Book Review: Blood Family by Jacqueline Seewald @JacquelineSeewa @encirclepub

Blood Family
A Kim Reynolds Mystery #5
Jacqueline Seewald
Encircle Publications, May 2020
ISBN 978-1-64599-043-7
Trade Paperback

When people delve into their own pasts, they sometimes get much more than they bargained for and that’s definitely the case when librarian Kim Reynolds goes in search of her biological father. Just when she finds James Shaw, he passes away unexpectedly but this was no ordinary death. Not only that, Kim learns that her newly-discovered family has a litany of problems and now she’s been drawn into the middle of it all.

Claire, Kim’s very needy half-sister, is the one who pulls Kim into the mess and, to make matters worse, her wealthy biological father named her in his will, putting a target squarely on her back. That, and a strong element of family mystery over and above her father’s death, compel Kim to delve into whatever has been going on in this troubled, dysfunctional family. As an academic librarian, she’s no stranger to research and mental investigating but that might not be enough and it’s a good thing that her fiance, police lieutenant Mike Gardner, and his partner, Sergeant Bert St. Croix, are watching her back as well as doing their jobs. The three of them make an effective team.

Ms. Seewald has been known for her strong characterizations and tight plotlines and Blood Family is certainly no exception. Kim, Mike and Bert, as well as Bert’s SO, Fred, are very easy to like and each brings something different to their investigations while the plot itself is full of what seem to be minor hints here and there that, at the end, add up to a satisfying conclusion.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, July 2020.