Genealogist Torie O'Shea delves into a family's history...and ends up investigating a murder Shortly after the birth of her third child, genealogist Torie O'Shea finds herself more than ready to get back to work. So when she's asked to write a biography of the late Catherine Finch, a famed 30's jazz singer who was a resident of the small town of New Kassel, Missouri, where Torie lives and serves as town historian, she jumps at the chance. In a lucky coincidence, Torie learns that her new stepfather-county sheriff Colin Brooke-has just purchased the contents of the Finch estate. At first Torie is thrilled to have unfettered access to all of Catherine Finch's personal documents and belongings. But when she uncovers old newspaper clippings about the unsolved 1938 kidnapping of Catherine's baby boy, she becomes haunted-especially when a baby's skeleton turns up at a nearby, condemned building. To make matters worse, a dead man was found in the same building only days before. Torie suspects a link between the two murders, but could investigating the killings along with the shadowy history of the Finch family finally have gotten her in over her head?
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Torie O’Shea has just given birth to their third child, a son. And her mother has just married the town sheriff Colin Brooke. Torie and Colin don’t get along great. So, she’s surprised when he asks her to sort through the antiques and junk in the estate of Catherine Finch, a long-time New Kassell resident. Turns out he’s a budding antiques dealer and since he and her mother are going on a cruise for their honeymoon, he can’t do the sorting himself. Apparently there is a rush to get it completed.

As town historian, Torie had just been requested to write a biography of Catherine Finch. She was a popular jazz singer in the 1930s. Torie sees this as a way to learn more for her biography and agrees to help out the sheriff.

She soon discovers that Catherine never recovered from the abduction of their baby son in 1938. He was never found.

A stranger is found in an abandoned building in town. When it is discovered that he is a relative of Catherine Finch, Torie begins to wonder if his being in town and his death have anything to do with the sorting of Catherine’s estate? As Torie digs further and further into Catherine’s past, more things begin to happen. Are they related? Can Torie uncover the truth without putting anyone in harm’s way?

This was the first Torie O’Shea book that I have read. You can bet it won’t be the last. I loved Torie and the other residents of New Kassell. The writing is superb. Torie is such a fun character. I had trouble putting this book down. I kept wanting to know what happened next. I highly recommend this book!

Dawn Dowdle