Except for a good taco, genealogist Lucy Lancaster loves nothing more than tracking down her clients’ long-dead ancestors, and her job has never been so exciting as when she discovers a daguerreotype photograph and a journal that prove Austin, Texas, billionaire Gus Halloran’s great-great grandfather was murdered back in 1849. What’s more, Lucy is able to tell Gus who was responsible for his ancestor’s death.
Partly, at least. Using clues from the journal, Lucy narrows the suspects down to two nineteenth-century Texans, one of whom is the ancestor of present-day U.S. senator Daniel Applewhite. But when Gus publicly outs the senator as the descendant of a murderer—with the accidental help of Lucy herself—and her former co-worker is murdered protecting the daguerreotype, Lucy will find that shaking the branches of some family trees proves them to be more twisted and dangerous than she ever thought possible.
“[A] fun debut. Lucy's officemates and other quirky friends add spice to this delightful cozy. Readers will look forward to Lucy's further adventures.”―Publishers Weekly
“A delightful debut spiced with a tempestuous romance and certain to appeal to fans of genealogical research and history.”―Kirkus Reviews
“For mystery lovers of any generation, S.C. Perkins has penned a captivating new series that is equal parts dangerous and delightful, witty and well-plotted. Murder Once Removed has it all: a plucky heroine, effortless prose, and a healthy dose of Southern Charm, along with fascinating genealogical details, wonderful characters, and a multi-generational crime to solve. This is cozy crime fiction at its finest.”―New York Times bestselling author Kate Carlisle
“Take an original cold case, a savvy “ancestry” detective, and a compelling new voice in cozy mysteries, and you have a home run from the talented pen of S.C. Perkins. From the first heart stopping line to the final conclusion, MURDER ONCE REMOVED is a clever page-turner. Tracing family lines can certainly be deadly―and oh, so much fun!”―Carolyn Haines, USA TODAY bestselling author of the Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series
"S.C. Perkins' Murder Once Removed is sure to be the belle of the ball. Perkins expertly weaves the past and present together as ancestry detective Lucy Lancaster traces an old bloodline that leads her into the heart of danger in the lone star state. Perfect porch reading. Pour yourself a glass of sweet tea and cozy up with this Texas gem that is sure to leave you hankering for more."―Ellie Alexander, author of the Bakeshop Mysteries
"An impressive Texas-sized dose of feisty heroine, smart whodunit, and entertaining debut, Murder Once Removed will have readers clamoring for the next Ancestry Detective Mystery."―Kay Finch, Author of the National Bestselling Bad Luck Cat Mysteries
"This debut mystery from S.C. Perkins is a delight! Chock full of Texas charm and tidbits about genealogy, it sparkles with humor, well-executed plot twists, and enduring friendships."―Kathy Krevat, nationally bestselling author
"Several elements blend together to make a very entertaining and complex read overall – lots of local color and history around Austin, Texas, the field of genealogy, a cold case, and a strong lead character in Lucy Lancaster."
~The Power of Words
"I'm turning the pages and unable to put it down!"
~My Reading Journeys
"Intertwining mysteries in both the past and present keep the twists coming, the tension high, and the pages turning . . . This was such a remarkable debut to what sounds like a promising series!"
~That’s What She’s Reading
"Who knew that Genealogy could be so deadly dangerous, I am not sure if this makes me want to track down my family history or not!"
~A Wytch's Book Review Blog
". . .it was a thrilling ride. I love this type of stuff and truly connected with the characters and the investigation."
~This Is My Truth Now
"The characters are quirky and well-rounded. The plot is excellent and the genealogy angle adds a nice unique touch to it."
"Murder Once Removed by S.C. Perkins was a great novel that kept me entertained until the last page."
~Baroness' Book Trove
"I started reading the book and fell in love with the story. I enjoyed the way the author mixed genealogy, history, mystery and a little humor all in one story."
~A. Holland Reads
"Murder Once Removed is a clever whodunnit mystery that left me guessing until the next-to-the-last chapter. Wow! Who would’ve thunk it was THAT person!"
~Here’s How It Happened
"The mystery is multi-layered with a list of suspects and twists and turns that will keep you guessing. Not only did I enjoy the mystery itself, but I loved the genealogy as well."
~Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews
"The historical mystery that affects the present is well-plotted and an intriguing premise all the way around."
~Reading is My SuperPower
"Murder Once Removed is unique for cozy mysteries . . . an enticing new cozy mystery that will appeal to the history and genealogy enthusiasts."
~The Avid Reader
"When I saw Murder Once Removed come up for review, I jumped at the chance to dive into this book. And let me tell you, the water is f.i.n.e. The dialog is witty, the characters are solid and the genealogy tips are on the money."