LIVING ASHES by ROBIN ROUGHLEY #CrimeThriller @RobRoughley

Living Ashes (DS Lasser series Book 13) by [Roughley, Robin]


Christmas in Wigan the snow is falling the Christmas market is doing a roaring trade. Soon the snow will be stained red, someone is out to settle old scores, someone, who cares little for the lives of others. The threads will pull Lasser into a past so twisted that he fears he will never find a way back to the here and now. As the church bells chime and the town in buried under a blanket of white he must trust his instincts to get to the truth before it is too late. But sometimes even gut feelings can’t be relied upon to save the innocent.


Oh Wow! Reading a D.S. Lasser novel to me is like a box of chocolates, a very large one. I know that once I open it I won’t stop until the end and there is no more left.

When a young couple are brutally attacked in a multi story car park it puts into action a chain of events that will change and destroy so many more lives, including those of the investigation team. This is the thirteenth novel of the D.S. Lasser series which just continues to give me those OMG moments and a stunning ending when it all comes together. I love this down to earth team especially the sarcastic banter between Lasser and Bannister. I wouldn’t want to give away any story but there are definitely more of the ‘I didn’t see that coming moments’. Brilliant! Lasser is going to be faced with some pretty wicked decisions too, it just doesn’t get better!

I have loved this whole series and pine for the next book as soon as I finish one. Robin Roughley provides his readers with balanced all round entertainment, from gruesome murders to the continual difficult love lives of the investigation team. A no heirs and graces novel that is violent and has swearing in it which gives it all a more authentic feel. This story is set in the heart of winter with it’s beauty and all the chaos that goes with it too. A perfect read leading up to xmas.


Robin Roughley lives in Wigan in the the North West of England (God’s coal bunker) though he hopes to one day be released for good behaviour.
He is the author of eleven crime/thriller novels featuring DS Lasser. The novels are set between the run down streets of a northern town and the beautiful yet desolate west Pennine moors.
If you love your crime fiction crammed with square jawed heroes driving flash cars and glorious women who shimmer with inner light, then the DS Lasser novels are probably not for you.
However, if you prefer your characters to be flawed, with a sprinkling of dandruff and old acne scars,the plots to be laced with dark humour, then give them a try.
1 The Needle House
2 The Way that it Falls
3 Tethered to the Dead.
4 Twisted
5 More Equal than Others
6 Vanished Beneath
7 Riven
8 Bad Self
9 Crave
10 Moment Back
11 Conspiracy of Ravens

12 Dark Necessities
Please feel free to contact me at you can also keep in touch via facebook Robin Roughley author, or twitter @robroughley or at
Many thanks for taking the time to read the books and I look forward to hearing from you.

4 thoughts on “LIVING ASHES by ROBIN ROUGHLEY #CrimeThriller @RobRoughley

  1. This sounds so good! I love detective series where there’s banter between the detectives, especially if it’s male and female ones and the difficult love lives of the investigation team sounds good also. Do these need to be read in order? Great Review!!


    1. No can be read as standard alone. Robin is a full time writer and been signed with Bloodhound books last week to create a new series in the new year.
      This is my favourite series. The Needle House, the first in the series is free today on Amazon xx

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