Lady of Ashes

Lady of Ashes - Christine Trent I was really looking forward to reading this book. From the synopsis, it looked really interesting. For the most part it was a good mystery with a strong female lead. I liked Violet and her determination to be a good undertaker. She is a smart and compassionate woman. I also liked the glimpse into the world of death and burials in the late 1800s.

The problem that I had with the book was that it was too packed with plots and historical figures. Had the book just followed the killer plot that I was expecting, I think I would have liked it more. I found myself skimming parts of the book, especially the parts pertaining to the civil war. The mix of American and British history just didn't work for me. I would recommend reading the notes from the author at the end of the book. She provides more information about the historical figures in the book. I found that interesting.