Daughter of Ashes by Marcia Talley

Reviewed by Mary Alice Gorman
Hardcover September 2015

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Daughter of Ashes is a sunny 14 in the wonderful Hannah Ives mystery series. I must admit she had me at the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the winds off the Chesapeake, We spent a fabulous weekend once at the Robert Morris Inn in Oxford MD where we sailed, read Michener's Chesapeake and ate millions of Oysters. But I digress.....The new vacation cottage that Hannah and her husband buy is the rich setting for this puzzle and the formidable research skills of spunky sleuth Hannah, The fixer upper reveals a mummified body of an infant and the games is afoot. I love the whole series for the contemporary views of our human history that unfolds through the skills of author Marcia and Hannah.....but this one may be my favorite.....and I discover the sublime pleasure of Samuel Smith beer that week end....mmmm.