Under The Ashes

Who poisoned Nick Fagan?

Nick Fagan died from eating the veal morel at The Arboretum, one of the finest restaurants in northern Michigan. His wife, Molly, said it was an accident, but was it?
Molly hires Burr Lafayette, a brilliant but troubled lawyer, to help her collect on Nick’s life insurance policy. But the life insurance company refuses to pay and says that Molly put poisoned mushrooms in Nick’s veal morel.

The Charlevoix County prosecutor arrests Molly and charges her with first-degree murder. Burr finds himself dragged into another murder case. A man at loose ends, Burr is the deposed head of a premier Detroit law firm. He prefers dogs, boats, women, and wine over a courtroom, but he’s a brilliant litigator.

Nick owned the most successful radio station in northern Michigan. He was a ruthless competitor and had more than his share of enemies. Burr also discovers that Nick may not have been the perfect husband and that Molly may have had her own reasons for killing him. Burr does his best to defend her, but he can’t believe a word she says.

Under The Ashes is the fifth book in the award-winning Burr Lafayette Mystery series. Critics call Cutter’s books, “pure Michigan.” A legal thriller full of suspects and a plot that twists and turns until the last page, Under The Ashes is Presumed Innocent and Murder On The Orient Express rolled into one.


Under The Ashes

“Under the Ashes is like a good gin and tonic: clean, crisp, and with a bite.”

~ Steven Pruett, Executive Chairman, Cox MediaGroup

“A riveting page turner with surprising twists and turns.”

~ Leland K. Bassett, President, Bassett Entertainment Group

“Strong dialogue and an insider’s sense of place make Under The Ashes Cutter’s most convincing ‘whodunnit’ yet.”

~ Bear River Literary

“A spicy dish of intrigue , jealousy, and murder.”

~ Ben Beversluis, Editor, Grand Rapids Press, retired

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