Weeping: A Fritillary Quilter Mystery

By Shelly Reuben
Read by Anna Fields

The Fritillary Quilter Mysteries: Book 1

8.02 Hours 09/01/2004 unabridged
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“Weeping” is an arson investigator’s term, as well as the usual state that befalls a fire’s grief-stricken survivors. So it’s with some surprise and suspicion that New York arson investigator Fritillary “Tilly” Quilter meets the seemingly unconcerned Faith Browning, whose sister Dorsey has just burned to death in their family home. When Faith puts in a quick claim without giving the insurance company a chance to look around, the company calls Tilly. Tilly teams up with the arson pro Isaak “Ike” Blessing, and together they must sift through the ashes to find the truth. Written by a real-life private eye and fire investigator, Weeping is fueled by technical authority, lively characters, and stylish prose.

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Summary

Summary

“Weeping” is an arson investigator’s term, as well as the usual state that befalls a fire’s grief-stricken survivors. So it’s with some surprise and suspicion that New York arson investigator Fritillary “Tilly” Quilter meets the seemingly unconcerned Faith Browning, whose sister Dorsey has just burned to death in their family home. When Faith puts in a quick claim without giving the insurance company a chance to look around, the company calls Tilly. Tilly teams up with the arson pro Isaak “Ike” Blessing, and together they must sift through the ashes to find the truth.

Written by a real-life private eye and fire investigator, Weeping is fueled by technical authority, lively characters, and stylish prose.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[An] articulate, intelligent, and simpatico first-person narrative…Tilly and Ike’s astute observation, coupled with wry humor, snappy repartee, and clever plotting, make this a winner.” Library Journal
“Fans of procedurals will love the step-by-step detail as Tilly puzzles out the case, but the best aspect of the story is the keen pupil–revered teacher relationship between Tilly and Ike...A triumphant series debut whose grim subject matter is overshadowed by its life-affirming heroine.” Booklist (starred review)
“Anna Fields gives engaging enthusiasm to the voice of tell-it-like-it-is New Yorker Tilly…and successfully portrays the nuances of the growing relationship between Tilly, the talented beginner, and Ike, the veteran professional. Fields’ narration is sensitive, well-paced, and fun.” AudioFile
“What Shelly Reuben knows about fire is astonishing, and she has a knack for making us feel the wonder that her protagonist experiences as we learn together…Weeping is a terrific read…They’re great characters, and just thinking about them now brings a smile to my face. You don’t often meet people this good. When you do, you don’t want to let them go.” Drood Review

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by maggie_tommo 9/13/2017
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A terrific read!

Weeping is a novel about Fritillary Quilter, an endearing character who captivates readers with her exuberance, her interest in investigation, and her passion for work. Caught in an accidental fire as a young girl, she encounters Ike Blessing, fire investigator, who quickly becomes her hero. Time passes, Tilly grows up, starts to work in insurance, and their paths once again cross. As soon as Tilly starts to work with Ike, she becomes the Watson to his Sherlock Holmes. Ike teaches her how to investigate a fire, and together, they solve a terrible crime and catch a clever arsonist. This is a terrific read filled with lighthearted humor, mystery, and romance.

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, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 8.02
Audience: Adult
Language: English