Fire and Ashes

Fire and Ashes

by Elaine Viets


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In the exclusive, gated enclave of Olympia Forest Estates, death investigator Angela Richman watches a mansion go up in a fiery blaze. With it, seventy-year-old financier Luther Delor, a drunken, bed-hopping rhinestone cowboy. Embroiled in a bitter divorce, Delor may have scandalized Chouteau Forest, but his murder has united it against the accused: Delor’s twenty-year-old girlfriend, Kendra Salvato, an “outsider.” With an engagement ring bigger than Chouteau County, she’s being railroaded straight to death row as a gold-digging killer.

All there is against Kendra is vicious gossip and anti-Mexican rage, and both are spreading like wildfire. Meanwhile, Angela is trying to douse the flames with forensic work that’s putting the Forest on edge. After all, facts could implicate one of their own. Now, sifting through the ashes of a vicious crime—and the guilty secrets of the privileged—only Angela can get to the truth, and prevent an innocent woman from getting burned.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477848807
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Series: Death Investigator Angela Richman Series , #2
Pages: 286
Sales rank: 464,370
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Award-winning author Elaine Viets has written thirty-one mysteries in three series, including the bestselling Dead-End Job series, featuring South Florida private detectives Helen Hawthorne and her husband, Phil Sagemont; the Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper mystery series; and the dark Francesca Vierling mysteries. She has served on the national boards of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She’s a frequent contributor to Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine as well as anthologies edited by Charlaine Harris and Lawrence Block. Viets has won the Anthony, Agatha, and Lefty Awards.

The Angela Richman, Death Investigator series returns the prolific author to her hard-boiled roots. Brain Storm draws on her personal experiences as a stroke survivor, as well as her studies in the Medicolegal Death Investigators Training Course at Saint Louis University’s School of Medicine. Fire and Ashes is the second novel in the series following Brain Storm.

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Fire and Ashes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
SunnyCarolinaGirl More than 1 year ago
I was drawn into this book by the main character, Angela Richman, and the interesting job that she has as a death investigator. I don't think that I have ever read a book whose main character has this job. I found it quite interesting and learned a lot of information about both dead bodies and also about horses, Angela's escape when she is stressed. I was hooked from the beginning of this book and look forward to reading the first book in the series, Brain Storm, to learn more about Angela and her backstory.
Storytellermary More than 1 year ago
FIRE AND ASHES by Elaine Viets Wow! There is so much happening in this book, and so fast! Fires, scandals, social divisions, dealing with grief at one’s own pace, parents who care and who don’t . . . and race horses who like peppermints and having their tongues held. The threads form an intricate lace pattern, much like the lace of a certain item of almost-clothing. Angela Richman, Death Investigator, gets the sometimes thankless job of trying to untangle all the threads to head off a miscarriage of justice fueled by class snobbery and racism. I put so many post-its to mark memorable passages that the book now resembles a porcupine, but I’ll only share only *one, to avoid spoilers. You’ll want to read for yourself, and be prepared to put other activities on hold when you do. It’s so compelling, with one of the most satisfying endings ever! . . . and I love Big Al the Pizza Dude! There’s a page of local lingo at the end of the book, and technical terminology elsewhere, like HVAC - heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (I’d forgotten the V) and I predict “caned” meaning “walk with the aid of a cane” will be in mainstream usage soon, if not already — so useful. *Life-saving quote/PSA: “When most people see small flames, they don’t think the fire is dangerous yet. They don’t realize how quickly the fire can grow . . . Same with smoke . . . People think white smoke isn’t as dangerous as black smoke. Not true.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love two of Elaine Viet's series -- so I was intrigued when I saw this stand alone. Glad I spent the time to devour it -- a truly spell-binding mystery... she is such a talented author, and her books do not disappoint.
TrissBS More than 1 year ago
Fire and Ashes is the 2nd book by Angela Richman, a death investigator in a wealthy, snobbish and insular community. Unlike some of her colleagues, she is interested in justice not protecting the important residents. When the death of a rich, widely disliked resident appears to be one of several arson cases, it is too easy to jump on his much younger, Mexican-American fiancée as the suspect. Angela is not accepting that, and is determined to do her job no matter what. In the meantime, she is slowly recovering from the devastating strokes in the first book, Brain Storm. You have to love Angela, with her determination and her steadfast sense of right and wrong. The solution is suspenseful enough to keep the pages turning rapidly. A very good read.