Weeping

Fritillary “Tilly” Quilter, fresh from the suburbs, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, was born to do only one thing: Investigate fires.

Tilly has a nose for arson, an eye for burn patterns, and the good fortune to be paired with Ike Blessing, the retired fire marshal and arson expert engaged by her insurance company to investigate the Browning residence: A fire on the Fourth of July. A beautiful actress. A love triangle.

And an inexplicable corpse in a room that nobody could have entered.

Tilly and Ike take us from a Victorian mansion in Riverdale, to the imaginary planet of Tyrangea, to Broadway, to Brooklyn Heights, and then back again to Riverdale, as they wade through contradictory evidence and piece together clues of a fire that couldn’t possibly have happened. Or could it?

Written by a real-life fire investigator, Weeping is fueled with fascinating fire forensics and characters so engaging, you will want to come back for more.

Praise for Weeping

“In this articulate, intelligent, and simpatico first-person narrative, insurance claims investigator Fritillary “Tilly” Quilter shares a case with independent arson pro Ike Blessing – Tilly and Ike’s astute observations, coupled with wry humor, snappy repartee, and clever plotting, makes this a winner.”  Library Journal

“Fans of procedurals will love the step-by-step detail as Tillary puzzles out the case, but the best aspect of the story is the keen pupil-revered teacher relationship between Tillary and Ike. A triumphant series debut whose grim subject matter is overshadowed by its life-affirming heroine.” Booklist Magazine 

“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.”  The Drood Review