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Murder Bay: A Ben Carey Mystery Kindle Edition

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From Publishers Weekly

A new publisher launches the impressive first in a historical series, which effortlessly alternates between Washington, D.C., in 1862 and the same city 95 years later. In 1957, Ben Carey, an ambitious young beat cop with a troubled marriage, becomes the head of a new planning unit that hopes to obtain funding for innovative police programs. When his wife kicks him out, Carey bunks in the decrepit Victorian mansion that houses his unit, only to find the building apparently haunted by the spirit of Mordechai Finkel, heir to a department store fortune, who died there from wounds sustained in the second battle of Bull Run. After a little digging, Carey comes to suspect that Finkel was murdered and takes a break from his official duties to solve the nearly-century-old cold case. While the supernatural aspect won't be to everyone's tastes, and the author's 1950s are more convincing than his 1860s, this debut shows definite promise. Though Horwitz died in 2004, he left behind several more Ben Carey mysteries in manuscript. (Apr.)
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"Very nicely done . . . Recommended." -- Library Journal, March 1, 2008

"[A]n involving, period-perfect story. The action is fast-paced and convincing . . . the characters are expertly drawn." --Edward Morris, ForeWord Magazine, March/April 2008

Product Details

  • File Size: 1415 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Top Five Books (April 1, 2008)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001JQLT04
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,302 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I am usually not a mystery reader, more of a historical fiction kind of guy, but the book moves in and out between Civil War era and 1950s Washington D.C. This certainly satiated my historical cravings. The characters are so well developed and by the last hundred pages I was frantic to know how the mystery ended. Great book and I'll look forward to more books from this series!
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Murder Bay is an excellent historical novel based both during the Civil War and the 1950's. It is a mystery with a bit of the supernatural included. The historical details of the Civil War are written so that you actually feel as though you are there experiencing the events. The characters are easily identified with and well developed. The transition from one era to the other is well done and easily followed. If you enjoy a good mystery, I highly recommend this novel. The bit of the supernatural is quite believable.
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Started reading this book on a trip home from out of state and I stayed up half the night just so I could finish it. From the start I was hooked! The book is mostly mystery with a big bang at the end. I was rooting for all the characters and even got mad at a couple of them :) I loved Mystery Bay! I would recommend this book to everyone, no matter if you like mystery, paranormal, or just a really good book.
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history, mystery, suspense, romance and paranormal . . .
I am not a history buff but truly enjoyed this!
Exceptionally smoothly written and very easy to follow the transitions between the years.
The paranormal and a bit of romance kept me interested throughout.
I do look forward to reading more of the series.
Thank you John!
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This was the best book I've read in a long time! If you like murder mysteries and historical fiction then this is the book for you ! It kept me guessing right up to the very end. I highly recommend this book, you won't be disappointed!
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I loved this book from the very start. The character of Ben Carey is real and likable. You feel for him as he experiences the ups and downs of everyday life, and identify with his need to be dedicated to his job while trying to balance a home life. The story surprises you with many turns and twists. The mix of historical fiction and more modern history is a delight. Overall, an excellent read.

Spoiler Alert!!!!!

This is a ghost story.
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I just finished the book and thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked all the twists
and turns and the historical background information. I can see where it
could be a good seller and make a very interesting movie. Once I start this
type of book I can't put it down till it's done. Now I can get back to my
real life. Thanks for giving me a number of enjoyable hours in fiction land.
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By Amy on August 11, 2013
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You get drawn in - an interesting escape. He truly loves d.c., and brought it to life in a realistic way
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