Skies of Ash

Skies of Ash

Title:Skies of Ash
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780765336361
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:333 pages

Los Angeles homicide detective Elouise "Lou" Norton and her partner, Colin Taggert, arrive at the scene of a tragic house fire. Juliet Chatman perished in the blaze, along with her two children. Left behind is grieving husband and father Christopher Chatman, hospitalized after trying to rescue his family. Chatman is devastated that he couldn't save them.

Unless, of course, he's the one who killed them.

Neighbors and family friends insist the Chatmans were living the dream. But Lou quickly discovers the reality was very different. The flames of adultery, jealousy, scandal, fraud, and disease had all but consumed the Chatmans' marriage before it went up in smoke.

Lou's own marriage hangs by a thread. Soured by the men in her life, Lou is convinced that Chatman started the fire. Her colleagues worry that her personal issues are obscuring her judgment. With very little evidence regarding the fire—and rising doubts about her husband's commitment to monogamy—Lou feels played by all sides.

Was the fire sparked by a serial arsonist known as The Burning Man? Or by the Chatmans' son, who regularly burned his father's property?

Searching for justice through the ashes of a picture-perfect family, Lou doesn't know if she will catch an arsonist or be burned in the process.


    Skies of Ash Reviews

  • James Thane

    L.A. Homicide detective Elouise "Lou" Norton returns here in her second outing, following her debut in 2014's Land of Shadows. As the book opens, Lou and her still relatively new partner, Collin Tagge...

  • The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears

    Oh Tina! You have a lifetime invite to the Reed family barbecue! My grandmother is reading Land of Shadows and I'm under orders to not bother her until she's done. In short, she may adopt you, lol. I ...

  • Jeanette

    I'm a fan of this author. She can write, and she writes honestly. Authentic! Descriptions are crisp and real, not P.C. nice-nice coated. And she can really zing those one liners. Very much in the cate...

  • Mark Stevens

    I dug "Land of Shadows." "Skies of Ash" might be better. This one quickly took me back to Norton’s sharply-barbed worldview and her grinding sense of determination when put on the scent of a murder....

  • Nakia

    I’m not a huge “series” reader but Rachel Howzell Hall definitely makes me step out of my comfort zone. In this second installment of her Detective Elouise Norton series, Lou is charged with fin...

  • Columbus

    Detective Elouise Norton is a tough sister investigating crime on the streets of Los Angeles. I love this series cause she’s tough, smart, quick with a bon mot and can wear a mean pair of Jimmy Choo...

  • Sarah

    4.5 stars. I know there are a zillion police procedural series out there, but I wish this one got more attention because it's really good! I liked this one even better than the first. The mystery here...

  • Melissa

    I am really wild about Hall's writing in this book. She has such a way with not only delightful hyperbole like: "No crowds meant better parking, though. And better parking meant less walking. And zipp...

  • Don Gorman

    (3 1/2). While I read this book, a lyric from a Temptaions song kept running through my head - "like a snowball rollin' down the side of a snow covered hill, it's growin'." This books starts off with ...

  • Monica **can't read fast enough**

    Thoroughly enjoyed, review to come....