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Daughter of Deceit (Family Tree #3)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  165 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Katharine Murray's elegant Atlanta home has been viciously vandalized! She's prepared to devote all her time to getting it back in tip-top shape—until she meets Bara Weidenauer. Once a picture-perfect socialite, Bara has fallen on some hard times. Her husband, Foley, has hightailed it out of their marriage, and she's convinced he'll try to take her for every penny she's go ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 512 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by HarperLuxe (first published September 18th 2008)
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Sep 28, 2008 Patricia rated it it was amazing
One coincidence after another has interrupted Katherine Murray’s life recently. Katherine, whose husband Tom spends a lot of time out of town, has been devoting all of her time to getting her Atlanta home back in shape after it was vandalized. Hollis, Katherine’s niece, has been helping get the place back in shape for a party.

Ann Rose Anderson was having a get-together to enlist people to tutor residents of Atlanta that had never learned to read. Katherine begged a ride with her sister-in-law Po
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Apr 17, 2009 Jan C rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, south
I enjoy this series. It is very light reading.

They take place in and around Atlanta, mainly Buckhead.

In the past, Katharine Murray has been looking into geneology, hence the titling of the series, and this led her into helping mysteries for her friends. In one, her house was burglarized and she is still getting her house back together. In another, she went to some outlying county (Bayard County - not sure if it is a real place or not, not being from Georgia), with a friend and the discovery was
Oct 12, 2013 Aimee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I enjoyed the last quarter of this book. I liked the way the author tied all the different threads together; it was a well plotted mystery. But the protagonist was frustrating. I prefer a detective who is proactive rather than reactive. And it's especially frustrating when the detective is a woman. I wish the author had created her as an intelligent problem-solver, not just someone who happens into a situation and lucks into all the help she needs to figure it out. I don't think I'll be reading ...more
Jun 18, 2012 Roberta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
This is the first book I've read in the Family Tree series because I happened to see it at the bookstore the day I was there. I enjoyed the book once I got into it but the real action started too late in the book. About 100 pages in I was starting to wonder why I was still reading it and had vowed never to travel south of the Mason Dixon Line. The book seemed to be all about Bara and her relationship with Jack Daniels. But I liked Katharine, the amateur detective/genealogist character, enough to ...more
Sep 17, 2008 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like Patricia Sprinkle's writing. It makes me want to go and live in the south. She gives you so many puzzles, with wonderful twisty pieces that when you just think you know where you are doesn't fit.

I have yet to not like a book of hers. She is rapidly claiming a bookshelf in my study, because I can't bear to give back or trade them in. She keeps improving with each series, she has three, and the characters become more and more realistic with each new book.
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A woman Katharine barely knows enlists her help to research her late father's military medals. Bara always adored and revered her father, Winnie, but he recently passed away. And now her husband has filed for divorce, frozen her assets, and is claiming half of everything she owns. When Katharine's research reveals a family secret, is someone willing to kill to keep the secret?

This is the third (and last, unfortunately) book in this fascinating series. Highly recommended.
Oct 14, 2008 Patricia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love this author, but this book was hard to get into. It took me a while to remember all the characters from the previous books of this series. I felt some compassion for the woman in this book, but her addiction made me think she brought some of it on herself. It got better about half way through. The ending was good.
Sep 10, 2010 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the family history story of Bara and her father Winnie Weidenauer. The characters felt real, the story moved right along, and I couldn't put it down. I'm looking forward to reading more of Patricia Sprinkler's books. Although there are some adult themes, they are handled well and without all the dirtiness most authors feel compelled to include. A clean adult book-how refreshing.
Sandra Strange
Yay! a really fun mystery with sly and affectionate satire of Southern ladies and society, family relationships, and aristocratic judgments and stereotyping by those aristocrats of the 99%! This series presents really fun plots, eccentric and identifiable characters who readers can really enjoy, and genealogy and history, enjoyably added, as a bonus. And they're clean!
Mar 13, 2012 Teddi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
The writer makes a good well rounded story with more meat to it than your average cozy. The thrid int he series has less emphasis on the main character and more on her new friend Bara. I was glad to see the development of the main character from wishy washy wife in the first novel to become her own person in this third.
Jan 24, 2010 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book picks up where sins of the fathers left off, but you could read it without having read the other. i really liked it. i like the main character and the way she gets involved in a mystery and how they work themselves out. i have read several books by this author and plan to read some more
I heard from the author that this book was going to be the last in the series. I was a bit disappointed that so many loose ends in terms of relationships among main characters were left hanging. Standing by itself, however, the book was an enjoyable read.
Pretty good, good twists. Moving on to the next one in the series.
Jan 29, 2009 Babs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I love Patricia Sprinkles new series this is the 3rd book of the Family Tree Series. This is one of the best ones so far. They just keep getting better and better as they go.
Aug 04, 2013 Dorothy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Didn't even finish it. The book morphed into a story about people that weren't even part of the main character's world.
Mar 31, 2014 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a southerner...I truly understand these people. And I always enjoy her stories.
Liked it a lot

Another good solid mystery in this series. I like the way Patricia Sprinkle weaves the stories of the past and how relationships are such a product of that past
Mar 18, 2009 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly good. Not a book I would ever pick up on my own - this was our Book Club selection. But I really liked it.
Jan 23, 2009 Carey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite. There were so many characters it was difficult to keep them straight. The mystery was good, but predictable. Not even an airplane book.
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Aka Patricia Houck Sprinkle.

When I met and married Bob, he looked over our budget and demanded, "Why don’t you write a mystery to pay for all the ones you buy?" I immediately knew I wanted to put a body in a building where I’d once worked. However, being over-endowed with the Protestant ethic, I wrote "important" things first and only wrote the mystery in my spare time, so my first mystery, Murder
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Family Tree (3 books)
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