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4.0 out of 5 starsHighly recommended prequel
Reviewed in the United States on January 16, 2019
In this prequel to the Morton Farrier series, we first encounter Morton as he meets with a dissatisfied client. Morton has prepared a family tree, but his client insists it is incorrect, since he father was only married once. Although Morton is convince he is correct, he agrees to the request, but then can't help following up on the research, making some surprising discoveries. Along the way he meets a very attractive young lady — could this possibly lead to something? Unlike most of the full-length books, the story takes place solely in the present. Interesting characters and a fast-moving plot make this extremely hard to put down! Highly recommended.
As always with NDG's books, I couldn't put it down. The story was intriguing, with some interesting twists along the way. As a genealogist and history buff, I really enjoy reading about how Morton Farrier's research leads him into mysteries from the past. But any reader, genealogist or not, will enjoy the characters, and fast paced storyline of this novella. The lack of profanity is another plus for me. Looking forward to the next entry in this series!
This is a short story that first introduced me to the series. I loved the main character and got the other books. The story does a good job of blending the past and the present. Highly recommend it if you are looking for a good mystery with a different view point (a genealogist).
5.0 out of 5 starsVery good read and intro to younger Morton!
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2019
I enjoyed this book very much, as I have all of this authors books. It was a great surprise to go back in time to Morton's earlier days and see how his life developed to the Morton we are familiar with. Sorry, no spoilers!
I really enjoyed this short prequel. It was really wonderful to see Morton and Juliette meet. As always the family he's researching has an interesting story. I'll be waiting the next full book. If you haven't started this series yet, this would be a great introduction. If you have read the series, you'll also enjoy going back to the beginning.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 16, 2019
Very short, very obvious, tedious detailed descriptions of the genealogist’s work method (and his clothes) and poor English and grammar (“span round”?). If you want to read this author’s novels, you’re better off starting with the book to which this is a prequel. This one adds nothing to it except the story of how he met his wife.
I have read and enjoyed all of Nathan's books. It was interesting to read - belatedly - this prequel to his Morton Farrier series and learn more about his personal life.
The only thing that I found strange was that Morton seemed rather unperturbed that he had made three basic errors in the family tree he presented to his client. I thought that was rather unprofessional of him, even though he didn't seem to like his client and called him 'obnoxious'
But, as always, a very readable and enjoyable story.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 25, 2019
I enjoy reading Nathan Dylan Goodwin books. I've read all the genealogy books that he's written so far and can't wait for the next one (hopefully there will be one). They have history, mystery and and suspense. I don't want to put the books down. Really good reads.
4.0 out of 5 starsAnother page turner from Nathan Dylan Goodwin
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 6, 2019
This is a prequel to the first Morton Farrier story and it gives more about his background and, more importantly, how he and Juliette met! Like all of the Morton Farrier series, it is a page turner. Nathan Dylan Goodwin is a really good story teller. My only complaint is that it ended a little abruptly and a mysterious figure was not explained.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 17, 2020
Having already read the first two books in the forensic genealogist series I thought it only right to read this. A short but sweet book, loved learning more about Morton and Juliette's relationship. I don't normally read books by the same author back to back but Nathan has well and truly got me hooked. Now what's next..........