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Monday, March 4, 2013

Lady of Ashes By 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 soldiered 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...
My Thoughts:
As with all of the other books by Mrs. Trent I loved this book this one was a little bit different has it had a mystery tied in to the story as well. The fascinating details about the undertaking bussiness during the victorian era kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved the fact that the author incorporated the other books in this one as well. Such as going to the Doll shop From The Queen's Dollmaker, the Cabinet from by the King's Design an the wax reference from A Royal Likness. another great book from this author I am just sad that it ended so soon but I will be there to preorder the next one!