Genealogist Carly May has been hired by Winifred Simmons y Castillo, an elder member of one of New Mexico's founding families, to research the Castillo family tree. What Carly doesn't realize is that she is stepping into a dangerous family feud that could prove fatal.

Consultant Daniel Duran is the bastard grandson of the recently deceased Senator Quintrell—the politician who also happened to be married to Winifred's sister. Despite himself, he gets caught up in Carly's investigations—mainly because he suspects that uncovering the truth could get Carly killed.

Talk about a dysfunctional family with dark secrets—this one really takes the cake! The always awesome Lowell pulls out all the stops with this taut, surprising and slightly disturbing tale of romance, danger and family drama. When played like this, genealogy is a very dangerous game. (Jul., 352 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith