Sharing Books and Authors, with an emphasis on Mysteries.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Died In the Wool
With each new Torie O'Shea mystery, Rett MacPherson's stories become a little darker, and a little stronger. Died In the Wool is one of the best in the series.
Torie O'Shea is a genealogist and local historian in New Kassal, Missouri, a small town of 1,000 on the banks of the Mississippi. As owner of the Gaheimer House Museum and Events Committee Chair for the town, she's involved in all of the city events. And, if she isn't involved in something, Torie doesn't hesitate to stick her nose in where it doesn't belong.
When the Kendall House goes up for sale, Torie wants to turn it into another museum. It's the local house with a history. Stories say that three Kendall siblings committed suicide there shortly after World War I. Since the current owner thinks the house is haunted by Glory Kendall, he's more than willing to have Torie purchase the quilts she made, and pry into the family history.
As always, it's fascinating to watch Torie research family and local history, looking for a solution to a mystery. The Kendall story is not a pretty one. But, MacPherson lightens the story with the family background that her fans enjoy. Torie's middle daughter, Mary, is once again in trouble. Torie's father-in-law, Colin, is bored with his new career, and begs to tag along as she investigates. And, the details about quilts and roses add depth.
Rett MacPherson's Died In the Wool is another successful combination of dark secrets and loving family life.
I have been a library manager/administrator for over 30 years, in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and, now, Indiana. Winner of the 2011 Arizona Library Association Outstanding Library Service Award. I am a contributing Book Reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery Readers Journal, ReadertoReader.com and VibrantNation.com. Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Spinetingler Awards for Best Reviewer. First Fan Guest of Honor for Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Write Now! Conference.
It's an honor to be asked to review books, and I'm grateful to all the publishers, publicists, and authors who send me books. Thank you. Reviews will appear on my blog if I've had a chance to read, and finish, the book. If I do not finish a book, I won't review it, and I will not respond to emails asking when, or if, I'll be reviewing a book.
My reviews are only my opinion, and do not reflect the views of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library.
I will not review self-published books, and, at the present time, do not accept books in e-book format.
My Oct. 19, 2009 blog provides full disclosure that I only receive review copies of books, with no other compensation. All review copies are marked as such. If there any any questions, please feel free to contact me.