Ashes of Aries Hardcover – Sep 17 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
In her fifth astrological adventure (after 2000's Pisces Rising), psychic PI Elizabeth Chase faces an unusual and riveting mystery that will give pause to even the most ardent skeptics. When San Diego telecommunications mogul Frank Fielding's four-year-old son, Matthew, disappears, the Fieldings ask detective Bruce Loebman to call in Elizabeth for help. But before the unconventional sleuth, whom Loebman reluctantly consults, has a chance to focus on the case, a wildfire, fueled by the Santa Ana winds, ravages the exclusive community where the Fieldings live, destroying property and thousands of acres of land. When another fire breaks out, she discovers that it's the work of an arsonist who may also be Matthew's kidnapper. Dismissed by doubting Thomases, Elizabeth steps up her own investigation to find the little boy before it's too late. Her two Ph.D.s from Stanford and her prior psychic successes aren't necessary to make her a plausible, likable heroine, but they don't hurt. Her work with her shaman-mentor, the Luiseno Indian Sequoia, only adds to her credibility, as he teaches her to harness power from the natural world around her that the author describes so well. Lawrence effectively combines the earthly and the inexplicable in this fascinating page-turner, and its dramatic ending will delight committed fans as well as attract new ones. (Sept. 17)Anthony awards.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Psychic private eye Elizabeth Chase employs her particular skills to locate a kidnapped four-year-old San Diego boy and an arsonist responsible for a nearby terrible wildfire. Could arsonist and kidnapper be one and the same? A fine series.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
The author, a psychic herself, paints a convincing, if sometimes frustrating, picture of the psychic's skills - chancy, sometimes cryptic and hardly ever available when you need it. Lawrence tells a crisp, fast-paced story, free of New Age philosophizing. Chase is a down-to-earth investigator who relies at least as much on her interviewing and research skills as on less tangible abilities.
The child, Matthew Fielding, is the son of a telecommunications mogul. There's money, of course, and business tensions, a relative who desperately wanted a child, some angry Eco-terrorists, a gung-ho sheriff's deputy who might be a firebug. Chase doesn't hesitate to seek help from the experts - police, arson investigators, even an obnoxious reporter - and her case proceeds along comfortably conventional lines with helpful boosts from energy auras, telepathic advice and fragmentary visions.
There are a few cliched characters (the brilliant and feisty female arson investigator, for one) but Chase is appealing and her talents believable. Fire ratchets up the suspense and the climax pulls out all the stops.
Lawrence's writing in this, her fifth novel in the Elizabeth Chase mystery series, is literally as smooth as butter. She presents the story in such a manner that it captivates you and you're not aware of any stylistic maneuvers, a sure sign of a pro at work!
Elizabeth Chase continues her growth at all levels of life: emotional, spiritual, psychological, and physical.
The characters are vivid and true to life, once again with that dead-on-target dialogue for which Martha Lawrence has got to become famous! (After all, none other than authorial luminary Sue Grafton said to reserve a spot for Lawrence on the best seller list!)
I took "Ashes" with me to read while I waited on a brake job. This story had me so addicted that after I left the garage I kept it beside me on the front seat, and when traffic was backed up and I had to wait at red lights I would read! I got home and hurriedly finished the book, and I have to say it's even stronger than her previous efforts, a thoroughly pleasing read and a wonderful escape!
Once again Lawrence handles the tricky psychic angle with honesty and without dogma and "too pat" answers. (Being a professional psychic myself, I'm somewhat of an authority on that subject!)
I can't recommend "Ashes" highly enough, and I can't wait for the sixth in the series!!
Excelsior, my friend!
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Elizabeth Chase seems like the most down-to-earth person, someone I can identify with even thougth she works in the realm of the paranormal. Read morePublished on July 23 2003
I completely enjoyed this series so far but, although this one is very readable, it never got off the ground for me. Read morePublished on April 6 2002 by Roxanne V.
After eagerly awaiting the 5th in the series of psychic P.I. Elizabeth Chase I was not disappointed. Elizabeth is called in on the case of a missing four year old child. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2002 by Paula Hess
Once you start reading one of Martha's books you will not be able to put it down. She is one of the most engaging mystery writer I have read in a very long time. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2001 by Mrs. Marvin Warth
As usual, Martha Lawrence has written a winner! Her main character, (Elizabeth Chase), is so strong yet kind.... Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2001 by Amazon Customer