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A veiled antiquity : a Torie O'Shea mystery
MacPherson, Rett.
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Beeler large print edition.
Publication Information:
Hampton Falls, N.H. : Beeler Large Print, [1998]

Physical Description:
196 pages ; 25 cm.
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Torie O'Shea, genealogist and amateur sleuth, is having a killer of a day. The town gossip spreads the word that her sweet wheelchair-bound mother is having an affair -- with the sheriff! Then quiet Marie Dijon is found dead at the foot of her basement stairs. Did she fall? Was she pushed? All Torie knows is that Marie had a family tree with royal roots completely foreign to a folksy Middle America town like New Kassel, Missouri. As foreign as, say, murder. But nosiness in New Kassel is as native as the upcoming Oktoberfest. To Torie, the open door to Marie's house is more tempting than chocolate. Finding a hidden key and old documents in French make further investigating irresistible. But while juggling her growing suspicions, a hectic job at the historical society, two kids and a husband, Torie overlooks the obvious. Curiosity killed the cat. Someone killed Marie Dijon. And now Torie might know too much to live . . .

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

During New Kassel, Missouri's Octoberfest, Marie Dijon, a local philanthropist, dies, apparently from a fall down the stairs. Torie O'Shea, a genealogist and Historical Society staffer, discovers that Marie was pushed and tries to identify the murderer and the motive. As Torie's investigation takes her deep into New Kassel's--and pre-revolutionary French--history, she also juggles a job and delicate relationships with friends and family. This second Torie O'Shea mystery is challenging, lively, and well written, and the characters are endearing, if a bit zany. With a breezy pace and a beguiling plot, MacPherson explains the lure of genealogy and intriguing chapters in American and French history. Mark Twain seems reincarnated in the witty MacPherson, as she spins themes involving families with secret pasts, nobility in disguise, and hidden treasure. --John Rowen

Publisher's Weekly Review

Missouri historical tour guide and genealogist Torie O'Shea (Family Skeletons, 1997) brings down-home sensibilities and acute insights into small-town life when she investigates the death of a reclusive woman whose body is found at the bottom of her basement steps. Although the woman was not a native of New Kassel, Torie is surprised at the lack of kinfolk at the funeral and at the woman's will, which states that no one outside the town can bid on her antiques-filled house. Poking into the woman's home while doing a little informal detecting, Torie finds a key and some old documents written in French taped to the underside of the kitchen table. She and the sheriff are stunned when the woman's documents appear to point to the identity of the famous man in the iron mask. What, they ask themselves, would someone in a small Missouri town be doing with such valuable letters? While it may be overreaching to pose the answer to that well-known French conundrum in a small middle-American town, MacPherson's genial exploration of village relationships and neighborly nuances carries its own raison d'être. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Torie O'Shea, who debuted in last year's Family Skeletons (LJ 3/1/97), suspects that a woman's fatal fall down some steps was not accidental, so she begins sleuthing. Charming, down-to-earth characters and gentle humor. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.