Rett MacPherson's The Blood Ballad perfectly fit my reading mood. It has mystery, a likable character with a strong family life, and the cold case angle.
Torie O'Shea is a genealogist and local historian in New Kassel, Missouri, a small tourist town on the Mississippi River. She's traced her family history back generations, along with that of other families. So, she's a little shaken when a man shows up with old recordings, saying they prove her grandfather was actually part of the Morgan Family, not just a fiddler with the group. His claims cast doubt on all of her previous research. Naturally, she can't let the mystery rest, and the arrival of an unknown recording, arriving a week after the sender's murder, only increases her curiousity. Torie O'Shea isn't the type to let an old case rest.
Torie O'Shea, and her family, are the greatest strengths of this series. Other readers must appreciate them as well, because this one is the eleventh in the series. Let's hope we can continue to read about Torie, her daughters' fights, and her disagreements with her stepfather, for many years to come. Rett MacPherson continues to show them to their best advantage in this latest mystery, The Blood Ballad.
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