"Fantastic mystery with many different woo woo elements"
Private detective Elizabeth Chase is still mourning the
loss of a loved one while rebuilding her life. She takes
on more cases and studies the shamanistic arts with Tecuma
Indian Sequoia. In addition to being a private detective,
she is also a psychic. She has become so well known in
solving police cases, the San Diego County sheriff's
department hires her to assist in their investigation of
the kidnapping of Matthew Fielding, the four-year-old son
Shortly after she interviews the parents of the missing
boy, a wildfire near their estate breaks out, burning their
home and killing both of them. Further inquiries prove
that the fire was deliberately set. Shortly after that
incident, another arson occurs, burning down an apartment
building and part of Fielding's company proving that
whoever took the child and set the fire has a powerful
grudge against the family. Throughout their time of
horror, Elizabeth's sixth sense insists that Mathew is
still alive and she feels that she owes it to his dead
parents to find him no matter what the dangers.
After reading ASHES OF ARIES, only the most hardened
skeptic will refute the existence of psychic powers in
select individuals. The heroine accepts them in much the
same way she accepts the color of her hair and eyes.
Though she has these powers, Elizabeth predominately uses
ordinary investigative skills because they are more
reliable and steady then her sixth sense. The story line
is totally absorbing, the plot is fast paced and action-
packed while the characters, many of whom have appeared in
other works, add dimension to a very deep human drama.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 7, 2001