Lady of Ashes - Lady of Ashes, Bk 1 Author:Christine Trent In 1861 London, Violet Morgan is struggling to establish a good reputation for the undertaking business that her husband has largely abandoned. She provides comfort for the grieving, advises them on funeral fashion and etiquette, and arranges funerals. — Unbeknownst to his wife, Graham, who has nursed a hatred of America since his grandfather sol... more »diered for Great Britain in the War of 1812, becomes involved in a scheme to sell arms to the South. Meanwhile, Violet receives the commission of a lifetime: undertaking the funeral for a friend of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. But her position remains precarious, especially when Graham disappears and she begins investigating a series of deaths among the poor. And the closer she gets to the truth, the greater the danger for them both…« less
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LADY OF ASHES is like two different stories in one book. The murder mystery alluded to in the book jacket doesn't get going until well past the book's halfway point. The first part of the book is about Violet Morgan and her husband, who is involved in a nefarious scheme with his brother. I did not find the plot compelling, but did find the protagonist Violet very likable and enjoyed the descriptions of Victorian England, Queen Victoria, and the undertaking profession. An appealing read for historical fiction fans.