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Shipping cost cannot be calculated. Please enter a valid ZIP Code. Being a history buff, I appreciated the overall arc of the novel, the notion that what we are today is steeped in the past. I enjoyed the characters and genealogy, and will probably read more in the series - I'm curious to see whether the author takes this, whether it will become a bit formulaic or get a bit too obscure with Nigel's research. There's no other way to put it.

On the front cover, it says: "Elegant writing, engaging characters, a cracking climax" - not hollow praise, it turns out. I agree wholeheartedly. It truly is a breathtaking rollercoaster of a read. The characters are indeed engaging - the focus is mainly on the three characters I mentioned earli Brilliant. The characters are indeed engaging - the focus is mainly on the three characters I mentioned earlier, which helps to really establish a connection with them.

None of them are perfect, but they are likeable enough. I also thought it was quite interesting how differently Foster and Jenkins perceive the people they interact with. It helps make those other people very real, not at all one dimensional.

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This is excellently plotted as well. The tension can be cut with a knife, the reveals are well-paced. There is just enough information and emphasis to allow you to work things out for yourself, without being able to guess the exact outcome. You can really think along with the detectives. The characters have enough background to really come to life, but not so much that it distracts from the main plot. The pace is excellent - not too fast, not too slow. I would recommend this to anyone who likes the genre.

I immediately ordered the sequel and can't wait to start it. Jun 12, Joe rated it liked it Shelves: mystery-thriller. Blood Detective is the debut of genealogist Nigel Barnes who does more than simply trace back family trees. Nigel, initially the quirky egg-head assisting with the investigation, is soon leading the hunt for the killer.

The Blood Detective (Nigel Barnes, book 1) by Dan Waddell

The book becomes repetitive as we follow Nigel — and his bloodshot, bleary eyes — from one archive to another, one dusty book to the next, or one more piece of microfilm. Also as Nigel cracks the case by tying together the past with the present, there is a flurry of names that lost me.

Finally the ending was disappointing, especially the hyped-up violence. That being said, Nigel and his Scotland Yard friends piqued my interest enough so that I will pick up the next book in the series. There definitely is potential here. There appears to be mysterious links between present day serial killings and murders committed in Genealogist Barnes chases clues in Victorian era historical records whilst murder detectives work in present time, dealing with several serial murders. For example, the pacing was uneven due to several long genealogical research stories.

The characters were a bit stereotypical: a brilliant but troubled DCI Grant Foster, the sunny, likable DS Heather Jenkins, obnoxious news reporters, an overbearing detective superintendent, etc. And of course, the mousy researcher Barnes suddenly becomes semi-heroic when facing a murderer. May 31, Glen U rated it liked it. Very well written, Waddell paces the action exquisitely and keeps the reading audience enthralled, even through the plodding research and dusty tomes of the intrepid researcher searches.

Interesting and compelling, it "The Blood Detective", despite the title, is not another forensic scientist solving a crime through the use of laboratories or blood spatter patterns.


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Interesting and compelling, it is a fast read and hard to put down. The plot is a bit far fetched but realistic enough for the reader to suspend disbelief for the duration of the book. I do look forward to seeing if Waddell's second novel about the family historian hero can continue to hold his readers enough for it to be the same engrossing read as "The Blood Detective. But for now, a very good read.

follow link When letters and numbers craved in his chest prove to link to death records they bring in professional genealogist Nigel Barnes to assist with the records research. He soon finds a link back to a similar murder in the same churchyard in That murder was part of a string of five brutal murders and Nigel predicts that they may have a copycat and more murders w In London DCI Grant Foster and DS Heather Jenkins investigate the grisly murder of a man found In a churchyard with his hands removed.

That murder was part of a string of five brutal murders and Nigel predicts that they may have a copycat and more murders will soon follow. As Foster and Jenkins investigate in the present, Barnes looks into the past to find clues to the present. The clock is ticking as they race to present further deaths. Some surprising twists will keep you guessing throughout. As a genealogist myself, I found Barnes' research fascinating and it was interesting to hear about the various repositories he used, especially not being familiar with UK research.

Shelves: I am passionate about several hobbies and relish times when they intersect. All I needed to add was a cup of English breakfast tea to round out the mood, although the characters didn't limit themselves to tea. When a man is found murdered in an old London cemetery accompanied by an equally mysterious clue DCI Grant Foster and his team seek help from a genealogist. The clues lead to a man fals I am passionate about several hobbies and relish times when they intersect.

The clues lead to a man falsely accused of a series of Victorian era serial murders which took place in Bodies continue to follow the pattern forcing the detectives to solve a mystery in the past to stop murders in the present. While Nigel Barnes is a skilled genealogist, he has never had to risk his own life while connecting family trees. False leads and lost time could result in more bodies in the morgue.

As a mystery "The Blood Detective" is engaging, fast paced and will keep you turning those pages. As a story about a genealogist, you will pick up on records and archives unique to British research. From a reader's perspective, you will be anxious to "help" solve the mystery then begin reading the second book in the Genealogy Serial Killer Thriller series once you finish book one. I read this book after first reading a short story set after book 2 of the series.

However, it was interesting to go back and see how it started and how the slightly sceptical detective came to appreciate the value of genealogical research and historical research for clarifying motives and suspect pool. I really enjoyed the book. It had a complex plot and a real sense of psychological depth and didn't shy away from some nasty torture. There may have been a little bit of coincidence towards the e I read this book after first reading a short story set after book 2 of the series.

There may have been a little bit of coincidence towards the end of the plot but it didn't feel that forced and some of it was signalled from the start. The motive for the present day killings was satisfying. This is a good quality genealogical detective story although, again, there isn't that much detail about the research so might not please the genealogy geeks. I shall be reading the next two in the series. Jul 17, Ann Taylor rated it really liked it. Realy enjoyed this book.

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The characters are well defined but not over egged. Love Nigel Barnes, the genealogist, can just imagine his flat from the description. The main characters were all very human and the diaogue and action well written. I loved the descriptions of London and the comparison of the past with the present, makes me want to explore more of my own history. I was particulalrly drawn to some of the philiosophical ideas about places where history appeared to repeat itself. The plot w Realy enjoyed this book. The plot was fascinating and the way the book was drawn to a conclusion very well done.

So good I immediately downloaded the next book!! If you like history, mystery and crime thrillers this is the perfect book! This was a brilliant premise, let down by the cliched execution, which is such a shame. I was almost ticking off the stereotypes, troubled Met detective with a "chiselled jaw", perky Lancashire female with a soft heart, researcher who wears tweed and has a tendency to be very diffident.

The story has not aged well either, highly dependent on the use of technology, the technology has now moved on.


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Also, these people were able to travel around London incredibly quickly, necessary for the plot to wo This was a brilliant premise, let down by the cliched execution, which is such a shame. Also, these people were able to travel around London incredibly quickly, necessary for the plot to work, but probably not realistic. The District Line is notoriously unreliable out to Kew for starters. Feb 27, AngryGreyCat rated it really liked it Shelves: read-police-procedural. The Blood Detective is a genealogy based mystery with the killer re-enacting an old crime.

The crimes escalate as Barnes and Foster uncover more connections to the past and try to prevent more murders in the present. This was well written and paced. I have read other genealogy based mystery but did not enjoy them as much as this one. Nigel is a great character and the story line was very compelling.

Would The Blood Detective is a genealogy based mystery with the killer re-enacting an old crime. Would definitely read more by this author. Riveting Where to start? I got involved with the main characters and was mesmerised from the start. Amazing story , with all the research Nigel had to do. I really enjoyed this book and will be reading another shortly. Aug 02, Denise rated it it was amazing. A serial killer is on the loose in modern day London. A wrong conviction in a Victorian murder case. The mixing of crime and genealogy both of which I love make this a gripping read.

Then an email landed in my inbox. He had read The Blood Detective in , said a French publisher might be interested and, when they were, translated both it and Blood Atonement into French. My French was too poor to appreciate his skills, but in France everyone raved to me about the book and the way it was written. I sometimes wonder if it was the first book to have gained in translation.

He was also an enthusiast; he loved my books and characters. In France we met and got on well. He was funny, his wit dry and mordant. I parried, paused and vacillated. There will be one, I ventured.

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But back in the UK, other work claimed my time. The enthusiasm I felt on my return from my French tour, fuelled by red wine, Gauloises and praise, started to dissipate. Until that email. Then came the killer line. For a few nights to I was haunted by this vivid image, of my genealogist Nigel Barnes and detective Grant Foster, characters I had created over several years, lying ignored and neglected in the dark.