5 Genealogy Mystery Books to Add to Your Reading List

By Rick Crume
genealogical mystery books

Need a break from your genealogy research and looking for a great new book to get lost in? You won’t want to miss these five books that combine genealogy and mystery in a way that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Be sure to add these genealogy mystery page-turners to your reading to-do list!

In the Blood

By Steve Robinson

Two hundred years ago a loyalist family fled to England to escape the American War of Independence and seemingly vanished into thin air. American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to find out what happened, but it soon becomes apparent that a calculated killer is out to stop him.

The Wicked Trade

By Nathan Dylan Goodwin

In The Wicked Trade, book seven in Nathan Dylan Goodwin’s Forensic Genealogist series, a client’s 1827 letter from a criminal ancestor starts professional genealogist Morton Farrier’s quest to solve a 19th-century murder.

Family Tree Magazine Contributing Editor Sunny Jane Morton met with Goodwin at RootsTech 2019 to learn more about the research methods behind Morton’s genealogical finds.

The Irish Inheritance

By M. J. Lee

Police detective Jayne Sinclair uses genealogy research to identify the biological father of an adopted American billionaire in The Irish Inheritance by M. J. Lee.

Three Times Removed

By M. K. Jones

In Three Times Removed by M. K. Jones, Maggie Gilbert uncovers details about the disappearance of her ancestor in South Wales. The story draws on historical facts, but supernatural forces also come into play.

The Marriage Certificate

By Stephen Molyneux

Browsing an antique shop, amateur genealogist Peter Sefton buys a marriage certificate from 1900. About the same time, an elderly man dies without heirs in London. The two story lines intersect in The Marriage Certificate by Stephen Molyneux. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for site to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to affiliated websites.

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