At the new frame church, built at the corner of four counties in western Kansas, a strangely sinister Episcopal bishop comes to town to conduct a confirmation ceremony. Twins Lottie and Josie Albright, who are attending the ceremony to watch the confirmation of their niece, are agitated by the bishop’s scathing sermon. And their pastor, Reverend Mary Farnsworth, has fled to the anti-room after dropping the chalice during communion. Josie, being a psychologist, lingers after the service in hopes of comforting Reverend Mary, but Lottie immediately orders her sister to leave when they discover Reverend Mary’s dead body.
Lottie, left alone with Bishop Talesbury, is frightened by the bishop’s strange rituals for disposing of the spilled wine, but as deputy sheriff, she is duty bound to attend to the death. When an elderly lady tells Lottie that a man kneeling next to Reverend Mary during the service had scared her into a heart attack, Lottie decides that this was not a natural death and calls in other law-enforcement agencies. She soon learns that their beloved Reverend Mary was a woman without a past and that the rogue bishop has unexpected ties to western Kansas.
A sheriff from an adjacent county, unaware that Josie is an FBI consultant, assumes that seizing control of the investigation will be easy and instead arouses the wrath of the twins. Although they are used to double trouble, nothing has prepared them for the malevolence that is stirred up by the death, by some old documents that Lottie uncovers, and by the reemergence of some murderous, century-old rivalries.
Would you listen to Lethal Lineage again? Why?
yes, as I missed a few clues. Note: you must listen at new 1.25x speed to get full impact of author's work or this story may seem a bit slow, but it is not.
What did you like best about this story?
Karen White, reader, brings this series to life. Karen reads Julie James series so well, I have all 8 books. Wonderful and fun.
If you like good old fashion mysteries at its best, then this author is great. I listened to #3, #1, and now #2 as I liked the story line/summaries. I would have enjoyed these 3 books a bit better if I had purchased in order as the characters build with each book. I tend to buy out of order when discovering a new author's work that I like. Many times I want to see how fully developed author gets when series matures.
Which scene was your favorite?
I love hubby Keith as I picture this handsome, intelligent, hungry man type that our two twins play havoc with he get all "Woman and children into the lifeboats first" attitude.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
yes, very late into the night! which is why I missed some clues. When will I learn not to rush a good story!
Any additional comments?
Book 3 is still my fave, then 1. Author has a great gift for mysteries as she builds the characters as she builds the mystery . I can only hope other Audible listeners find this gifted author so we can get more great entertainment.