Review: Concealed in Ash by Gwen Mayo

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By Priscilla Watkins

It’s the hot and muggy 1880s when a charred body is found in the ashes of a famous old Kentucky hotel. Ness Donnelly, a former Pinkerton agent, is pulled into investigating and finds at least three choices of suspects. At a breath-taking and law-breaking pace, Ness needs to save a boy from lynching and follow leads through the violence of the Klan and another vigilante group, putting himself and others at risk. Also at risk is someone finding out that Ness is really a female being pressured to propose to “his” lady friend. It’s a great mystery and I enjoyed learning about the history and attitudes of post-Civil War Lexington, Kentucky. Ness Donnelly is appearing in another novel entitled CIRCLE OF DISHONOR; I look forward to following her exploits.

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