Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Five crime novels about a killer in the family

Tessa Wegert is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Forbes, The Huffington Post, Adweek, and The Economist. She grew up in Quebec near the border of Vermont and now lives with her husband and children in a hundred- year-old house in Coastal Connecticut. Wegert writes mysteries set in Upstate New York while studying martial arts and dance, and is the author of the Shana Merchant series, beginning with Death in the Family.

Her new novel is Dead Wind.

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At CrimeReads Wegert tagged five thrillers in which "family ties to known killers complicate characters’ lives as well – and it isn’t just the heroes who find themselves in conflict." One title on the list:
The Family Tree by Steph Mullin and Nicole Mabry

When an ancestry kit reveals that Liz Catalano may be related to a suspected serial murderer, she doesn’t know what to think. Liz only recently learned that she was adopted, and has begun the process of getting to know her newly discovered biological family. Meanwhile, the FBI hopes Liz’s link to suspects like her grand uncle Cris and Cris’s cousin Adam will help them unearth enough evidence to identify and apprehend the guilty party.

For Liz, her quest to find TSK (the Tri-State Killer) is largely about her own identity and need to suss out the dark secrets of her DNA. The closer she gets to Cris, the more afraid she becomes that her flesh and blood could be a predator, and Mullin and Mabry make sure the reader feels that tension at every turn.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: The Family Tree.

My Book, The Movie: The Family Tree.

--Marshal Zeringue