Julie's Genealogy & History Hub

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Genealogical Mysteries

There are so many books out there with a genealogy twist that genealogists and mystery-lovers can enjoy. I decided to create a page to keep track of the books I have come across. This page is divided into two sections:  Books I’ve Read and Books I Plan to Read. This page will be updated frequently as I check books off the “to read” list and find new books. Note:  For some books, you may have to purchase a used copy or borrow from the library as they are out of print. This page was last updated February 19, 2017; updates preceded by a blue asterisk (*).

Books I’ve Read
Title / Author My Rating / Review
Fundraising the Dead (A Museum Mystery #1), by Sheila Connolly
Let’s Play Dead (A Museum Mystery #2), by Sheila Connolly
*Fire Engine Dead (A Museum Mystery #3), by Sheila Connolly
*Monument to the Dead (A Museum Mystery #4), by Sheila Connolly
Relatively Dead (Relatively Dead Mystery #1), by Sheila Connolly
My Review
Seeing the Dead (Relatively Dead Mystery #2), by Sheila Connolly 
Defending the Dead (Relatively Dead Mystery #3), by Sheila Connolly
Watch for the Dead (Relatively Dead Mystery #4), by Sheila Connolly   
Search for the Dead (Relatively Dead Mystery #5), by Sheila Connolly   
Old World Murder (Chloe Ellefson Mystery #1), by Kathleen Ernst
*The Heirloom Murders (Chloe Ellefson Mystery #2), by Kathleen Ernst
*The Light Keeper’s Legacy (Chloe Ellefson Mystery #3), by Kathleen Ernst
Finding Eliza, by Stephanie Pitcher Fishman
Deadly Pedigree (A Nick Herald Genealogical Mystery #1), by Jimmy Fox
Lineages and Lies (A Nick Herald Genealogical Mystery #2), by Jimmy Fox
Jackpot Blood (A Nick Herald Genealogical Mystery #3), by Jimmy Fox
Hiding the Past (The Forensic Genealogist #1), by Nathan Dylan Goodwin
The Lost Ancestor (The Forensic Genealogist #2), by Nathan Dylan Goodwin
The Orange Lilies: A Morton Farrier Novella, Nathan Dylan Goodwin
The American Ground (Forensic Genealogist #3), by Nathan Dylan Goodwin
The Spyglass File (Forensic Genealogist #4), by Nathan Dylan Goodwin
Family History, by Hazel Hart
Ben Bones and the Deadly Descendants (BB #1), by Michael Havelin
Ben Bones and the Search for Paneta’s Crown (BB #2), by Michael Havelin
Ben Bones and the Galleon of Gold (BB #3), by Michael Havelin
Ben Bones and the Conventional Murder (BB #4), by Michael Havelin
Three Times Removed (Maze Investigations – The Genealogy Detectives #1), by M. K. Jones
The Witch Tree (Anna Denning Mystery #1), by Karin Kaufman
*Sparrow House (Anna Denning Mystery #2), by Karin Kaufman
*The Sacrifice (Anna Denning Mystery #3), by Karin Kaufman
*The Club (Anna Denning Mystery #4), by Karin Kaufman
The Irish Inheritance (Jayne Sinclair #1), by M J Lee
Family Skeleton (Torie O’Shea Mysteries #1), by Rett MacPherson
A Veiled Antiquity (Torie O’Shea Mysteries #2), by Rett MacPherson
A Comedy of Heirs (Torie O’Shea Mysteries #3), by Rett MacPherson
A Misty Mourning (Torie O’Shea Mysteries #4), by Rett MacPherson
Killing Cousins (Torie O’Shea Mysteries #5), by Rett MacPherson
Blood Relations (Torie O’Shea Mysteries #6), by Rett MacPherson
In Sheep’s Clothing (Torie O’Shea Mysteries #7), by Rett MacPherson
Thicker Than Water (Torie O’Shea Mysteries #8), by Rett MacPherson
Dead Man Running (Torie O’Shea Mysteries #9), by Rett MacPherson
Died in the Wool (Torie O’Shea Mysteries #10), by Rett MacPherson
The Blood Ballad (Torie O’Shea Mysteries #11), by Rett MacPherson
The Fourth Descendant, by Allison Maruska  [This one is more like a fantasy mystery with a genealogical twist.]
The Marriage Certificate, by Stephen Molyneux
Benjamin’s Ghosts, by Sylvia A. Nash
My Review
Family Shadows (A Madeleine Porter Mystery #1), by John Nixon
The Cuckoo Clock (A Madeleine Porter Mystery #2), by John Nixon
Stolen Futures (A Madeleine Porter Mystery #3), by John Nixon
Another Summer (A Madeleine Porter Mystery #4), by John Nixon
The Cost of Silence (A Madeleine Porter Mystery #6), by John Nixon
The Tangled Roots of Bent Pine Lodge (White Pine Trilogy), by Jane O’Brien
The Dunes and Don’ts Antiques Emporium (White Pine Trilogy), by Jane O’Brien
The Kindred Spirit Bed & Breakfast (White Pine Trilogy), by Jane O’Brien
Where’s Merrill? A Genealogical Thriller, by Gearoid O’Neary
My Review
Going Over Home, by Katie Andrews Potter
My Review
It’s In the Genes, by Norma E. Rawlings
My Review
In the Blood (Jefferson Tate Genealogical Mystery #1), by Steve Robinson
My Review of Series
To the Grave (Jefferson Tate Genealogical Mystery #2), by Steve Robinson
My Review of Series
The Last Queen of England (Jefferson Tate Genealogical Mystery #3), by Steve Robinson
My Review of Series
The Lost Empress (Jefferson Tate Genealogical Mystery #4), by Steve Robinson
My Review of Series
Kindred (Jefferson Tate Genealogical Mystery #5), by Steve Robinson
My Review of Series
Simon Said (Professor Simon Shaw Mystery #1), by Sarah Shaber
Snipe Hunt (Professor Simon Shaw Mystery #2), by Sarah Shaber
The Fugitive King (Professor Simon Shaw Mystery #3), by Sarah Shaber
The Bug Funeral (Professor Simon Shaw Mystery #4), by Sarah Shaber
Shell Game (Professor Simon Shaw Mystery #5), by Sarah Shaber
The Genealogist’s Guests, by Ann Simpson
My Review
In the Territory of Lies, by Lois Stickell and Peg Robarchek
My Review
Cankered Roots (Alex & Briggie Mysteries #1), by G. G. Vandagriff
Of Deadly Descent (Alex & Briggie Mysteries #2), by G. G. Vandagriff
Tangled Roots (Alex & Briggie Mysteries #3), by G. G. Vandagriff
Poisoned Pedigree (Alex & Briggie Mysteries #4), by G. G. Vandagriff
The Hidden Branch (Alex & Briggie Mysteries #5), by G. G. Vandagriff
The Blood Detective (A Nigel Barnes Novel #1), by Dan Waddell
Blood Atonement (A Nigel Barnes Novel #2), by Dan Waddell
Kindred Spirits: Family Ties, by Julie Wilson
My Review
Kindred Spirits: Given, by Julie Wilson
Kindred Spirits: Hidden Roots, by Julie Wilson
Books I Plan to Read

If you know of other genealogical mysteries, please leave a comment below.

  • Cathy Meder-Dempsey says:

    My wish list has just gotten longer! Thank you Julie.

    June 13, 2014 at 2:02 am
  • Sandra Danby says:

    Hi Julie,
    You could try my novel ‘Ignoring Gravity’ about adoption reunion. Check the book trailer here https://youtu.be/jpzWKR4gx8I
    It’s the first in a series about identity detective, Rose Haldane. I’m writing the sequel now.
    Sandra Danby

    November 6, 2015 at 8:04 am

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