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Bloodline: A Natasha Blake Ancestor Detective Mystery (Natasha Blake Ancestor Detective #2)

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  145 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
"Cinderella is in the bluebell woods at Poacher's Dell...."The anonymous note means nothing to ancestor detective Natasha Blake. Then one of her clients, an enigmatic old man who had commissioned a family tree of his granddaughter's boyfriend, is shot dead at his isolated farm in the Cotswolds, just as shocking facts about the past are brought to light. Is there a link?See ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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N.N. Light
This book is an amazing mystery filled with twists and turns that you didn’t see coming. The main character is Natasha Blake and she is a genealogist by trade. She uncovers people’s ancestors and her latest client is quite mysterious. He wants a family tree done on his granddaughter’s boyfriend. What she uncovers leads to his mysterious death and Natasha must help the police find the true killer before the killer finds her. A brilliant British mystery and a must-read!
Cleo Bannister
Jun 21, 2014 Cleo Bannister rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, genealogy
This was a fascinating idea for a story which involves family history research.

It was a great to read on holiday as the story moves along at a pace and was very interesting.

This is the second story which features genealogist Natasha Blake and it works well as a stand-alone, I haven't read the first one. If you're interested in nature versus nurture and family history give this a go
May 15, 2014 Wendy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought I'd enjoy this, but I didn't really. The mystery wound up getting so tangled up in different family trees that I couldn't keep track of who was who. When supposedly shocking or important revelations came, I was underwhelmed because I didn't know or care anymore how the people were connected. I finally just skimmed the last three chapters or so. I say skip it.
Dane McKenzie
Jan 07, 2016 Dane McKenzie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a genealogist I found the book very interesting. Having been to England many times I found the details to be a journey repeated. The book moved well and at time I found myself having to read some passages over to put the characters in place but that was fine. I will look into more of Fiona Mountains genealogy focused books. Some of the comments and statements made remind me of the ideas and thoughts that I have when I am researching.

As for the storyline - I liked where it went and learned a
Katharine Ott
Jul 13, 2015 Katharine Ott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: twbc-read
"Bloodline" - written by Fiona Mountain and published in 2004 by Orion. An intricate, compelling genealogical mystery.
Sep 01, 2010 Grey853 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I liked the main character of Natasha because she was smart and articulate, but I really didn't enjoy the story. The writing seemed rather slow and dry with not a lot of dialogue. The ending was very predictable and melodramatic.

I should say I'm not a fan of genealogy, so all the detail she gave about looking up family history was lost on me. Plus, it was hard to feel sympathy for many of the characters because of the way they reacted to Natasha's work.
Mar 04, 2013 Windy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second of this author's books to feature Natasha Blake "Ancestor Detective". As with the first one, Natasha is doing her normal job of researching family history and get involves in a murder investigation with roots in the past. Quite a complicated plot but easy reading although I was annoyed by a few small errors.
See my review of the same author's Pale As the Dead.
This book deals with some of the nastier uses to which genealogy has been put. I thought it was very good and hope that the recent appearance of a more "literary" novel by Ms. Mountain doesn't mean the end of the Natasha Blake series.
Sep 03, 2009 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun mystery that I would feel comfortable recommending to anyone.
Sometime in a mystery, the author gets overly focused on the grisly details of the murder. That was not the case here. This was an engaging story. I enjoyed the book.
Jan 20, 2015 Shauna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit creepy - and a look into a sick Nazi breeding program I had previously been unaware of. I still like the idea of genealogical sleuth, but this book was uneven.
Ruth Kevghas
Nov 22, 2011 Ruth Kevghas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best mysteries I have read recently! Thoroughly absorbing and intricate with lots of detail! Just the way I enjoy them!
Nov 16, 2012 Lindsay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't finish. Got 10 chapters in and realised I didn't really care what happened. Shame, as parts of it were interesting.
Better written and crafted than your average genealogical mystery.....hoping Fiona Mountain continues this series!
Britt, Book Habitue
I love mysteries and genealogy, but this one just didn't quite click for me. Not bad, just didn't love it.
Jun 09, 2008 Jeanine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love books that use genealogy and history to solve the mystery. I like her style of writing also.
Dec 21, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since the protagonist was a genealogist (one of my hobbies) I enjoyed this book a lot.
Jean Liska
Oct 04, 2013 Jean Liska rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining author. This book combined mystery and genealogy that was set in England.
Apr 25, 2011 Terri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the genealogy subject.
Aug 04, 2009 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Fiona Mountain grew up in Sheffield and moved to London aged eighteen where she worked in the press office for Radio 1 for ten years, handling the PR for presenters including John Peel, Mark Radlcliffe and Steve Wright and traveling with the Radio 1 Summer Roadshow.

Her first novel, Isabella, tells the haunting love story of Bounty mutineer Fletcher Christian and his cousin, Isabella Curwen. It was
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