Wendy Percival

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Wendy Percival comes from the UK and lives in South West England.

The time honoured 'box of old documents in the attic' stirred her interest in Family History and it was while researching her Shropshire roots she got the idea for the first Esme Quentin mystery, BLOOD-TIED.

She continues to be intrigued by genealogy, its mysteries and 'skeletons in cupboards' and writes on the subject in her family history blog http://familyhistorysecrets.blogspot.com

In between times she shares her thoughts on surprising family history discoveries, on books and on writing in her "Bite-size Blog" https://www.wendypercival.co.uk/blog

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Wendy Percival If you like a good "puzzle" mystery which follows a trail of clues, then you'll enjoy his books. Though there is a thriller element in them too. He's…moreIf you like a good "puzzle" mystery which follows a trail of clues, then you'll enjoy his books. Though there is a thriller element in them too. He's very popular amongst the family history fraternity who identify with his methods of investigation!
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Wendy Percival Hi Stephen. Yes, I’ve read a couple of Steve Robinson’s books and will read more, I’m sure. I also like Nathan Dylan Goodwin’s series about “forensic”…moreHi Stephen. Yes, I’ve read a couple of Steve Robinson’s books and will read more, I’m sure. I also like Nathan Dylan Goodwin’s series about “forensic” genealogist” Morton Farrier. I love his wry sense of humour. Well worth checking out!(less)
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7 UP #familyhistory style

1964 saw the start of a fascinating project inspired by the quote: " Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man." Granada TV began "UP" a series of programmes which followed the lives of a number of children from diverse backgrounds, beginning when they were aged 7 and revisiting them every 7 years thereafter. I would have been too young to have seen the first series - meetin... Read more of this blog post »
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1964 saw the start of a fascinating project inspired by the quote: " Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man." Granada TV beg... Read more of this blog post »
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Runaway by Peter  May
"Five teenagers runaway to London in 1965. Only three return to Glasgow. Fifty years later the three retrace their steps in an effort to right the wrong precipitated by their first journey.

The book is told as a mixture of current day and flashback;..." Read more of this review »
Wendy Percival and 4 other people liked Sarah's review of Legacy of Guilt:
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"Prequel to a series of genealogical mysteries. A very pleasant quick read to introduce us to Esme Quentin who becomes a genealogical investigator. "
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The Silence Before Thunder by Kathy Shuker
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This was a book which I was always eager to pick up to read the next bit. The mystery - did best-selling novelist Eleanor fall, did she jump or was she pushed? - smoulders in the background of this Devon set novel, its intensity increasing as the sto ...more
Legacy of Guilt by Wendy Percival
"As someone who researches their family history, I have been so pleased to see the rise of genealogical mystery as a genre. Perfect for anyone who likes to solve a puzzle while they are reading, these books also often contain a murder for those of..." Read more of this review »
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The Forgotten Village by Lorna Cook
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Having always been fascinated by Tyneham, the village at the centre of the plot, I was intrigued to read this book.

The story is told in two timelines - the present day and in 1943 when Tyneham was taken over by the military during wartime.

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Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher
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Well, goodness - what a huge doorstep of a book! Over 1,000 pages, which took me more than a month to read. Just as well I loved it.

As with many of Rosamunde Pilcher’s books, Coming Home is set in Cornwall (the reason I chose it, you’ll recall, if yo
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I found this listed on the Trip Fiction website when I went looking for book suggestions set in Cornwall. It had many glowing reviews and sounded interesting so I got a copy to take away on holiday (to Cornwall, obviously!).

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I’m not sure how I feel about The Chessmen, which is the final book in the Lewis trilogy. I found the first book a bit gloomy and depressing, the second one I enjoyed and this one is almost a mix of the two.

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The Asylum is the perfect introduction to the Morton Farrier forensic genealogist series. In this novella we get to know a little about Morton himself (who’s a very likeable character) and about his investigation methods as he uncovers the mystery be ...more
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“It was frustrating and exhausting to gather bits of disconnected information without understanding how it all fitted together.”
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