From the Ashes by Sabrina Flynn. Ravenwood Mysteries #1.
From description: Atticus Riot took a bullet to his head the day his partner was killed. Three years later, Riot returns to San Francisco to put his ghosts to rest, but the abduction of an heiress snags his attention. Two ransom demands are delivered, and the husband of the abducted Isobel Kingston is hiding the truth.
The clock is ticking. Can Riot find Mrs Kingston in time, or will she become one more regret among many?
The first chapter left me divided about continuing, but then the introduction of Isobel/Bel hooked me completely. As I read, I found myself wondering if Flynn intended the book to be about Atticus Riot, but fell in love with the socially incorrigible Bel. For me, the book began with the unpredictable Bel and her kick-ass personality.
A rollicking Victorian mystery set in San Francisco. Not perfect, I knit-picked about half a dozen things, but still enjoyed it immensely and went on to the next book.
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Historical mystery. 2014. Print length: 270 pages.
A Bitter Draft continues the adventures of the Ravenwood Detective Agency, Atticus Riot, Bel, Tim, and others.
Bel reinvents herself as a reporter and a member of the Ravenwood Detective Agency and her twin brother Lotario emerges in a larger secondary role. Oh, the gender-bending--Bel masquerades as a man at times, and Lotario as a woman.
The plot involves Riot and Bel working together to solve a number of "suicides."
I can't say these books are believable; they are pretty far-fetched. On the other hand, they both kept me interested in the plots and the characters. A small cast of secondary characters like Tim, Miss Lily, Tobias, and Grim make a likable group of supporters for the two main characters. And Lotario? Well, he's certainly a law unto himself. Or herself.
The books are like gobbling Halloween candy. I know a thing or two about that. :)
Historical mystery. 2015. Print length: 377 pages.
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