Blog Tour Review, From the Ashes

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From the Ashes
Deborah Masson

368 pages
published August 18, 2022


The third in an award-winning, exciting, dark, gripping Scottish detective series featuring DI Eve Hunter. Can be read as a standalone.  Perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride and Val McDermid.

As the house burns, the hunt for a killer begins…

In the dead of night someone starts a fire in a home for underprivileged children in Aberdeen. The flames spread quickly, and one person doesn’t make it out alive.

But the victim wasn’t found in their bedroom; they were discovered locked inside a secret basement underground. As DI Eve Hunter and her team search the blackened ruins, the case takes them into even darker territory.

Soon Eve unearths a horrific discovery at the heart of the property – one that turns the whole investigation on its head. Everyone in this home has something to hide, but who has a secret worth killing for?

‘Taut and gripping, with a pace that never slows, From The Ashes is a master-class in police procedurals.’ Andrea Mara

‘Unmissable and addictive, Masson delivers beautifully crafted punches and red hot twists. Neatly plotted with some stunning characterisations, this is belter of a book.’ Helen Fields

‘It’s clear that DI Eve Hunter is now one of Scotland’s premier fictional detectives. Harrowing, absorbing – you won’t put this down until the secret of the book’s magic is revealed. A triumph for Deborah Masson.’ Denzil Meyrick

‘Pacy, intelligent and so so satisfying. Another brilliant outing for Eve Hunter who is fast becoming my favourite detective. I can’t get enough of Deborah Masson’s writing.’ Marion Todd

From The Ashes is a tense and intriguing mystery, expertly delving into the darker side of the Granite City, hooked from from the first page and kept me guessing to the very end!’ G. R. Halliday

My review

This is a dark and gritty crime procedural where DI Eve and her team try to solve an arson with a murder.  This is book three in the series and of course, true to form, I haven’t read books one and two but had no issues enjoying the story.  Crime procedurals aren’t always known for their twists, but I’ll say this one had a doozy in it.  I kinda had an idea where this one was headed but did not see that twist coming.  I enjoyed getting to know the team, but it was a little ways in before the book had anything personal with the police team.  That may be because of it being book three or it may just be the author’s style.

There a few storylines going at once that the author does a good job of keeping them going and interesting.  I’m off to look up the first books in the series and spend a little more time with DI Eve and her team.


About the author

Deborah Masson was born and bred in Aberdeen, Scotland. Always restless and fighting against being a responsible adult, she worked in several jobs including secretarial, marketing, reporting for the city’s freebie newspaper and a stint as a postie – to name but a few.  Through it all, she always read crime fiction and, when motherhood finally settled her into being an adult (maybe even a responsible one) she turned her hand to writing what she loved.  Deborah started with short stories and flash fiction whilst her daughter napped and, when she later welcomed her son into the world, she decided to challenge her writing further through online courses with Professional Writing Academy and Faber Academy, where she wrote her award-winning debut novel Hold Your Tongue, the first in the DI Eve Hunter series. Since then she has published two more books in the series, Out For Blood and From the Ashes.


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