LADY OF ASHES
In historical novelist Trent’s first mystery, the details of the heroine’s trade and the social background are fascinating. The mystery is very slow to be introduced and the book’s leisurely pace may discourage some readers. The connection between Victorian England and the Civil War is interesting and adds an unusual thread.
Violet Morgan loves working as an undertaker, a profession she learned from her husband’s family. Her marriage has been successful, but now her husband appears to want her to become a regular wife and housekeeper. When Violet uncovers secrets and meets both the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria, her life changes, and not necessarily for the better. Everything she has wanted is in danger of disappearing. (KENSINGTON, Mar., 384 pp., $15.00)