geraldine Wall writes about probate researcher Anna Ames in this trilogy. These are mystery thrillers and we are drawn in to Anna’s family, life and work.
- File Under Fear (2014)
- File Under Family (2014)
- File Under Fidelity (2015)
In Silent Legacy: Discovering Family Secrets by Diana Church (2014) some German immigration history with new finds from a research trip helps Ellen O’Donnell solve a long-standing family mystery.
In Finding Eliza by Stephanie Pitcher Fishman (2014), an old diary leads Lizzie Clydell down a dusty road of lies, hidden family secrets, and a lynching that nearly destroyed her family. I loved the quote “It’s just a little family history. What could go wrong?”
Where’s Merrill? A genealogical thriller by Gearoid O’Neary (2013) mystery thriller based upon real life historical events. The story unravels as Irish genealogist, Jed, researches his client’s mysterious maternal ancestry.
Benjamin’s Ghosts: An Enid Gilchrist Mystery by Sylvia A. Nash (2014) is a cozy genealogy murder mystery set in West Tennessee. This is the start of a promising series. I hope we hear more from this author.
In the Tainted Tree by Jacquelynn Luben (2013) Addie Russell inherits a house in Surrey and begins researching her English family Her research takes her back three generations to the First World War.
All of the books mentioned here are available in Kindle editions and can be found at Amazon.com.