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Ashes to Ashes (a Peter Brichter mystery) Kindle Edition

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From Publishers Weekly

Pulver ( Murder at the War ) here tells the third tale featuring Detective Peter Brichter of the Charter (Ill.) police and his wife Kori. Though titillating and atmospheric, the yarn is less than credible. Still chasing after evidence of organized mobsterssuch as Kori's uncle, who had tried to kill her for her large intheritanceBrichter teams up with crooked Lt. Dahl of Homicide, who is on a murder-arson case. The owner of "Crazy Dave's" appliance store, Dave Wagner, insists he had borrowed thousands he couldn't pay back to a loan shark, Vigotti, who now demands the fire-insurance money. When Vigotti is "eliminated" as a suspect by local capos, Brichter forms a close relationship with elderly arson-expert Captain Isaac (Zak) Kader, and their investigation confirms Crazy Dave's alibi. Tireless deduction produces evidence that clinches the case but creates more victims as a consequence. Threats to Kori, hints of Lt. Dahl's involvement and other talky diversions dilute the plot before the novel closes with a hyped-up car chase.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Mary Monica Pulver is an incidental Hoosier — Terre Haute, Indiana, had the hospital closest to her parents’ home in Marshall, Illinois. She spent the later part of her childhood and early adult life in Wisconsin, graduating from high school in Milwaukee. She was a journalist in the U.S. Navy for six and a half years (two in London), and later attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Mary Monica sold her first short story, “Pass the Word,” to Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, in 1983, and has since sold more than two dozen short stories to anthologies and magazines, including some in Germany, England, Italy and France. She has appeared in such anthologies as The Mammoth Book of Historical Detectives, The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunnits, The Mammoth Book of Historical Detectives, Shakespearean Mysteries, Royal Whodunnits, Unholy Orders, Murder Most Crafty, and Silence of the Loons. Her first mystery novel, Murder at the War, appeared from St. Martin’s Press in 1987 and was nominated for an Anthony as Best First Novel. The Unforgiving Minutes and Ashes to Ashes followed in 1988; but Original Sin was sold to Walker, who also presented the fifth book, Show Stopper, in May of 1992. Berkley Diamond brought these mysteries out in paperback. They feature detective Peter Brichter – a cop one reviewer said was “a hardboiled sleuth who’s somehow landed in a cozy mystery.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 371 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: FTL Publications (January 3, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 3, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006T5JKZ6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,207 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Martin on April 28, 2013
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The third book in the Peter Brichter series, and a very enjoyable one. However, this Kindle edition is sorrowfully in need of corrections. One character is referred to by at least three different names- one of those names being that of another character. It was really hard to follow the plot twists, when the wrong names kept on being used- I was frequently unsure about who was talking to whom about which other character. I'd read the book years ago in print, and I'd really have to recommend doing that...until and unless someone corrects all the errors in the Kindle version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fiona on May 21, 2013
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I don't usually like books told from multiple views. They can be confusing if not handled correctly. But "Ashes to Ashes" turned out to be so well crafted I wasn't in the least bit irritated with the view point changes. In fact it opened up a new avenue for the novel's plot.

The novel begins with an arson. Arson investigators discover a murder victim in the burned building and this is how Peter Brichter becomes involved. There is now an arson investigation and a murder investigation. As in a standard mystery, there are several murder suspects that have to be investigated and eliminated to find the real murderer. It also needs to be determined if the arson and murder are related.

"Ashes to Ashes" diverges from the standard mystery in that there are several sub-plots which revolve around various characters. These sub-plots don't detract from the novel and instead give us character-trait motivated characters. This makes the characters seem more "real" and adds to our involvement with them.

The novel is told primarily from Peter Brichter's point of view, but with an occasional switch to (this isn't a spoiler as all the characters know) a "dirty" cop's point of view. The interaction between these two is one of the sub-plots. It gives us a look inside how the fictional police department works. There are other sub-plots that serve to give us insight into the workings of the characters' relationships with each other.

I'd recommend this book for the reader who isn't just interested in car chase, bang-bang mystery novels, but instead wants to get to know and like (or dislike) the characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane on April 23, 2013
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As I was reading the book, I felt I was reading one of my favorite series - CSI! The suspense on finding out who started the fire kept me flipping from page to page. What made the story interesting was the fact that the case is about an arson and since material evidences were burned together with the building, the investigators have to rely on mere observation and thorough analysis of what they observed. This idea seem to portray how an investigation occurs during those times when technology wasn't that updated.

I admire how the author managed to fit in the personal married life of Peter Brichter, who happened to have some issues about... oops! Best not give it away. I highly recommend for others who are avid fans of suspense and mystery.
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By cteter on March 18, 2014
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Great characters and unusual circumstances unfold into a mystery with a twist.
I've read every book in the series. You should too!
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