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Valerie Elkins

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As a child, Valerie wanted to be a spy, but when that did not pan out, she settled and became the next best thing––a professional genealogist. After years of presenting at family history conferences around the globe,  it was time to step away from behind the microphone and sit down and write.

Hidden in dusty archives, antiquated newspapers, and obscure records, she found great ideas for future stories. She loves taking those inspirations and putting a fun and dangerous twist to them. 

When not writing, researching, or reading a good book, she is plotting her escape to a quiet place in the country. A house with a vast library with a window seat, a roaring fire, and secret rooms––all protected by her rescued one-eyed pit bull and a crazy rooster.

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Genealogist Maddison McBrayer's somewhat normal life turns upside down when she discovers her friend has been murdered while doing genealogical research. 

What began as a desire to right a wrong, quickly turns into a battle of wits between a genealogist and a determined killer.

With the body count rising, her family in jeopardy, and her career and reputation on the line, Madison must discover the truth before it is too late.

Who knew genealogy could be so dangerous?

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Valerie S. Elkins' latest non-fiction release! This book is full of puzzles, mazes, word searches, and jumbles that make learning genealogy words in multiple languages fun and entertaining. All puzzles are in large print, and the answers are in the back of the book, making it perfect for all ages.  


It's a fun and entertaining way to keep your brain sharp while learning something new or refreshing your memory. Hours of enjoyment to help you destress and unwind. Whether you're new to genealogy or a seasoned pro, this book has something to challenge and engage everyone!

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