Book Review: Ashes to Water by Irene Ziegler

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My rating for Ashes to Water – 4

“Ashes to Water” by Irene Ziegler (website | Twitter) is a fictional mystery which takes place in pre-Disney Florida. This is a very atmospheric novel involving a small town murder and a resolute woman intending on cracking the mystery.

  • 394 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star
  • ISBN: 9781594148606

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Even though “Ashes to Water” by Rene Ziegler is suppose to be a murder/mystery book, the charm is the small town portrait and its inhabitants. As in any small town there are secrets, betrayals and events which slowly, and not so slowly, unfold.

At the beginning I was a bit overwhelmed by all the new characters, but reading further I found myself engaged in small town politics and enjoying the large cast of the inhabitants. There is the assortment of odd folks that make up the backbone of any small town, a town hero, dangerous boyfriends, a tough judge and a Miccosukee Indian developer which, to be honest, I liked and disliked at the same time.
And none of these are even the protagonist.

Ms. Ziegler handles her cast very well, they are all complex and well written; she sprinkles the narrative with wonderful lyrical prose which gives atmosphere to the story. The book was fun to read and the rising body count leading to the grand finale left me to wonder if anyone will stay alive in this small town at the last page.

A good, entertaining and smart read.

Annie Bartlett returns to her home, DeLeon, FL to bury her murdered father. Annie also confronts the woman who is charged with his murder, her dad’s future wife. Annie realizes something is not right and fights for the woman’s acquittal – only to find out that there are several strong forces in the small town, including her own sister, who are very interested in a guilty verdict.

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