Lady of Ashes (Lady of Ashes Series #1)

Lady of Ashes (Lady of Ashes Series #1)

by Christine Trent
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Lady of Ashes (Lady of Ashes Series #1) by Christine Trent

Only a woman with an iron backbone could succeed as an undertaker in Victorian London, but Violet Morgan takes great pride in her trade. While her husband, Graham, is preoccupied with elevating their station in society, Violet is cultivating a sterling reputation for Morgan Undertaking. She is empathetic, well-versed in funeral fashions, and comfortable with death's role in life--until its chilling rattle comes knocking on her own front door.

Violet's peculiar but happy life soon begins to unravel as Graham becomes obsessed with his own demons and all but abandons her as he plans a vengeful scheme. And the solace she's always found in her work evaporates like a departing soul when she suspects that some of the deceased she's dressed have been murdered. When Graham's plotting leads to his disappearance, Violet takes full control of the business and is commissioned for an undertaking of royal proportions. But she's certain there's a killer lurking in the London fog, and the next funeral may be her own.

Equal parts courage, compassion, and intrigue, Christine Trent tells an unrestrained tale of love and loss in the rigidly decorous world of Victorian society.

Praise for the novels of Christine Trent

"Genuinely engrossing. . .with a rare Regency heroine who loves her work and does it well." Publishers Weekly on By the King's Design

"Exuberant, sparkling, beguiling. . .brims with Dickensian gusto!" --Barbara Kyle, author of The Queen's Lady on The Queen's Dollmaker

"Winningly original. . .glittering with atmospheric detail!" --Leslie Carroll, author of Royal Affairs on The Queen's Dollmaker

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758286154
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 02/26/2013
Series: Lady of Ashes Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 52,919
File size: 751 KB

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Lady of Ashes 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
ABookishGirlBlog More than 1 year ago
During the Victorian-age, when  it was legal to beat your wife, Violet stands out not just because of her rather morbid occupation but for the fact that she is a woman that is good at her profession. Her marriage is in disarray and with an ever increasing  absent husband the last thing Violet needs is more complications but it comes in the form of a mute Susanna. Violet and Susanna take to each other and a bond is formed. Violet soon finds herself in the company of Sam Harper and even though she is married she is attracted to this attentive and kind gentleman; I must say that Sam is my favorite character for those very same reasons. The only part that I found confusing in the book is the ill-fated quest Graham, Violet's husband, finds himself on because it is hard to imagine anyone harboring that much hatred towards an entire country for me it just didn't seem like the best possible fit. Recommend for: Anyone that has an interest in the Victorian Era and loves a mystery with a romantic ending. 
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
LADY OF ASHES by Christine Trent is an exciting Victorian Historical Mystery set in 1860 London. It is the first in a new mystery series. It centers around a Victorian era undertaking business in London,and the adventures of Violet Morgan. Violet husband of seven years,Grahan, is not all he appears to be, he is a smuggler as well as other things. A colorful look into the life of a female undertaker during the Victorian era as well as a compassionate,courageous, young lady,Violet who is determined to find a killer and the cause of so many unfortunate deaths. Filled with intrigue and a few twists and turns. An interesting tale of intrigue,disappointment and secrets. Looking forward to the next in this series coming in 2014. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made me cry, was intrigued, worth reading. Only criticism would be to many characters from America not pertinent to the story.
GW50 More than 1 year ago
I had high hopes for this book at the beginning, but then the plot became laughable. It was as if a committee threw out ridiculous ideas and the editor said, "why not". Too bad, Violet could have been a much more compelling character with an interesting story to tell if not for the "perils of Pauline" plot lines. I laughed out loud when she was literally in the lion's den...really? I won't be reading book two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This should have been a good book to lose yourself to and not think about. Unfortunately, the plot and character motivations are so inane you'll think even harder about it! So much uselessness. The husband's brand of crazy is more than a little bit of a stretch, the main character seems completely unaffected by terrible events that occur in the book and the author just throws in famous historical figures ... because, why not? I kept rolling my eyes and losing my place in the book. If you want a smart, well writen novel, pass on this one. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have become interested in mysteries that take place during the Civil War and into the Victorian era. This book kept me reading to find out what would be the next thing that the heroine would have to deal with. It shows that even women in Civil War Era England wanted to be out from under the thumbs and rule of the men in their lives. Worth reading. I will definitely be reading the others in the series.
TrueTexas More than 1 year ago
Without sounding too morbid, I'm sort of intrigued with the idea of what a funeral home might go through from start to finish. I love the way Christine Trent incorporated the early day Victorian burial and mourning customs with the actual work of a Mortician. Especially loved reading how a lady in Victorian times could work in a business that was traditionally a job for men only. The story of Violet Morgan, lady Mortician is one I loved immediately. I was swept in to her everyday life and then later the lives of her young ward and a love interest. Even though this book is set in London during the year 1861, Christine has found a way to bring the story of the Civil War in the United States into the story line. Even found a way to bring Royals into her story. Can't wait for the next in is great series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book! My only critic would be the ending....it went on too long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book! I think that I am HOOKED on this series! Can't wait to read the 2nd book...following the lady undertaker as she moves through her profession and life...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read, enjoyed it and finished it quickly. Reading another of this author's books, and plan to read more of them. Would love for the Lady of Ashes series to continue.
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I enjoyed this book alot she is a good writer and gives good details.
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