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The Abbey

(Detective Ash Rashid #1)

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  4,410 ratings  ·  380 reviews
Paperback, 391 pages
Published 2012 by Sphere (first published January 1st 2011)
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Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Nov 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
May 05, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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,
Linda McHardy
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 ...more
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
M. Myers
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
J.H. Sked
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Larry H
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
Dec 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, mystery, crime
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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
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
Mar 31, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I would not have finished this book but it was for book club discussion and I always read them to the end. I skimmed a lot so may have missed out on some details but it was all over the place. The abbey hardly had any significance, vampires, a niece that was killed remind me why? A framed cop whose religion seemed significant at the start but ended up not to matter. Excessive drinking on the job. Cocain, Russian mob, then China business in the end? I knew who the inside informant was the minute ...more
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Zoe Brown
Feb 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I have never read a book whose characters have so little emotion. I actually kept reading because I believed it had to get better, how on earth did this get on a best sellers list? Positively awful!
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.
Tony Parsons
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DS Ashraf “Ash” Rashid (son/brother, Muslim, IMPD) told Rana Haddad (sister/wife, Muslim, nee Rashid), & Nassir Haddad (husband, brother-in-law, Muslim) the bad news that he called the wedding off between him/Hannah (Ash’s fiancé, Muslim).

Detective Olivia Rhodes (IMPD) had brought in Robert “Robbie” Cutting (Rachel’s BF) for interrogation about Rachel Haddad’s (17, daughter/niece, Muslim, Purdue; tennis) murder.
John Meyers (50+, Robbie’s defense attorney) was present.
North Meridian. Robbie
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh. I initially picked up this book because the synopsis is really intriguing. The book ended up being nothing like the synopsis. It sounds like it could make for a really interesting mystery/thriller but it ended up going in a complete different direction. There are too many ideas trying to be fit into one story and it makes it confusing and you don’t understand what any of it has to do with the initial plot of this story. It ended up going in a really weird direction and it went into this ...more
Karen Seibert-Combs
I really enjoyed this book. It takes place in Indianapolis and I'm somewhat familiar with the town and I recognized a lot of the neighborhoods mentioned in the book, which allows me to feel more familiar with and more involved in the story. Like so many other communities, there is a lot of drug use, retaliatory acts of vengeance, corruption, young people's lives being affected by the evil and injustice in the world today. Young people looking for something or someone to trust, believe in, to ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books, kindle
Rated 2.76

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.

Against orders, Ash begins a danger-filled investigation to find his niece's murderer, but the longer he searches, the more entangled
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Easy read didn't test the brain cells too much. Enough twists and turns in the plot. Did find some of it repetitive like his alcohol issue. Even when I had finished in could not of described what the main character looked like. I found myself a bit frustrated about how things were done by the detective. But in all I would say a good read and will read the next one as my husband says they get better and developed.
Engaging Enough

This book engages you immediately and was a decent distraction for awhile, but not anything I'd like to see on the big screen. I'd like to have had tons more character and plot development and perhaps a chapter or two from the bad guy's perspective. The ending was the most disappointing. Such a missed opportunity, as if the author got tired of writing and wrapped it all up in a few pages. I won't read the sequel.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure to start with as I have a preponderance to avoid anything remotely 'fluffy' crime and romance BUT just because my wife bought this doesn't mean to say it was fluffy, it wasn't. Took me all of 2 1/2 days to drive thro it, liked it allot good story and the pace kept going, twists to he plot too. And another 5 in the series, nice. The only downside for me was Rashid constant reflection on his alcohol misuse and denial just grated on me.
Peggy Dekay
Good but not great.

A Muslim detective's family is targeted by a corrupt cop. This book was fine, but could have been shorter by 50 pages. Although the main character was interesting. The peripheral characters were flat. No sub-plots. This was a great first book and Culver, I am sure has gotten better with age and practice.
A good read with an interesting lead in Ash Rashid. It's obvious he has a maverick streak in him & like many Detectives/PI's before him, he has a drink problem. In Rashid's case his religious beliefs mean that his drinking becomes a more complicated issue & I'm looking forward to finding out what happens in the future.
UGH! Can't stand books like this, where all the tension comes from the main character making stupid choices at every turn. Such a lazy way to create interest and tension in a story. Also disappointed in how often a complicated plot mechanism (eg: being infected with an airborne chemical weapon) gets conveniently "forgotten" so that things can resolve.
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in Indianapolis, this is the first book in the series. These are not new books, they are just new to me. A Muslim homicide detective who also smokes and drinks as well as prays is the perfect, imperfect protagonist. I love a good mystery and this one works for me, can't wait to read more in the series.
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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 ...more

Other books in the series

Detective Ash Rashid (7 books)
  • The Outsider (Detective Ash Rashid #2)
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