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The Asylum

(The Forensic Genealogist #Prequel)

The job presented to forensic genealogist, Morton Farrier, ought to have been simple and easy. But the surprise discovery of an additional marriage to his client’s father leads Morton on an enquiry, revolving around a mysterious death in the county asylum. Requiring his various investigative genealogical skills, Morton must work to unravel this complex eighty-year-old secret and finally reveal the truth to his client.


This is the first story in the Morton Farrier genealogical crime mystery series.

The Forensic Genealogist Series



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Hiding the Past

(The Forensic Genealogist #1)

‘At times amusing and shocking, this is a fast-moving modern crime mystery with genealogical twists. The blend of well fleshed-out characters, complete with flaws and foibles, will keep you guessing until the end’
Family Tree magazine

Peter Coldrick had no past; that was the conclusion drawn by years of personal and professional research. Then he employed the services of one Morton Farrier, forensic genealogist – a stubborn, determined man who uses whatever means necessary to uncover the past. With the Coldrick Case, Morton faces his toughest and most dangerous assignment yet, where all of his investigative and genealogical skills are put to the test. However, others are also interested in the Coldrick family, people who will stop at nothing, including murder, to hide the past. As Morton's investigation leads him deeper into the Coldrick family's dark history, he is also forced to confront his own family's secrets, which have been buried for far too long. With powerful enemies lurking in the shadows, will Morton be able to uncover the truth before it's too late?

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The Lost Ancestor

(The Forensic Genealogist #2)

‘Finely paced and full of realistic genealogical terms and tricks, this is an enjoyable whodunit with engaging research twists that keep you guessing until the end. If you enjoy genealogical fiction and Ruth Rendell mysteries, you’ll find this a pleasing page-turner’
Family Tree magazine

When Morton Farrier, the formidable forensic genealogist, is called upon to uncover the mysterious disappearance of a housemaid working in a large Edwardian country house in 1911, he embarks on a perilous journey into the past. Uncovering surprising secrets and facing dangerous adversaries, Morton must use his comprehensive genealogical skills to solve the case. Will he be able to put the pieces together before it's too late?

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The Orange Lilies

(The Forensic Genealogist #3)

‘This is Goodwin’s best work for me. I recommend it for its genealogical appeal, mystery, and for anyone interested in World War I’
McGenealogist Blog

Morton Farrier's life as a forensic genealogist has kept him from his own family's secrets- until now. This Christmastime novella follows Morton as he investigates the mysterious events surrounding his family's past, as well as events from one hundred years ago. In the course of his research, it soon becomes clear that not all of the soldiers had a peaceful truce on the Western Front during that fateful 1914 Christmas...

With its cleverly plotted mystery and its unique blend of past and present, this third book in the Morton Farrier genealogical crime mystery series will keep you guessing until the very end.


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The America Ground

(The Forensic Genealogist #4)

‘It’s just a terrific book! It’s great stuff, I’ve read it, and you’re going to enjoy it’
Extreme Genes

Morton Farrier, the renowned English forensic genealogist, had finally cleared a space in his busy schedule to track down his own elusive father. But when he is presented with a case that challenges him like no other, his own family history takes a backseat as he races to find the killer of a woman murdered more than a hundred and eighty years ago. With the threat of sinister elements determined to derail the investigation, the clock is ticking for Morton to solve the mystery.


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The Spyglass File

(The Forensic Genealogist #5)

‘If you like a good mystery, and the detective work of genealogy, this is another mystery novel from Nathan which will have you whizzing through the pages with time slipping by unnoticed’
Your Family History magazine

Morton Farrier was no longer at the top of his game. With his career in forensic genealogy faltering and no new cases to work on, Morton decides to focus on finding his own biological father. But when a mysterious woman abandoned in the midst of the Battle of Britain begs him to uncover her past, Morton can't help but accept the challenge. What Morton discovers is a secret document with links that could expose the wrongdoings of powerful people who want its contents to remain hidden forever. This thrilling fifth book in the Forensic Genealogist series can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story, but if you enjoyed Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, you'll love uncovering the secrets in The Spyglass File. Join Morton on his quest for the truth!


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The Missing Man

(The Forensic Genealogist #6)


‘The Missing Man does not disappoint. Goodwin creates vivid scenes with solid storytelling and authentic dialogue’

The secrets of the past haunt Morton Farrier. He’s determined to uncover the truth about his father, who vanished without a trace six days after a fatal fire at his Cape Cod home on Christmas Eve in 1976. Now, Morton must travel to the East Coast of America to unravel the family’s dark secrets and piece together what really happened. His search for truth leads him to a web of lies, and he must face the most important case of his career in forensic genealogy. Will Morton finally discover his father’s fate?


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The Suffragette's Secret

(A Morton Farrier, Forensic Genealogist series short story)

Morton Farrier’s life has been turned upside down by the recent addition to his household. Despite his perpetual exhaustion, he is determined to crack his latest genealogical investigation: the mystery of one Grace Emmerson, a militant suffragette, who also happens to be his wife’s great-grandmother. Using a range of genealogical skills and resources, Morton sets out to discover Grace’s secret past.

This story follows on from The Missing Man and precedes The Wicked Trade. It can be purchased alone on Kindle or in paperback with The Wicked Trade.


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The Wicked Trade

(The Forensic Genealogist #7)


‘Once again the author has carefully built the story around real places, real people, and historical facts - and whilst the tale itself is fictional, it’s so well written that you’d be forgiven for thinking it was true’

When Morton Farrier is presented with a case revolving around a mysterious letter written by a disreputable criminal, he finds himself delving into a murky Georgian underworld of smuggling and murder on the Kent and Sussex border. With his skills as a forensic genealogist, Morton must untangle the mysterious Ann Fothergill's association with the notorious Aldington Gang and the brutal killing of Quartermaster Richard Morgan. As Morton's research deepens, he begins to suspect that his client's family might have more troublesome and dangerous expectations of his findings.


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The Sterling Affair

(The Forensic Genealogist #8)


‘If you love a whodunnit, The Sterling Affair is sure to grab your curiosity, and if you enjoy family history, you’ll relish the read all the more’
Family History magazine

When an unannounced stranger comes calling at Morton Farrier’s front door, he finds himself faced with the most intriguing and confounding case of his career to-date as a forensic genealogist. He agrees to accept the contract to identify a man who had been secretly living under the name of his new client’s long-deceased brother. Morton must use his range of resources and research skills to help him deconstruct this mysterious man’s life, ultimately leading him back into the murky world of 1950s international affairs of state. Meanwhile, Morton is faced with his own alarmingly close DNA match which itself comes with far-reaching implications for the Farriers.


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The Foundlings

(The Forensic Genealogist #9)


‘This is a fun and engaging read that will transport you back to a memorable decade’
Family Tree magazine

This thrilling mystery will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they follow forensic genealogist Morton Farrier on his investigation to uncover the identity of three foundlings abandoned in shop doorways as new-born babies in the 1970s. With just one clue - the three women’s DNA, one of whom is his half-aunt - and just six days of research time, Morton's investigation soon uncovers shocking revelations and troubling links to his own grandfather. When Morton's client finds out the truth, will they be able to handle it?


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Morton in Lockdown

A FREE interactive, web-based story

  • Want to know what Morton Farrier has been up to during lockdown?

  • Want to know about the latest addition to the Farrier household?

  • Want to help Morton to solve a mini-case?


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The Deserter's Tale

(The Forensic Genealogist #10)


When forensic genealogist Morton Farrier accepted an invitation to travel to Salt Lake
City, Utah, to speak at the RootsTech genealogy conference, he had been unaware that
one of his co-panellists was to be none other than his former girlfriend, Madison Scott-
Barnhart. Whilst he prepares anxiously to meet her for what will be the first time in twenty-
six years—and hopefully to discover the unresolved truth behind her abrupt ending of
their relationship—he takes on the case of researching his wife’s mysterious great-
grandfather: a man who deserted his Sussex family shortly after the First World War. In
the course of his investigations and time in the States, Morton uncovers some shocking
truths, some of which are uncomfortably close to home…


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