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When twenty-five-year-old Mary Stuart learns she inherited a farm from her recently murdered grandparents — grandparents her father claimed had died before she was born — she becomes obsessed with finding out who they were and why someone wanted them dead. Along the way she accumulates a crew of feisty octogenarians — former gangsters and friends of her grandfather. She me ...more
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Published (first published 2009)
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Malcolm
Oct 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Colorado author Pat Bertram follows up "More Deaths Than One" and "A Spark of Heavenly Fire" with a mystery about a young woman on a discovery quest to learn who were grandparents were and why her father told her for many years they were dead.

When Mary Stuart is told by an attorney that her supposedly long-dead grandparents have just been murdered and have left their farm to her, she's more than a bit curious. Her father refuses to talk about them. Those who will talk are elder gangsters from th
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Michael Murphy
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Mary Stuart inherits a farm from grandparents she thought had died before she was born, she begins a quest to learn more about them and find out why they were murdered. And so begins Pat Bertram's delightful novel, Daughter Am I.

On the roadtrip, Mary learns about the grandparents she never knew, and a lot more about herself. With a colorful collection of former gangsters along for the ride, she discovers not everything is what it appears. Along the way, she meets Tim Olsen and discovers lov
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Sandra Shwayder
This book is absolutely fabulous! It is entertaining fiction with a cast of characters you will love and laugh with but it is also political commentary and contains some shocking true history. I recently reviewed Pat Bertram's more recent book Light Bringer and mentioned that the book inspired me to learn more about the subjects touch on therein and Daughter Am I has inspired me to do more research into this country's history. Its funny because the book is definitely what you'd call a "page turn ...more
Pat Bertram
Oct 15, 2009 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
When twenty-five-year-old Mary Stuart learns she inherited a farm from her recently murdered grandparents -- grandparents her father claimed had died before she was born -- she becomes obsessed with finding out who they were and why someone wanted them dead. Along the way she accumulates a crew of feisty octogenarians -- former gangsters and friends of her grandfather. She meets and falls in love Tim Olson, whose grandfather shared a deadly secret with her great-grandfather. Now Mary and Tim nee ...more
Sheila
Teach teaches, Crunchy crunches, or would if he weren’t getting too old, and other assorted folk of increasing years join up for the ride. I love the way the author collects her characters in Daughter am I, each interacting for just long enough to establish recognizable voice before the search moves on. The stories in this novel roll with the wheels of the bus, round and round through the tortuous history of Midwestern mobs, to the mystery of Mary’s grandparents’ demise… and on to a sort of grow ...more
L.V.
Sep 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Daughter Am I, Pat Bertram has created an entertaining tale of friendship, discovery, and mystery filled with diverse characters who are instantly likeable. Not only does she bring to life the past world of the gangster era in the current age where it is mostly forgotten, she also reminds us through her elderly cast just how closely linked the past and present really are.


Mary Stuart received a letter from a lawyer that would change her life. She learns that not only did her parents lie to her
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Kathy
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daughter Am I is about Mary, a woman who discovers that the grandparents she thought died before she was born weren't dead at all but have recently been murdered by person or persons unknown. Having become sole heir to her grandparents' estate Mary decides she want to know more about who they were, who killed them and why her parents have been lying to her for so long.

Along the way she discovers more than she bargained for when she finds out that the farm she has just inherited was actually a hi
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Karen
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DAUGHTER AM I—PAT BERTRAM-KINDLE EDTION.
Mary Stuart has grandparents or had grandparents, but they were murdered and she has inherited their farm. It seems that due to family politics her dad disowned his parents’ years before. Mary discovers a little black book in her grandfather’s possessions and finds a ragtag bunch of former mobsters who Mary takes on and makes friends with –Sounds like a trip down the yellow brick road at first but turns into a rousing adventure to find the hidden gold from
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Patty
Nov 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an awesome book. At age 23 Mary Stuart finds out that she has inherited a farm from her grandparents. Her father had told her that her grandparents were dead, so the inheritance is a shock but when she finds out that her grandparents were murdered she determines that she needs to know more about them. Thus, Mary sets off on a quest in which she collects an amazing array of elderly people, all of whom knew her grandfather or knew someone who knew him.

This is a tale of growing. Mary is gr
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Shirley
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my avocations is genealogy and this book struck my novice investigator nerve. I often wonder what my ancestors were like and if I share any of their qualities. In this book Mary Stuart discovers she had grandparents (previously told by her father that they were dead) when she is called in to probate their will. In an attempt to understand who here grandparents were and who killed them, she comes to learn that she isn't so much different from her deceased grandparents. At least not as reme ...more
Second Wind Publishing
When twenty-five-year-old Mary Stuart learns she inherited a farm from her recently murdered grandparents — grandparents her father claimed had died before she was born — she becomes obsessed with finding out who they were and why someone wanted them dead. Along the way she accumulates a crew of feisty octogenarians — former gangsters and friends of her grandfather. She meets and falls in love Tim Olson, whose grandfather shared a deadly secret with her great-grandfather. Now Mary and Tim need t ...more
Mickey Hoffman
Dec 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the old geezers. My grandfather would have called them old "ginks."
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Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels LIGHT BRINGER, DAUGHTER AM I, MORE DEATHS THAN ONE, and A SPARK OF HEAVENLY FIRE. Bertram is also the author of GRIEF: THE GREAT YEARNING, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.”
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