Stolen Remains (2020)

Stolen Remains Christine Trent Stolen Remains 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 Viole
  • Title: Stolen Remains
  • Author: Christine Trent
  • ISBN: 9780758293244
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Paperback
Stolen Remains Christine Trent 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 ViscountAfter 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 Praise for Lady of Ashes Rich with historical incidents and details Publishers Weekly A book you can sink your teeth into, with characters you ll fall in love with Mystery Scene Magazine
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  1. Nidofito

    Without Violet s troubled marital life, her romance with Sam and not enough bodies to be prepared for funerals to distract me, I could not muster any interest in this murder mystery Add to that the incredibly selfish and rude people, from the Queen to the Inspectors that Violet had to deal with, made me very grumpy I still have trouble understanding the reason for the murder and the fate of the murderers was comical and entirely too convenient There were maybe two or three instances where I got [...]

  2. Erin

    Find this and other reviews at flashlightcommentary.Christine Trent s Stolen Remains, the sequel to Lady of Ashes, left me in mind of A Royal Likeness and that isn t a good thing Unlike most of Trent s readers, I found her first sequel lacked the appeal of its predecessor and here again, I feel the story failed to replicate the magic of the original publication.Lady of Ashes struck me for a couple of reasons, the first among them being the detailed insight the story gave to the undertaker s prof [...]

  3. Ann

    I loved the first book in this series and was truly hoping that this book would live up to the last one It did in a lot of ways the story was engrossing, the characters were very well written and the plot was excellent I also like the mixture of historical fact with fiction The only thing is that, unfortunately, this series is going the way of some of the others in the ilk The heroine does the policeman s job and does things that would never be allowed She makes the police seem like inept buffoo [...]

  4. Hilary

    Sadly, this one didn t live up to the promise of the first Everything seemed too contrived, from Violet s presence to some convenient appearances including an overly detailed explanation of someone s adventures told without apology despite the content and the audience Queen Victoria is strange and somewhat random in her requests Violet s respect for the dead is still present, and there are a few little details, but for the most part her profession is incidental I think Violet s friends and famil [...]

  5. Ionia

    3.5 stars I didn t dislike this book, but I felt it was a simple continuation of Lady of Ashes and didn t really add a lot of substance This book started off really interesting, and I enjoyed the first few chapters a lot, but after a while it seemed that it was just repeating things that had already happened in a slightly different scenario Still this is a good book full of wonderfully descriptive writing I would definitely say that if you like books filled with darker subject matter and a true [...]

  6. Quillracer

    I can t remember ever giving up on a book after only 18 pages Until now.Four chapter into the story and we ve met several members of British Royalty, the victim, and assorted secondary characters By now, the main character s should be well established in our minds They haven t even made an appearance yet.If I m ever to the point where I m so desperate for something to read, I m ready to pick up the phone book, I might might try this book again But I highly doubt it.

  7. Sallee

    This is the second volume in the Lady of Ashes mystery series about Victorian undertaker, Violet Harper I found the plot had many twists and turns, the characters were interesting and the story line intriguing I have not read the first one in this series although I have heard it was much better I will continue with this series as I found it entertaining.

  8. Corrie McMurtry

    I really enjoyed this one the idea of an undertaker doing investigation for tge queen is interesting I also like the historical accuracy and how Trent mentions history on the acknowledgments in general this story was a good mystery with a few twists and surprises.

  9. Lindsay

    This book is neither suspenseful, nor is it well written I had to skim through the last half and was bored through the end.

  10. Melanie

    3 1 2 stars The series is getting better I didn t love the first book in the series The story does have some predictable plot points and others that don t make sense but was a better read.

  11. Kay Dee

    below is my review of book one in the series which i read right before starting this on i DNF this one.i liked it as a historical fiction book i would have liked it if i wasn t expecting it to be a mystery i mean a killer is introduced i the first part of the book and then no mention no deaths waiting nope oh the killer speaks again waiting hmm some a death yes this must be the murderum nope oh is it this one nope ok this one well ok then our very cool lady mortician will immediately be suspici [...]

  12. Diane

    As the second installment in this series I enjoyed this one as much as the first There are some spots where it might seem Implausible, but that is the nature of the series I enjoy the setting and the interactions between characters both fictitious and historical I consider this type of story a beach read , even though it has nothing to do with beaches and is in fact a bit morbid overall I do like the main character and I like how this author interweaves different stories that seemingly have noth [...]

  13. Rita

    Well done mysteryThe women in these stories are believable, strong, smart and great reminders of our strength and value past, present and future Very intricate mystery You could not fore guess the ending Can t wait to read the next book in the series.

  14. Carla

    Another great read in this historical mystery series I love the descriptions of Victorian England and all the fascinating bits about the world of undertaking during that time period.

  15. Mya Jackson

    This story details the fictional mysterious death in the most privileged part of England It begins March of 1869 in Cairo Egypt Queen Victoria, sends her son with Lord Raybourn and company to attend to the affairs of their project, the Suez Canal The canal is under the care of Ferdinand de Lesseps, who is being blackmailed for using slave labor Mr de Lesseps asks Lord Raybourn to handle it before he exposes them to the press On the return to England Lord Raybourn is under much stress, and soon a [...]

  16. Jayne dArcy

    I like twisty plots but this one went a bit too far I had to re read the last two chapters to understand everything that had been done, and why However, the writing is very good and the characters are fascinating I love Violet who seems to have infinite patience something a good undertaker needs in their line of work I m not an undertaker but my father sold caskets for a living, and often did favours for his funeral parlour friends I had a bronze casket as a paperweight as a teenager, and did a [...]

  17. Sheree

    3.5 starsI loved the first book in this series, Lady of Ashes, and have been keenly awaiting the second instalment Stolen Remains was an enjoyable read but for me it didn t have quite the same appeal as its predecessor The Victorian setting continues to fascinate me as does Violet s undertaking and embalming practices At the behest of Queen Victoria, Violet provides her services to the deceased Anthony Fairmont and his family, who are mostly an unlikable bunch with suspicious circumstances seein [...]

  18. Vennie

    When I won this book I was very excited I had read Ms Trent s Lady of Ashes and found it very intriguing and expected none less than that from Stolen Remains The first couple of chapters were interesting as you see the changes in Violet Morgan s life after 8 yearsmarried, living in America but still an undertaker.As I really got into the book I found it lacking The story seemed to have no real meat to it, so to speak Violet was once again called on to help Queen Victoria since she was visiting i [...]

  19. Megalion

    The return of Violet Morgan A London woman who dared to break with social customs and learn her husband s trade which is mortician We return to Violet some years after the first book when she comes back to London to visit her ailing mother Which means when a murder with great potential political fallout, she s in reach to be dragged into it at the request of the Queen The first book was focused on the oddity of her life and work and how she had to carve out a balance for herself This one, it d b [...]

  20. Elizabeth

    As the second book of undoubtedly a series, I say good shot I cannot tell you how excited I am over this being one of to come, however I hope the later are better thought out I enjoyed this book but can t help the feeling of it being a bit rushed and thrown together The story line did have its ebb and flow but resolved nicely I highly recommend reading the first in succession, as a newcomer would be lacking pertinent information The main characters are charming as always, the villain is dashing [...]

  21. Christine

    I was pleasantly pleased to read about my favorite female undertaker I don t think it s gross to hear about what happens to us after we pass I wish Violet Harper could be my undertaker She is such an interesting and likable character who actually cares very much about her clients The author describes what steps undertakers took back in the 1800 s to preserve a body This time Victoria and her husband return from 8 years in America to visit her ailing parents Once again the Queen summons Violet t [...]

  22. Lorraine

    Believe it or not, I had fun reading this book, and I rate it 4 1 2 stars There is a twist at the end I did not expect, and with the subject being death with the main character being a female undertaker, one would think that it would not be fun, but it was for me Being an avid Anglophile, I climbed right into the Victorian setting with the Queen involved in solving the first murder working with Mrs Harper, the undertaker The author shows the reader all aspects of London during Queen Victoria s r [...]

  23. Linda

    Violet and Sam Harper have returned to London, from the wilds of Colorado, because her mother is ill While in London Violet is asked to be the undertaker for the Fairmont family as their patriarch, the Viscount Raybourn, has died under suspicious circumstances The Queen has asked her to be as discreet as possible in her dealings with the Fairmont family while trying to find out what really happened.As Violet goes about her job she learns that the Fairmont family has many secrets and two suspici [...]

  24. Raquel

    I had hoped this would be set in Colorado rather than England but still enjoyed this quite a bit The mystery is well written, characters are very interesting, and the history is well researched I can t quite put my finger on what I like about these books other than to say the overall package The subject matter isn t what I d generally go for but these hit me right I saw the cast of characters list in the front and thought, Oh no That s never good In reading however, the numerous characters did n [...]

  25. Sheila

    The second book in the series with Violet Harper, undertaker in the 1800 s Violet has moved to Colorado with her husband, Sam and established her new business there but when her mother falls ill in England, Sam and her travel back Once again, Violet s services are requested by Queen Victoria This time to perform undertaker duties for Viscount Raybourn The queen suspects foul play and wants Violet to try to uncover the mystery surrounding his death When the body disappears, Violet s reputation is [...]

  26. Peggy

    Very interesting historical mystery Takes place after the Civil War and during the building of the Suez Canal The characters are well developed and interesting I liked the idea of a woman undertaker which would have been very unusual at that time Lots of interesting little tidbits, like how she embalmed a body at the deceased s home, the invention of dynamite by Alfred Nobel, that embalming bodies started after the Civil War in the US but people in the UK still frowned on the practice, and Egypt [...]

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