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Deadly Descent: A Lottie Albright Mystery

(Lottie Albright #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  108 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Layers of deadly intrigue bind generations of families in historian Lottie Albright’s Western Kansas community. When false accusations threaten senatorial candidate Brian Hadley’s political career, secrets whispered to Lottie as editor of the county history books spur a personal search for his aunt’s murderer. Lottie dons a badge to gain access to information. She delves i ...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 2009)
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May 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte Hinger is a new author to me, and she writes with authority about Kansas history and politics. This is the first of a series of three books. I plan to read the others because I enjoyed the mystery and suspense of this book. 3.5 stars
Mar 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Lottie Albright is the Director of the Historical Society in this small town in Kansas. She's an historian and archivist writing books on the history of the town. She's also the local campaign manager for a rising star running for the Senate. She's been married for seven to a local farmer and vet who happens to be also very wealthy. She is the same age or younger of his already grown children.

When the aunt of the political rising star is found bludgeoned to death after a dispute over her story
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A totally unexpected good mystery. Oh, the secrets we bury are the ones we really want to shout the rooftops no matter how dreadful. Especially if there are three or four generations of secrets to announce.

Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book of the series that I've listened to, although the first in the series. I liked the plot, although I guessed most of the "mysteries" early on. The husband, Keith, was less of a jerk in this story.
Sharon A.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, mystery
A decent mystery; great for my commute or for walking. I'll read more in the series.
Cathy Cole
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Line: She was coming for me.

Lottie Albright, director of the Carleton County Historical Society in western Kansas, is busy editing the family stories of the county residents. She's also the campaign manager for Brian Hadley, who is trying to win a seat in the senate.

Although some of the residents have beliefs that Lottie does not agree with, their stories are historical documents, and she treats them accordingly. When Brian Hadley's mother, Fiona, comes to Lottie and insists that she suppr
Sandra Danby
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
It all begins when West Kansas historian Lottie Albright receives a submission for her oral history project. Written by Zelda St John, aunt of political hopeful Brian Hadley, the piece examines torrid racist attitudes in the family’s history. This is the sort of book you settle into and read with relish. ‘Deadly Descent’ by Charlotte Hinger is a mystery thriller which moves with steady detailed steps as the tension twists and twists like a screw being slowly turned.
A first murder is followed rap
All in all, I enjoyed reading this book. It's a quick read that would be excellent for the beach or a flight.

What I liked:
1) The main character, Lottie, grew up in eastern Kansas and now lives in western Kansas (a fictional county, but sounds like Sheridan County or thereabouts). This mirrors part of my life. I think she got many of the attitudes that vary between the two areas right, although I sometimes differed from her views on the sociology of those differences. But it's great to actually
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really like this book and enjoyed it very much. I didn't guess the ending and that is something for me.
Shonna Froebel
Dec 09, 2012 rated it liked it
The main character, Lottie Albright, is a historian living in Western Kansas. She is working on a project collecting family histories for the county as well as supporting a local candidate running for the Senate. When a letter arrives for her archives accusing the candidate of racist attitudes, she finds herself caught in the middle of a family upset between two sisters. When the letter writer, Zelda, is found murdered, the family is even more split and Lottie finds herself delving into the past ...more
May 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Another genealogy series, first in series. Almoost makes it. Think I like the protaganist, then I don't. She's a 30-something really rich person, married to a 20 year older man, he doesn't have a lot of presence in the book, but this lady knows a bit about everything. She' started a foundation/orgainzation that keeps old records from people living in a Kansas county, knows lots of secrets...she's about the only paid employee ($8.00/hour), but then buys all office equipment for the job. She then ...more
William Smith
Mar 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
As an amateur historian and genealogist myself, I found the premise for this book extremely of interest. Hinger uses this background very well to weave two family stories over multiple generations into a current time murder mystery with several worthy twists. While I don't care, personally, for the extreme physical "capture" of the murderer, it fits the genre well. The story is set in a fictional western Kansas county, but very obviously based clearly on the culture of that place and time. She h ...more
Val Sanford
A small town in West Kansas is not where you'd expect to find a lot of murder, deception and deeply buried, but for Lottie Albright, that's what she uncovers with her latest project for the historical society. Creating a book of family stories and remembered tales, Lottie unwittingly stirs up a hornets nest that soon piles two fresh murders on to a mystery that has lain cold for decades. The characters are a bit more than flat and the mystery isn't all that intriguing, but the bones of a good pl ...more
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This is a dynamite book with a fast paced story and great characters.

Lottie Albright is a wife, twin, step-mother and historian. As she works in the historical society she created in a small western Kansas town someone is murdered, a local lady who also has a twin sister. From this Lottie gets involved in the murder but also dips into an old murder.

There is a lot to like here, the interplay between twin sisters, the secrets of small towns, the dynamics of a step-family, and, of course, murd
Jan 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I picked this up specifically because of the setting, Kansas, which is a part of the country that tends to be left out. Found this to be 'authentic' in its characterization of Kansas people and the area, as in nowhere do people talk more about the weather than in Kansas. While the plot had holes in it, the overall story line was a nice change of pace featuring a middle-aged historian married to an even older farmer, not your usual romance characters. The crime was rather severe and the end got q ...more
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
Kansas Historian Mystery. I liked the "historian" part of the book. It was read. I'm going to read the 2nd in the series just to see if I like it better. If not, this series ends for me! The characters were not likable in that i could've cared less which one of them was murdered!! The author seems to like the "older man" w/the "younger woman" as a few of the couples in the book were women 20+ years younger then their husbands. Not that this is important...just curious that it's more ...more
Dec 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-kansas
Historian Lottie Albright marries a rancher and moves to western Kansas, where she gets a job with the county historical society. As she prepares family histories for publication, she finds herself involved in the murder of the twin sister of the local state senator's mother. Lottie is helping the man's campaign for U. S. Senator, and also hires his cousin as an office helper. Lottie volunteers to be a part-time deputy for the local sheriff, and digs into a cold case of multiple murder fifty yea ...more
Eileen Goudge
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I judge a mystery novel on how well the author portrays the characters, especially the protagonist, and author Charlotte Hinger delivers. I really enjoyed this book, and the mystery was tricky enough, with just the right number of red herrings, to keep the reader guessing. I love that historian-turned-deputy sheriff Lottie gets to the bottom of it through a combination of daring and thorough research. My kind of gal!
Oct 31, 2009 rated it liked it
A mystery set in modern day Western Kansas that finds Lottie Albright in a heap of trouble. Contrasts modern family struggles (step-children, missing parents, etc.) with long forgotten family struggles that refuse to remain hidden.

A well-paced, thoughtful, intriguing story. I thought I had the mystery figured out, but, much to my delight, I didn't. I like that in a mystery. A fast read, perfect for summer reading.
Oct 07, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting, except for the characters that were caricatures, the plot elements that were simply not able to be believed and the blatant legal inaccuracies that made me cringe. But who knew that being the local historian and keeper of the archives in a county in Western Kansas could be so deadly? The writing was plodding but I was very intrigued by the use of local history information to solve murders both past and present.
Pam Knox
Sep 16, 2014 rated it liked it
A good mystery found by accident. I had type Lethal Vintage into the library search engine. I didn't notice that Lethal Linage came up instead and I placed a hold. When the book came in, I started to read it and noticed that it was the second book in a series. So I put the first book, Deadly Descent, on hold. A lovely surprise.
Nov 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Lottie is a local historian in a Kansas town trying to put together family histories for a book. When one of two feuding sisters is murdered after reading what the other one wrote, Lottie takes it upon herself to help the local sheriff find the murderer.
Jul 26, 2014 rated it liked it
2.5 really.

A bit convoluted, but interesting. I did like the logic and the actions of the protagonist were realistic. Using the historical documents to think about cold cases was the best part. It does make me interested in reading more.
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Really liked this book. Lottie Albright is a great character and the picture of small town's need to keep secrets, and the cost of that to so many. How Lottie is able, by searching, historic documents, to solve the mystery makes for a good read.
Jan 05, 2010 marked it as to-read
Western Kansas historian!
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good. Great narration by Karen
Dianne Fullam
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Since I am into genealogy, I like the use of family history in this series.
Mary C. Wertheim
Intriguing characters, great plot.
Apr 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Enjoyable series that helped me through several plane rides
JoAnn Arnold
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Aug 03, 2011
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Charlotte Hinger is a Western Kansas historian. She has a M.A. in history and lives in Colorado.

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Lottie Albright (3 books)
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  • Hidden Heritage: A Lottie Albright Mystery (Lottie Albright Mystery #3)