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When genealogist Torie O'Shea gets an invitation from her favorite aunt, Sissy, to come and spend some time with her in Minnesota she jumps at the chance. She piles her husband and her father-in-law into the car, leaving her two daughters in the care of her mother back home in Missouri, and hits the road, looking forward to some relaxation and some family bonding. Once the When genealogist Torie O'Shea gets an invitation from her favorite aunt, Sissy, to come and spend some time with her in Minnesota she jumps at the chance. She piles her husband and her father-in-law into the car, leaving her two daughters in the care of her mother back home in Missouri, and hits the road, looking forward to some relaxation and some family bonding. Once they arrive, Torie finds out that her aunt's invitation was not so innocent: Sissy has uncovered a 150-year-old diary in the attic of her home and is dying to find out who wrote it and where it came from. Certain she won't be able to find anything, Torie reluctantly dives in. She is immediately riveted by the author's story; a young Swedish woman living with her family in 1850s rural Minnesota, she had fallen in love with a man she couldn't have. When the diary ends abruptly with hints of brutal violence, Torie becomes enmeshed in a deadly mystery passed down through generations-and still festering today. Fans and newcomers to Rett MacPherson's cozy genealogy mysteries will delight in the inventive story and engaging characters that have come to characterize this wonderful series.


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When genealogist Torie O'Shea gets an invitation from her favorite aunt, Sissy, to come and spend some time with her in Minnesota she jumps at the chance. She piles her husband and her father-in-law into the car, leaving her two daughters in the care of her mother back home in Missouri, and hits the road, looking forward to some relaxation and some family bonding. Once the When genealogist Torie O'Shea gets an invitation from her favorite aunt, Sissy, to come and spend some time with her in Minnesota she jumps at the chance. She piles her husband and her father-in-law into the car, leaving her two daughters in the care of her mother back home in Missouri, and hits the road, looking forward to some relaxation and some family bonding. Once they arrive, Torie finds out that her aunt's invitation was not so innocent: Sissy has uncovered a 150-year-old diary in the attic of her home and is dying to find out who wrote it and where it came from. Certain she won't be able to find anything, Torie reluctantly dives in. She is immediately riveted by the author's story; a young Swedish woman living with her family in 1850s rural Minnesota, she had fallen in love with a man she couldn't have. When the diary ends abruptly with hints of brutal violence, Torie becomes enmeshed in a deadly mystery passed down through generations-and still festering today. Fans and newcomers to Rett MacPherson's cozy genealogy mysteries will delight in the inventive story and engaging characters that have come to characterize this wonderful series.

30 review for In Sheep's Clothing

  1. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    I admire a series in which each book stands alone well, but gathers so much more meaning as characters entertwine, learn, and evolve through the series. And be warned, being a pivotal character does not guarantee you will live to the next book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda Clark

    At first I thought the plot of this book was a bit light for a whole book... and I wondered how a book could be written on the premise of Aunt Sissy asking Torie for help with finding the author of a novel. I'm surprised Torie didn't realize it was a diary right away... and didn't wonder how the family responded to their daughter at 17 getting pregnant by a pastor's son. Not once did she consider how Anna's parents reacted, or that her brother (not the parents) claiming Anna's daughter died may At first I thought the plot of this book was a bit light for a whole book... and I wondered how a book could be written on the premise of Aunt Sissy asking Torie for help with finding the author of a novel. I'm surprised Torie didn't realize it was a diary right away... and didn't wonder how the family responded to their daughter at 17 getting pregnant by a pastor's son. Not once did she consider how Anna's parents reacted, or that her brother (not the parents) claiming Anna's daughter died may have meant that no one wanted Emelie around. I'm baffled at Sven, Anna's brother, wouldn't be strong enough to kill a man (Anna's love, Isaac) but was old enough to report Anna's daughter's death -- I think he was 9 when Isaac was found dead, so he couldn't have been more than a year older when Emelie was reported dead. And where was Emelie when Anna died? Did Sven get her away first -- how? I still have questions. It would've been interesting if Torie had found Sven's family Bible to read, because I wondered where that went too. If Emelie didn't die and was able to prove to the court that she should have the land her father rightfully would have gotten, how come Kimberly Canton couldn't do it too (maybe if she'd have gotten Torie on her side, it might've helped! she must've let Roberta Flagg know what she was doing, and Roberta wouldn't have helped at all).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Really enjoyed this book! I somehow missed this book so I ended up reading it out of sequence but no worries. I think it works as a stand alone. Good mysteries with plenty of surprises and giggles. I love Torie's humor and her interactions with her father-in-law are frequently hilarious. Lots of background on how a genealogist does research which I found interesting and informative. I'm planning to pick up another Torie O'Shea novel soon. Recommended. Really enjoyed this book! I somehow missed this book so I ended up reading it out of sequence but no worries. I think it works as a stand alone. Good mysteries with plenty of surprises and giggles. I love Torie's humor and her interactions with her father-in-law are frequently hilarious. Lots of background on how a genealogist does research which I found interesting and informative. I'm planning to pick up another Torie O'Shea novel soon. Recommended.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katie Hilton

    This Torie O'Shea adventure is a little far-fetched. Torie travels to Minnesota to visit her aunt and learns about a murder that occurred in her aunt's home 150 years ago. She investigates and solves that case and another that occurs while she's in town. This Torie O'Shea adventure is a little far-fetched. Torie travels to Minnesota to visit her aunt and learns about a murder that occurred in her aunt's home 150 years ago. She investigates and solves that case and another that occurs while she's in town.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Another good entry in the series. I love how Torie always stumbles across a genealogical problem/murder even when she travels. I enjoyed reading about what happened and watching Torie unravel it all.

  6. 5 out of 5

    dandrea d patterson

    Spook goood I love book and genealogy and crime solving in one. True keeps finding dead bodies. I love it! Great book

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    Fun read, this time set in Minnesota.

  8. 5 out of 5

    JennyCash

    Not my favorite in the series but still very good

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Walls

    Love this series! discovered it last week and am on book 8 characters are great!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Nice enjoyable light reading - like Hardy Boys for grown up female genealogists! Reading the whole series now.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    Characters that are interesting and complex.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jacalyn

    I encourage everyone to read it, you'll be surprised. I encourage everyone to read it, you'll be surprised.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gail Richmond

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Torie O'Shea, busy wife/mother/history buff and genealogist, gets an abrupt invitation to visit her favorite aunt in Olin, Minnesota. Regardless of the 12-hour drive from New Kassel, MO, Torie, husband Rudy, and step-father Colin Brooke travel north for a week of fishing in the land of ten thousand lakes for the guys and a week of helping Aunt Sissy for Torie. Saddled with the task of reading an old diary and searching for what happened to the author and her family, Torie becomes involved periph Torie O'Shea, busy wife/mother/history buff and genealogist, gets an abrupt invitation to visit her favorite aunt in Olin, Minnesota. Regardless of the 12-hour drive from New Kassel, MO, Torie, husband Rudy, and step-father Colin Brooke travel north for a week of fishing in the land of ten thousand lakes for the guys and a week of helping Aunt Sissy for Torie. Saddled with the task of reading an old diary and searching for what happened to the author and her family, Torie becomes involved peripherally in a murder investigation with roots in past family jealousies over a hundred years old and murders that were never solved at that time. All of the puzzles are right up Torie's alley as amateur sleuth. Entertaining and unusual in topic, this slim volume would have benefitted from closer editing to remove typographical errors, and proofreading so that all names were consistently spelled and the town's names that are mentioned were not confused. (Cedar Rapids is used once instead of Cedar Springs which was the small town name used consistently up to that point.) Rating: 3.5

  14. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Torie, Rudy and Colin are visiting Torie's Aunt Sissy and Uncle Joe in Olin, Minnesota. Sissy has found a novel/diary from a young woman who lived in the house in the 1870's. Sissy wants to know how the story ended and wants Torie to use her genealogy skills to find answers. As usual Torie and Colin are at loggerheads, Sissy is exasperating and Rudy and Joe try to stay out of the way. There is a lot of Minnesota history as well as family history in this book, all of it interesting and all tied to Torie, Rudy and Colin are visiting Torie's Aunt Sissy and Uncle Joe in Olin, Minnesota. Sissy has found a novel/diary from a young woman who lived in the house in the 1870's. Sissy wants to know how the story ended and wants Torie to use her genealogy skills to find answers. As usual Torie and Colin are at loggerheads, Sissy is exasperating and Rudy and Joe try to stay out of the way. There is a lot of Minnesota history as well as family history in this book, all of it interesting and all tied together. Eventually Torie solves the mystery for Sissy, and helps the local sheriff solve a murder. I do love this series and this book is a marvelous addition to the series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    Sadly this is the last MacPherson book I have to read. Now I will sit back and hope she writes another soon!!! My grandson has to write his favorite thing that happened in his books he has to read in the Summer. My favorite part of this book is when Torie remarks to a woman that her glorious ancestor may not be as upstanding as she thinks and the lady decks her in the Historical Society knocking her to the floor with a black eye to show for it! We genealogists do take our heritage seriously!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Irish

    I have mixed feelings some negative , and some positive. When I saw the cover I thought I would enjoy it immensely. However, when I read the first chapter I was at first disappointed. The reason why was because the way the characters talked sounded silly, and I do not really care for that in books. When the mystery began it became intriguing. My thoughts were that: the mystery was well thought out. I had two qualms though: Despite this I was able to see who the culprit was a mile away. I also fel I have mixed feelings some negative , and some positive. When I saw the cover I thought I would enjoy it immensely. However, when I read the first chapter I was at first disappointed. The reason why was because the way the characters talked sounded silly, and I do not really care for that in books. When the mystery began it became intriguing. My thoughts were that: the mystery was well thought out. I had two qualms though: Despite this I was able to see who the culprit was a mile away. I also felt that although there was some emphasis on the wolves there should have been more

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kellene

    I try not to read most series out of order, but this one caught my eye at the library and I snatched it up, knowing nothing of the series. I was hooked from the beginning of the story. Historical research and genealogy are interests of mine, so I thoroughly enjoyed that part of the book. The tragic story of the diary's author broke my heart. The current mystery in the book was almost a side note for me, but did remind me how much the past affects the present. Loved the book, and will be reading I try not to read most series out of order, but this one caught my eye at the library and I snatched it up, knowing nothing of the series. I was hooked from the beginning of the story. Historical research and genealogy are interests of mine, so I thoroughly enjoyed that part of the book. The tragic story of the diary's author broke my heart. The current mystery in the book was almost a side note for me, but did remind me how much the past affects the present. Loved the book, and will be reading the ones that preceded it... and followed.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Grey853

    I love this Torie O'Shea series. I've never been into geneology or history in general, but they way MacPherson writes about it, with such passion, well, it actually sounds like fun. Plus, I love how Torie's so sarcastic and witty about life and people in general. These aren't serious books, just a fun read. I love this Torie O'Shea series. I've never been into geneology or history in general, but they way MacPherson writes about it, with such passion, well, it actually sounds like fun. Plus, I love how Torie's so sarcastic and witty about life and people in general. These aren't serious books, just a fun read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lorna McCluskey

    This is the first book by Rett MacPherson I have read, though I understand there have been a number already published in the series. What a delightful blend of genealogical sleuthing to solve real mysteries! Family research does require much research and they come together well in this mystery. For anyone who enjoys family history and mysteries, this is an excellent choice!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I've never really been that much into mysteries but this series peaked my interest. I will definitely go out and see if I can find any others. I would definitely recommend it. I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I've never really been that much into mysteries but this series peaked my interest. I will definitely go out and see if I can find any others. I would definitely recommend it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kay Wright

    New author, new skill of genealogy, kind of fun, mystery lame, likelihood of answering questions about 150 year old murder about 0. But not terrible.book, may look for another in series. I did like the husband character, seemed real.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jeanine

    The Torie O'Shea books are great for a light read with a mystery. Torie is a great protagonist and uses a lot of humor to solve her mysteries. The Torie O'Shea books are great for a light read with a mystery. Torie is a great protagonist and uses a lot of humor to solve her mysteries.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    Torie #7

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hope4flowers

    Pretty good. Not great.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Torie visits her aunt in Minnesota and gets involved in geneology, murder from 150 years ago

  26. 4 out of 5

    Peg

    Having lived in Minnesota for several years, I enjoyed returning to the land of 10,000 lakes. Another good, quick read following Torie O'Shea in her adventures. Having lived in Minnesota for several years, I enjoyed returning to the land of 10,000 lakes. Another good, quick read following Torie O'Shea in her adventures.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kristie

    Easy reading. Interesting.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    The latest genealogical mystery finds Torie visiting her Aunt Sissy to solve the mystery of an unfinished diary written in the 19th century.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    Love Rett MacPherson!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Delightful! Sounds corny, but that is what it is.

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