Western Kansas is the setting for this page turner, written by a western Kansas historian. Charlotte Hinger’s entrance into the literary world began with the first Lottie Albright mystery, Deadly Descent. In this second book, Lethal Lineage, a deputy sheriff and local historian, Lottie is horrified to find Reverend Mary Farnsworth dead in a windowless, locked room just after assisting with a confirmation in the new St. Helena Episcopal Church. When the pathology report comes back that shows Mary was poisoned, the search begins for the ruthless killer.
Third and fourth generation ranchers are involved in raw land dealings that become part of the story of intrigue. A corrupt sheriff in a neighboring county locks-up Lottie and her psychoplogist sister, Josie, a Manhattan resident, overnight as they research Mary’s death. This sets the stage for the ousting of Sheriff Deal who has the backing of relatives from all over the county. Mysteries galore are unresolved in this local whodunit until the very end.