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A Bucket of Ashes
A Gilded Age Mystery #6

by P.B. Ryan

      P.B. Ryan brings readers the final chapter of the Guilded Age series. This may be why Nellís personal life takes lead over the mystery. Nellís recent lover, Will Hewitt, goes abroad once he discovers a secret sheíd been hiding. Enter a past lover - Dr. Greaves. While on vacation with the family she works for, Nell runs into Dr. Greaves, who knows her past secret and offers to help with her most recent one.

The mystery in this storyline involves Nellís long lost brother. The questions are: is the burned body really her brother? And, if so, was he involved in the murder of a woman? Hopefully the conclusion of this mystery helps Nell to move on.

Nell is portrayed as a strong protagonist - a model governess with a superior mind-set. She had a difficult upraising and lost many of her loved ones. She chooses intelligent men with weaknesses. Now her neglect to protect herself could be her undoing. Fans are looking for a happy ending.

A Bucket of Ashes is an interesting read. Itís the conclusion of a series, so there are spoilers involved. If you havenít read the first titles in series, I recommend you do. Bryanís historical atmosphere is spot on. Itís a memorable look into the Gilded Age. I canít help but recommend this series to those who enjoy cozy type historical mystery series.

The Book

December 4, 2007
0425218732 / 978-0425218730
Historical mystery
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Brenda Weeaks
Reviewed 2008
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