Forensic genealogist, Morton Farrier, agrees to take on a case to identify the biological mother of three foundlings, abandoned in shop doorways as new-born babies in the 1970s. He has just one thing with which to begin his investigation: the three women’s DNA, one of whom is his half-aunt. With just six days of research time available to him, his investigation uncovers some shocking revelations and troubling links to his own grandfather; and Morton finds that, for the first time in his career, he is advising his clients not to read his concluding report.
The Foundlings is the 9th book of the Forensic Genealogist series about Morton Farrier, a young professional genealogist whose investigations sometimes lead him into trouble and frequently reveal shocking events from the past.
It is nearly Christmas and Morton needs to complete his report on the mother of three girls who were abandoned in different locations in southern England during the 1970s. DNA has connected the women but unfortunately their mother has a colourful past.
Morton, his pregnant wife, Juliet and daughter Grace are soon setting out for Cornwall to spend Christmas with his Aunt Margaret and her family. He also has distressing news for Margaret about her father and he is not sure how it will be received.
Meantime he shows us the machinations of his investigation into the family trees, using the internet, visits to local history centres and making contact with a delightful, retired police detective who has much to tell him about her pursuit of the mother of the foundlings.
I really enjoy the blend of genealogy process with the action and excitement of the chase. Each book works well as a standalone but there are threads from two previous books which are brought to an amazing conclusion in this exciting read.
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Nathan Dylan Goodwin is a writer, genealogist and educator. He was born and raised in Hastings, East Sussex. Schooled in the town, he then completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio, Film and Television Studies, followed by a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing at Canterbury Christ Church University. A member of the Society of Authors, he has completed a number of successful local history books about Hastings, as well as several works of fiction, including the acclaimed Forensic Genealogist series and Venator Cold Case series.
His other interests include theatre, reading, photography, running, skiing, travelling and, of course, genealogy. He is a qualified teacher, member of the Guild of One-Name Studies and the Society of Genealogists, as well as being a member of the Sussex Family History Group, the Norfolk Family History Society and the Kent Family History Society. He lives in Kent with his husband, son, dog and chickens.