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From the Ashes

(Ravenwood Mysteries #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,726 ratings  ·  224 reviews
"An atmospheric historical mystery that will captivate you to the end!"

"...complex and teeming with life."

Atticus Riot took a bullet to his head the day his partner was killed. Three years later, Riot returns to San Francisco to put his ghosts to rest, but the abduction of an heiress snags his attention. Two ransom demands are delivered, and the husband of the abducted Iso
Kindle Edition, 233 pages
Published May 26th 2014 (first published May 23rd 2014)
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Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
READ THIS BOOK! This book was such a delight. It started out as a good, well written mystery but quickly developed into something unique and brilliant. I was completely hooked and had to finish the book to the exclusion of all else. Flynn's attention to detail (1900's San Francisco, clothing, ships etc) was really well done, her lead hero Atticus Riot is unusual and addictive, and plot twist upon plot twist will have you gasping out loud. It is rare that an author can do characters, plot, dialog ...more
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was a beta reader/editor for this book, and thus read it in its “rough” form as well as in its final version before publication. I can honestly say that I enjoyed the second reading as much as the first, despite the fact that on the second reading (obviously) I knew both who and how-“dunnit.”
“From the Ashes” is Sabrina Flynn’s first published mystery and the first in what I hope will be a successful continuing series. First books in mystery series are always especially interesting to me, as i
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, sabrina-flynn, 2016
Sabrina Flynn strikes again! Hot on the heals of her debut fantasy novel, A Thread In The Tangle, follows her debut mystery novel, From The Ashes. Set in the rough and tumble world of turn-of-the-20th Century San Francisco Barbary Coast, her new story features Atticus Riot, an ex-gambler turned detective, just returned from three years spent out of the country in an attempt to physically and emotionally recover from a disastrous case which left him wounded and his senior detective partner and me ...more
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of historical mysteries so I hungrily gobbled this one up. Ms Flynn doesn't disappoint, not in storytelling, or in the development of wonderful characters and a sense of place. This book gives the reader the sights, smells, and feel of San Francisco in late 1899. It takes the reader from the dirtiest wharf dive to the most prestigious men's club in the city, and everywhere in-between. As the Volume I suggests, I certainly hope this is the beginning of what will certainly be a long ...more
William Scott
It’s a rare thing to find a novel of historical fiction that is entertaining, genuine, and well written. But that was thankfully what I discovered when I finished Sabrina Flynn’s, From the Ashes. Set in turn of the century San Francisco, newly returned Atticus Riot resumes his role as a detective in order to find an abducted heiress.

Admittedly I found the story a bit slow developing in the beginning, the premise of two abduction notes alone not as intriguing to me as they were to Riot. However t
Sabrina Flynn
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
"An atmospheric historical mystery that will captivate you to the end!" -Bookbub

"Highly rated..." -OmniMystery News

“She (Sabrina Flynn) has a great talent for writing characters who are complex and teeming with life.” -Annelie Wendeberg, bestselling author of The Devil’s Grin

“A wonderfully atmospheric story featuring a detective who deserves a second outing.” -Amazon Reviewer

“The main characters are intriguing and beguiling.” -Amazon Reviewer

“Don't start this one at midnight.” -Amazon Reviewer

Lady Delacour
Clever - Witty - Storytelling
that was a movie in my mind!!
Narrator Sarah Mollo-Christensen
does a great job with the voices.
She even delivers the dry wit, dryly!!
Cleanish. Mild Foul Language.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unknowingly he arrived with the plague. It was fitting, divine almost, for he had left with death on his heels, and now he was bringing an old companion home.

This is one of my "let's check online shops for free ebooks with covers that catch my eye" kind of read.

I had so much fun exploring Victorian era San Francisco with Atticus Riot. He is a (very vell dressed) private detective who spent the last couple of years overseas where he tried to recover emotionally and physically from a case gon

Annelie Wendeberg
As a lover of historical mysteries and thrillers, I devoured Sabrina's new novel. She has a great talent for writing characters who are complex and teeming with life (try her phantasy "A Thread in the Tangle" even if you don't like that genre). Her plot keeps you guessing while she's leading you from the luxuries of the high society all the way through gravest poverty, making you thirst for more once the last page is reached.
The only negative thing I can say about this book is that it had an end
Lyssa Sue Shaffer
Sometimes history catches our attention

And sometimes it overwhelms our ability to believe. The late 1890s thru the early 1910 era was basically unreal, it was unbelievable to our modern minds. Detective agencies, corrupt powers that be, the Barbary Coast and Shanghai Lil are just the beginning of what was to come.

I enjoy Riot's company. The Ravenswood household offers a unique perspective into an era that blazed in glory and trembled before time. Soon the pipers would demand their pay.. and fall
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very well written and well thought out mystery. From the very beginning, I was impressed by the descriptions and the prose. The characters are interesting, complex and three-dimensional. The same can be said if the story. Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out...there’s more. If you enjoy historical mysteries, this is a very good one.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gosh I enjoyed this book- totally ignored everyone for the day while I finished it off! Couldn’t put it down :)
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
It was good and I didn't guess the Mastermind behind the crime until the end. I'm reading the next one because I love the detective character. ...more
Dec 26, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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A lively story set in San Francisco at the end of the 19th Century - when the thriving port city was awash with colourful people from around the globe and across the country. Detective Atticus Riot returns from 4 years overseas following the untimely death of his partner, and gets drawn into a murder mystery centering around a young 20 year old rough and tumble tomboy, Isobel Kingston, who is variously escaping from her abductors and embroiling herself in danger through her own detective work.

Selena Compton
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book considering its a bit different from her 1st book - but was pleasantly surprised at how well everything went together. Loved the history of S.F. and the characters - can't wait for the next one :) I actually haven't started reading anything else since I finished this book as it left such a pleasant feeling of completion - if it were food I would say a wonderful taste in my mouth. Ah well - you know what I mean. ...more
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vbc, mystery, historical, ebook
I feel like most first books in a series have some growing pains as the author tries to find the right voice for book, and this one was no different. But I fell in love with Riot and Isobel immediately. They are so awesomely vivid and alive and real and I absolutely picked up the second book straight away to continue with their story. And really, isn't that the best recommendation a reader can give?

A great new series for any historical mystery fan, for sure!
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very entertaining read! I enjoyed historic San Francisco as the setting for all manner of nefarious happenings. The area has such a colorful/ sordid past that really lends itself to a good mystery and the story & characters nestle themselves right into that setting comfortably. Looking forward to the next installment
Santa Fe
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Good Read!

A great read! Enjoyed the historical setting of San Francisco. I also liked the.characters, Atticus Riot and Tim and Bel. I hope there will be more of them from Sabrina Flynn. It reminds of some of the books by history professor, Louise Locke. She has written a series called "The Victorian Mysteries of San Francisco."
Laura Lee
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First in a series. San Francisco 1900. Atticus Riot wants to retire from investigating but is drawn to one more case. Hopefully it won't be his last. Waiting for second in series! It's got a lot of action and the promise (hopefully) of some romance. Bel is an independent woman who wants to be free to do want she wants. She's no blushing maiden. They make for a indomitable pair. ...more
Sean Mcdougle
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. Sabrina has a wonderful career ahead of her. Her writing style really brings the characters to life. I look forward to more adventures with Atticus and Isobel and can't wait for more of Isilde and Oengus and Marais! ...more
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good.

I enjoyed the historical setting of San Francisco. Atticus Riot is trying to retire from mystery and murder and is drawn into one more case. I enjoyed the book and hope to read many more.
Sherri B
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Like another reader, I really wanted to like this book. Indie author, historical mystery...but no. The characters were superficial, the situations forced and the plot ridiculous. Hopefully the books will improve over time, but I doubt I will know first hand.
Kaye Dewar
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! A new Mary!
Donna Foster
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What a great book by Indie author- Sabrina Flynn. I am looking forward to more stories about Riot, Bel and Ravenwood. This story had a Sherlock Holmes similarity and mystery.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Atticus Riot was a fairly interesting character, but I truly loved Isobel Kingston. Looking forward to reading more about these two and their growing friendship.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
I have to admit I always pick up review requests for self-published books with a jaundiced eye but I was more than pleasantly surprised by Flynn’s book. I was enthralled and wanted to immediately purchase the next two in the Ravenwood Mystery series posthaste, no matter how large my review pile. And that’s saying a lot for me.
Of course it helps that I love the era and genre, historical detective novels. Atticus Riot is a wonderfully developed character. We’ve obviously come in the rebirth end of
I admit to being a bit at a loss for how to review this book. On one hand, it is very well written and plotted, and has a good bit of action. At the same time, is has the feel of moving slowly, almost languidly, along. I'm not sure how to reconcile those two reactions. While I think the writing is superior and the setting is rich and detailed, at times I felt itchy for the book to "get on with it." Whatever it is.

For all the action that takes place, the real story here--the story of Atticus Rio
Rebecca Reddell
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A story reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes meeting Nick and Nora Charles meeting Veronica Mars."

It's been a while since I've been ADDICTED to a series, and I have to say Ravenwood Mysteries delivers to the fullest extent!!! Author Sabrina Flynn gives a double-whammy of sass, magnetism, and vivacity in a 233 page novel. First in a seven book series, with the most current having come out in May of 2020, From the Ashes is a suspenseful, historical fiction novel that keeps transporting readers to a new
Chris James
Mar 04, 2018 added it
Recommends it for: Tiffany Coffman, Caroline Castle
Shelves: owned-books
This is a fun read - full of humor, mystery, history, thrills, and surprises. Flynn's writing style is quick, witty, and intelligent. What more could a reader ask for? (Oh, and did I mention that I received this free copy courtesy of Ms. Flynn and Voracious Readers Only? Thank you!!!)

I enjoyed the atypical heroine. The setting was a perfect match for her, making her exploits seem quite believable. The other characters were varied and their backstories intriguing. There was a good balance between
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