"An atmospheric historical mystery that will captivate you to the end!"
"...complex and teeming with life."
Atticus Riot took a bullet to his head the day his partner was killed. Three years later, Riot returns to San Francisco to put his ghosts to rest, but the abduction of an heiress snags his attention. Two ransom demands are delivered, and the husband of the abducted Isobel Kingston is hiding the truth.
The clock is ticking. Can Riot find Mrs Kingston in time, or will she become one more regret among many?
A thrilling historical mystery for fans of Laurie R. King, Louise Penny, and Jacqueline Winspear.
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I have to admit I always pick up review requests for self-published books with a jaundiced eye but I was more than pleasantly surprised by Flynn’s book. I was enthralled and wanted to immediately purchase the next two in the Ravenwood Mystery series posthaste, no matter how large my review pile. And that’s saying a lot for me. Of course it helps that I love the era and genre, historical detective novels. Atticus Riot is a wonderfully developed character. We’ve obviously come in the rebirth end of things, for Atticus as well as the newest adventure he steps into. Thus, the title, well-fitting for this first book in a series. Riot returns to San Francisco from a sojourn in Europe to put an end to the former business he and his dead partner ran, the Ravenwood Detective Agency, conveniently located just up the block from Pinkerton’s. However, his manager, Tim, talks him into just one more case before he officially retires. An heiress has been kidnapped. Throughout the case Riot is visited with the ghostly advice of his late partner, for whose death he cannot forgive himself. He’s haunted by past cases where he hasn’t been quick enough to prevent death and makes it a goal to see it doesn’t happen this time. As the body count rises, however, Riot’s last case may become a lost cause. There is so much rich history in the era and area that Flynn could have easily lost us in detail. She does introduce a quirky cast of characters who have taken over the Ravenwood mansion and then drops them, but I hope we’ll see more of them in the future. The pacing is perfect, and the twist is that the reader is treated to events of the crime in a back-and-forth catch-up chase until one day time equals out. Surprises, not exactly cheat-the-reader moments but very subtle hints and clues will keep readers who adore this type of fiction on their toes. Told in multiple viewpoints from Riot and the victim’s points of views, well-researched. Near flawless writing shows the care the author took with her book. A review copy was provided through VoraciousReadersOnly.com
Reviewed by Kris Moger for Readers' Favorite From the Ashes: Ravenwood Mysteries Book 1 by Sabrina Flynn is a fantastic period mystery about a missing woman and a detective haunted by an unfortunate past. Isobel Kingston has disappeared, but even her kidnapping is a confusing mix of events. Upon returning to the home he was hoping to avoid, Atticus Riot is pressed into service by an old friend. As he works to sort out the secrets of Isobel’s disappearance, Isobel takes her fate into her own hands, determined to free herself from those who hold her and find out the truth behind the events unfolding around her. I have to say, I loved this book. From the Ashes was a great read. Every character came alive with detail and quality craftsmanship. It is a story influenced by history, and written so well that it was easy to sink into this world. I particularly loved the character of Isobel, though Atticus and Tim are equally appealing. Isobel’s drive to be in control of her own fate creates an urgency that breaks from the usual damsel in distress theme. As well, Atticus’ journey through confronting his past and the loss of his mentor is an enticing story of facing loss. Both tales weave through each other and drive the plot forward at a pace that kept me asking questions and wanting to know more. From the Ashes is a great book well worth the read, especially if you love historical mysteries. Thanks for a purely enjoyable read.
This was a fun book to read. I'm looking forward to the next Bell and Atticus adventure!