Blood Atonement (Blood Detective, #2) by Dan Waddell

Blood Atonement (Blood Detective, #2)

Katie Drake was an affluent single mother living in Queen's Park - until someone cut her throat and tore out her tongue. Worse still, the killer has abducted her 14-year-old daughter, Naomi. Detective Chief Inspector Grant Foster quickly sees chilling parallels with the disappearance of teenage Leonie Stamey three years earlier.

Details Blood Atonement (Blood Detective, #2)

TitleBlood Atonement (Blood Detective, #2)
Release DateSep 8th, 2009
GenreMystery, Fiction, Crime

Reviews Blood Atonement (Blood Detective, #2)

  • Bev
    Who knew that I would get all caught up in a thriller-like police procedural series? And we're only two books in. And I'm already chomping at the bit wanting to know when Dan Waddell is going to give us the next book in the Nigel Barnes/Inspector Grant Foster series.Waddell's second book, Blood Atonement, is every bit as gripping as the first--and a little bit more. Here we have Inspector Foster returning to duty after a recovery period that resu...
  • Karen
    Okay so I'm a bit of a fan - which after two books is quite an achievement. It's probably a little bit to do with the basic premise of genealogy being used to solve crimes (family tree research being an investigation in its own right after all), but mostly it's because Dan Waddell really can tell a bit of a tale.There is a serial killer theme to BLOOD ATONEMENT, although initially it's only Detective Grant Foster who sees the parallels between th...
  • Vena Isabella
    Dan Waddell's detective series is fascinating, with it's best feature being the unique twist of genealogy. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed Blood Atonement more than it's predecessor. Nigel is a humble character and a joy to read about. I loved watching this story slowly unravel, with the mysteries of the ancestors being revealed. A definite recommend!
  • Martha
    I still love the concept--genealogist solves mysteries through research, but this plot was too ridiculous even for me. Also numerous little lapses really irritated me--such as having a resident of a small town in Utah talking about something being 40 kilometers away. Kilometers? Sorry, despite all the educational attempts, people in the US still talk about miles. Also, nonsense like this: "More than one and a half billion of these names had been ...
  • Niki
    I preferred the first one in the series, but liked this one anyway
  • Jackie Cain
    Blood Atonement is a very interesting genealogical mystery involving some sympathetic characters. I really enjoyed it.Part of the story involves the Mormons, or the Church of the Latter Day Saints. This allows the author to explain the contribution the Mormons have made to genealogy, which all genealogists find very useful, and the doctrinal reason for it, which I read about last year in another novel and still find a little creepy. I would not b...
  • Helen Shipley
    Gripping story written exceeding wellI am delighted to discover Dan Waddell's genealogy based books, featuring Nigel Barnes, The Blood Detective. I've read a few of the books in this newish genre and Dan.'s are up there with the best.The research included is based on real sources, as the best ones are, and the characters and storytelling is compelling stuff. There's tension and mystery and believability and much, more. The books draw me in very q...
  • Cathy Cole
    Having enjoyed the first book in this series, I had to get my hands on this second, which also appears to be the last. Blood Atonement acknowledges the elephant in the room: the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints and the powerhouse position they have in the world of genealogy. Members may not be happy with Waddell's depiction of their religion since it touches on fundamentalist offshoots that practice polygamy as well as the actions ...
  • Cynthia
    Excellent second book of seriesI thoroughly enjoyed reading Dan's second book in the "Nigel Barnes" series. Found it even better than the first! While searching (and not finding) books 3 & 4 I came across a FB posting by another reader, Jennifer, wondering where to find the next two in the series listed at the end. Author Dan replied that they will be available soon (3 Mar). Patience can be rewarding =)
  • Wendy Percival
    I read the first of Dan Waddell’s Foster/Barnes series, The Blood Detective, years ago, soon after it was first published in 2008. A police procedural with a genealogist brought in as an expert adviser, it was one in a fairly new (at the time) crime sub-genre - the genealogical mystery - and was nominated for a CWA New Blood dagger award.BLOOD ATONEMENT, the second in the series, came out a year later but I never got around to reading it. Then ...
  • Sarah
    Another grand story of crime with roots in the past. This includes a very interesting aspect on the history of the Mormons, and a fundamentalist branch with an evil mission. I like books that make you want to look up facts on Wikipedia and learn something. The personal side of the tale is enjoyable too, with the three main characters developing well. Very recommendable.
  • Maggie
    Death & the detectiveDan Waddell's second book had me on edge from start to finish. It picks up from his first tale and reintroduces you to his intrepid group of investigators, both the police and the genealogist. People who kill for wrongs committed generations ago - hard to grasp and creepy as all get out.
  • Veronica
    Another fantastic well written novel but Waddells uses the same format for this novel as his last one.The characters are more complex and the plot moves quickly keeping you interested and informed.This novel seems have to more heart and warmth to it.
  • joanneettl
    ExcellentBoth books in this series were great.Do love main characters Norton,Nigel,Heather.The stories were fantastic....hard to put down.Don't know how you thought these up but please continue Mr.Waddell,I'll be reading.
  • Myrna
    3.7/5 stars. I really like Nigel; however, I felt the writing of the Mormon storyline was a bit stilted. Also, the voices of the American characters didn’t really ring true for me. Otherwise, I really enjoyed it, and I look forward to reading the next in the series.
  • mrs penelope d skinner
    Another fantastic book in the blood detective series.Brilliant book very hard to put down. Loved the way the past and present were used to create reasons for the murders. Hurry up with the next one please.
  • Nancy McLaughlin
    Really great readLikeable characters working towards solving murders & kidnappings. The dialogue flows beautifully with characters behaving believably. Unflattering view of the Mormon church so be forewarned.
  • Bonnie
    Second in the Don Waddell genealogy detective series and just as well developed and suspenseful as the first. Waddell uses a fascinating cult connection going back generations in one family line, with dark boding to the present day family.
  • Kurt
    Another one-day read. This genealogy business really works: apart from the fact that it's an original approach, historical titbits are strewn along the path. Can't wait for number three to be published!
  • Mark Barnes
    6/10 (not bad): Genealogical detective novels are my go-to when I want a quick, enjoyable read that won't tax my brain and will give me a break from ministry. Blood Atonement isn't a bad book. The writing style is fine, and the pacing is pretty good. But as with Steve Robertson's Jefferson Tate series, Waddell makes the mistake of favouring excitement over realism. The result is an ever-increasing body count and with ever-decreasing credibility. ...
  • Sharon
    Well doneI look forward to reading more from Mr. Waddell. The characters are realistic and likeable. Good news for Nigel and Foster, who both have new relationships in their lives.
  • Nicky Mottram
    Audio version of this book 📚- wasn’t expecting much from this book but was pleasantly surprised! Was original storyline with a lot of research made by the author, will read more by this author
  • Jean
    Another genealogy mystery. I have to smile, one of the characters is DI Grant Foster, wonder what sunglasses he wears?
  • mrs e novak
    Wonderful story, I could not put it down, cannot wait to read the next story.
  • Melanie
    Great tips on researching your family, as well as a damn good read!Clever and well written; best series of books I've read in a long time. Can't wait to start the next one!
  • Tammy
    I really liked the book. Its one I was given free. I would read more of this series, if my library had them. A good mystery/thriller.
  • Colette McCormick
    Loved this book just as much as the first one in the series, so much so that I stayed wake long after I should have just so I could finish it. Can't give it a higher recommendation than that.
  • Linda Redman
    Blood atonementAnother fantastic book I just couldn't put it down. The murder investigation just flows on so fluently. Can't wait to read the next book.
  • Sharron
    Cannot wait for the next instalment! Love the geneology twist to these books. I do worry about the shelf life though but looking forward to finding out what's next
  • Steph
    As a practicing Mormon, I was nervous going into this audiobook about how my church would be treated. These are the thoughts I had as I read the story:Story is a combination of rumor, supposition, truth based probably on research and embellishment. Some stereotypes (sister has 9 children), obnoxious modern Mormon woman (Donna) who bad mouths the church to prove that not all Mormons fit the stereotype; created cities, fake history and over-the-top...