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Ashes to Water by Irene Ziegler
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Aug 17, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, psychological, suspense, thriller, fiction
Read from August 15 to 17, 2010

From My Blog...[return][return]Ashes to Water by Irene Ziegler is a mystery which reads like a mixture of a Shakespearean tragedy and an Agatha Christie Miss Marple Mystery. In this sequel to Rules of the Lake, which I have not read, Ashes to Water appears to do well as a stand alone book, but the entire time I wondered where in Annie Bartlett’s life the first book left off, as there is a lot of family history such as Leigh’s drug and alcohol problems coupled with Annie seeing and speaking to her dead mother as though she is still alive and both daughters cutting off all communication with their father. Ashes to Water begins with a flashback to 1962 when Helen Bartlett committed suicide by drowning herself in Widow Lake. Back to present day (1981), three weeks before Annie Bartlett is to marry Camp, she receives a phone call that takes her back to the small town of DeLeon, Florida, a place to which she had hoped to never return. Irene Ziegler sets up a fantastic and descriptive backdrop for DeLeon, as she details a Florida prior to the building boom. Ziegler shows equal determination to detail her characters, and for a small town, there are a lot of characters. These characters include, but are not limited to Pete Duncan, Annie’s former boyfriend-turned-attorney who is court-appointed to represent Della Shiftlet, the accused, to Kingfisher Powell, an over-zealous land developer who is trying to buy up all the land around Widow Lake, giving him motive, Leigh, Annie’s messed up older sister and her abusive drug dealing boyfriend Miguel, and 18-year-old Eugene, a mentally challenged young man who enjoys setting fires and who just happens to be the son of Judge Lanier, presiding judge over the murder trial, to give the reader a few ideas of the varied types of characters included in this intense narrative. Ashes to Water is a well-crafted mystery filled with beautiful details, deep psychological issues and plenty of plot twists to keep the reader guessing. Ashes to Water is not a typical mystery, it is a study of individuals and the complex nature of relationships and the damages brought on by secrets. I would recommend Ashes to Water to any reader who enjoys a complex mystery.
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Sandy Vaughan book added to wish list...really, really good review!


Jennifer Thanks!


Sandy Vaughan have you ever been afraid to go look at your wish list or rejoyced that you have more than one?


Jennifer My bookshelves frighten me at times, but in a good way. ;)


Irene Ziegler Thanks so much for posting this review of my book, Jennifer. I truly appreciate you introducing me to new readers. And thank YOU, Sandy, for your interest! Irene


Sandy Vaughan looks like am going to have to do a lot of searching to earn swagbucks to add this to the library...only in hard back...even checked out audible...not there. seeing as i am always trying to find out about stuff...it will take some time but doable! giggle, not like i don't have a stack of tbr in the meantme!


Irene Ziegler Sandy, if you purchase ATW and review it, I'll send you the prequel, Rules of the Lake for free. Let me know if you're interested: iziegler2@gmail.com. Irene


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