Fractured Families

Fractured Families It s the Garden of Eden And the weather is absolutely freezing The discovery of the body of a young man inside the mausoleum of the Civil War veteran who commissioned this bizarre sculpture park makes

  • Title: Fractured Families
  • Author: Charlotte Hinger
  • ISBN: 9781464205613
  • Page: 127
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fractured Families

    It s the Garden of Eden And the weather is absolutely freezing The discovery of the body of a young man inside the mausoleum of the Civil War veteran who commissioned this bizarre sculpture park makes the blood of Undersheriff Lottie Albright and her husband s Aunt Dorothy run cold Dorothy Mercer, paying a visit to Western Kansas from Manhattan, may be a bestselling mysIt s the Garden of Eden And the weather is absolutely freezing The discovery of the body of a young man inside the mausoleum of the Civil War veteran who commissioned this bizarre sculpture park makes the blood of Undersheriff Lottie Albright and her husband s Aunt Dorothy run cold Dorothy Mercer, paying a visit to Western Kansas from Manhattan, may be a bestselling mystery novelist, but she is truly shocked confronting murder firsthand But the real bone chiller is yet to come With snow coming on, Lottie and Dorothy act quickly to preserve the crime scene while awaiting the arrival of Sheriff Sam Adams Eyes, and boots, on the ground, they measure and photograph underneath the park s bizarre parade of tree high sculptures Why would they look up Reaching Woman stands some forty feet in the air, trapped in stone And in her arms a ghastly bundle It takes the sharp eyes of the old sheriff to spot her burden It breaks all hearts when it s brought to earth, a second body, so fresh, so frozen, so forlorn Lottie, transitioning from local historian to the politicking necessary to organize a regional crime center, is made the lead investigator It s a test of the concept and of her role as its director She needs investigators, forensics, technology, manpower and a psychologist to pit wits with a clearly deranged killer Her twin, Kansas City s Dr Josie Albright, is the perfect choice Frank Dimon at the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, a reluctant champion of the regional concept, believes too many members of Lottie s family her veterinarian deputy husband Keith, Josie, even Dorothy are on Lottie s team But Frank s insertion of a forensic psychologist of his own choosing sets off a ferocious conflict between Josie and his appointee, Dr Evan Ferguson, as a hastily assembled crew from the region s counties pits rural wisdom against the KBI s sophisticated methods Frustration mounts and urgency grows as statues of women cradling victims are found, the vicious winter weather aiding the psychopath s work No matter how cutting edge the technology, you can t beat luck In a break from the stress, Lottie begins to read a Commonplace Book deposited at the Historical Society As she follows the heartbreaking words penned by a desperate, shunned child of stunning inner beauty and strength, his observations provide the key at a terrible cost.

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    1. Karen

      FRACTURED FAMILIES BY CHARLOTTE HINGERLottie Albright and her husband's Aunt Dorothy who is a bestselling mystery writer are visiting a real life attraction called The Garden of Eden on a freezing cold day in Western Kansas. It is one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas. Aunt Dorothy wants to see one more site before they leave. She wants to see the exhibition of Samuel Dinsmoor, the civil war soldier who created The Garden of Eden in his mausoleum. Aunt Dorothy stumbles across the dead body of a you [...]

    2. Jim Angstadt

      Fractured Families (Lottie Albright Series)Charlotte HingerUndersheriff Lottie Albright has a problem. In the middle of setting up a regional crime center in western Kansas, she has to find and stop a killer with a flair for the dramatic. Dead babies are being positioned in historically significant settings. The public reaction could derail the regional crime center and erode public confidence in local law enforcement.This is a fast, fun read with few surprises. Much of the dialog and plot is pr [...]

    3. Karen

      FRACTURED FAMILIES BY CHARLOTTE HINGERThe weather is freezing and Lottie Albright who is the under-sheriff is visiting The Garden of Eden with her husband's Aunt Dorothy who is a best selling mystery writer. The Garden of Eden is one of Eight Wonder's of Kansas. Aunt Dorothy is visiting and she wants to see all of the tourist attractions. Dorothy wants to look in the mausoleum of Samuel Dinsmoor who was a civil war soldier who created The Garden of Eden. He is in a glassed in coffin lying in a s [...]

    4. Joyce

      4 and ½ StarsWe start out our book with Lottie driving out to the Garden of Eden with her husband’s aunt, Dorothy, who is a famous mystery writer who is researching for her latest book. While there, they discover the body of a teenager. Calling the KBI office, Lottie sets the investigation in motion. Just about to wrap up the scene, they discover the frozen corpse of a baby in the “Reaching Woman” statue’s arms. This sets into motion an eleven member task force headed up by Lottie and w [...]

    5. Anne, Unfinished Woman

      This was a gruesome story in which a newly formed crime group is confronted with a particularly evil serial killer. It is the first installment of this series that I have read, and I was impressed with the creative, complex plot and multiple characters well described. I have given it a 4 rating for that reason, though I think that I formed my impression of the killer early, so I would have to say that it was somewhat predictable. One of the most compelling elements of the story is the history in [...]

    6. Cathy Cole

      It's been too long since Charlotte Hinger's last Lottie Albright mystery. She is so adept at combining fascinating Kansas history with her mysteries that I never want to miss reading a single one. Only one thing prevented Fractured Families from being one of my best reads of the year: the killer was so obvious and over-the-top to me. Fortunately, there is much more to the book than whodunit-- and I loved the rest.Carleton County-- dubbed by one character as "the Bermuda Triangle for crime"-- can [...]

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