Mystery novel with a genealogical theme

The Chimney Sweeper's Boy The Chimney Sweeper’s Boy by Barbara Vine

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’ve just finished reading this book for the second time. I first read it about 10 years ago, and realised i could not remember a great deal about the plot, though I could remember particular scenes and places mentioned in the book.

It’s a mystery novel, but not not a murder mystery. The daughter of a well-known author is asked to write a memoir or biography of her father after his death, but in spite of having enjoyed a close relationship with him as a child, she finds she knows very little about him, and when she tries to learn more, finds that she knew less that she thought she did — he doesn’t seem to be who he claimed to be at all.

In that sense it’s a mystery novel linked to family history and genealogy, because her search is really a genealogical one, to find who her father really was, and who his family were. So it’s the kind of novel that might appeal to family historians.

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