Mysteries are my favorite genre and local authors have a special place in my heart. Brynn Bonner is an Agatha Award winning North Carolina mystery author whose newest book Paging the Dead is a treat for traditional mystery readers and amateur genealogists. Brynn deftly combines her own passion for both subjects in this first book of the Family History Mystery series.
Sophreena Angelica McClure, in the proper Southern tradition, is named for her two grandmothers. With business partner Esme Sabatier, Sophie is the owner of a successful genealogy service which specializes in creating archival family scrapbooks.
Esme brings a very special talent to their business. She has the gift or curse, depending on the day, of hearing the dead speak. As a medium, Esme contributes just the right touch of paranormal influence and a feisty attitude to this story. Pillar of the community, Dorothy Pritchett Porter, hires Esme and Sophie to research her family history. To Dorothy’s delight, the research uncovers a long lost heirloom ruby and diamond ring that will be a highlight of her family scrapbook. These scrapbooks will be the focal point of Morningside’s Founders Day celebration. As Sophie and Esme rush to complete the job, death intervenes.
Paging the Dead is more than just a crafty cozy mystery. It is about relationships that span generations, transcend familial bonds and draw you into the world of genealogical research.
I hope you will enjoy Paging the Dead as much I did. I am eagerly awaiting the next adventure of Sophie and Esme. If you enjoy Carolyn Hart’s Bailey Ruth series or Patricia Sprinkle’s Family Tree Mysteries Paging the Dead is for you.