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Valley of Ashes (A Madeline Dare Novel Book 4) by [Cornelia Read]
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Valley of Ashes (A Madeline Dare Novel Book 4) Kindle Edition

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Cornelia Read grew up in New York, California, and Hawaii. She is a reformed debutante who currently lives in New Hampshire. To learn more about the author, you can visit her website at and, her group blog with authors Jim Born, Paul Levine, Patty Smiley and Jacqueline Winspear. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.


"The sharpest humor comes with a pinch of suffering, and Madeline Dare suffers big time in Cornelia Read's new mystery about this fugitive socialite from Oyster Bay, Long Island. . . Madeline is funny when she's depressed ('I'm fat, my marriage is tanking, and I want to run away with the circus'), but the only person who appreciates her bleak humor is a friend with domestic issues of her own ('I just want to be a widow. Is that so wrong?')."--The New York Times "Marilyn Stasio " "Funny and sad . . . fast-paced and well-written."-- Kirkus Reviews "I have been on the Cornelia Read bandwagon since her remarkable debut, but even my already ardent admiration didn't prepare me for the heights she could achieve as a writer. "Valley of Ashes", like all the Madeline Dare books, is smart and surprising, acknowledging the cumulative power of Madeline's troubled past while daring to suggest an even more challenging future. Riveting and devastating."--Laura Lippman "Read expertly evokes the New York City of the period, from the nearly palpable grime of Chelsea to disturbing undertones of racism and classism in the justice system. Equal parts toughness and vulnerability, Madeline is always a bracing heroine."-- Publishers Weekly (starred review) "If you haven't read Cornelia's work, you really should, and you should start with Field of Darkness. Her writing is powerful, funny, literate, intelligent, and liberally sprinkled with foul language, much in the way Cornelia herself speaks. While her books are always filled with action and mystery, the stories revolve around family, and I would think they'd resonate with anyone who's had any sort of off-beat family member, a challenging relationship, or had moments of profound happiness. Which is to say, all of us. Seriously, read these books!"--Fran Fuller, Seattle Mystery Bookshop "Madeline's deadpan voice, acid wit and psychological depth are the perfect counterpoint to the novel's positively Gothic plot...She's a great character, and her creator is a great storyteller. Caustic, gripping and distinctive--intelligent entertainment."-- Kirkus Reviews "Read's novel is fast-paced; once the action starts, don't even think about putting it down."-- Library Journal (starred review) "Wrenching . . . There's an inevitable sense of doom throughout, which Read doles out in perfectly proportioned doses."-- Publishers Weekly "[T]he main character, Madeline Dare, is so fantastic it made the novel great. . . Madeline is one tough chick. Her attitude and demeanor. . . pulled me in and kept me turning the pages. . . this is a must-have for your shelves so fans of those books can get another dose of this awesome female character . . . anyone who appreciates a strong female lead should find this a satisfying read and be hunting your shelves for the previous novels."--BrodartVibe blog "With remarkable originality, she scores again in a novel that transcends genre and leaves the reader spellbound."---Richmond Times-Dispatch "What makes Read's crime novels unique and difficult to pigeonhole, despite the genre's plethora of subcategories, is the fact that the action doesn't stop-and she doesn't stop writing-when the murder is solved and the criminals are apprehended. Nor is everything tied up in tidy packages after the climax, with one labeled "arson inquiry" and another called "marriage." That's not how real life works. Nor is it how satisfying fiction is supposed to work. It's definitely not how life has ever worked Dare, whose whole world takes such a kick in the head in Valley that it's hard to fathom how she'll get up again. But, as readers of the series know from experience, she most certainly will. Eloquently telling off anyone who gets in her way." "A book you'll love (if you like off-beat quirky characters). There is much about these books and characters that any family member will recognize. If you are not Madeline Dare, someone close to you is." On A Field of Darkness: "Sparks seem to fly off the pages of Cornelia Read's "A FIELD OF DARKNESS"...powered by a sensational narrator's voice...Read is a big talent."-- The Boston Globe On The Crazy School: "How nice it is to hear that rebel voice again."-- New York Times Book Review On Invisible Boy: "Read's darkest, most passionate and most poignant book yet."--Tana French, New York Times-bestselling author of Broken Harbor --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing (14 August 2012)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 1173 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 361 pages
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