Book Review: Ashes to Water by Irene Ziegler

March 18, 2011


“Ashes to Water” by Irene Ziegler (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
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781594148606

The author has made available one (1) eBook of “Ashes to Water” to be given out- enter at the end of the post

Book Review: Ashes to Water by Irene Ziegler
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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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  • Contest is for one (1) eBook of “Ashes to Water”.
  • There will be ONE (1) WINNER
  • This is an INTERNATIONAL contest
  • Ends Friday March 25, 2011
  • Winners will be chosen using

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Zohar — Man of la Book
Dis­claimer: I got this book for free
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  • Michelle @ The True Book AddictMarch 18, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Thanks, Zohar! Sounds like a great book and I need a Z author for the A-Z mystery challenge! Hope I win. *fingers crossed*

  • Carol WongMarch 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I won this book on Good Reads some time ago. I wonder what happened to the beautiful cover.

    Carol Wong

    • zoharMarch 18, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Carol, this is the cover for the eBook.

  • Debra BrittMarch 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Looks like a good read. Hope I’m the lucky winner.

  • rhondaSeptember 25, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    thanks for giveaway would love to read the book.

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