Lady of Ashes

6 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 859 ratings

Lady of Ashes Publisher's Summary

Only a woman with an iron backbone could succeed as an undertaker in Victorian London, but Violet Morgan takes great pride in her trade. While her husband, Graham, is preoccupied with elevating their station in society, Violet is cultivating a sterling reputation for Morgan Undertaking. She is empathetic, well-versed in funeral fashions, and comfortable with death's role in life - until its chilling rattle comes knocking on her own front door.

Violet's peculiar but happy life soon begins to unravel as Graham becomes obsessed with his own demons and all but abandons her as he plans a vengeful scheme. And the solace she's always found in her work evaporates like a departing soul when she suspects that some of the deceased she's dressed have been murdered. When Graham's plotting leads to his disappearance, Violet takes full control of the business and is commissioned for an undertaking of royal proportions. But she's certain there's a killer lurking in the London fog, and the next funeral may be her own.

Equal parts courage, compassion, and intrigue, Christine Trent tells an unrestrained tale of love and loss in the rigidly decorous world of Victorian society.

©2013 Christine Trent (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Lady of Ashes

    • Lady of Ashes, Book 1
    • By: Christine Trent
    • Narrated by: Polly Lee
    • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 321
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 295
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 298

    Only a woman with an iron backbone could succeed as an undertaker in Victorian London, but Violet Morgan takes great pride in her trade. While her husband, Graham, is preoccupied with elevating their station in society, Violet is cultivating a sterling reputation for Morgan Undertaking. She is empathetic, well-versed in funeral fashions, and comfortable with death's role in life - until its chilling rattle comes knocking on her own front door.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Most Unusual Book!

    • By Sara on 07-09-14

    Regular price: $29.95

  • Book 2

    • Stolen Remains

    • A Lady of Ashes Mystery
    • By: Christine Trent
    • Narrated by: Polly Lee
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173

    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

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Plot!

    • By Margret on 08-31-15

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 3

    • A Virtuous Death

    • By: Christine Trent
    • Narrated by: Polly Lee
    • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94

    Queen Victoria, still mourning her long-dead husband Prince Albert, has found solace in John Brown, an enigmatic palace servant who dabbles in the occult and keeps the grieving queen entertained with his tarot card readings. Undertaker Violet Harper is invited to attend one of Mr. Brown's infamous readings, during which he implies that Buckingham Palace will soon be shrouded in death's dark veil. Well acquainted with death, Violet shrugs him off as a charlatan.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • What happened to Sam's accent?

    • By knit or read... on 03-06-16

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 4

    • The Mourning Bells

    • By: Christine Trent
    • Narrated by: Polly Lee
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 140
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 129
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 129

    One of Victorian London's most respected undertakers, Violet Harper has the new duty of accompanying coffins from various undertakers on the London Necropolis Railway for respectful funerals and burials in Surrey. But on her fateful first trip, the mournful silence of the train is shattered by the shrill ringing of a coffin bell - a device that prevents a person from being buried alive.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent story, narration is annoying

    • By IceDancingKaren on 04-21-15

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 5

    • Death at the Abbey

    • A Lady of Ashes Mystery
    • By: Christine Trent
    • Narrated by: Polly Lee
    • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60

    While on a much-needed respite with her husband Sam in Nottinghamshire, undertaker Violet Harper is summoned to Welbeck Abbey by the Fifth Duke of Portland to prepare a body. His Grace is known as the "mad duke", and Violet has more than an inkling of why when she arrives at the grand estate and discovers that the corpse in question is that of the duke's favorite raven, Aristotle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Victorian splendor

    • By Amy Lee on 06-11-16

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 6

    • A Grave Celebration

    • Lady of Ashes Book 6
    • By: Christine Trent
    • Narrated by: Marnye Young
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Violet Harper and her husband Sam are attending the long-anticipated opening of Egypt's new Suez Canal. The canal is the mastermind of the brilliant French engineer, Ferdinand de Lesseps. Fireworks, galas, and canal cruises are all part of the planned festivities at ports along the way. Tensions abound across the various European delegations in attendance. The Prussians, Dutch, French, British, Austrians, and Russians all have political grievances against each other, made worse by internal struggles inside Egypt.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I love a good mystery

    • By V. Shudlick on 11-08-17

    Regular price: $24.95