Take a break from the research with one of these great fictional reads with a genealogy theme. Book topics range from genealogical mysteries to more historical themes, with a touch of family history and genealogy.
Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago's seventh novel tells the story of an unassuming clerk in an unnamed registrar's office. The reclusive Senhor José devotes his solitary life to a single passion - collecting clippings about famous people and sneaking into the Registry at night to gather additional facts on their birth and lives. Upon finding the index card of a 36-year-old unknown woman among his celebrity clippings, he begins a consuming quest to learn more about the woman's life.
In this detective thriller with a genealogy twist, former cop turned heir hunter Nick Merchant finds himself searching for the heirs to an estate worth $22 million. A fast-paced, suspenseful read from Chris Larsgaard.
Historical romance with a genealogy twist, "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon sends heroine Claire Randall unexpectedly back in time to 18th century Scotland where she meets her present-day husband's notorious ancestor, Captain John Randall. It can get a bit graphic at times, but this book and the rest of the series is one of my all-time favorites.
A genealogy "who-done-it" in the Torie O'Shea series by Rett MacPherson, this cozy mystery begins with a 150-year-old diary which holds the clues to a deadly past. Other books in this excellent genealogical-themed series include A Misty Morning
, Comedy of Heirs
, Blood Relations
and Thicker Than Water.
One of several books genealogical mysteries featuring professional genealogist Nick Herald, Lineages & Lies
by Jimmy Fox delves into the murder of a genealogist and his ties to a ship that sailed into French colonial New Orleans. The main character can be a bit obnoxious at times, but the genealogy adds a nice twist. Other good reads by this author include Jackpot Blood
and Deadly Pedigree
Murder mystery writer Lee Martin adds a genealogy twist to this novel featuring Deb Ralston, a middle-aged Mormon police officer. A connection between an extra corpse and a missing genealogist is just the beginning of the puzzling mystery.
Several members of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) discover a corpse in an out-of-the-way cemetery, leading them to want to learn more. A bit of genealogical research and a lot of murder mystery makes this a lively, fun read.
A retired professor searches to learn why his father kept his grandparent's origins as Russian Jews a secret, even from his own wife.
Author Abigail Davis weaves a story around the 1737 trial of Kate, a Pequot Indian woman for the murder of her newborn infant. Karla Palmer, a novice genealogist, works to uncover Kate's story - using timelines, historical societies, genealogical records, and a number of interesting hypotheses.
Upon arriving in Ballycara, Ireland, to research his roots, Irish-American Danny O'Flaherty finds that his cousin Rose has been brutally murdered. Her murder and the family's origins turn out to be connected, discovered by Danny in his genealogical quest to uncover the truth.