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The opulent furnishings and period theming of Hotel 1911 invite guests to experience the charm of the early 20th century. But for hotel clerk Ivy Nichols, the mansion also harbors secrets about her past and the family she never knew. When the Pittsburgh chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies checks in for their national conference, Ivy is intrigued to learn that The opulent furnishings and period theming of Hotel 1911 invite guests to experience the charm of the early 20th century. But for hotel clerk Ivy Nichols, the mansion also harbors secrets about her past and the family she never knew. When the Pittsburgh chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies checks in for their national conference, Ivy is intrigued to learn that one of them has connections to her family. The group plans to kick off their event by touring the historic graves thought to be on the hotel grounds. But they didn’t plan to find one of their fellow members strangled to death afterwards. The police point the finger at the hotel's loyal manager, Mr. Fig, since no one else could have reached the victim’s room. Ivy has other ideas. She believes Mr. Fig is innocent, and desperately wants to prove it. The inexplicable appearance of strange drawings, an old book, and a wig lead Ivy to a bizarre connection between the grave-obsessed guests and the murder. And when Mr. Fig confesses a long-held secret, Ivy fears she has put herself in the sights of not only the murderer but another dangerous criminal too. Who else had the opportunity to commit the crime? And is Mr. Fig all he seems to be? Amidst a growing list of suspects with secrets of their own, and an unraveling riddle from her past, Ivy is in a race to catch a killer--and decipher a truth more earth-shattering than she could have imagined.


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The opulent furnishings and period theming of Hotel 1911 invite guests to experience the charm of the early 20th century. But for hotel clerk Ivy Nichols, the mansion also harbors secrets about her past and the family she never knew. When the Pittsburgh chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies checks in for their national conference, Ivy is intrigued to learn that The opulent furnishings and period theming of Hotel 1911 invite guests to experience the charm of the early 20th century. But for hotel clerk Ivy Nichols, the mansion also harbors secrets about her past and the family she never knew. When the Pittsburgh chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies checks in for their national conference, Ivy is intrigued to learn that one of them has connections to her family. The group plans to kick off their event by touring the historic graves thought to be on the hotel grounds. But they didn’t plan to find one of their fellow members strangled to death afterwards. The police point the finger at the hotel's loyal manager, Mr. Fig, since no one else could have reached the victim’s room. Ivy has other ideas. She believes Mr. Fig is innocent, and desperately wants to prove it. The inexplicable appearance of strange drawings, an old book, and a wig lead Ivy to a bizarre connection between the grave-obsessed guests and the murder. And when Mr. Fig confesses a long-held secret, Ivy fears she has put herself in the sights of not only the murderer but another dangerous criminal too. Who else had the opportunity to commit the crime? And is Mr. Fig all he seems to be? Amidst a growing list of suspects with secrets of their own, and an unraveling riddle from her past, Ivy is in a race to catch a killer--and decipher a truth more earth-shattering than she could have imagined.

30 review for Dust to Dust

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Although I did not read the first book in this series, I soon found myself intrigued by the life of the series protagonist Ivy Nichols in Dust to Dust. Set in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Ivy is a receptionist at Hotel 1911, a themed hotel. Ivy has some personal problems; a history of panic attacks and a mother who disappeared when Ivy was a child. The Gravestone Friends of Greater Pittsburgh group checks in to the hotel for their national conference and Ivy is intrigued to learn that one of them has Although I did not read the first book in this series, I soon found myself intrigued by the life of the series protagonist Ivy Nichols in Dust to Dust. Set in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Ivy is a receptionist at Hotel 1911, a themed hotel. Ivy has some personal problems; a history of panic attacks and a mother who disappeared when Ivy was a child. The Gravestone Friends of Greater Pittsburgh group checks in to the hotel for their national conference and Ivy is intrigued to learn that one of them has connections to her family. The group begin their event by touring the historic graves on the hotel grounds, but then they find one of their own members strangled to death with the hotel manager, Mr Fig in the main suspect hot seat. There are plenty of eclectic characters in this novel. As well as Ivy, whose vulnerability was well portrayed, I liked Mr Fig and Iv's friend George. The main plot, subplots and effervescent conversation made for a few hours of very enjoyable, worthwhile reading complete with a brilliant ending. I am left feeling enthusiastic to read the first in the series, Murder at Hotel 1911, as well as (im)patiently anticipating the third book. Disclosure: Thank you to Crooked Lane for providing a digital ARC of Dust to Dust by Audrey Keown, via Netgalley for review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jazz Webb

    So this was book two of the Ivy series and I feel I needed to read book 1 to fully enjoy this book. Ivy works at a hotel which used to be her families estate. She's learning more about her heritage daily. A group of gravers have booked in to bosisit historical grave and one of them gets murdered. Ivy feels the detectives are looking in the wrong place so puts her life in danger on the haunt for the killer. Look I love a crime thriller but I just wasn't keen on this receptionist / physic student So this was book two of the Ivy series and I feel I needed to read book 1 to fully enjoy this book. Ivy works at a hotel which used to be her families estate. She's learning more about her heritage daily. A group of gravers have booked in to bosisit historical grave and one of them gets murdered. Ivy feels the detectives are looking in the wrong place so puts her life in danger on the haunt for the killer. Look I love a crime thriller but I just wasn't keen on this receptionist / physic student detective work. It just felt a tad far fetched. I understand when you feel the police are looking in the wrong place but I don't know I just wasn't sold. I think I didn't like Ivy very much so that made it really hard for Mr to interact with this book. Ivy just seems all over the place and reckless. She's clearly in love with her best friend and her relationship with her dad could do with some work. It appears she got herself all entangled with a previous murder case and ended up hurt why she would do it again inky God knows. Her character would make a great detective or criminal psychology series but right now I am not a fan of her it has to be said that there is tons if potential that can come from this story and it just might know had been for me. I love action and feeling on edge until the final page. The only character I really liked was the butler but he wasn't a huge character. The author is very talented and can write extremely well. I cannot fault Audrey Keown she has a talent and its great! I may find myself giubg back to biok1 then re reading book 2 to see if it fills in the gaps I currenyly have. Would I recommend dust to dust? No I wouldn't not to those who have similar reading taste as I do, however I would recommend as a YA crime series to those who are just getting into this genre. Thanks to netgalley, Audrey Keown and the publishers for the advanced digital copy in exchange for my fair and honest opinions.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah-Grace (Azrael865)

    We return to Hotel 1911 in "Dust To Dust". The second book in the Ivy Nicohls series. I really like Ivy and all the other, regular cast, of this series. I look forward to seeing how they develop on from here. It is hard to pick a favorite, but if I did, most likely it would be Mr. Fig. In this story there is another murder and Ivy tries hard to stay out of it...until it is Mr. Fig that becomes the focus of the police. As she did in Hotel 1911, when a friend was falsely accused, she goes to the d We return to Hotel 1911 in "Dust To Dust". The second book in the Ivy Nicohls series. I really like Ivy and all the other, regular cast, of this series. I look forward to seeing how they develop on from here. It is hard to pick a favorite, but if I did, most likely it would be Mr. Fig. In this story there is another murder and Ivy tries hard to stay out of it...until it is Mr. Fig that becomes the focus of the police. As she did in Hotel 1911, when a friend was falsely accused, she goes to the defense of Mr. Fig by following her own independent investigation. I enjoy the discovery process Ivy goes through, in both her investigations, but especially in uncovering her own family history. I enjoyed the first book very much and was very happy for the chance to read this next one in the series. I enjoyed it even more than the first. Thank you to Crooked Lane Books and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this very well written Cozy Mystery.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tahera

    Dust To Dust is a new cosy mystery I have come across and is the second book in the Ivy Nichols series. I haven't read the first book but I think I will since there are references to it in terms of the underlying plot and the development of the main characters. This cosy mystery is set in a hotel called Hotel 1911 which used to be an estate of a wealthy family before being converted into a hotel. Ivy Nichols not only works here as a desk clerk but has blood ties to the family who used to own it Dust To Dust is a new cosy mystery I have come across and is the second book in the Ivy Nichols series. I haven't read the first book but I think I will since there are references to it in terms of the underlying plot and the development of the main characters. This cosy mystery is set in a hotel called Hotel 1911 which used to be an estate of a wealthy family before being converted into a hotel. Ivy Nichols not only works here as a desk clerk but has blood ties to the family who used to own it as an estate. Her family history is surrounded by mystery and she has decided to work at the hotel to familiarise herself with her once family home as well as discover the secrets of her family's past. Her amateur detective skills come in handy alongside the help provided by Mr. Figg, the hotel manager who used to work for her grandparents as their butler and together they not only try to work out her family's past but also the murders that seem to occur at the hotel. In this second installment too a murder takes place and it is upto Ivy to figure out who the culprit is before it is too late... especially for Mr. Figg who has been arrested as the main suspect for this crime. I can't say that I warmed up to the characters completely but I did find the underlying plot about Ivy's family history quite intriguing. I will read the next book to see if I do enjoy this cosy mystery series as much as the few others I have read so far. My thanks to NetGalley, the publisher Crooked Lane Books and the author Audrey Keown for the e-Arc of the book. The official publication date for the book is 10th August 2021. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐✨💫

  5. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    I thought this was so cute and so fun. I was so pulled in to the story that I didn't even try to solve it, I just loved rolling along with Ivy as she uncovered each part. I liked the duel mysteries. One locked room type of mystery and the mystery of Ivy hunting down family. They were both equally fun to try to uncover. I also liked her dad, the great personality of the hotel and the guests. I haven't read the first one, but I know I'll circle back around and read it now. I'll definitely be looki I thought this was so cute and so fun. I was so pulled in to the story that I didn't even try to solve it, I just loved rolling along with Ivy as she uncovered each part. I liked the duel mysteries. One locked room type of mystery and the mystery of Ivy hunting down family. They were both equally fun to try to uncover. I also liked her dad, the great personality of the hotel and the guests. I haven't read the first one, but I know I'll circle back around and read it now. I'll definitely be looking for more from this series! A huge thank you to the author and publisher for providing an e-ARC via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion regarding the book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    D Franklin Pack

    Once again, Audrey Keown has done the unthinkable. I am not one to read much fiction of any sort, but she has twice pulled me away from my non-fiction reading to enjoy a good mystery book. While researching my local library for books on the Prohibition era in Chattanooga, the key words I used caused me to accidently stumble across Murder At Hotel 1911, by Audrey Keown, her first book in the Ivy Nichols series of murder mysteries. Although I had no interest in a work of fiction and, as it turned Once again, Audrey Keown has done the unthinkable. I am not one to read much fiction of any sort, but she has twice pulled me away from my non-fiction reading to enjoy a good mystery book. While researching my local library for books on the Prohibition era in Chattanooga, the key words I used caused me to accidently stumble across Murder At Hotel 1911, by Audrey Keown, her first book in the Ivy Nichols series of murder mysteries. Although I had no interest in a work of fiction and, as it turned out, her book had nothing in it concerning prohibition, the summary seemed interesting enough, so I brought home a copy to read just for fun. Now, after receiving a free review copy of her second book, Dust to Dust, I am hooked and looking forward to book three. There are several reasons for this, but here are the main three: First, although the main theme of Dust to Dust is basically the same as the first book – someone gets murdered at Ivy Nichol’s place of employment which is a hotel converted from an old mansion formerly owned by her estranged family - the new group of guests at the hotel are all different from the first group but just as peculiar and fun to know. Thanks to the author’s skill in describing these characters they are easy to keep up with while not having to flip back through the pages to remember who said and did what. Second, being raised in Chattanooga, in both books it was fun to tag along with Ivy as she moved around town, sometimes on her Schwinn bike and sometimes driving her dad’s car or riding along with her long-time friend and fellow hotel worker, George (with whom she would love to become more than just friends and whom I would love to punch out). I found myself experiencing again the wooden planks, and missing planks, on the Market Street bridge; and after secretly hopping into the back seat of George’s car as he drove Ivy through the Stringer’s Ridge tunnel, I wanted to warn him to slow down because what was once called dead-man’s curve was just ahead; and I really enjoyed the trip with Ivy to the top of Lookout Mountain and visiting what was initially the prestigious Lookout Mountain Hotel, or “Castle in the Clouds”, now Covenant College. So, yes, I do admit that I enjoyed the books as murder mysteries, but the tidbits of history, not only of the Chattanooga area, but also Hotel 1911’s Greco-Roman décor (there is bound to be an image of Janus above one of those secret doorways) gave me the added excuse I needed to read them. Third, these are decently written books with no profanity. Although Dust to Dust can be read as a stand-alone, it is highly suggested to read Murder At Hotel 1911 first for maximum enjoyment.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sandi

    Dust to Dust by Audrey Keown is a lovely cozy mystery, and the second installment of the Ivy Nichols Mystery series. The author expanded on characters beautifully from the first book, Murder at Hotel 1911. Ivy reminds me a bit of Stephanie Plum, trying to solve a murder, but falling into some mishaps along the way. I love the budding relationship between her and George. Also, Ivy’s father. I look forward to reading more about their stories if we get a third installment. As for the murder, clever Dust to Dust by Audrey Keown is a lovely cozy mystery, and the second installment of the Ivy Nichols Mystery series. The author expanded on characters beautifully from the first book, Murder at Hotel 1911. Ivy reminds me a bit of Stephanie Plum, trying to solve a murder, but falling into some mishaps along the way. I love the budding relationship between her and George. Also, Ivy’s father. I look forward to reading more about their stories if we get a third installment. As for the murder, clever! The way it was done and the who did it! I wold have never guessed! I found myself so Inthralled with the story, the characters, and their development, both main characters and supporting ones-I want to be a pot smoking, skinny dipping granny- and solving the murder, that I found myself reading at every chance. I would love to be a guest at Hotel 1911 for a FAKE murder mystery weekend. Thank you Simon & Schuster, Netgalley and Audrey Keown for this advanced copy to review. Pub date for Dust to Dust is August 10.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    I was very curious about the second book in this series featuring Ivy Nichols and her zany adventures, and Dust to Dust fulfilled my expectations! Even though Ivy tries extremely hard NOT to get involved, she can’t help herself avoid becoming a detective in solving another murder. And, yet again, she attempts to save someone very important in her life. This book expanded on the characters from Hotel 1911 but also brought in new, and some quirky, personalities. Mr. Fig won my heart in the first b I was very curious about the second book in this series featuring Ivy Nichols and her zany adventures, and Dust to Dust fulfilled my expectations! Even though Ivy tries extremely hard NOT to get involved, she can’t help herself avoid becoming a detective in solving another murder. And, yet again, she attempts to save someone very important in her life. This book expanded on the characters from Hotel 1911 but also brought in new, and some quirky, personalities. Mr. Fig won my heart in the first book but he sure has a surprising part in this book. The real twist, however, is at the end--a true shocker that made me ready to buy the next book! How the author keeps all the facts straight and delivers new clues along the way, kept me reading and wanting more. Dust to Dust is a quick, light, and sometimes humorous read that I highly recommend. And, please Audrey Keown, don’t make me wait too long for book three!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Johnny Payne

    Although I did not read Keown's first book in this series, Murder at Hotel 1911, I found myself absorbed in the thoughts and life of the series protagonist Ivy Nichols in Dust to Dust. I live in the town on which the story is based and through Keown's incredibly contented and charming writing, I found myself projecting the story into familiar locations I have visited in real life. I also appreciated Ivy's portrayal of vulnerability, her wrestling with and growing through her experience of mental Although I did not read Keown's first book in this series, Murder at Hotel 1911, I found myself absorbed in the thoughts and life of the series protagonist Ivy Nichols in Dust to Dust. I live in the town on which the story is based and through Keown's incredibly contented and charming writing, I found myself projecting the story into familiar locations I have visited in real life. I also appreciated Ivy's portrayal of vulnerability, her wrestling with and growing through her experience of mental health challenges. I found Ivy's character incredibly relatable and well-developed. Dust to Dust is charming, a truly welcome story in which to immerse yourself.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    In my personal opinion, the author has really gotten it together this time! The main characters are more solid, the transitory ones more interesting (let me tell you about the naked grannies in the public pool who smoke weed in their room). The publisher's blurb is pretty good so there's no need to go over that again and spoilers are silly. The twin mysteries are: the murder of one of the guests/police management of the investigation, and Ivy's need to investigate her own family history. There i In my personal opinion, the author has really gotten it together this time! The main characters are more solid, the transitory ones more interesting (let me tell you about the naked grannies in the public pool who smoke weed in their room). The publisher's blurb is pretty good so there's no need to go over that again and spoilers are silly. The twin mysteries are: the murder of one of the guests/police management of the investigation, and Ivy's need to investigate her own family history. There is misdirection and red herrings as expected but sneakier this time (that's a good thing). This one I loved! I requested and received a free temporary ebook copy from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    I SO wanted to like these books and I was really hoping that this book would be better than the first one; sadly, that was not the case. Where I neither loved or hated the first one, it was a lot better than this one. I am not sure how Ivy can get away with all that she does in a city like Chattanooga [where one hopes the police are better than the ones portrayed in these books] with no repercussions and basically with support of everyone around her [including, it seems, the police]. The situati I SO wanted to like these books and I was really hoping that this book would be better than the first one; sadly, that was not the case. Where I neither loved or hated the first one, it was a lot better than this one. I am not sure how Ivy can get away with all that she does in a city like Chattanooga [where one hopes the police are better than the ones portrayed in these books] with no repercussions and basically with support of everyone around her [including, it seems, the police]. The situations she continually puts herself in, the lies she convinces herself are okay to tell, the actions she also convinces herself are okay all add up to a really disbelievable book AND a rather frustrating read. Add in the "mystery" around her father and it was just too much. I highly doubt I will be reading any more of these. Thank you to NetGalley, Audrey Keown, and Crooked Lane Books for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gerrie

    3.75 stars Dust to Dust by Audrey Keown is an enjoyable mystery novel and the second in a series. I liked the vintage 1911 hotel/mansion and the intrepid protagonist Ivy Nichols. That said, I think I need to seek out and read the first book in this series to better understand the setting (Chattanooga, Tennessee) and the characters. This author has a bright writing style with clever turns of phrase and keeps the mystery story moving nicely, without sacrificing character development. I recommend thi 3.75 stars Dust to Dust by Audrey Keown is an enjoyable mystery novel and the second in a series. I liked the vintage 1911 hotel/mansion and the intrepid protagonist Ivy Nichols. That said, I think I need to seek out and read the first book in this series to better understand the setting (Chattanooga, Tennessee) and the characters. This author has a bright writing style with clever turns of phrase and keeps the mystery story moving nicely, without sacrificing character development. I recommend this book to readers of cozy mysteries with a charming setting and a resourceful heroine. Thank you to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for the ARC. This is my honest opinion.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Annarella

    This series is becoming very interesting and the second installment is even better than the first. The author is a good storyteller and she delivers a riveting and entertaining mystery. Good character and plot development, an interesting setting. Recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

  14. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Leighty

    Earth to Earth. Ashes to Ashes. Dust to Dust. Everything that has life will one day come to an end. In Audrey Keown’s second novel in the Ivy Nichols series, Dust to Dust, our intrepid heroine finds herself once again up to her lace collared neckline in murder at the place of her employment, Hotel 1911. Follow Ivy as the mystery of her past and the mystery in the present become intertwined. Lines become blurred. Truths becomes lies. Revenge is silent and deadly. I was so pleased to receive an ad Earth to Earth. Ashes to Ashes. Dust to Dust. Everything that has life will one day come to an end. In Audrey Keown’s second novel in the Ivy Nichols series, Dust to Dust, our intrepid heroine finds herself once again up to her lace collared neckline in murder at the place of her employment, Hotel 1911. Follow Ivy as the mystery of her past and the mystery in the present become intertwined. Lines become blurred. Truths becomes lies. Revenge is silent and deadly. I was so pleased to receive an advanced copy of this book so I could revisit my favorite characters and the splendor of the majestic Hotel 1911. I look forward to the next installment.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Eileen Doyle

    I really enjoyed this book. It's one of those spectacular instances where the second book in a series improves upon the first. I will definitely be watching this author. Here's my review. No spoilers. The second in the Ivy Nichols series, Dust to Dust revisits the Hotel 1911, a fictious grand house hotel set in Chattanooga in the vein of the Biltmore Estate. Ivy Nichols is back at work at the Hotel 1911 as a period-costumed clerk, and she is also back at her sleuthing around another murder. This h I really enjoyed this book. It's one of those spectacular instances where the second book in a series improves upon the first. I will definitely be watching this author. Here's my review. No spoilers. The second in the Ivy Nichols series, Dust to Dust revisits the Hotel 1911, a fictious grand house hotel set in Chattanooga in the vein of the Biltmore Estate. Ivy Nichols is back at work at the Hotel 1911 as a period-costumed clerk, and she is also back at her sleuthing around another murder. This hotel has got to be cursed! The second death of a guest in a year finds some return characters from Murder at Hotel 1911 in the hot seat again. But this time, Mr. Fig, the fastidious and proper butler has been accused of the crime and jailed. Ivy races to clear his name and get him released. Ms. Keown has reunited a colorful cast of characters, who feel familiar, but not dull. Both Mr. Fig and Ivy’s father have secrets revealed that dramatically change Ivy’s perception of them. And her friend George has a surprise for her. While she may have seen it coming, it still shakes Ivy’s world. The true test of a series is to have characters that continue to change and to reveal interesting aspects of themselves. The core recurring characters in this series, Ivy, Paul Nichols (her father), George and Mr. Fig all do this and do it well. The hotel, interestingly enough, achieved a certain status as a non-human character in the first book in the series, and it, like its human counterparts, also revealed some surprises. Of course, the guests, a group of gravestone enthusiasts, added their own color to the mix. Truth be told, I had some trouble keeping them straight early on. To Ms. Keown’s credit, by the midway point in the book, I had a firm handle on who was who. Such is the challenge of the hotel model. Everyone checked in on the same day, which means they were all introduced in a short span. Ms. Keown also weaves together both the main plot, which is the murder of a guest, and three continuing subplots in the series, exploring Ivy’s battle with anxiety, her compulsion to learn more about her mysterious family and her deepening relationship with her friend George. All were handled with grace and all came together in a satisfying end, without tying the larger subplots too tight. I look forward to Ivy’s continued exploits, the next murder at the hotel, and perhaps more of the wider Chattanooga setting in the next book. I received an advance copy of this book to review. The book is available August 10, 2021.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gayvin Powers

    I enjoyed this fun, quick read. I enjoyed book 1 so much that my book club is reading it this year. No doubt that they will want to read book 2 as well. I enjoy reading Audrey Keown's work. She's a clean, clear writer. She doesn't have excess scenes and keeps the plot tight. I love her cliff hanger at the end! It makes me wonder what will happen in book 3. I can't wait to read it! Here's why I gave it 5 Stars: - Love the characters. I love Mr. Figg's role in this book and how Audrey weaves in her I enjoyed this fun, quick read. I enjoyed book 1 so much that my book club is reading it this year. No doubt that they will want to read book 2 as well. I enjoy reading Audrey Keown's work. She's a clean, clear writer. She doesn't have excess scenes and keeps the plot tight. I love her cliff hanger at the end! It makes me wonder what will happen in book 3. I can't wait to read it! Here's why I gave it 5 Stars: - Love the characters. I love Mr. Figg's role in this book and how Audrey weaves in her father. - Fantastic dual mysteries. I love that there is the physical mystery that takes place at Hotel 1911. And I adore that Ivy continues to uncover the mystery of her family and heritage. - Audrey's writing is clean and moves quick. - The plot is tight. - Story is fun and engaging. - I didn't want to put the book down. I kept reading despite having an upcoming appointment. - I appreciate Audrey bringing in psychology! I found it interesting. The story kept moving. - I also enjoyed that the author continues to address Ivy's anxiety. I love that the story isn't all about someone with anxiety. Instead, anxiety is only one aspect of Ivy's multi-dimensional, likable personality. It's a great reflection of how people are in life and normalizes people's struggles with mental health. Such a well done and commendable aspect to Keown's writing and this book. - The setting, imagination, history, and richness that the author creates. I feel like I'm in that location and want to stay at Hotel 1911 -- just not in any of the rooms where people die. - The cast of characters from the Gravedigger's Society? Kept me guessing. - The older women and the pool? So fun! - The garden and statues? Very cool and creative. - And just what IS in the basement? Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us in book 3! Kudos to Audrey Keown for a fun mystery. After the cliff hanger, I can't wait to see what is revealed in future books! Thank you to Audrey Keown and Crooked Lane for providing an e-ARC via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion regarding the book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Flanagan

    Spies, lies, and alibies. It’s back to Chattanooga Tennessee and the loveable yet quirky staff of Hotel 1911 in the second installment of Audrey Keown's Ivy Nichols mystery series. Yet another murder has occurred at Hotel 1911. And despite her best efforts, Ivy Nichols becomes involved in the investigation when the hotel’s loyal manager and one of her only links to her family’s past, Mr. Fig, is arrested for the crime. One of my favorite things about this book was how seamlessly the beginning of Spies, lies, and alibies. It’s back to Chattanooga Tennessee and the loveable yet quirky staff of Hotel 1911 in the second installment of Audrey Keown's Ivy Nichols mystery series. Yet another murder has occurred at Hotel 1911. And despite her best efforts, Ivy Nichols becomes involved in the investigation when the hotel’s loyal manager and one of her only links to her family’s past, Mr. Fig, is arrested for the crime. One of my favorite things about this book was how seamlessly the beginning of this book fit with the end of the first book. Despite it being almost a year since I read the first book in the series, when I opened Dust to Dust I felt as if I had never left. Hotel 1911 is just as it was and the, mostly (I’m looking at you Doyle), loveable and quirky cast is back. It was delightful to learn more about the people we met in the first book who work at the hotel. I found myself falling in love with some of these characters all over again. I would say that was my favorite part. The main thing that disappointed me about this book is that it had a slow start, despite a murder taking place in the first few chapters. It wasn’t until I was almost halfway through the book that I got to the “I can’t put this down” stage. But one I did, I really couldn’t put it down. As with the first book, I liked the murder mystery and how that was wrapped up. But I found myself much more invested in Ivy’s personal story with this book. I preferred when she was solving mysteries surrounding her family as opposed to the murder itself. I loved the twist at the end. Audrey Keown does such a great job at dropping clues along the way but still surprising me with the twist at the end of the book. I would have liked for the ending to feel more like an ending and less like the end of a chapter. But I can’t wait to see where it goes. I’m excited to see what Keown has in store for Ivy, and her readers, in future books. Thank you to the author and publisher, Crooked Lane, for providing an e-ARC via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion regarding the book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jean Kolinofsky

    Welcome to Hotel 1911. It is known for its’ authentic period decor and appropriately clad staff but there is also murder. Hotel clerk Ivy Nichols has been involved with a murder in the past and has vowed not to let it happen again. Then Mr. Fig, the hotel’s manager and Ivy’s friend, is arrested. Despite college classes, therapy sessions for anxiety and her work, she is sure of his innocence and vows to clear him. The victim is with a group of members from the Association for Gravestone Studies t Welcome to Hotel 1911. It is known for its’ authentic period decor and appropriately clad staff but there is also murder. Hotel clerk Ivy Nichols has been involved with a murder in the past and has vowed not to let it happen again. Then Mr. Fig, the hotel’s manager and Ivy’s friend, is arrested. Despite college classes, therapy sessions for anxiety and her work, she is sure of his innocence and vows to clear him. The victim is with a group of members from the Association for Gravestone Studies that is staying at the hotel during their annual convention. At the time of her murder, the group was touring historic graves on the hotel’s grounds while Mr. Fig was tending the desk and was the last person to see her alive. Hotel 1911 was once an estate that belonged to the Morrow family. Ivy is the granddaughter of the last Morrows to own the property and is working there while trying to learn more about her family. As a young man, Mr. Fig was already working for the family and although he is reluctant to talk about the Morrows he does give Ivy some direction on her search. Her mother left when she was a child and she has trouble forming attachments to anyone, but she has close feelings for Mr. Fig. She is also experiencing feelings for George, the hotel’s chef, and calls on him to help in her investigation. Most of the hotel’s guests have connections and secrets that lead Ivy down different paths. The owner of a security company and her husband employed the victim. Her boyfriend appeared domineering and she had recently turned down his proposal. The two elderly women in the group have opinions that they are happy to share with Ivy. There is blackmail, embezzlement, illegal drugs and a vendetta instigated by an action years earlier. Ivy must make a connection between crudely drawn pictures that have appeared taped to the hotel’s walls, a blonde wig and a volume of poetry to clear Mr. Fig. She is a woman who is determined to right a wrong and will have you cheering her endeavors. I would like to thank NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for providing this book for my review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Get ready to check into Hotel 1911 and be assured that murder will be part of your stay. Have no fear, though, Ivy has already proved herself to be a dab hand at detecting and she will unmask the killer. When the Pittsburgh chapter of the Assoc. of Gravestone Studies arrives in Chattanooga to attend their national convention they will be staying at Hotel 1911. Once the family estate of the Morrow family, it has been converted to a boutique hotel with all things 1911. Nothing like a computer at th Get ready to check into Hotel 1911 and be assured that murder will be part of your stay. Have no fear, though, Ivy has already proved herself to be a dab hand at detecting and she will unmask the killer. When the Pittsburgh chapter of the Assoc. of Gravestone Studies arrives in Chattanooga to attend their national convention they will be staying at Hotel 1911. Once the family estate of the Morrow family, it has been converted to a boutique hotel with all things 1911. Nothing like a computer at the reception desk - all must be in the period of 1911. That includes wearing period garb. Ivy and Mr. Fig, the hotel butler/manager, are at the front, greeting guests and keeping things running as smoothly as possible. Then a guest turns up dead. One of the draws for this current group of guests is the Morrow family graveyard but upon their return, one of their party is found dead. Ivy is more than willing to let the police do their job...until Mr. Fig becomes a prime suspect. Well Ivy knows that simply isn't possible and she sets out to track down another killer. Controlling her ever present anxiety attacks and a busy schedule, she follows clues including a wig, an old book and some strange drawings scattered around the hotel. The fact that Mr. Fig appears to be the only person who could have reached the victims room at the time seems to be a major hurdle. Ivy has to be very careful sorting through a lot of hidden secrets and some belong to Mr. Fig. She has to unmask the killer before she becomes the next corpse in Hotel 1911. Even though this is the second book in this wonderful series, it stands on its own. Ivy and Mr. Fig are well defined characters and the mystery set before them is very well crafted. I'm looking forward to more visits to Hotel 1911. My thanks to the publisher Crooked Lane and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    gwendalyn _books_

    Dust to Dust by Audrey Keown Dust to Dust by Audrey Keown Thanks to the author and @crookedlanebooks for my treasured copy. Dust to Dust by Audrey Keown is the latest installment in the Ivy Nicholas mystery series, that is set at the period-themed hotel 1911 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ivy Nicholls, is a descendent of the original owners, “The Morrors” of a period themed hotel 1911. Her great-greatgrandparents owned the mansion that is now a lovely historical hotel that she is a hotel clerk for. Wh Dust to Dust by Audrey Keown Dust to Dust by Audrey Keown Thanks to the author and @crookedlanebooks for my treasured copy. Dust to Dust by Audrey Keown is the latest installment in the Ivy Nicholas mystery series, that is set at the period-themed hotel 1911 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ivy Nicholls, is a descendent of the original owners, “The Morrors” of a period themed hotel 1911. Her great-greatgrandparents owned the mansion that is now a lovely historical hotel that she is a hotel clerk for. When a convention of the Gravestone Friends, of Greater Pittsburgh, check into the Hotel, things take off. Ivy reluctantly becomes involved in solving another mystery when a dear friend is accused. An intriguing cozy mystery that surpassed all my expectations. Written in such away that you fall in love with characters and are led on a merry romp in this very entertaining book. Audrey Keown deftly weaves a tension filled storyline. The main protagonist Ivy Nicholas is a snarky completely relatable voice. Keown does a superb job dropping clues along the way, and I really enjoyed how the Book unfolded. An intriguing cozy mystery that surpassed all my expectations. Written in such away that you fall in love with characters and are led on a merry romp in this very entertaining book. Highly recommend this book ! #dusttodust #hotel1911 #ivynichols #mysteryseries #mysterybooks #newbooks #mustread #gwendalyn_books_ #audreykeown #bookstagram

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    From the first arresting sentence to the author's notes at the end, this engaging and cozy book is chock full of clever witticisms and interest. Some bits were downright funny! I just love the author's sense of humour. Hotel 1911 is the setting for this story. Those who work there dress in period costumes which sometimes garner flattery, other times eye rolling from their guests. Grave guests (!) arrive for a conference and tour various graves in town, including those on the hotel grounds. But th From the first arresting sentence to the author's notes at the end, this engaging and cozy book is chock full of clever witticisms and interest. Some bits were downright funny! I just love the author's sense of humour. Hotel 1911 is the setting for this story. Those who work there dress in period costumes which sometimes garner flattery, other times eye rolling from their guests. Grave guests (!) arrive for a conference and tour various graves in town, including those on the hotel grounds. But they don't expect to find a very dead body. According to police, Mr. Fig seems to fit the suspect bill and he is promptly arrested. Ivy Nichols, the flawed and likeable protagonist, works at the hotel as well and cannot believe Mr. Fig is guilty. So, using her sleuthish skills she sifts through layer after layer of secrets and discovers more to than "just" murder. The ending is brilliant and leaves me anticipating the third book. Cozy mystery readers ought to prioritize this charming and fun book. It is not super duper ultra cozy but definitely in the cozy class. I like that it contains oomph and substance as well as great descriptions. My sincere thank you to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for the privilege of reading this delightful book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Who wouldn’t want to see the nooks and crannies of a murder site? Descriptions of the Hotel 1911 layout make me wish this was a real hotel that I could make a reservation and then explore both the inside and outside of it. And as someone who lives near Chattanooga I love the references to Chattanooga landmarks. I can just picture where the Hotel 1911 must stand. The mystery of who is the murderer is fun to try to solve, is it another guest, staff member, or some local? But the history of the hote Who wouldn’t want to see the nooks and crannies of a murder site? Descriptions of the Hotel 1911 layout make me wish this was a real hotel that I could make a reservation and then explore both the inside and outside of it. And as someone who lives near Chattanooga I love the references to Chattanooga landmarks. I can just picture where the Hotel 1911 must stand. The mystery of who is the murderer is fun to try to solve, is it another guest, staff member, or some local? But the history of the hotel and its previous owners is even more intriguing to me. I liked this second book even more than the first in the Ivy Nichols series. The author, Audrey Keown, goes deeper this time giving us more background on the characters and their family history. “Dust to Dust” tells you all the pertinent information from the first book without overdoing it. You could read this one without having to read “Murder at Hotel 1911” first. I can’t wait for the next book so I can learn even more, especially about Mr. Fig. Maybe I will get lucky and receive a free review copy like I did for this one.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carol White

    I had such fun reading this delightful amateur sleuth mystery set in Chattanooga, TN, by author Audrey Keown. It has everything I enjoy in a good mystery: A relatable amateur sleuth, well developed--and sometimes downright quirky--secondary characters, and an atmospheric setting. This is the second in a series set at period themed Hotel 1911. Ivy Nichols is a college-aged protagonist with an anxiety disorder and family secrets tied to the hotel. I enjoyed helping Ivy discover who strangled one o I had such fun reading this delightful amateur sleuth mystery set in Chattanooga, TN, by author Audrey Keown. It has everything I enjoy in a good mystery: A relatable amateur sleuth, well developed--and sometimes downright quirky--secondary characters, and an atmospheric setting. This is the second in a series set at period themed Hotel 1911. Ivy Nichols is a college-aged protagonist with an anxiety disorder and family secrets tied to the hotel. I enjoyed helping Ivy discover who strangled one of the hotel guests, a member of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies. The beloved hotel manager, Mr. Fig, is accused of the murder and Ivy is determined to exonerate him. Meanwhile, Ivy develops romantic feelings for her best friend and hotel chef, George, which complicates everything. The author leaves just enough questions unanswered, that I can’t wait to find out what happens in the third book of this series. I received a free copy of this book for a review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stasia Mento-Moloney

    Another must read book by Audrey Keown. Just like Murder at Hotel 1911 this book won't disappoint. Ivy Nichols is delving into her own family history while trying to solve a murder. What she stumbles upon is mind blowing and I would have never thought that she would unearth so many interesting artifacts. From the minute I started the book, I was intrigued. I also think that Ivy dealing with her own anxiety is refreshing; so many mysteries deal with those with disabilities that cause harm to othe Another must read book by Audrey Keown. Just like Murder at Hotel 1911 this book won't disappoint. Ivy Nichols is delving into her own family history while trying to solve a murder. What she stumbles upon is mind blowing and I would have never thought that she would unearth so many interesting artifacts. From the minute I started the book, I was intrigued. I also think that Ivy dealing with her own anxiety is refreshing; so many mysteries deal with those with disabilities that cause harm to others. In Audrey's debut novel and this one Ivy doesn't cause harm to other, she uses it to her advantage and at times quoting Jung and working through her anxiety at different points in the book. Personally, I think that what Ivy encounters during her investigation helps to make her a stronger person and comes to the realization that she can cope. Audrey can bring the past to the present and delve into family history with a unique twist. I can't wait for Ivy Nichols Mystery #3.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lois

    Murder strikes again at the Hotel 1911! After a guest is murdered at the hotel, Ivy Nichols again dons her detective cap in order to clear a friend wrongly accused of the crime. Ivy, in her own charming way, is more like Lucille Ball than Sherlock Holmes as she continually finds herself in trouble. Her sleuthing takes the reader on a madcap rollercoaster ride as she unravels threads of evidence. Author Audrey Keown provides richer character development with returning characters while leaving lots Murder strikes again at the Hotel 1911! After a guest is murdered at the hotel, Ivy Nichols again dons her detective cap in order to clear a friend wrongly accused of the crime. Ivy, in her own charming way, is more like Lucille Ball than Sherlock Holmes as she continually finds herself in trouble. Her sleuthing takes the reader on a madcap rollercoaster ride as she unravels threads of evidence. Author Audrey Keown provides richer character development with returning characters while leaving lots of room for further growth. She also treats her readers to a quirky cast of new hotel guests. There are many twists and turns in this book, some completely unrelated to the crime at hand. This reader found some of these plot twists to be wonderfully unexpected! Before starting this book, I reread murder at Hotel 1911. As an avid reader, I am happy to say that this sequel, Dust to Dust, can definitely stand on its own. I can’t wait to see where Keown takes Ivy - and her readers - next!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    Like any amateur sleuth, Ivy Nichols regularly finds herself in precarious situations and just can’t seem to resist getting involved in order to defend and protect those she loves. This brave and loyal protagonist is all the more endearing as she struggles and works through mental illness. I so appreciate Keown’s care to work mental illness and it’s treatment into her writing. Though it might be best to read this book only after reading the first book, Murder at Hotel 1911, I’m sure you’ll find Like any amateur sleuth, Ivy Nichols regularly finds herself in precarious situations and just can’t seem to resist getting involved in order to defend and protect those she loves. This brave and loyal protagonist is all the more endearing as she struggles and works through mental illness. I so appreciate Keown’s care to work mental illness and it’s treatment into her writing. Though it might be best to read this book only after reading the first book, Murder at Hotel 1911, I’m sure you’ll find yourself, as I did, drawn into this mysterious and beautiful hotel and the secrets it holds. I enjoyed the development of the characters from the first book and can’t wait to read what Keown brings us next! *I received an advanced copy in agreement to leave a honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alexanderia

    Thanks NetGalley for this ARC!! I enjoyed every moment of this book and would eagerly pick up another book by this author. I enjoyed the thought of staying in a period themed hotel and the descriptions of the hotel and city were spot on. Ivy felt like a real friend and a genuine person. Someone just trying to live her life balancing work, family, and mental health like so many of us do every day. I enjoyed the twists of the story that really had me guessing who the murderer was and how all the p Thanks NetGalley for this ARC!! I enjoyed every moment of this book and would eagerly pick up another book by this author. I enjoyed the thought of staying in a period themed hotel and the descriptions of the hotel and city were spot on. Ivy felt like a real friend and a genuine person. Someone just trying to live her life balancing work, family, and mental health like so many of us do every day. I enjoyed the twists of the story that really had me guessing who the murderer was and how all the pieces would fit together. Looking forward to the next book!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    This is the second book in the Ivy Nichols series. This book can be read as a stand alone. I have not read the first in series and I enjoyed this book . Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley. My review opinions are my own. Ivy fancies herself a amature detective. When another murder occurs at her historic hotel and her good friend Mr. Fig is suspected Ivy is determined to clear his name . As suspects abound and red herrings perplex Ivy she eventually makes progress to finding the rightfu This is the second book in the Ivy Nichols series. This book can be read as a stand alone. I have not read the first in series and I enjoyed this book . Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley. My review opinions are my own. Ivy fancies herself a amature detective. When another murder occurs at her historic hotel and her good friend Mr. Fig is suspected Ivy is determined to clear his name . As suspects abound and red herrings perplex Ivy she eventually makes progress to finding the rightful suspect. This book also has Ivy looking into her family history with surprising results. A very enjoyable cozy read with a pleasing conclusion..

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tessa

    I fell hard for Audrey Keown’s first Ivy Nichols mystery (MURDER AT HOTEL 1911), and was thrilled to get my hands on the sequel. DUST TO DUST takes readers back to the Chattanooga hotel where Ivy — who has family ties to the historic site — works the front desk. When a group of “gravers” (aka gravestone enthusiasts) comes to town, one of their members turns up dead and Ivy’s beloved hotel manager is falsely accused. But Ivy’s not taking the mistake lying down. It’s Downton Abbey meets Clue with I fell hard for Audrey Keown’s first Ivy Nichols mystery (MURDER AT HOTEL 1911), and was thrilled to get my hands on the sequel. DUST TO DUST takes readers back to the Chattanooga hotel where Ivy — who has family ties to the historic site — works the front desk. When a group of “gravers” (aka gravestone enthusiasts) comes to town, one of their members turns up dead and Ivy’s beloved hotel manager is falsely accused. But Ivy’s not taking the mistake lying down. It’s Downton Abbey meets Clue with a dash of Agatha Christie, and I’m here for it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Linda Prindle

    I really liked this book. I didn't realize it was book two in the series until after I posted it on Goodreads. Now I want to read book one as well. The main character Ivy is my favorite. She is easy to like and my heart feels for her throughout the book. The writing was very good. I was intrigued from page one and wanted to know how it would all come together. I finished the book in one day and I definitely would recommend this cozy mystery. #dusttodust #netgalley I really liked this book. I didn't realize it was book two in the series until after I posted it on Goodreads. Now I want to read book one as well. The main character Ivy is my favorite. She is easy to like and my heart feels for her throughout the book. The writing was very good. I was intrigued from page one and wanted to know how it would all come together. I finished the book in one day and I definitely would recommend this cozy mystery. #dusttodust #netgalley

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