Buy new:
Only 1 left in stock.
US imports may differ from local products. Additional terms apply. Learn More.

Amazon Global Store

  • International products have separate terms and are sold from abroad and may differ from local products including fit, age rating, and language of product, labeling, or instructions, or plugs (you may require an adapter).
  • Manufacturer warranty may not apply but you may have other rights under law.
  • Learn more about Amazon Global Store
$$34.74 () Includes selected options. Includes initial monthly payment and selected options. Details
Initial payment breakdown
Delivery cost, delivery date and order total (including tax) shown at checkout.
Your transaction is secure
We work hard to protect your security and privacy. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Learn more
Ships from
Amazon US
Sold by
Ships from
Amazon US
Sold by
1-Click ordering is not available for this item.
Other Sellers on Amazon
& FREE Delivery
Sold by: Prestivo-France
Sold by: Prestivo-France
(638 ratings)
93% positive over last 12 months
Usually dispatched within 4 to 5 days.
Delivery Rates and Return policy
+ $13.99 Delivery
Sold by: Nimbus Retail ~
Sold by: Nimbus Retail ~
(387 ratings)
85% positive over last 12 months
Usually dispatched within 4 to 5 days.
Delivery Rates and Return policy

Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet or computer – no Kindle device required. Learn more

Read instantly on your browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.

Using your mobile phone camera, scan the code below and download the Kindle app.

QR code to download the Kindle App

Enter your mobile phone or email address

Processing your request...

By pressing ‘Send link’, you agree to Amazon's Conditions of Use.

You consent to receive an automated text message from or on behalf of Amazon about the Kindle App at your mobile number above. Consent is not a condition of any purchase. Message and data rates may apply.

Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Follow the Author

Something went wrong. Please try your request again later.

Tangled Roots: 17 Hardcover – Large Print, 26 November 2019

4.2 out of 5 stars 6 ratings

Amazon Price
New from Used from
Hardcover, Large Print

Enhance your purchase

Save on select Capstone books.
Celebrating 25 Years of Inspiration. Shop our curated selection of Capstone titles. Buy now.

Product description


'Both fast paced and character focused, this latest Hannah Ives novel is sure to please the author's readership.'-- "Booklist"

'Those who have grown fond of Hannah will be content with this latest update.'-- "Publishers Weekly


About the Author

Marcia Talley is the Agatha and Anthony award-winning author of sixteen previous crime novels featuring sleuth Hannah Ives. Her short stories appear in more than a dozen collections and have been reprinted in several of The Year's Finest Crime and Mystery Stories anthologies. She is a past president of Sisters in Crime, Inc. Marcia lives in Annapolis, Maryland, but spends the winter months in a quaint Loyalist cottage in the Bahamas.

Save on select Books
Discover deals on fiction, non-fiction, children's books and more Shop now

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Severn House Publishers; Large type / Large print edition (26 November 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0727892282
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0727892287
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.61 x 2.54 x 22.23 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 6 ratings

About the author

Follow authors to get new release updates, plus improved recommendations.
Brief content visible, double tap to read full content.
Full content visible, double tap to read brief content.

Marcia Talley is the Agatha and Anthony award-winning author of eighteen Hannah Ives mysteries, including DONE GONE and TANGLED ROOTS.

She is editor/author of NAKED CAME THE PHOENIX, a star-studded, tongue-in-cheek collaborative serial novel about murder in a fashionable health spa. A second collaboration, I’D KILL FOR THAT, is set in an upscale gated community.

Her short stories appear in more than a dozen collections including &quot;With Love, Marjorie Ann&quot; and &quot;Safety First,&quot; both Agatha award nominees, and the multi-award-winning “Too Many Cooks,” a humorous retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth from the viewpoint of the three witches, from MUCH ADO ABOUT MURDER, edited by Anne Perry. Her story “Driven to Distraction” won the Agatha Award, was nominated for an Anthony, and selected for reprint in two major collections including The Deadly Bride and 21 of the World’s Best Crime and Mystery Stories. Another story, “Can You Hear Me Now,” appeared in Two of the Deadliest: New Tales of Lust, Greed and Murder from Outstanding Women of Mystery, edited by Elizabeth George.

Marcia is a past national President of Sisters in Crime, Inc., serves on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and is a member of the Authors’ Guild. Marcia and her husband, Barry, divide their time between Annapolis, Maryland and a quaint Loyalist cottage on Elbow Cay in the Bahamas.


Hannah Ives is a reluctant sleuth who lives on Prince George Street in Annapolis and solves mysteries wherever life leads her. In Daughter of Ashes, by Annapolis-based mystery writer Marcia Talley, Ives and husband, Paul, refurbish a cottage on the Eastern Shore, only to discover a mummified toddler in the chimney. That incident—coupled with a murder and near-murder—and Ives’ fortuitous work as a researcher of old, moldy, local land records, makes the mystery a page-turner, taking readers on a journey through Chesapeake Country, MD, with Big Chicken, the 1950s color line, and various cover-ups.

Talley has led Hannah Ives fans through 16 adventures, and counting. Her foray into mystery writing was a “shameless Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys rip-off” in eighth grade. Despite her English teacher’s admonition to “write what you know,” she didn’t let that stop her. She dove into Alfred Hitchcock films and kept writing crime fiction until full-time work and motherhood meant shelving the stories. Then a breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment alerted her to things she needed to finish, including mysteries to be written.

An Oberlin College alumna, Talley majored in education. At the time, women were encouraged to have something to fall back on. She taught elementary and middle school until her first pregnancy; women had to stop teaching when the baby bump became apparent, and the tent dresses worked only for so long. Talley had to go on maternity leave three months before labor. During that time, she typed catalog cards for the Bryn Mawr School library in Baltimore, the same work she’d done in college to help pay tuition. That launched her into a career as the cataloger at St. John’s College after her husband, Barry, accepted a teaching job at the US Naval Academy and the family moved to the Annapolis area in 1971. More education—a master of library science at the University of Maryland—and a knack for programming led to work integrating computer systems for the US government.

Stints at Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference helped Talley develop her chops in storytelling—mysteries in particular. She entered her first work, Sing It to Her Bones, in an annual conference contest and was surprised when she won. Agents phoned, unsolicited, to represent her, and she got a three-book deal with Bantam Dell publishing.

Readers of mysteries enjoy the goosebumps, the waves of hope elicited by the protagonists, the hair-raising climaxes, and the releases that follow. But for mystery writers, the motivations may be different.

Says Talley, “I don’t have to tell you that the real world is a messy, violent, frequently unjust place. Mysteries can be a respite. In my fictional world, I call the shots. Justice is served and the villain suitably punished. I love the puzzle aspect of the mystery, planting clues and dropping red herrings. As for me, personally, there have been a lot of people in my life who needed to die. In a mystery, I can bump them off with a stroke of my pen, and it’s cheaper than a therapist. I find many literary ‘book club’ novels deeply depressing, and as for romance, well, I’ve met a lot of people I’ve wanted to kill, but very few that I’d want to sleep with.”

Protagonist Ives, whom Talley describes as “a bit like a superannuated Nancy Drew,” has some things in common with her creator. She, too, is a breast-cancer survivor who loves to sail and is married to a professor at the Naval Academy. “She’s funnier than I am, though,” says Talley, “and braver. Younger and prettier, too, although just as curious and fiercely independent.”

Talley writes first drafts in long hand, during which Ives offers wry comments on what’s going on around her. She edits her first drafts while typing them into the computer, then prints out the novel triple spaced and goes somewhere quiet for more editing, eventually sharing her revisions with her writing groups. The process takes about a year. She’s been with an Annapolis mystery critique group since 1996, which first met at “the late, much lamented Mystery Tales Bookshop in West Annapolis” and now at Barnes &amp; Noble, and also belongs to one in Hope Town, Bahamas, where she and her husband sail during the winter.

In the wake of her novels, Talley has left a trail of bodies, in Eastport and Ginger Cove, on the stage at Mahan Hall, on the DC Metro, one floating face down in the South River, and elsewhere. She aims for accuracy: “If someone tosses a bloody knife into a dumpster behind McGarvey’s Saloon, there’ll be a dumpster there.” One fan wrote to Talley that she took a tour of Annapolis, visiting all the local sites that Ives did. “Maybe I should produce an annotated tourist map?” she muses.

If only there were time. Once Talley finishes a book, she looks to TV and newspapers for potential future story hooks. Finding one, she asks, “How can I get Hannah believably involved in this?” Then she dives into research. For recently submitted work, she gets back suggested changes from editors, then copyeditors take a crack, followed by her own set of proofs. After publication, Talley supports the work with readings. She pays little attention to debates about formats—print or electronic. What’s most important is fair compensation and that people want to read what she writes. “We write the best novel we can, deliver it to our publishers, sit back, and go with the flow.” -- Leigh Glenn, UpstART Magazine, Fall 2018.

Customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2 out of 5
6 global ratings
5 star
4 star 0% (0%) 0%
3 star 0% (0%) 0%
2 star 0% (0%) 0%
1 star
How are ratings calculated?

Review this product

Share your thoughts with other customers

Top reviews from Australia

There are 0 reviews and 0 ratings from Australia

Top reviews from other countries

S. Dana
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner!
Reviewed in the United States on 12 September 2019
Verified Purchase