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Sunday, July 17, 2005

Proof that Genealogy Can Be Thrilling

From the (Salem, Ore.) Statesman Journal:

Genealogy gets ugly in 'Always'

Elizabeth Lowell's thriller also is a mystery and has plenty of romance

DAN HAYS

July 17, 2005

Genealogy is a peaceful pursuit. The search for personal histories involves poking about in old papers and comfortable reading at such centers as the one maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of The Latter-day Saints in their Salt Lake City temple complex.

One doesn't expect to become a target of violence while engaged in genealogy. So when professional genealogist Carolina "Carly" May is hired to look into the history of a prominent Southwest family, she doesn't expect to be endangered.

"Always Time to Die," the new thriller from Seattle's Elizabeth Lowell, is a clever take on a reality: If politicians intend to run for high office, they had better make certain their past is clean or hidden.

Lowell sets up a situation in which forensic genealogy solves crimes both past and present.

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