Lady of Ashes (Lady of Ashes, Book 1) by Christine Trent

By Christine Trent

Just a girl with an iron spine might be triumphant as an undertaker in Victorian London, yet Violet Morgan takes nice satisfaction in her alternate. whereas her husband, Graham, is preoccupied with raising their station in society, Violet is cultivating a sterling attractiveness for Morgan project. She is empathetic, well-versed in funeral models, and happy with death's function in life—until its chilling rattle comes knocking on her personal entrance door.

Violet's extraordinary yet satisfied existence quickly starts to solve as Graham turns into keen about his personal demons and all yet abandons her as he plans a vengeful scheme. And the solace she's continually present in her paintings evaporates like a departing soul while she suspects that many of the deceased she's dressed were murdered. whilst Graham's plotting ends up in his disappearance, Violet takes complete regulate of the enterprise and is commissioned for an project of royal proportions. yet she's yes there's a killer lurking within the London fog...

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When he had first ridden up, her eyes had shown only crescents of white, but now the lids pulled farther back and he knew that she was seeing him. The cat-shaped head hung over on her shoulder, twisting the cords of her neck up and out. He could see the big artery bumping slowly there. Her eyes moved, narrowing a little, at their sideways angle. She saw him, but was indifferent to what she saw. The doctor’s tongue passed across his upper lip, once, twice, stiff as a file. He turned in the saddle and looked back into the long allée down which he had come.

It is arranged,” she finally said, turning back to the doctor, who now noticed that her eyes seemed a little bloodshot. “My husband…” Her head swung away as her voice trailed off. She looked out across the compound toward the pole. “Je vous remercie,” Doctor Hébert said. There seemed no place to leave the glass; he stooped and set it on the floor. The horse shook its head as he approached. He took the reins and led it around the back of the grand’case and wandered among the outbuildings until he discovered the stable.

It was markedly cooler outside by this time. Though there was no moon, the sky was clear and so long as he kept away from the torchlight the stars were extraordinarily bright. At the foot of the pole, Arnaud stopped and took the torch from the slave and raised it. From a few feet back, Doctor Hébert saw the woman’s body illuminated as high as her rib cage. There was no evidence of breathing. “Well, it is finished,” Arnaud said. ” With a reluctant sluggishness the two blacks took up the mattocks and began digging at the base of the pole, which the doctor now saw was supported by a packing of rocks and earth.

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