The Blood Detective
Waddell, Dan. The Blood Detective. New York: St. Martin's Minotaur, 2008.
Genealogist Nigel Barnes is enlisted by DCI Grant Foster and detective Heather Jenkins when they find numbers that remind them of vital records numbers carved into a body. It's a case of past meets present where what happened in 1879 is eerily similar to what is happening in the present. Barnes utilizes a variety of records and repositories in his research. Readers are able to see Barnes analyzing the evidence he finds and using his background knowledge in that analysis. This is a book that genealogists everywhere will enjoy. I can't wait to read the next novel in the series. 4.5 stars.