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Beneath the Ashes

(The Calderwood Cases #2)

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4.21  ·  Rating details ·  988 ratings  ·  97 reviews
A troubled detective learns that the fires of the past are still burning in this haunting, emotional thriller.

When detective Claire Calderwood is called to a grisly murder scene, she’s haunted by memories of her murdered sister. The victim is tied to a motel bed, her head covered in plastic and her body sprinkled with ashes. Claire’s dealt with vile crime scenes before, bu
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Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 281 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Michelle
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A much improved effort on the 1st installment of this series - 4 stars.

Claire Calderwood is back and still reeling from the aftermath of the previous case. She quickly is called to assist in another municipality in Maine with a grisly murder. A young girl is found dead in a motel room with no suspect to point to, no forensic evidence and no known motive. As she investigates, the stakes get even higher as it appears a serial killer has come to town.

I was kind of disappointed with the first book
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Linda Strong
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Detective Claire Calderwood is called to investigate a horrible murder scene of a young woman found bound, tortured, covered with ashes and her head covered in plastic. She's a seasoned detective, but the scene torments her of her own sister's murdered some years ago.

As second young woman is found in the exact same circumstances making the idea of a serial killer not such an impossibility. As her investigation finds some definite leads, she finds herself and her temporary partner in grave danger
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melaniemermaid
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2020
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Elesha
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read an early version of this and loved Claire's progression. She takes on another grisly case and struggles with her relationship with Noah. Dea writes with grit and depth that make her characters real.
Avid Reader
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beneath the Ashes (The Calderwood Cases #2) by Dea Poirier
5 stars
M/F Thriller
Triggers: Murder
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

Claire is recovering from solving her sisters murder when she's asked to help in a nearby community that isn't used to dealing with murder. What Claire finds when she arrives is a grisly scene. Woman, murdered, tied to a bed and covered in ashes. Is this a forensic countermeasure? Someone treating this woman as trash? the questions continue to p
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chris
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: twitter-authors
didn’t like: ACT III & how it ended, not a fan of the love-story, some chapters are quite long and others are really short??, not sure I like the narrator, narration was used in lots of instances that would have been far more interesting had dialogue between the characters been used instead (not sure if it was done to save time or it’s just preference?).
example of the narration in the book:
a)"I fill him in on what I’ve found on Aidan and how I haven’t been able to get through to Vera to warn her
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Jodi Gallegos
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fresh off the investigation into her sister’s death, detective Claire Calderwood is called to investigate a murder in a nearby community. A girl’s body has been found tied to the bed of a hotel room, covered in ashes. Without witnesses, and with few clues, Claire must figure out who killed this girl while dealing with her own memories and the realization that her boyfriend, Noah, has been keeping secrets about his own past.

And then another girl is found, and another. Now, faced with a serial ki
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Fiction Addition Angela
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good murder 'who done it book. Page turner, lots of suspense and twists as Detective Claire Calderwood is assigned to the case. Is it a Serial killer?
This book is part of the Calderwood case series , I didn't know that when I started off and I discovered they can be read as a stand alone.
The character of Claire - strong female detective is going to solve the crime, no matter what!
Small impact from her boyfriend Noah who is involved in solving the case.
I will look forward to reading book three
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Neriah
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
"Sometimes, I realize there are shadows so big they'll eclipse your entire life, all that you are."

I am not eager to write this review. The cover with an intriguing description drew me to this book. Since this book is one of my first few requests to be approved, my anticipation for this book reached its peak. The other reviewers who had already read this book suggested that it can read as a standalone. That just perked my interest up and I was eager to divulge in this book. I am not disappointed
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Esther King
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s so refreshing to read a book with a female hardened detective who takes her cases so seriously in a book that isn’t a cosy mystery. The crime scenes are gritty and made my skin crawl, and the investigation was full of twists and turns. This also worked really well as a stand-alone which was very helpful as I hadn’t read the first book!

I wasn’t overly fond of the romance aspect, but I know that’s largely a fault of my own. The characterisation was top-notch, and I really enjoyed the way that
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Jen
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed book one in this series but book two really sealed the deal as a must read series for me. The author has firmly found her footing with the characters and I enjoyed being reunited with them in this installment. The case is shocking and disturbing. It’s a heart pounding race to the truth. I’m anxiously awaiting book 3 in the series!
Kayla
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series
I love that this author doesn’t give away her endings until they happen! Very happy with this read.
Carissa Lynch
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clever, creepy, atmospheric, and perfectly paced...Poirier knocked this one out of the park. The female lead is tough and relatable, with a dark, softer part to her personality that really draws me in and makes me love her. I’m excited to read more books! Poirier has a fan in me.
buzy_reading
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
When girls are murdered in this small town community Claire is called to duty as a lead detective. Each girls death is a reminder of her sister’s murder. Claire is determined and dedicated to this case. It’s personal on a level that only Claire and Noah understand.

Overall:
I enjoyed following Claire around this small town interviewing individuals. As a seasoned homicide detective Claire is well respected.
These books are part of the Calderwood Cases series, yet they can be read as a stand-alone
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Dawn
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first book in this series and loved it and was so excited to see a sequel. Unfortunately the second book was not as good as the first. I like the characters Claire and Noah but the story line for this book was honestly boring. I really didn't get into this book till I was almost in the middle of the book. I hate giving bad reviews but I really prefer a book that keeps me reading into the night. If the author does write another book I will watch for it because the first book in this se ...more
C
May 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
*I was provided with an early digital copy, but it has not had any effect on my thoughts or review. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this book.*

As I was browsing Reddit one day, I noticed a post by Dea Poirier. She had posted something about how her first book (Next Girl to Die) has been published, and how excited she was. Upon seeing this, I became intrigued by the book and looked it up. It sounded interesting and had a really nice cover, so I decided to give it
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Andrea
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I have to admit that I was totally caught off guard by some of the events in this book. Some of the twists I could guess at and had my suspicions over, but at least one thing happened that I really didn’t see coming. I think the author has gotten better at telling a coherent story, and you can see a marked difference between this and her previous novel. There are no missing segues from scene to scene, the dialog flows better, and the small details are given freely. All of the
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WycEd Reader
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing


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Avid Reader – ☆☆☆☆☆
M/F Thriller

Claire is recovering from solving her sister’s murder when she's asked to help in a nearby community that isn't used to dealing with murder. What Claire finds when she arrives is a grisly scene. Woman murdered, tied to a bed and covered in ashes. Is this a forensic countermeasure? Someone treating this woman as trash? The questions continue to pile up, without many ans
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Britt (brittsbookblog)
This eARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
When Detective Claire Calderwood is called to assist Camden’s PD in the investigation of a horrific and grisly teenage murder, she doesn’t expect to have a serial killer on her hands.
Young women are dying. Bound naked to a cheap motel room bed, heads covered in a plastic bag, and ashes sprinkled over their bodies. They have little in common, yet Claire goes to work, determined to discover who is behind thes
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Stacy Bruton
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beneath the Ashes by Dea Poirier is a “who done it” mystery thriller with a couple of intriguing twists throughout the book. This book also captures police procedure and has the reader follow through as the case unfolds. While the book itself isn’t overly complicated with the “who done it”, it isn’t a super easy conclusion either. I enjoyed trying to figure it out as everything unfolded.

The characters are one of my favorite parts of this book. Poirier has added just the right amount of supporti
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Jacqueline Murphy
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oooooh am I happy to have happened upon this series, I love a good Detective series and always on the lookout to add new ones to my ever growing list…. Although Beneath the Ashes is the second in the Det Claire Calderwood series, I had no issue reading it as a standalone although having enjoyed it immensely (in a sick and twisted way ha ha), I will be going back to read the first book.

The body of a young woman is found in a motel room tied to a bed with a plastic bag over her head, the entire co
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Suanne
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beneath the Ashes is the second in Poirier’s Calderwood series. Detective Claire Calderwood is investigate a murder in a nearby community across the island where she lives. When a girl’s body is discovered tied to the bed of a hotel room and covered with ashes from an ash can. There are no witnesses and the efficacy of the few clues has been diluted with DNA from multiple cigarettes. Claire must handle her past (the death of her sister) while figuring out who killed this girl. When another girl ...more
Lyn
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first book in this series, The Next Girl to Die, totally captivated me. The heart of the story touched me. It felt personal. Unfortunately, this book didn't give me the same depth of emotion. It came across more police procedural, Joe Friday-esque.

I enjoyed following along as Det. Calderwood pieced together clues and interviewed witnesses. It gave me a true sense of what LE goes through as they try to solve a crime. Putting together pieces of information, discarding others, second-guessing w
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Denise Hansen
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
After reading the first book by this author, I decided to read the second one. It was difficult to get past the errors in this story. Between the typing errors and the time-line of the story, it appears as if this book wasn't edited very well. I wasn't sure how I felt about the characters in the story, but after reading the second book, I definitely wouldn't read another book by this author. The main character is Claire Calderwood, who comes from a small town in Maine. After growing up in the ar ...more
Angela
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Quick Read With Little Depth

I read this book and also the first one of the series. They were both fine if your trying to kill some time but there is just no depth to the plot or the characters. Its as though everything is rushed. Very little information is given about the main character's backstory but history is brought up time after time to give cause for character's passion to solve the case. There are a lot of filler words, misplaced and meaningless transitions the feel that the author is ju
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Katherine
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
3.5 *

This book was a Goodreads giveaway and Dea Poirier is a new author to me. I am impressed and have already borrowed the first book in the series to learn the beginnings of Claire's story. I like these characters and I'll be happy to read more about them. I felt the murderer was delineated very nicely as an example of the apparent normality of serial killers, hiding in plain sight. I will say my rating would have been a clear 4* if not for the constant descriptions of Claire driving back and
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Wayward Readers (Tarrah Marie)
This is the second book in the Calderwood Cases series and can be read as a stand-alone. Dea Poirier has crafted a detailed novel in which she artistically utilizes the harshness of Maine winter as part of the story’s dark underpinning. Poirier’s plot moves at a steady pace with limited foreshadowing, giving the reader a heighten sense of trepidation throughout the story. Characterization is strong, making Claire’s internal and external conflicts relatable and her character’s attributes really s ...more
Sharon Grow
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
A woman is found dead in a motel room in Camden, Maine. Since the town does not have an active homicide detective, Detective Claire Calderwood is requested. Claire and her boyfriend, reporter Noah Washington, recently solved the murder of her sister, and her feelings are still raw. This murder is particularly brutal and now another woman has been found, killed in the same manner. As the investigation proceeds, Claire discovers that there may be a link to the local hospital and has to deal with t ...more
Shelley
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Claire Calderwood is a detective called to the scene of a murder where the victim is tied to the bed with a head covered in plastic and ashes sprinkled on her body. This case hits close to home for Claire, as she remembers her own sisters’ murder.
Noah, Claire’s boyfriend and a reporter, helped Claire find her sister’s killer. Now Noah is being distant.
When another girl is murdered and left the same way Claire is sure she has a serial killer in the making on her hands.
I love a strong female le
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Bookloverinhi
Claire Calderwood is a detective called to the scene of a murder where the victim is tied to the bed with a head covered in plastic and ashes sprinkled on her body. This case hits close to home for Claire, as she remembers her own sisters’ murder.
Noah, Claire’s boyfriend and a reporter, helped Claire find her sister’s killer. Now Noah is being distant.
When another girl is murdered and left the same way Claire is sure she has a serial killer in the making on her hands.
I love a strong female lea
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Dea Poirier was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, where she found her passion during a creative writing course. She studied computer science and political science at the University of Central Oklahoma. She later spent time living on both coasts and traveling the United States before finally putting down roots in central Florida. She now resides somewhere between Disney and the swamp.

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