Narrated by Polly Lee, Stolen Remains by Christine Trent is the second novel in the Lady of Ashes historical murder mystery series. Back in London after her mother falls ill, Violet Harper is asked to handle the funeral of Anthony Fairmont, the Viscount Raybourn, a close friend of Queen Victoria’s who died under suspicious circumstances. Violet soon investigates as one murder becomes two….
by Christine Trent
Series: Lady of Ashes #2
Narrator: Polly Lee
Length: 10 hours and 22 minutes
Genres: Historical Fiction
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After establishing her reputation as one of London's most highly regarded undertakers, Violet Harper decided to take her practice to the wilds of the American West. But when her mother falls ill, Violet and her husband Samuel are summoned back to England, where her skills are as sought-after as ever. She's honored to undertake the funeral of Anthony Fairmont, the Viscount Raybourn, a close friend of Queen Victoria's who died in suspicious circumstances--but it's difficult to perform her services when his body disappears. . . As the viscount's undertaker, all eyes are on Violet as the Fairmonts and Scotland Yard begin the search for his earthly remains. Forced to exhume her latent talents as a sleuth to preserve her good name, Violet's own investigation takes her from servants' quarters, to the halls of Windsor Castle, to the tombs of ancient Egypt--and the Fairmont family's secrets quickly begin to unravel like a mummy's wrappings. But the closer Violet gets to the truth, the closer she gets to becoming the next missing body. . .
Wrought with both heartfelt bravery and breathtaking suspense, Stolen Remains is a captivating tale of death and deception set against the indelible backdrop of Victorian London.
When Lady of Ashes ended, I thought we’d be solving murder mysteries in the Wild West, so I was surprised to find we are back in London once again performing funeral services at the request of the Queen.
Violet heads to London and is staying with the Queen as she prepares Anthony Fairmont, the Viscount Raybourn, for his funeral, but the police are investigating as he died under mysterious circumstances. What a colorful family he has given us plenty for Violet to observe and question. Scotland Yard is involved and slightly annoyed that Violet is there at the behest of the Queen.
This was an interest case, and I soon found myself immersed in the story. Once again, we gain knowledge of the world of undertaking, but the primary focus was Raybourn’s death. From the building of the canal, to the housekeeper’s secret and blackmail, the author kept us going until the case’s conclusion.
I like Violet and found this amateur detective to be clever even at the expense of making the detectives of Scotland Yard appear dimwitted. The Raybourns’ are a miserable lot and I cannot say the Viscount will be missed. The author weaved several threads together as the case became more clear and the pieces clicked together for a satisfying conclusion.
Polly Lee once again narrates and does a splendid job of bringing the story and characters to life. She enhances the overall story and made listening
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