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The Abbey (Detective Ash Rashid #1)

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Ash Rashid is a former homicide detective who can't stand the thought of handling another death investigation. Another year, and he'll be out of the department completely. That's the plan, at least, until his niece's body is found in the guest home of one of his city's most wealthy citizens. The coroner calls it an overdose, but the case doesn't add up.

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Kindle Edition, 401 pages
Published February 2nd 2011 (first published January 1st 2011)
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Sep 03, 2011 Eric_W rated it really liked it
I was originally attracted to this inexpensive Kindle book by a negative review. The reviewer (amidst a hoard of positive reviews) had complained that since the protagonist was a Muslim cop, she had hoped to learn something about the law enforcement aspects of Sharia Law. Hmmm. Knowing that Sharia Law encompasses much more than anything related to law enforcement and that I was sure that an American cop would enforce American law regardless of his/her faith (with the exception perhaps of the the ...more
Nov 01, 2011 Linda rated it liked it
I loved the way this book opened, and I thought Ash, the protagonist, had an interesting voice. I also was intrigued that he was Muslim, since you don't see that many Muslim protagonists. The initial idea was good - Ash has to find out who killed his niece, and why the investigation is being stopped or blocked at every step. Around halfway through, though, the threads of the plot unraveled, and the author tried too hard to bring in too many colorful characters, including a mob boss who would pro ...more
May 10, 2011 Megan rated it it was ok
I wanted to really like this book; however it was almost a pain for me to finish it.

It started off with a pretty good story line but then it bounced from thought to thought often making me go back a few pages thinking that I missed something. On minute the main character is babysitting someone for the DA’s office, then he is in a law class, then he finds out that the death of his niece is being covered up, then they find out it is drugs, then is has to do with vampires, then more students die,
Oct 04, 2011 Scotti rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Someone who likes very easy reading mystery.
Recommended to Scotti by: liked the title
First, I don't generally read this genre, so I may not be the best at rating it. That said, I did finish it. The story was interesting enough that I was curious how it ended. The plot, I think, was the best part of the book. The characters were also interesting and described well. Little things bugged me. It seemed like it hadn't been proof read well. For instance, there was a lot of redundancy. The main character is going into an investigation room. His partner greets him with a cup of coffee t ...more
Oct 12, 2011 Linda rated it did not like it
This book was just a mess. Culver didn't seem to know quite what he wanted to do for a storyline, so he decided to cover all the bases and hit every cliche he could think of. There was the vampire element (I mean, come on); there was the Muslim element; there was the murder victim who was a relative of the protagonist thereby making the protagonist hyper-determined to solve the crime; there was the cop with an irrational grudge against the protagonist cop; there was the lieutenant who irrational ...more
M. Myers
Oct 20, 2011 M. Myers rated it really liked it
I snarfed this faster than a plate of fresh homemade cookies. The mystery is well plotted, the writing clean and the main character, Indianapolis police detective Ash Rashid, as original as he is believable.
When his niece is murdered, a bizarre aspect of the crime, plus the eagerness of the police to write the case off as a drug overdose, compels him to dig. His efforts lead him to a group of teens who dress in black and claim to be vampires, but Ash discovers they are unwitting pawns in a gam
J.H. Sked
Jun 12, 2011 J.H. Sked rated it it was amazing
I'm really hoping to see a follow up book in this series.

The main character is a Muslim detective who ends up trying to find those responsible for the murder of his niece.
As the body count mounts, he finds himself increasingly isolated and working against everything and almost everyone he should be able to trust.

Ash Rashid is one of the best main characters I've come across in a while. You can't help but like this guy, even when he does some pretty stupid things; this is the kind of cop as ma
Larry Hoffer
Dec 19, 2013 Larry Hoffer rated it really liked it
Ash Rashid is a police detective in Indianapolis and a part-time law student. He used to be a homicide detective, but after being shot during an investigation, he realized that dealing with so much tragic death had taken its toll on his psyche. He's also a Muslim, albeit one who drinks a little too much (maybe a lot), can't quite concentrate on his daily prayers, and he may have bacon every now and again.

"I may not have been a very good Muslim, bu my religion called me to seek and foster justice
Not bad for a debut novel, quite good actually. The right ingredients were there to make me want to see what'd happen next; even got me excited.

The use of an Islamic man as protagonist was also good. He's not a strict and pious man when it comes to his religion, but that what makese him more likeable. He's true to himself, and I like that he never forgets to pray. In short, Ash Rashid is a very regular human being. The story revolves around him going unofficial in finding out who was responsible
Dec 26, 2011 J. rated it liked it
Amazingly Mediocre. That is about the best way I can sum up this book. Wasted potential might be another. Culver tries too hard with certain elements like trying to force you into believing who is setting things up and trying to sabotage our hero, but in doing so, goes so far overboard that it borders on silly. The "twist" of who was actually behind it then came as no surprise at all. And his wrap up of that subplot conflict seemed nothing short of forced and thus made little to no sense.

In even
Sep 07, 2012 Kiwiflora rated it liked it
This book started off as an E-book that could be purchased in the US for USD$0.99, and in places like Jamaica for USD$2.99. A bargain in anyone's book. But much like that other massive E-book hit '50 Shades of Grey', this has been so successful in E-book format that it has now been published in paperback form.

I couldn't find much about the author, but apparently this is his first published book, and what a jolly good read it is too. It is in the detective/thriller genre, great airplane/holiday
Sep 09, 2011 Cab rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, crime, e-books
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“Ash Rashid is a former homicide detective who can't stand the thought of handling another death investigation. In another year, he'll be out of the department completely. That's the plan, at least, until his niece's body is found in the guest home of one of his city's most wealthy citizens. The coroner calls it an overdose, but the case doesn't add up. Against orders, Ash launches an investigation to find his niece's murderer, but the longer he searches, the more entangled
Julie Davis
Ever seen those books from the 1960s where one volume had two books, with one printed upside-down and back-to-back with the other?

That concept is why wound up with this book. I requested The Outsider from the Amazon Vine program. I found ... lucky me! ... that the publisher had the first book in the series upside-down and backed up to it. Turns out The Abbey was a huge seller as an ebook and is now coming out in print.
I may not have been a very good Muslim, but my religion called me to seek and
This was one of the Amazon deals that I enthusiastically loaded onto my new Kindle. It’s been hit and miss with those, of course, but this one was a definite hit. Detective Ashraf Rashid won’t take no for an answer when the case is closed concerning the mysterious death of his niece and continues to dig for answers on his own. The situation gradually unfolds into something much bigger than a young girl dead from an apparent drug overdose.
“Already, I had burned a building to the ground, shot a g
Andrea Ada
Nov 29, 2011 Andrea Ada rated it it was ok
I initially read this book because of all the great reviews. While a very easy read that left me anticipating more while reading it, that's exactly how it ended, as well: wanting more. The suspense was just enough to keep me reading. The plot wasn't what I would call original and much like many other mystery thrillers: Family member killed, detective uncle wants to play hero and become enmeshed. His family is taken hostage, he heroically saves them, and the "mystery" of his niece's death is solv ...more
Carina Ohrem
Jun 30, 2014 Carina Ohrem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Detective Ash Rashid kann diese grausamen Bilder nicht weiter ertragen. Kurz bevor er seinen Vorgesetzten mitteilen will, dass er die Mordkommission verlassen will, wird er zu einem Tatort gerufen, der sein Leben auf den Kopf stellen wird. Seine kleine Nichte Rachel wurde in einem Gästehaus tot aufgefunden. Die Beweise und die Autopsie lassen nur einen Schluss zu: Selbstmord.

Doch Ash kann daran nicht glauben. Seine Nichte hatte nichts mit Drogen am Hut und überhaupt kommen ihm gewis
Mar 30, 2014 Robin rated it liked it
So, this was a first novel. And, as a first novel, it wasn't bad. The mystery was solid. The prose was solid. It was fun riding around Indianapolis and seeing landmarks and places I recognized. The excruciating law school scene...I think broke out into a cold sweat. Thankfully, I only had that happen once as a law student and I wish I'd handled it as well as Ash...

The book was missing something, though. The characters weren't well rounded on the page. They all felt two dimensional, including Ash
May 11, 2016 Beeltri rated it liked it
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Douglas Castagna
May 08, 2014 Douglas Castagna rated it really liked it
Damn there are some really well written reviews for this book. Like all of mine, this will be succinct, but I wanted to call attention to the other reviews since some may find mine lacking. What drew me to this book was the fact that the protagonist is a Muslim cop. I have been a fan of Faye Kellerman's series for some time, as well as the show Sleeper Cell. The former is about an Orthodox Jewish cop and his much more Orthodox wife. The latter is about a Muslim agent who infiltrates a sleeper ce ...more
Dilek Öz
Türü ve konusu ne olursa olsun, 1. tekil şahıs cinsinden yazılan kitaplar, okurken rahatsızlık uyandırıyor bende. Bazı detaylar aşırı gereksiz, yazar konuyu uzatmak için bu hataya sıklıkla düşmüş. "Tek elimle gözümü ovarken, diğeriyle direksiyonu tutuyordum..." gibi. Bu kadar detaya neden gerek duymuş bilmiyorum. Diğer bir eksiği ise kendini, daha doğrusu cümlelerini tekrarlamış olması, karakterler cümleyi söyledikten sonra, anlatıcı aynı cümleyi farklı bir şekilde tekrarlıyor. Kısaca, sürükleyi ...more
The original hook that got me to buy this book was the fact that it took place in Indianapolis and the surrounding area. Since I grew up in Carmel, which is just north of Indy, it was great to be able to visulize the places and settings that came up in the book. I enjoyed this story of Ash Rashid, a Muslim police detective, who drinks a little too much but is basically a good husband, father, Muslim and detective. The religious aspect is not "in your face", just part of his life. When his niece ...more
May 30, 2016 TMac rated it it was amazing
I bought this as a kindle bargain book ($0.99) and loved it. I recommended it to my husband (who rarely reads a book) and he liked it. We have both since read the second book in the series (The Outsider) and enjoyed that as well - yes it was so good my husband read the second book and is about to start the third.

The main character is a family man, a detective, an American and a Muslim. He struggles to be true to all the parts of himself as the different aspects are at times in conflict with each
Mar 23, 2012 Rebecca added it
Shelves: mystery, 2012-read
First time I am reading this author. Found this book on my Nook.

This was a good book. I liked the story and the main character. I would read more books from this author. Might be a good book club book.
Jane Peskara / Audrey Valentine
Jun 17, 2015 Jane Peskara / Audrey Valentine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Loved it.

Just bought this book because I had nothing to read left with me in our house.
And I am glad about that, it is really great written and was very exciting.
And I was very surprised when Detective Ash Rashid found out who was the corrupt in his own rows.

Storyline: Detective Ash Rashids niece Rachel Haddad is found dead, in the house of her boyfriend.
They think she died of an overdose, but Ash doesn't think the same, he knows his niece, she didn't do drugs.
What he finds out gets him
Ginger Lad
Apr 29, 2014 Ginger Lad rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The author has great ideas drawing on the deluded teenage twi-hard culture, the contradictions between Muslim adherence and living a modern life and even stealing a plot point from the movie 12 monkeys but then he simply dances round them. he does no more than mention them and adds no flesh to their bones. I didn't care about any character even the protagonist especially as his actions often made no sense (worrying about being hungry whilst his family are in mortal peril). there were moments tha ...more
Jun 01, 2016 Nancy rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, series
A burned out police detective learns that his niece has been killed. The police investigating it think the crime has been solved, but her uncle doesn't agree. He pursues his own investigation and finds more than he bargained for. What makes this mystery a little more interesting and complicated and different is the main protagonist, Ash Rashid, a Muslim detective, unusual in this genre. He is not very devout, although he does say his prayers, but he also drinks and swears. He has seen too many m ...more
Sep 28, 2014 Faith_Bookluvr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: B (7/10) - Enjoyable

When Detective Ash Rashid, finds out that his niece has been murdered, he begins to follow the case. When the evidence doesn't add up to what the homicide detective rules the case, he gets involved in the investigation and then gets way in over his head, to the point that he no longer knows who he can trust.

I thought this book was well written with some really good twists and turns that kept my interest. I really liked Ash and felt he was a believable character. I am
Apr 23, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading so many negative reviews I was not expecting much from this story, but I found this book well written. Ash Rashid, the protagonist, is a Muslim homicide detective who finds himself in all kinds of trouble while attempting to investigate his niece's murder. Written in the first person appealed to me, making the story more realistic as if it was a journal entry or investigative report each day. I also appreciated that the story did not go into graphic details about each of the deaths ...more
Sep 24, 2014 Roberta rated it really liked it

Ash Rashid loves his wife and daughter above everything. He is often obsessed about his cases as a Homicide Detective. When one hits too close to home, he is totally immersed in it, despite superiors telling him to back.
THE ABBEY is a different twist on your typical police procedural novel. Ash Rashid is observant in prayers to his Muslim Faith, but has a weakness for alcohol that is strictly against his religious tenets.
Author Chris Culver keeps up a fast pace and suspense
Jan 30, 2014 Kristen rated it it was ok
Shelves: drama, mystery, 2014
I hate to make a bad review, but this was really bloody boring. There was very little real dialogue and when there was action, I often got the feeling it was there because the author realized there hadn't been any in ages.

A lot of the things included didn't seem relevant to the story. There were numerous references to morning prayers or evening prayers, but the protagonist's faith didn't have any real impact on the story.

Mostly I think he needs to work a bit on his writing style. maybe I just
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Chris Culver is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ash Rashid series of mysteries. After graduate school, Chris taught courses in ethics and comparative religion at a small liberal arts university in southern Arkansas. While there and when he really should have been grading exams, he wrote The Abbey, which spent sixteen weeks on the New York Times bestseller's list and introduced the wor ...more
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