Kirkus “…the 1923 murder of a Civil War veteran leaves a trail of conspiracy, cover-up and corruption stretching from the Battle of Gettysburg to the halls of the Harding-era Congress and the fledgling Bureau of Investigation (precursor to the FBI). It is no mean feat, however, that despite myriad plot devices and a prodigious volume of historical detail – military maneuvers, weaponry, early FBI forensics practices, books of the time – Ashby maintains the story’s forward momentum and clarity. Real people, real events and the still-charged reverberations of the Civil War provide a provocative framework for a 1920s-era mystery neatly told with meticulous historical detail and enjoyable twists.” (read full review)
“Timothy Ashby’s new novel, Devil’s Den, is the perfect summer read, not in any pejorative sense, but because it takes place during the steamy dog days of late June and early July. You can feel the heat waves wafting through the scenes of 1920s Washington,DC, as well as the torrid cauldron that was Gettysburg in July 1863. Also, in the best summer-reading sense, Tim’s novel is one of those few books you literally cannot put down; this Civil War buff devoured the whole book in 3 days. As I read Tim’s book, it occurred to me that this is the historical novel I wish I’d written.… Devil’s Den: a tour de force of historical fiction. Make sure you read it this summer.“ (read full review) A Novel Source
If you’re looking for a slightly different suspense/thriller I recommend checking out Devil’s Den. The writing is sharp, the plot is excellent and moves forward in a manner that carries the reader late into the night.… I was actually impressed that a man wrote the love scenes with such controlled passion, yet sexiness and taste.” (read full review)
‘As Devil’s Den was Mr. Ashby’s first novel in what I hope to be an on-going BI series focusing on Agent Armitage, I imagine the good agent will grow and develop as a character.”
Civil War News
“I found this an exciting and entertaining book, even though it is not really a Civil War novel. It is more of a traditional mystery with a Civil War background. Had it not been so long, at 490 pages, I would have read it at one sitting.
This is definitely a worthy effort that will entertain most Civil War readers, and I highly recommend that you get a copy and enjoy. I am looking forward to a sequel.” (read full review) Stainless Banner “This book, Devil’s Den, has all the suspense of a great mystery book. I found it as interesting as reading one of John Grisham’s books . . . .Each chapter ends with a cliff-hanging suspense that draws you to read more! Without revealing more about what happened and who the villain really was, it is recommended that you read it yourself if you are interested in unraveling a maze of conspiracy, corruption, and murder. . . .I commend the author,Timothy Ashby, for his book that I found worth reading. Note that Timothy Ashby is a descendant of General Turner Ashby.” (read full review)