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- Book 1 of 6 in Nell Sweeney Mystery Series
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"Utterly absorbing. Vividly alive characters in a setting so clearly portrayed that one could step right into it." Bestselling author Roberta Gellis
"This debut mystery is a winner, with a feisty heroine, a colorful historical backdrop and a strong mystery rife with complexities." Romantic Times BookReviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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- File size : 1370 KB
- Publication date : July 5, 2010
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 324 pages
- ASIN : B003UV98MM
- Language: : English
- Publisher : Hawkley Books; 2nd edition (July 5, 2010)
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- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #623,052 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It's a time when troubles in the family rose money could wash away everything including murder. But, the father of this family was using money to convict his son, with no facts.
It's a great story about this same family who lost two sons to war only to find one was still alive but had remained hidden for a few years. You'll read a story about a marriage, family and the cover-up, drugs and murder. What evidence doesn't show and how one is trying to change the mind of a police detective whose been bought off and what really happened; and just maybe a little more.
I hope you will invest a couple of days with a glass of ice tea and a good book.
I have several of these series' I read, and count on every year a new installment.
I think this series has just risen to the very top of that list. It didn't punch me in the face how great it was, but about 1/4 of the way through I knew this was special, and by halfway through I knew this was going to be a series I could not put down. (I now own the entire series of 6 books and there better be more on the way).
The characters are SO fantastically written. I actually love them. Viola, Nell, Will, Gracie. They are unique, and multi-faced characters and on top of that unique. Maybe not a unique series in the scheme of historical mysteries, but definitely rises to the top, and I would highly recommend.
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I've read a few of the blurbs of books later in the series, and am pleased to see that it seems you don't have to read this one in order to enjoy later ones, as different characters and mysteries are used.
I've been put off reading crime novels, desperately trying to find diamonds amongst the novels that are anything from dross to hohum, and seem to try to follow some ridiculous fashion of type or setting. This one has restored my enthusiasm for the genre.
It's a crime. It has a female protagonist who comes from the wrong side of the tracks and has a pretty questionable and pretty fascinating past that I really hope to read more of. It is set in Boston in the post-Civil War years, but it shows a Boston we rarely see - the back streets, the opium dens, the slums and the prostitutes. A sleazy, seamy Boston, that is contrasted brilliantly with the upper-class Boston we know from the likes of Henry James. It has a great selection of characters, all flawed. And it has, slow-burning in the background, a bit of romance.
So many times I pick up a new-to-me author who writes books full of my favourite ingredients, and I'm disappointed. Not this time. This story kept me turning the pages when I should have been writing or sleeping. It didn't matter that I guessed some of the plot, because it wasn't primarily the plot (good as it was) which kept me going, it was the characters Nell is fab - did I say that? Will is fab. Boston is a star in it's own right, gliterry and gaudy and sleazy as it is. It was - well, fab. I've already downloaded the next one. Highly recommended, and probably more 4.5 stars than 4, which is a lot for me!(
The new mother is,a serving girl in a large household and the lady of the house decides to adopt the baby and asks Nell to be the baby,s Nanny and help to raise her. So begins a adventure that will take her to the seedy brothels, opium dens and murder. A good story that keeps you guessing to the enjoyable end
I have to admit that I know very little of American history, but even so I loved the atmosphere that these books conjured up. There was almost a little of the Sherlock Holmes atmosphere to these, with Nell visiting opium dens and poking around the dark corners of mid 19th century Boston, rather than Victorian London. There were the odd moments when I did think, really, surely that would never have happened? (Would an upper class lady randomly decide to employ a young Irish girl she's never met before as a governess?) But they didn't detract from the story, and indeed if they hadn't been allowed to happen, there would be little story here to tell.
The main characters are immensely likeable, Nell herself is delightful. The second I finished this the first time around I had to buy the next in the series to see what would happen, and second time round I hungrily devoured all of the books in the series in the space of days. I know I'll be back to read them again in the future, and think that it's highly likely that this series may become one of my all time favourite reads. I only hope that P.B. Ryan isn't going to keep us waiting too long for the spin off series.
I thought this was a great read, kept me guessing till the end with a fine central protagonist in Nell Sweeney, and an intriguing central relationship with the good doctor. There are five more of these I think, and they will all be in my TBR pile.