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Murder Once Removed

(Ancestry Detective #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  700 ratings  ·  230 reviews
S.C. Perkins' Murder Once Removed is the captivating first mystery in the Ancestry Detective series, in which Texas genealogist Lucy Lancaster uses her skills to solve murders in both the past and present.

Except for a good taco, genealogist Lucy Lancaster loves nothing more than tracking down her clients’ long-dead ancestors, and her job has never been so exciting as when
Hardcover, 319 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by Minotaur Books
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Sometimes I get so busy that I don't catch all the books flying at me for giveaways, ARCs, or blog tours. Other times, I'm lucky to have friends who know me incredibly well. Nina (@TheCozyPages) privately messaged me to ensure I saw this book was available for a blog tour. I hadn't caught it, but then I immediately signed up for a read and review. I have limited time while I'm writing my own books to allow me to take on anything more than a regular read / review, but this was one blog tour I did ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
While explanations of once removed, twice removed and all that genealogy jazz aren't really my thing, this book sure is! I had a great time reading this first book in the new Ancestry Detective cozy mystery series. Genealogist Lucy Lancaster is hired to look into the family tree of Angus "Gus" Halloran. She discovers that his great-great-grandfather was murdered in 1849 with an old daguerreotype photograph and journals from a witness to prove it. Only problem is....the guilty party could be one ...more
Gail C.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane books for providing an advanced digital read copy of MURDER ONCE REMOVED by S. C. Perkins in exchange for an unbiased review. This is the first book in the proposed new Ancestor Detective series featuring Lucy Lancaster, a genealogist living in Austin, Texas.
Lucy, the protagonist is a barely thirty year old genealogist who has her own business researching people’s ancestry. In this first book, she has been researching for a prominent Texas family and uncove
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I thought this was a very interesting book. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it. It had a lot of historical information about Texas, which I didn’t exactly care about but it was interesting, and it had lots of information about genealogy which I really liked. I am not sure how I feel about the way the author presented information that Lucy learned during her investigation. Sometimes it seemed that she turned up with new information but there was no segue to lead you along as she gathered facts. T ...more
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Lucy Lancaster, a professional genealogist, researches the family of Gus Halloran, uncovering a mystery surrounding the mid-19th century death of Seth Halloran. A photographer's journal states he was murdered by C.A. and then the scene was tampered to make it look as though he were trampled by horses. Lucy finds two candidates for C.A., but since enmity runs deep between the Applewhite and Halloran families, Gus focuses on that solution when he tells his family's story in a press conference. A p ...more
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, netgalley
As you may guess from looking at the cover this story is about family trees and how we are related to those that have gone before us. I am by no means a genealogist but I have developed a bit of an interest in my own family tree in the last few years.

This story is about Lucy, a genealogist, who loves solving the mysteries of someone's past family history and roots of where their family tree began. When she is tasked with finding the roots of a billionaire she finds more than she bargained for, a
May 03, 2019 added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I got to 25% . It's just not my kind of read
Peggy R
This is the first book in a new series by S.C. Perkins and the first book I have read by this author. I was initially drawn to the book because of the profession of the protagonist and it sounded like an interesting premise. Genealogy has been a hobby of mine since I was in eighth grade so the subject matter was right up my alley so to speak.

This was a fun, easy read. It has a good pace and the mystery flows nicely through the story. For those who don't know much about genealogy, there are some
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lucy Lancaster is a confident genealogist with her own business in Austin, Texas. When she is hired by a prominent family to trace its heritage, she finds an old mystery involving murder and family secrets. But the past can't be left in the past when it may be tied to the murder of Lucy's friend in whom she confided about the ancestry secret and when it also involves a sitting Senator running for re-election.

One of the book's characters describes Lucy the best, as her having "moxie." She is det
Rima Aiello
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A strong start to a new series. I love it when an author can delve into something a bit different character and plot wise. This author definitely doesn't disappoint! With a strong, unique main character, a setting that makes you feel you are right in the thick of it, and a perfectly executed mystery, this is a book you will want to read again and again!
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lucy is a genealogist and while doing research for a man running for office finds out his ancestor was murdered. Lucy finds that a man with the initials CA is he murdered but is it the ancestor of the man running against him or someone else. The mystery is good and the research Lucy did and can do is very interesting. 9
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery, mystery
4.5-4.75 stars rounded up

Lucy Lancaster is hot on the trail of murder. While researching the family history of her client, a wealthy Texan, she discovers Gus Halloran's ancestor Seth was murdered in 1849. Gus is thrilled to confirm a long-held family belief and eager to know more. Lucy has discovered the smoking gun, so to speak, in a diary by pioneering photographer Jeb Inscore. While Jeb witnessed the murder and subsequent cover-up, he refused to name the killer even in his diary. He did leave
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Having been a genealogist for many years; this story was great. Research leads to death, cousin connections, romance, and the past effecting the present. Family tree strategy leads answers to a murder committed in the 1840's. Lucy Lancaster races to evaluate the past and help the FBI with a present crime. "A copy of this book was provided by St Martin's Press via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good start to a new series. The genre tropes are recognizable, but there is enough local color flavor (Texas-flavor, in this case) to keep the book from being stereotypical. There is also plenty to learn about genealogy. The motive is a bit complex and tangled for my preference, but I like the premise and the characters and will read the next installment in the series.
K.A. Davis
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
MURDER ONCE REMOVED is the delightful debut novel by S.C. Perkins and I was fascinated by the premise of this first book in the Ancestry Mystery series! Protagonist, Lucy Lancaster, uses genealogy (combing through websites, library archives and DNA) to solve a long ago murder mystery while tracking down a current day killer. Lucy is the epitome of southern sassiness with a big ol’ side helping of creative intelligence. I adore her interaction with her best friends, Serena and Josephine along wit ...more
S. C Perkins won the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition for Murder Once Removed, and deservedly so. The first Ancestry Detective mystery is a fascinating debut, with likable characters. If you're interested in genealogy, or like cold cases, it's even more intriguing.

Lucy Lancaster won't let go when she's on a hunt for ancestry. She endangers herself and others who have clues to a death that took place in 1849 in Texas. Gus Halloran, patriarch of one of Texas' most p
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy this author some years ago. I was delighted to see is starting the Ancestry Detective series. The series is set in Texas. Lucy Lancaster, a genealogist along with two friends have rent a flat in. Each has her own office. Lucy has been working with Austin billionaire, Gus Halloran
researching his ancestry. She has found a daguerreotype photograph and a journal that proves his Great-great grandfather was murder in 1849 and even tell him who was the villain. While Lucy was informing the Hal
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Solving a mystery almost two centuries later? All in the name of genealogy research.
Murder Once Removed by S.C. Perkins is an excellent book for anyone that loves history and food. Okay, so the last one not really but the sleuth surely eats a lot. I do have to say that I loved everything especially the genealogy aspect of it. 
Are sleut
Laura Salas
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a smart, interesting read! I'm no genealogy fiend, and there were a couple of times where the narrator lost me with explanations. But in general, the plot was easy to follow, and narrator Lucy was a genial and clear guide through the mysteries--both present-day and in the past! I'll be looking for the next in the Ancestry Detective series.

Review copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a very promising debut cozy novel and can’t wait to read another one in this series!

I have always wanted to do my genealogy so I find it very interesting and having a cozy that revolves around it was a lot of fun!

Lucy is a genealogist and she has been working on Gus Halloran’s family tree and when curiosity got the best of her and a mystery sort of unravels itself she couldn’t help but run with it. It seems that Gus’s several greats grandfather was murdered even though the rec
This was an exciting beginning for the Ancestry Detective series. While I don't do genealogy myself, I can appreciate when someone looks up family trees and ancestors. I definitely had no idea just how much work was entailed. It was interesting to see how Lucy went about her research and when she got interested in the death of a man in 1849, I definitely wanted to know how that connected to the current day conflicts between two families, one of which was a senator's family. The other was her wea ...more
Cathy Cole
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Murder Once Removed is the first in the promising Ancestry Detective cozy series set in Texas. Author S.C. Perkins used her setting to perfect advantage: not only did I want to book a flight to Austin for a visit, but she also made me crave Mexican food. (Thank heaven Big Flaco's Tacos isn't here!)

Another strong part of her setting is the old office building in which Lucy shares space with her two best friends, Serena the personal shopper and British Josephine who's a translator. Perkins has se
Brooke Showalter (Brooke Blogs)
Murder Once Removed by S.C. Perkins is the first in a fun genealogical mystery series featuring Lucy Lancaster - genealogist turned amateur sleuth. Lucy traces family histories, but bites off more than she can chew when she discovers a murder over 100 years in the past...that is still having ramifications today.

Lucy was an awesome character! I instantly related to her and found myself wishing I could have a conversation with her. She's smart and funny. This book had wonderful characters and I th
Sue Em
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lucy Lancaster is a talented professional geneolog who has uncovered some answers for her client about the death of one of his Texan forebearers While she can't say who for sure, she is pretty certain that one of two men with the initials C.A. were responsible for the death, and it looks a lot like murder. At a press conference, her client accuses the family of a state senator of the deed which leads to all sorts of mayhem. Freshly based on geneology, this debut introduces a savvy sleuth heroine ...more
Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}
4 Stars
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I’d lean towards 2.5 stars. It was ok I just thought it was a bit long winded. I skipped about 100 pages because it seemed to be dragging. Liked the ending well enough. If another book comes out in series I will probably read.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I feel bad giving the book three stars because I really like the people in it and it kept me reading till the very end, but the genealogy part just made my eyes glaze over and if the future books are like this I don’t think I’ll be able to read them .
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime
Tedious. Both the genealogy and the constant gushing over clothes, food and guys.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars

Texas genealogist Lucy Lancaster makes a startling and fulfilling discovery about one of her clients’ great-great grandfather’s murder. The man for whom she is working is a very rich businessman in the world of Texas finance. He is thrilled with her discovery. What he doesn’t tell her – or at least she doesn’t remember him telling her – is that he had her filmed and is having a press conference. Lucy is both horrified and embarrassed at seeing herself on television.

She is startled to find
The Lit Bitch
I’ve read a lot of cozy mysteries and I love discovering new series that might end up being a long time favorite. The trick seems always be finding something new and different.

This book is the first in a new series featuring Lucy, a genealogist. I had to pause and reread this particular part. I was very intrigued by the genealogist part and was curious to see how that played out in the mystery.

My mom is really into genealogy and I have to say that it’s not the most exciting filed of study in my
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S. C. Perkins is a fifth-generation Texan who grew up hearing fascinating stories of her ancestry and eating lots of great Tex-Mex, both of which inspired the plot of her debut mystery novel. Murder Once Removed was the winner of the 2017 Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery competition. She resides in Houston and, when she’s not writing or working at her day job, she’s likely outside in ...more

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