Note: I have reviewed a pre-publication copy of this book. It is set to be released September 1, 2015.
I have a new favorite author! Daughter of Ashes is an absolutely wonderful cozy mystery and I am grateful to NetGalley for allowing me to read a pre-publication copy. This book is part of the Hannah Ives Mystery series.
I just instantly fell in love with Hannah. She’s a wife and mother whose children are grown and out of the nest, a state of life I can relate to. In this story, Hannah and her husband Paul are buying a cottage in Maryland and having it renovated. The cottage is located on the river in a charming small town. Hannah is shocked to find out that her former boss Fran also lives there and Fran quickly recruits her to help with clearing old records out of the basement of the courthouse.
Dwight and his son Rusty are doing the renovations on the cottage and one day, while taking out the old chimney, they find the remains of an infant, wrapped in old newspapers, on the chimney shelf. Hannah, being the curious mind that she is, decides to unravel the mystery of the baby. Meanwhile, she and Paul attend a 4th of July bar-b-cue hosted by a local real estate agent, also Rusty’s mom, and while they are there the hostess is murdered. The day before Rusty and been run off the road and now lies in a coma. Hannah has an intuition about all this and follows her instincts to the surprising conclusion.
This book had all the things that make a story great for me. The storyline was pulled straight out of factual historical events and circumstances, the characters are sympathetic and believable, and the author has the ability to describe the setting in a way that makes you feel like you are there with the characters. In addition, this story had a couple of different plotlines going which the author masterfully brought together in a very satisfying conclusion.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries. I will be adding this author to my personal favorites list and more of the books in this series to my wishlist. I hope you will discover and enjoy the book as much as I did. Definitely 4 out of 4 stars for this one.
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