DEATH ON THE FAMILY TREE
ISBN# (10) 0060819685 and (13) 978-0060819682
December 26, 2006
Avon (HarperCollins Publishing)
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022
$6.99 U.S./$9.99 Canada
Rating: 5 Cups
The morning of Katherine Morrow’s forty-sixth birthday, her children are grown and her husband is constantly working, feels she is no longer needed. She is just about to cast her sorrows aside when she receives some boxes from the nursing home where her Aunt Lucy recently died, containing a diary and a necklace. She sets out to learn the about the precious items.
The box seems to bring life to Katherine, who for some time has felt alienated from her family. News that her deceased Aunt Lucy had a brother comes as a surprise to Katherine. She discovers the items trace back to the year 1938, after Aunt Lucy’s brother, Carter, took a trip to Austria. Feeling no need to keep the diary or necklace a secret, she quickly discovers that someone else is interested in the artifacts.
Katherine is surprised that the robber would invade her home with her there, even though he had not crossed her path. Still the robber managed to escape with some of the jade jewelry along with the diary. Fortunately for Katherine, she had taken the initiative to make copies of the diary, but still has no idea why anyone else would find it of any importance. When another break-in causes damage to her home, she is certain thieves are out to grab hold of the valuable items. The more Katherine’s search carries her into her family tree, she soon unleashes many buried secrets that she wonders how they stayed hidden for such a length of time and if perhaps her life is in jeopardy.
A genealogy, a season of mystery, some unusual artifacts, and a woman who wakes to learn that all her years have been devoted to her family, while putting her needs aside, makes a great theme in this mesmerizing tale. Katherine’s character is so believable and real, down to her emotions that made this reader want to be a part of her conquest. I love her down to earth, caring spirit as she tries to unlock a secret past. She is not pushy; she only wishes to search for answers. Patricia Sprinkle adds the ambience of the Atlanta and Buckhead area that made this reader feel as if she were on the search right along with Katherine. I particularly liked the way she gave Katherine a brain and not just a simpleton housewife, like so many are labeled. I cannot thank her enough for creating a great mystery and a character that I feel is almost a part of my life now. This extraordinary story captures the heart and left a great feeling with this reader.
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