I recently learned of a series of books that feature a forensic genealogist solving family history mysteries. How could I not snatch up the first in the series and read it?
That’s what I did last week with Hiding the Past by Nathan Dylan Goodwin. It was a fun read, to be sure. It does require one to suspend disbelief on some of the less plausible scenarios, but I was quickly taken with the idea that a genealogist’s work can make for some fascinating stories. Of course, those of us who do family history already knew that.
I won’t provide any spoilers here, but this series is set in England … relatively present day. It’s fun to follow a character in a novel who logs into Ancestry and visits local archives. And as is to be expected, the answer to one question always leads to a brand new question. The main character gets into some pickles, and I question some of his methods … but it is fiction. I’ve read only the first book, but the series has eight. I bought the first three as a single volume in the kindle version for the pretty economical price of $9.99 and will read all three.
In the meantime, this has piqued my curiosity about other series or novels that might feature genealogists. The “recommendations” one gets online after reading a similar novel, plus a little googling, provide more information than I can sort through with any efficiency. Still, I will be looking through the online suggestions. If anyone has recommendations that will get me to a great novel sooner, though, please share them.