Daughter of Deceit: A Family Tree Mystery
by Patricia Sprinkle
Review by Sherry Lilley
Avon Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780060819835
Date: 01 October 2008 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Katherine Murray's home is almost finished being repaired/restored after a vicious attack by vandals, and she still doesn't have a car. But she's working on the house, and getting around okay with a little help from her friends and Enterprise. She's planning a big party, and is using that as a target date to get the house finished.
However, when Katherine meets local socialite Bara Weidenaur, Katherine gets drawn into Bara's problems. Bara's father recently died, and her husband wants a divorce. Her husband, her cheating husband, has frozen her accounts, and fired her servants. He's flaunting his floozy in Bara's face. Bara is beside herself and has taken up some old and destructive habits.
To get money to buy groceries, Bara has been searching her father's furniture for hidden cash (her father had a habit of hiding cash in odd places in his office and library). Because Bara had taken all of her father's office and library furniture and hidden it in a storage area, her husband does not know where it is and cannot restrict her access to it. On one such search, Bara finds some medals and has decided to find out what they mean. She asks Katherine to help her, and Katherine is pushed into agreeing. The full story of those medals, and the fate of Bara and her philandering, slimy weasel of a husband, make up the rest of the book.
This is a well written book that I found hard to put down. I enjoyed the characters and the mystery. The minor story lines in the book were fun. I was very satisfied with the end of the book, although one miserable excuse for a human being was left with an undetermined fate – the mistress. She was a minor character, but I hope to find out in some future book that she has been dealt with appropriately. I can't wait for the next book. Ms. Sprinkle has tossed into this book a few story lines, minor story lines, that I hope will be followed up in the next book.