I started out reading Sheila Connolly's Bitter Harvest just for fun and was surprised to find some great lessons in genealogy. Connolly's protagonist Meg Corey discovers a mysterious sampler in her old home and goes on a hunt to discover its origins. In the process, she unravels a mystery - and learns a lot about genealogy.
Kudos to Connolly for incorporating solid teaching. If you're a cozy lover like me, the mystery made for a fun read. However, there was more to this book. Bitter Harvest incorporated lessons about original v. digitized records and medical genealogy. I'll be suggesting it to genealogical newbies in the future.