Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The Blood Detective
There's a lot of detective fiction out there, and writers have to find a way to stand out from the crowd. Dan Waddell is a genealogist (Think the BBC series Who do you think you are?) as has turned his hand to writing fiction with The Blood Detective. He brings his skills at tracing family histories to bring a new slant on crime solving.
The story starts with a mutilated body in a London churchyard and a cryptic clue left by the killer. The police enlist the help of genealogist Nigel Barnes and the links between this murder, and one set in the same place more than a hundred years before, begin to emerge.
I enjoyed this novel and the feeling of going along for the ride in the protagonists search for clues in family histories. I think we're all fascinated by what our forebears may have gotten up to, this book takes blood ties to a new level.