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Genealogical Mysteries logo Mysteries featuring specific themes have proven to be very popular in recent years. One recurring theme which has been a fan favorite is mysteries featuring a genealogical theme...either with a genealogist as the sleuth, or with the mystery story focusing on a tale involving genealogy, heirs and/or family history. The following list of titles is made up of mysteries featuring either a setting or plot with a genealogy theme, or a genealogist as the primary protagonist.

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Robert BarnardAt Death's Door [1988]
Graveyard Position [2004]
Rita Mae BrownMurder at Montecello, or, Old Sins [1994]
Riding Shotgun [1996]
Jan BurkeBloodlines [2005]
Jill ChurchillFrom Here to Paternity [1995]
Mary DaheimMajor Vices [1995]
The Apline Escape [1995]
Sandra DallasNew Mercies [2005]
Jo DereskeMiss Zukas and the Raven's Dance [1996]
K.J. EricksonDead Survivors [2002]
Anne GeorgeMurder Runs in the Family [1997]
Martha GrimesThe Horse You Came In On [1993]
Parnell HallLast Puzzle and Testment [2000]
Janis HarrisonMurder Sets Seed [2000]
Carolyn G. HartSouthern Ghost [1992]
Joan HessDeath By the Light of the Moon [1992]
Holly Jolly Murder [1997]
Jane Aiken HodgeA Death in Two Parts [2000]
P.D. JamesInnocent Blood [2001]
Brenda JoyceThe Third Heiress [1999]
Alanna KnightBlood Line [1989]
Kathleen KunzMurder Once Removed [1993]
Graham LandrumThe Famous DAR Murder Mystery [1992]
The Historical Society Murder Mystery [1996]
E.L. LarkinHear My Cry [1997]
Die and Die [1998]
Hear Me Die [1998]
Dead Men Die [1998]
Chris LarsgaardThe Heir Hunter [2005]
Elizabeth LowellAlways Time to Die [2005]
Rett MacPhersonFamily Skeletons [1997]
A Veiled Antiquity [1998]
A Comedy of Heirs [1999]
A Misty Mourning [2000]
Killing Cousins [2002]
Blood Relations [2003]
In Sheep's Clothing [2004]
Thicker Than Water [2005]
Dead Man Running [2006]
Died in the Wool [2007]
The Blood Ballad [2008]
Lee MartinInherited Murder [1994]
Genealogy of Murder
 [1996]
Sharyn McCrumbSick of Shadows [1984]
Highland Laddie Gone [1986]
Paying the Piper [1988]
The Windsor Knot [1990]
Missing Susan [1991]
MacPherson's Lament [1992]
If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him [1995]
The PMS Outlaws [2000]
Ralph McInernyHeirs and Parents [2000]
Blood Ties [2005]
Fiona MountainPale as the Dead [2002]
Bloodline
 [2006]
Elisabeth OgilvieThe Silent Ones [1981]
Charles PalliserThe Quincunx [1989]
Deanna RaybournSilent in the Grave [2007]
Jose SaramagoAll the Names [2000]
Dorothy SayersUnnatural Death (a.k.a. The Dawson Pedigree) [1955]
Patricia SprinkleDeath on the Family Tree [2005]
Sarah Stewart TaylorO' Artful Death [2003]
Mansions of the Dead [2004]
Judgment of the Grave [2006]
Josephine TeyBrat Farrar [1950]
Charles ToddThe Murder Stone [2003]
Judith Van GiesonThe Stolen Blue [2000]
Dan WaddellThe Blood Detective [2007]
Patricia Tichenor Westfall Mother of the Bride [1998]
Eric WrightDeath on the Rocks [1999]
Laurali WrightMother Love [1995]

Fans of genealogical mysteries may also find titles of interest to them in our Forensic Fiction booklist, which includes sections dealing with archaeologists and other historians digging into the past to solve mysteries.

Printed List is forthcoming - compiled Mar 2005 by rs
Adapted for the Web Mar 2005 sdc -- Last updated: September 2009 rs

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