Title: Lady of Ashes
Author: Christine Trent
Series: Lady of Ashes #1
Synopsis: “In 1861 London, Violet Morgan is struggling to establish a good reputation for the undertaking business that her husband has largely abandoned. She provides comfort for the grieving, advises them on funeral fashion and etiquette, and arranges funerals.
“Unbeknownst to his wife, Graham, who has nursed a hatred of America since his grandfather soldiered for Great Britain in the War of 1812, becomes involved in a scheme to sell arms to the South. Meanwhile, Violet receives the commission of a lifetime: undertaking the funeral for a friend of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. But her position remains precarious, especially when Graham disappears and she begins investigating a series of deaths among the poor. And the closer she gets to the truth, the greater the danger for them both…”
Review: I really enjoyed Lady of Ashes. There aren’t many novels out there about undertakers, much less a female undertaker in Victorian England. Trent’s character building and world description was well done. The descriptions of Victorian funeral practices, and etiquette was fascinating. Violet is a likable heroine and I couldn’t help but feel for her. I hated Graham and truly felt throughout the novel that Violet would be better off without him, despite her being a woman in a male dominated society.
I don’t read a lot of mysteries, because I can always guess what is going to happen and get bored. Lady of Ashes was a perfect blend of history, mystery and romance. I did not get bored and even stayed up past my bedtime to finish, because I just HAD to find out what happened. A big thank you to my Tattooed Cupcake for recommending this outstanding novel to me. I can’t wait to read the next installment!
If you like this book you may want to read:
Stolen Remains (Lady of Ashes #2) by Christine Trent
Jackaby (Jackaby #1) by William Ritter
A Deadly Affection (Dr. Genevieve Summerford Mystery #1) by Cuyler Overholt