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A Comedy of Heirs
Torie O'Shea's, an amateur genealogist for New Kassel, has to host the annual December O'Shea family reunion. Setting things up and making sure everything goes right is important for any family event, but Torie hasn't been feeling herself lately. To complicate matters further, someone has sent her 50-year-old newspaper clippings describing the unsolved murder of her great-grandfather who was shot on his front porch-with his family still inside. This is n...
A Misty Mourning
A very pregnant Torie O'Shea and her great-grandmother Gert travel to West Virginia where Torie is given the Panther Run boarding house by Gert's friend, Clarissa Hart. Before 101-year-old Clarissa can explain why she left it to Torie, she's murdered. The boardinghouse is by no means a prize. It is run-down, panthers run freely through the land and it is shrouded in a superstition of a curse to whoever owns the estate. Local Sheriff Thomas T. Justic...
A Veiled Antiquity
When town recluse Marie Dijon is found dead at the bottom of the stairs to her basement, Torie O'Shea, amatuer genealogist for New Kassel, smells something funny. It wasn't like Marie was that old, she was only in her mid-fifties. When Torie gets a chance to snoop around the house, she finds clues that point to her hunch. It seems that Marie was more than just a recluse, but one with money and a family tree with royal roots all the way to Charlemagne. Wh...
Blood Relations
South Beach, Miami, Ali, a seventeen-year-old model was raped in the VIP room of a club by three men, George (an ex-boyfriend), an actor and a rich shop owner. Sam Hagen, whose son, a model, died the year before in a motorcycle accident is asked to handle the case. His ambition to become state attorney (after the current one goes into politics) makes him accept. Sam's wife is still grieving and searching for answers to their son death in religion, then...

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Killing Cousins
Torie O'Shea, New Kassel's town historian, is excited. Besides returning to work after the birth of son Matthew, her new step-father has bought the contents of the Finch Estate. Catherine Finch was a famous jazz singer in the '30s and lived in New Kassel. In addition to the estate, Torie is writing a biography of Finch. In her background work for the biography she becomes obsessed with stories about Catherine's kidnapped baby boy, which remained unsolved...
Thicker Than Water
St. Martin's, Mar 2005, 22.95, 224 pp. ISBN: 0312334087 Genealogist and historical tour guide Torie O'Shea and her spouse return from vacation to their home in New Kassel, Missouri where she learns that her employer Sylvia Pershing passed away at one hundred and two. Torie grieves her loss because she truly loved her cantankerous but honest boss and thought the senior citizen would be around forever. Shockingly at least to Torie, she inherits S...


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