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Hidden Heritage: A Lottie Albright Mystery    by Charlotte Hinger order for
Hidden Heritage
by Charlotte Hinger
Order:  USA  Can
Poisoned Pen, 2013 (2013)
Hardcover, Softcover, CD
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

There has been a gruesome killing at the Carlton County livestock feed yard. Sheriff Sam Abbot, and Undersheriff Lottie Albright as well as their deputy, Lottie's husband, realize their resources have diminished over time and they do not have enough personnel to solve this horrible crime. This realization is enforced when the KBI, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, announces they are taking over the case.

Lottie, also director of the historical society, is calling for family stories to be cataloged and kept at the historical museum. She ends up interviewing a large land owner about her family. This woman, Francisca Diaz, is the head of her clan and reveals that she is the dead man's grandmother and knows why he was killed. She is a curandera, a healer. She introduces Lottie to her cache of natural healing agents while teaching her about all the various plants and herbs that make up her pharmacopeia.

Lottie, while at Diaz's ranch realizes that the property is green and lush while the rest of the county is parched and dry. The healer says that her family owns a great parcel of land that was stolen from them by the government. She wants Lottie's help to win a centuries old case regarding this ranch. A lot on one person's plate.

Hidden Heritage by Charlotte Hinger is the third of the Lottie Albright series. Hinger has won awards with her books. She also has been successful with her short stories, being included in several anthologies as well as the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

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