Tabula Rasa

By Shelly Reuben
Produced by Cedar House Audio
Read by Anna Fields

7.28 Hours 06/27/2005 unabridged
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Arson investigator Billy Nightingale and his brother-in-law, Officer Sebastian Bly, are called in to investigate a house fire that killed two young children. The discovery of a baby hiding underneath the porch put Billy and Sebastian on the trail of a murderous mother while Sebastian and his wife, Annie, raise baby Meredith without revealing her dangerous and frightening past. Meredith grows up to be a promising young ballerina, fueled in part by the fictional past that Sebastian and Annie have invented for her. But the truth threatens their charmed family circle as Merry’s biological mother returns to finish what she started. Tabula Rasa is not only a gripping and entertaining crime novel but also a sensitive, warm exploration of the deeper issues of what defines a family and an individual. 

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Summary

Summary

Arson investigator Billy Nightingale and his brother-in-law, Officer Sebastian Bly, are called in to investigate a house fire that killed two young children. The discovery of a baby hiding underneath the porch put Billy and Sebastian on the trail of a murderous mother while Sebastian and his wife, Annie, raise baby Meredith without revealing her dangerous and frightening past. Meredith grows up to be a promising young ballerina, fueled in part by the fictional past that Sebastian and Annie have invented for her. But the truth threatens their charmed family circle as Merry’s biological mother returns to finish what she started.

Tabula Rasa is not only a gripping and entertaining crime novel but also a sensitive, warm exploration of the deeper issues of what defines a family and an individual. 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Tabula Rasa is a stunning novel. It shocks and revolts you, and then restores your faith in humanity. Reuben writes not only of fire, but with fire.” Dorothy Salisbury Davis, winner of the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America
“Shelly Reuben is an experienced arson investigator as well as a licensed private detective, which lends authenticity to her novels. Better yet, she is an adroit storyteller with a gift for creating quirky and compelling characters.” San Diego Union-Tribune
“Tabula Rasa…is a compelling, intriguing tale that deals with the exposure of a calculated murderer whose victims are close to home…Reuben’s mesmerizing tale succeeds on a variety of levels, exploring the growth of an individual whose past is a blank slate.” Lansing State Journal
“A poignant crime drama…Reuben, herself a veteran fire investigator, skillfully depicts the arson investigation.” Publishers Weekly
“This exciting suspense story, similar in style to Mary Higgins Clark’s early novels, will grab teens from its intriguing beginning and keep them reading.” School Library Journal

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Reviews

by maggie_tommo 9/13/2017
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A page-turner with a heart!

This is a book about nature vs. nurture as it affects a small child. State Trooper Sebastian Bly and Fire Marshal Billy Nightingale rescue a baby who escapes from an arson fire set by her own mother. They arrest the mother, and then Sebastian, his wife Annie, and her brother Billy set about to raise the child. What happens next has a fairytale-like quality of good people determined to slay the dragons of fate. Can they create a fictional mother so innocent, talented, and beautiful that her mythical essence is stronger than the reality of a biological mother so evil, that she is still determined to extinguish the life of her last child? Tabula Rasa is a page-turner with a heart.

Author

Author Bio: Shelly Reuben

Shelly Reuben has written numerous novels. Her first, Julian Solo, was nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for an Edgar Award and by the Libertarian Futurist Society for a Prometheus Award. Her novel Origin & Cause was nominated for a Falcon Award by the Maltese Falcon Society of Japan. She also writes two newspaper columns and regularly contributes short stories to the Forensic Examiner. She lives in New York City.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 7.28
Audience: Adult
Language: English