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Layers of deadly intrigue bind generations of families in historian Lottie Albright’s Western Kansas community. When false accusations threaten senatorial candidate Brian Hadley’s political career, secrets whispered to Lottie as editor of the county history books spur a personal search for his aunt’s murderer. Lottie dons a badge to gain access to information. She delves iLayers of deadly intrigue bind generations of families in historian Lottie Albright’s Western Kansas community. When false accusations threaten senatorial candidate Brian Hadley’s political career, secrets whispered to Lottie as editor of the county history books spur a personal search for his aunt’s murderer. Lottie dons a badge to gain access to information. She delves into a horrifying “cold case” to prove her merits as a deputy and impresses Sheriff Sam Abbot with her ability to combine historical research methods and police procedure. Soon Lottie’s sister Josie adds her helpful expertise in untangling the web of families bound by a lethal legacy of prideful secrets. ...

Title : Deadly Descent: A Lottie Albright Mystery
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ISBN : 9781590586457
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Number of Pages : 250 Pages
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Deadly Descent: A Lottie Albright Mystery Reviews

  • Gail
    2019-05-17 06:30

    Lottie Albright is the Director of the Historical Society in this small town in Kansas. She's an historian and archivist writing books on the history of the town. She's also the local campaign manager for a rising star running for the Senate. She's been married for seven to a local farmer and vet who happens to be also very wealthy. She is the same age or younger of his already grown children. When the aunt of the political rising star is found bludgeoned to death after a dispute over her story submitted to the historical society, Lottie joins the local police force as a part-time volunteer. Part of her duties is to research a long unsolved case of murder and kidnapping. Using her skills as a historian, she questions people living and researches the lives of the dead. As she "snoops" she sets into motion more violence and murder to cover up the past and protect the living. A good story in an austere landscape. The details of research and interviewing are fascinating and the story is well-told.

  • Renee
    2019-05-01 07:45

    A totally unexpected good mystery. Oh, the secrets we bury are the ones we really want to shout the rooftops no matter how dreadful. Especially if there are three or four generations of secrets to announce.

  • Corinne
    2019-05-03 04:35

    This is the second book of the series that I've listened to, although the first in the series. I liked the plot, although I guessed most of the "mysteries" early on. The husband, Keith, was less of a jerk in this story.

  • Sharon A.
    2019-04-28 01:52

    A decent mystery; great for my commute or for walking. I'll read more in the series.

  • Cathy Cole
    2019-05-19 03:34

    First Line: She was coming for me.Lottie Albright, director of the Carleton County Historical Society in western Kansas, is busy editing the family stories of the county residents. She's also the campaign manager for Brian Hadley, who is trying to win a seat in the senate.Although some of the residents have beliefs that Lottie does not agree with, their stories are historical documents, and she treats them accordingly. When Brian Hadley's mother, Fiona, comes to Lottie and insists that she suppress Fiona's sister's racist slant of their family history, Lottie disagrees-- even though the story could damage her candidate's chances in the coming election. Soon thereafter, Fiona's sister is murdered, valuable documents are stolen, and anonymous letters begin arriving.Believing that her work in historical investigation will help in finding clues to the identity of the killer, Lottie talks the local sheriff into letting her become a part-time deputy. The sheriff thinks it's a joke and gives her an old cold case to look at, and Lottie's husband thinks she's lost her mind, but both men soon learn that Lottie can tease the truth out of dusty old documents-- and the murderer doesn't like it one bit.I keep forgetting how historically rich the state of Kansas is, but I think Charlotte Hinger has given my memory the jolt it needed to remember this fact. She deftly weaves bits of history into her narrative in a way that adds detail and texture in addition to bringing her cast of characters into sharper focus.I was immediately drawn to the character of Lottie and to her family dynamics: a strong, cultured older husband who's a farmer and a veterinarian; a sophisticated twin sister who believes Lottie is wasted out in the hinterland; a step-daughter who loathes her. Having swiftly learned to care for Lottie as much as she cares for those around her, I actually enjoyed following all the emotional undercurrents that this family had swirling around it.Another element that I thoroughly enjoyed was how Lottie was capable of reading old historical documents-- bills of sale, inventories and the like-- and find solid leads into her investigations into both the cold case and the present-day murder. Having read many of those same types of documents in connection with my own family history, I can attest to the fact that there is a lot to be learned from reading them-- although they do bore most people to tears.The old cold case involving Herman Swenson was heartbreaking but rather easy to solve; however, the present-day case was not. I think it was due to the intricacies of the family trees and the fact that the generations and ages of various characters kept getting blurred in my mind.Hinger's skill in characterization and in bringing historical investigation to life have me excited to read the next book in this series. I spent a lot of time as a teenager reading old newspapers, going through endless reels of microfilm, and taking census in old, forgotten cemeteries. Charlotte Hinger has reminded me of how much fun-- and how fascinating-- history can be... and how much influence it has on the present. I want more!

  • Sandra Danby
    2019-05-20 00:39

    It all begins when West Kansas historian Lottie Albright receives a submission for her oral history project. Written by Zelda St John, aunt of political hopeful Brian Hadley, the piece examines torrid racist attitudes in the family’s history. This is the sort of book you settle into and read with relish. ‘Deadly Descent’ by Charlotte Hinger is a mystery thriller which moves with steady detailed steps as the tension twists and twists like a screw being slowly turned.A first murder is followed rapidly by a second, Lottie is sworn in as a deputy and balances her twin jobs of detecting and collating historical records. The two jobs fit neatly together until anonymous letters start to arrive. Lottie is ably supported by her quiet long-suffering husband Keith, and her clinical psychologist twin sister Josie. Remember the twin thing, it is important later. Sam Abbott, sheriff of the woefully-underfunded Carlton County police, welcomes the resources of the Kansas Bureau of Investigations and so distracts Lottie with research into an old dead case: the old Swenson murders. This feels like a massive diversion, but go with the flow of this book and you will be rewarded. Hinger plots intricately and draws a totally believable picture of the historical society in a small town where everyone knows everyone else’s secrets. Lottie’s project involves everyone writing the story of their family: for some people, the shame is too much.This is the first of the Lottie Albright series of family history mysteries. Hinger is a Western Kansas historian who edited more than 500 family submissions for county history books.Read more of my book reviews at

  • Kathy
    2019-05-04 05:37

    All in all, I enjoyed reading this book. It's a quick read that would be excellent for the beach or a flight.What I liked: 1) The main character, Lottie, grew up in eastern Kansas and now lives in western Kansas (a fictional county, but sounds like Sheridan County or thereabouts). This mirrors part of my life. I think she got many of the attitudes that vary between the two areas right, although I sometimes differed from her views on the sociology of those differences. But it's great to actually find a novel set in present day that comes close to respecting those!2) The mystery and Lottie's investigations utilize historical and genealogical sleuthing and deductions.3) The amount of red herrings made it difficult to really guess who might be the culprits in the book.4) Lottie has a twin. That's also a plus for me!Didn't like so much:1) Sometimes I thought Hinger made some leaps without either explaining or without really thinking realistically. Lottie is shown as an intelligent woman, but sometimes her judgment (on some really important matters) seems to be way too impetuous and/or dangerous.2) Some of research paths seemed to be out of order or unrealistic. Some of her questions might have been answered using courthouse records before she started with the newspapers. Also, it took her a while to realize that searching for 1960s-era valedictorian pictures for an unknown school somewhere surrounding Topeka would a) be a lot of schools, b) wouldn't always be in the newspapers, and 2) most schools' graduates would be wearing caps and gowns, not just a dress, etc.I know some of these might seem to be picky, especially when I did enjoy the book overall. I look forward to reading the second in the series.

  • Debbi
    2019-05-05 05:42

    I really like this book and enjoyed it very much. I didn't guess the ending and that is something for me.

  • Shonna Froebel
    2019-05-17 00:30

    The main character, Lottie Albright, is a historian living in Western Kansas. She is working on a project collecting family histories for the county as well as supporting a local candidate running for the Senate. When a letter arrives for her archives accusing the candidate of racist attitudes, she finds herself caught in the middle of a family upset between two sisters. When the letter writer, Zelda, is found murdered, the family is even more split and Lottie finds herself delving into the past to try and find out what is really behind the rift.She applies for the job of deputy to help gain access to information, but also digs into a cold case in order to gain points with the sheriff. Lottie's twin sister Josie is a psychologist and Lottie finds herself consulting with her to try to figure out the motives behind the terrible events that are taking place. Lottie is able to use her research skills to reopen the cold case and find information that helps her understand the current crimes.An interesting combination of the present and past, this first novel combines history with interesting facts to make a story.

  • Terri
    2019-04-26 23:43

    Another genealogy series, first in series. Almoost makes it. Think I like the protaganist, then I don't. She's a 30-something really rich person, married to a 20 year older man, he doesn't have a lot of presence in the book, but this lady knows a bit about everything. She' started a foundation/orgainzation that keeps old records from people living in a Kansas county, knows lots of secrets...she's about the only paid employee ($8.00/hour), but then buys all office equipment for the job. She then volunteers for part-time police work, gets accepted because she has enough $$ to buy her own gun (and rest of equipment), but I don't think she ever put on the uniform. She kind of decides when she wants to work as police detective vs when she works as history keeper. Book written unevenly, but it helped pass a couple hours.

  • William Smith
    2019-05-01 23:43

    As an amateur historian and genealogist myself, I found the premise for this book extremely of interest. Hinger uses this background very well to weave two family stories over multiple generations into a current time murder mystery with several worthy twists. While I don't care, personally, for the extreme physical "capture" of the murderer, it fits the genre well. The story is set in a fictional western Kansas county, but very obviously based clearly on the culture of that place and time. She has edited hundreds of family histories contributed to county history books. This background research serves her well in this book. A good, easy read.

  • Val Sanford
    2019-04-29 02:31

    A small town in West Kansas is not where you'd expect to find a lot of murder, deception and deeply buried, but for Lottie Albright, that's what she uncovers with her latest project for the historical society. Creating a book of family stories and remembered tales, Lottie unwittingly stirs up a hornets nest that soon piles two fresh murders on to a mystery that has lain cold for decades. The characters are a bit more than flat and the mystery isn't all that intriguing, but the bones of a good plot are here and I think Hinger will grow into a fine mystery writer, and Lottie an intelligent sleuth.

  • Patty
    2019-04-24 00:26

    Wow. This is a dynamite book with a fast paced story and great characters.Lottie Albright is a wife, twin, step-mother and historian. As she works in the historical society she created in a small western Kansas town someone is murdered, a local lady who also has a twin sister. From this Lottie gets involved in the murder but also dips into an old murder.There is a lot to like here, the interplay between twin sisters, the secrets of small towns, the dynamics of a step-family, and, of course, murder.I don't know if this is going to be a series but from the cover I think it will be (it is promoted as "A Lottie Albright Mystery") so I can't wait for more.

  • Gloria
    2019-04-24 02:35

    I picked this up specifically because of the setting, Kansas, which is a part of the country that tends to be left out. Found this to be 'authentic' in its characterization of Kansas people and the area, as in nowhere do people talk more about the weather than in Kansas. While the plot had holes in it, the overall story line was a nice change of pace featuring a middle-aged historian married to an even older farmer, not your usual romance characters. The crime was rather severe and the end got quite suspenseful, but most of it was a simple mystery with clues becoming revealed bit by bit. Almost a cozy read except for the nature of the crime; no sex.

  • Deb
    2019-05-13 23:53

    Kansas Historian Mystery. I liked the "historian" part of the book. It was read. I'm going to read the 2nd in the series just to see if I like it better. If not, this series ends for me! The characters were not likable in that i could've cared less which one of them was murdered!! The author seems to like the "older man" w/the "younger woman" as a few of the couples in the book were women 20+ years younger then their husbands. Not that this is important...just curious that it's more then one couple which drew my attention to her obvious concentration on that aspect.

  • Susan
    2019-04-28 01:37

    Historian Lottie Albright marries a rancher and moves to western Kansas, where she gets a job with the county historical society. As she prepares family histories for publication, she finds herself involved in the murder of the twin sister of the local state senator's mother. Lottie is helping the man's campaign for U. S. Senator, and also hires his cousin as an office helper. Lottie volunteers to be a part-time deputy for the local sheriff, and digs into a cold case of multiple murder fifty years earlier. A great debut novel!

  • Eileen Goudge
    2019-05-09 00:44

    I judge a mystery novel on how well the author portrays the characters, especially the protagonist, and author Charlotte Hinger delivers. I really enjoyed this book, and the mystery was tricky enough, with just the right number of red herrings, to keep the reader guessing. I love that historian-turned-deputy sheriff Lottie gets to the bottom of it through a combination of daring and thorough research. My kind of gal!

  • Sherry
    2019-05-17 23:27

    A mystery set in modern day Western Kansas that finds Lottie Albright in a heap of trouble. Contrasts modern family struggles (step-children, missing parents, etc.) with long forgotten family struggles that refuse to remain hidden.A well-paced, thoughtful, intriguing story. I thought I had the mystery figured out, but, much to my delight, I didn't. I like that in a mystery. A fast read, perfect for summer reading.

  • Diane
    2019-05-14 06:47

    It was interesting, except for the characters that were caricatures, the plot elements that were simply not able to be believed and the blatant legal inaccuracies that made me cringe. But who knew that being the local historian and keeper of the archives in a county in Western Kansas could be so deadly? The writing was plodding but I was very intrigued by the use of local history information to solve murders both past and present.

  • Pam Knox
    2019-05-17 04:40

    A good mystery found by accident. I had type Lethal Vintage into the library search engine. I didn't notice that Lethal Linage came up instead and I placed a hold. When the book came in, I started to read it and noticed that it was the second book in a series. So I put the first book, Deadly Descent, on hold. A lovely surprise.

  • Nancy
    2019-04-20 04:34

    Lottie is a local historian in a Kansas town trying to put together family histories for a book. When one of two feuding sisters is murdered after reading what the other one wrote, Lottie takes it upon herself to help the local sheriff find the murderer.

  • Michelle
    2019-04-30 07:40

    2.5 really.A bit convoluted, but interesting. I did like the logic and the actions of the protagonist were realistic. Using the historical documents to think about cold cases was the best part. It does make me interested in reading more.

  • Shirley
    2019-05-02 01:52

    Really liked this book. Lottie Albright is a great character and the picture of small town's need to keep secrets, and the cost of that to so many. How Lottie is able, by searching, historic documents, to solve the mystery makes for a good read.

  • Lorie
    2019-05-10 03:27

    Western Kansas historian!

  • Shirley
    2019-04-28 07:50

    Really good. Great narration by Karen

  • Dianne Fullam
    2019-05-10 06:25

    Since I am into genealogy, I like the use of family history in this series.

  • Mary C. Wertheim
    2019-05-02 01:52

    Intriguing characters, great plot.

  • Barb
    2019-04-25 01:44

    Enjoyable series that helped me through several plane rides