Discovering genea-fiction

inthebloodcoverBack in the 90s, when I was a dog writer, there was a series of dog lovers’ mysteries whose protagonist was a dog writer.  There is at least one set of mysteries whose main character is a professional organizer (my current profession).

So I shouldn’t be surprised that there’s a whole genre of genealogical mysteries. I guest I should be surprised that it took me this long to discover that fact!

Last night I started reading In the Blood, by Steve Robinson. Jefferson Tayte, the book’s main character, is a professional genealogist. I’m already hooked.

I think one of the things I love about doing family history research is that I’m solving mysteries. And of course I love reading mystery novels. Throw together family history research, historical fiction, and the particulars of being a genealogist and that’s a recipe for success, in my book.

In the Blood is the first in a series, which I’m sure I’ll read. When I’m through with that series there are plenty of other series from which to choose, including Nathan Dylan Goodwin’s Forensic Genealogist books, and Jimmy Fox’s Nick Herald Genealogical Mysteries.

If you read genea-fiction, I’d love to hear any recommendations for other titles. What are your favorites?


  1. Hi! I am going to start reading that series, sounds very good and the other ones you mentioned. The only one that I have read is the Torie O’Shea genealogical mystery books. Takes place in Missouri, near where my mom’s ancestors lived so it was particularly interesting to me. I couldn’t remember the author’s name until I googled it and her name is Rett MacPherson-I don’t believe she is writing any more but they are a good read. I also came across this website that listed some other genealogical mystery books-

    Enjoy! Love your blog, Judy

    • Judy, thanks so much for your comment! My mom’s ancestors lived in Missouri too (and I live in another part of the state), so I’ll definitely have to check out Rett MacPherson’s books! I appreciate your taking the time to google it and comment!

  2. Patti Cancellier says:

    Thanks for the information about geneaology related mysteries. I’ll add them to my list.

  3. Judy Tuccinardi says:

    Well, I certainly learned something today-I had no idea that there were so many mystery books that had a genealogy theme! Now to get busy and read some…

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