Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead

Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead

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by Lena Diaz

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Lena Diaz continues her thrilling Deadly Games series with a game that will keep you guessing, but may cost you your life…

What she doesn't remember ...

One by one the letters arrive at the FBI office in Savannah, Georgia. Inside, each bears a name—a victim of a twisted crime—and the singsong phrase Ashes, ashes, they all fall dead


Lena Diaz continues her thrilling Deadly Games series with a game that will keep you guessing, but may cost you your life…

What she doesn't remember ...

One by one the letters arrive at the FBI office in Savannah, Georgia. Inside, each bears a name—a victim of a twisted crime—and the singsong phrase Ashes, ashes, they all fall dead. Special Agent Tessa James becomes obsessed with finding the killer whose victims are crying out to her for justice.

Will kill her ...

When sexy, brilliant consultant Matt Buchanan is paired with Tessa to discover who's sending the "Ashes" letters, he discovers a serial arsonist who is leaving nothing but murder in his wake. Inexplicably, the clues point to Tessa herself, forcing her to realize that if she can't remember the forgotten years of her past, the name on the next letter will be hers.

Editorial Reviews

Margaret Carroll
“It’s all there. . .sizzling love scenes and a shivery good thrill ride.”
Eileen Rendahl
“Chilling from the first scene on. Diaz has crafted the kind of tense psychological thriller that’s impossible to put down.”
Anne Heymen
. . . this book is another winner. . . How everything comes together makes for a fascinating twist at the book’s conclusion.
Romantic Times 4 Stars
“Diaz leads readers on a merry chase”
NYT bestselling author
“Lena Diaz skillfully weaves love scenes that are at once steamy and tender with an explosive serial killer plot. Ashes, Ashes is a riveting romantic suspense that will have fans of the genre eagerly awaiting the sequel.”

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Originally from Kentucky, author Lena Diaz now lives in sunny northeast Florida with her husband, two children, and a Shetland Sheepdog named Sparky. A former Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist, she has won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence in mystery and suspense as well as the Booksellers’ Best Award for romantic suspense. She loves to watch action movies and hike in the beautiful Tennessee Smoky Mountains, though not at the same time.

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Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
CarmenSwoonsCP More than 1 year ago
I’m usually very resistant to take on an entire series for review, but starting out with the latest installment is SO out of my comfort zone, thank goodness Lena Diaz writes incredibly intriguing books! Ashes, Ashes, They all Fall Dead, book 3 in the Nursery Rhyme series, was so thrilling, I propose to think outside the box more often. In fact, I intend to retrace my steps and start at the beginning. I will delight in every delicious detail of suspense Ms. Diaz supplies. Oh, yeah…I’m a fan (of alliteration, too!). “I’ll give you one week, seven days, to prove this isn’t a hoax and develop at least one solid lead – and I do mean solid, like granite. If at the end of the week you can’t convince me this isn’t a hoax, then you agree to drop this and never bring the letters up again.” The 3 year hunt for a serial arsonist has resulted in unsolved, cold cases. A fierce determination to bring closure to families and a niggling, unswerving desire to decipher the taunting, sing-song nursery rhyme “Ashes, ashes…” (included in letters found at the crime scenes) forces Special Agent Tessa James of the FBI to work alongside P.I./consultant, Matt Buchanan. Ms. Diaz had me swooning pretty early on over the physical attraction and seductive banter between Matt and Tessa (their 6 year age difference was a modern-day nod), but once they displayed their expertise, their unique abilities contributing/flowing seamlessly together, you recognize their compatibility. These two worked together before on the “Simon Says Die” investigation (Top of my To-Be-Read list!) and the bickering didn’t bode well for this current assignment. But differences (denials of attraction) aside, two heads are better than one to track a killer. Matt’s customized software and state-of-the-art equipment, that gives Quantico a run for their money (add genius innovator right after swoon-worthy), begins to transmit more data than ever and they hit the ground running. When Tessa’s own name pops up as a match from partial fingerprints found on the most recent letter, the investigation (and Tessa’s back story) goes into overdrive. As does their attraction for one another. Matt silently fantasizes during a pause in their research: If she’d just get past her silly hang-up about their age difference and let that luscious hair of hers down out of the tight braid she wore, he could show her the advantages of making love with a younger, more energetic, enthusiastic man. There was something to be said for stamina in the bedroom. I know you’re swooning. I swooned just now in solidarity! ¿ I thoroughly enjoyed being a fly on the wall during their investigation/brainstorm sessions; two brilliant minds collaborating to bring resolution to the murders. Of course believing myself to be Tessa, particularly during flirtier, more sensuous moments made a great book even more delicious! The scenes provided by Ms. Diaz to depict an arsonist’s compulsion were disturbingly fascinating. Comparing living room wooden floor planks to matchsticks waiting to be lit…*shudders* This, and more, is what will grip you in Ashes, Ashes…An underground enclosure had me gasping in oxygen with empathetic gulps! The overwhelming darkness pervading every possible angle…Ms. Diaz’s descriptive writing thrills the senses. I hope you can tell I really enjoyed this book. Ms. Diaz’s website referred to this book as her “newest” and “third installment”. Do you think that means there’s more to come? I’ll despair if she planned to end the series here! Ms. Diaz even interspersed Star Wars references throughout the book for a little levity! I’m obsessed. :D Get ready to readjust your mountain of TBR – this one deserves to be devoured!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Well written. Interesting. Not your typical romantic suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It keeps you guessing
JakeCB More than 1 year ago
Very good story. Enjoyed the characters and could relate to them having been included in previous stories by Lena Diaz even though you do not need to read the past books.
AnneandJane_228 More than 1 year ago
Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead is a Must Read Anyone who has not read Lena Diaz's The Nursery Rhyme Series is missing out on thrilling, pulse-pounding Romantic Suspense! Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead, Book 3 in the series, is the best yet. Over the past three years, the Savannah, Georgia field office of the FBI has received 23 letters, one at a time, each containing a name and the message “Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead,” a twisted version of the line from the nursery rhyme, “Ring Around the Rosie. The problem is that the FBI cannot find any of the persons claimed to be dead. Additionally, the Cold Case Unit of the office has found nothing. Special Agent Tessa James is convinced that they have a serial killer case and stubbornly refuses to give up. For some reason she cannot identify, she is unwilling to let the case go even though no other agent in the office agrees with her. Despite being warned by her boss, Casey Matthews, Tessa continues to work on the case. Casey is furious when he finds out. He thinks it's a hoax. But, he strikes a bargain with her. Tessa has seven days to find a solid lead and she must work with cold case Private Investigator/Consultant, Matt Buchanan. Three years ago, Tessa and her former partner, Matt's brother, worked on the Simon Says case. Unfortunately, Matt, six years younger than Tessa and still in college at the time, enjoyed proving Tessa wrong. He also developed a serious crush on her. Tessa hates him as a result. Tessa agrees to work with Matt if that is the only way to work on the case 24/7. When she meets Matt again, he has matured physically and Tessa is immediately attracted to him. Moreover, he is a genius who has developed technological gadgets and a lab that nearly surpasses those of the FBI. Since most of the gadgets he uses are patent pending, they assist Tessa and him in ways standard equipment cannot. Soon, Tessa and Matt find that there is a serial arsonist who pins notes on the burnt bodies that say “Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead.” Then, although the FBI takes over the investigation, it continues to use Matt as a consultant. While Tess and Matt's relationship progresses physically and emotionally when they are alone, Tessa acts as if Matt is just a brilliant consultant when anyone else is present. She is afraid of what her colleagues at the FBI will think and the teasing that will ensue if she is involved with a man six years younger than her. Needless to say, this is extremely detrimental to any future they may have together. As the case draws near to a close, Ms. Diaz ups the ante for a thrilling ride with one incredible and creepy development after another that will have you staying up late to finish the book. I know that I did. Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead is a stand-alone book. However, I prefer to read books in a series in order. Accordingly, I think that you will enjoy it more if you read the two earlier books He Kills Me, He Kills Not and Simon Says Die first. Ms. Diaz is a wonderful writer with a great future. I highly recommend Ashes, Ashes, They all Fall Dead and its predecessors in The Nursery Rhyme Series, to anyone who enjoys genuine Romantic Suspense, that is, an equal balance of the two genres. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a pulse-pounding, thrill-a-minute, sexy ride of a novel! FBI Agent, Tessa James is convinced that the person sending anonymous letters to the Savannah field office--letters inscribed with one person's name and a creepy variation on the children's nursery rhyme Ring Around the Rosie--is guilty of something. But with nothing but the letters and the names to go on, she can't convince her boss to let her investigate further. Finally, though, he decides to give her one week, provided she takes consultant, Matt Buchanan along with her. Since she and Matt have a not so great history together, she's not thrilled but at least she gets to investigate the creepy letters. The mystery itself is an intricate Russian nesting doll of a case, each discovery more shocking than the last. And the chemistry between Tessa and Matt is near flammable. I loved this book, not only because it kept me guessing until the last page, but because it gave me the romance + mystery fix I was craving.  If you like Karen Rose or Laura Griffin, you'll love this one.
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
Captivating thriller romance! OMG I read "Ashes, Ashes, They all fall Dead" by author Lena Diaz and found it a captivating thriller. It's her third book in The Nursery Rhyme Series. First, I read this book of hers "He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not" and again I was not disappointed. Two great books to introduced me back to thrillers. Ms. Diaz is truly a great suspense writer! I loved her two main characters Tessa James, a special Agent and Matt Buchanan, a sexy Investigator. Tessa is a stubborn agent, who is obsessed with an old case. Her boss doesn't believe that the investigation should go on. So, he agrees to give her a week to find a solid clue with the aid of a partner.Tessa, with the complicity of Matt, have to convince him with new clues to reopen the investigation of that cold case. Is there a connection between Tessa and this serial killer out for revenge? What will happen to her? Will she be safe? Beautiful chemistry between Tessa and Matt. Ms. Diaz wrote an intriguing plot with believing characters. I love her style of writing! It's a great suspense, a real page turner, with a touch of romance. I highly recommend her book if you love thrillers!
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