Death on Beacon hill [NOOK Book]

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Boston governess Nell Sweeney and Dr. Will Hewitt investigate the deaths of a notorious actress and her Irish maid in Book #3 of P.B. Ryan’s historical mystery series, Death on Beacon Hill. Originally published by Berkley Prime Crime.

At the discovery of the body of beautiful actress Virginia Kimball, with her maid lying dead beside her, Boston can talk of nothing else. The police, corrupt and paid to look the other way, determine Virginia ...
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Overview

Boston governess Nell Sweeney and Dr. Will Hewitt investigate the deaths of a notorious actress and her Irish maid in Book #3 of P.B. Ryan’s historical mystery series, Death on Beacon Hill. Originally published by Berkley Prime Crime.

At the discovery of the body of beautiful actress Virginia Kimball, with her maid lying dead beside her, Boston can talk of nothing else. The police, corrupt and paid to look the other way, determine Virginia found her maid stealing from her and they traded fatal shots. No mention is made of the mysterious Red Book, which Virginia used to supplement her income with a little blackmail on the side. Sick at the slander that says his niece murdered Virginia Kimball, Brady, a driver for the wealthy Hewitts, asks Nell Sweeney to investigate her death. Nell, governess to the Hewitt’s adopted child, has had success solving murders in the past. With the encouragement of her employer, Nell tries to clear Brady’s niece, with the help of the Hewitt’s black sheep son, Will.Nell pokes into the indiscretions of Boston high-ranking men, while they are determined to block her investigations. Running into the harsh prejudice against the Irish makes Nell more resolved to uncover the killer. Death on Beacon Hill continues Ms. Ryan’s excellent Nell Sweeney series. The rich characterization and her strong evocation of place, coupled with a well-plotted tale, make for a rich story. Add a clever conclusion and Ms. Ryan delivers a fascinating read. Fresh Fiction

“I decided to start the year off with my favorite mystery series. The mystery itself—what really happened that afternoon at Mrs. Kimball’s and who killed her and her maid—kept me guessing....Highly recommend the series.” Babbling Book Reviews

“[Nell is] intelligent and has a strong sense of justice....She only takes action after careful consideration, never rushing to throw herself in harm’s way....They mystery consists of several layers, and is constructed quite well....It’s clear from the beginning that things are not as they seem; this serves to keep the reader interested in ferreting out the clues alongside Nell. I’m looking forward to another installment.” The Romance Reader’s Connection

“Cleverly plotted addition to this excellent series.” Fresh Fiction
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Meet the Author

Patricia Ryan has written more than two dozen romances and mysteries, the latter under the name P.B. Ryan. Her books have been published in over twenty countries and won numerous awards, including Romance Writers of America's RITA for her Rear Window-inspired medieval romantic suspense, Silken Threads. A four-time RITA nominee, she is also the recipient of two Romantic Times Awards and a Mary Higgins Clark Award nomination for Still Life With Murder, the second book of her Nell Sweeney historical mystery series. For free excerpts and more, visit her website at patricia-ryan.com.
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  • Posted March 2, 2012

    Highly recommended

    All the PB Ryan books are wonderful. Once you start this series, you cannot stop. I hope she is writing her little heart out right now as I was sad when I read the last one.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

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    Excellent Historical Mysteries Series

    Nell Sweeney is a girl with a past that must remain hidden. Her strong sense of values and willingness to risk herself to help others make her a likeable heroine. These six novels are a wonderful window into Victorian Boston, and how the people of that era faced problems similar to today's issues - like high unemployment, discrimination, crime and drug abuse. Very enjoyable and unexpected. Highly recommended!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2011

    Good Read

    A mystery and a love story. Who could ask for more?

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Awesome Series

    I have completely fallen in love with Nell Sweeny and Will Hewitt. PB Ryan brings these characters to life in a way that makes you feel like you're in the story with them and are a daily part of their lives!!! Another wonderful must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

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    Loved this series!!!

    I really enjoyed these stories...the way the characters look at evidence is so interesting...the beginning of modern day investigations! I didn't realize they were not only mystery but Victorian romance..probably wouldn't have selected it had I thought it was romance. The romance is very subtle, yet it did make me want to come back and unfold that mystery too! These remind me of The Sherlock Holmes movies...very easy to enjoy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Loves this series

    I totally love this author.. Her storys are so good keepsme reading. Thanx, so much..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2012

    this is an excellent read. Loved the characters who are carried

    this is an excellent read. Loved the characters who are carried on in the entire series. I highly recommend these books. I dont usually read historical fiction but I was puled in from the first book and to know what was next for Nell and Will. I hated to see it come to an end and wish the author would write yet another book to continue on.....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    Another great mystery!

    I have really come to appreciate PB Ryans style of writing, it is a nice combination of intelligent mystery with a hint of romance! A very good who done it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2012

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    Highly Recommended! This series is a real attention getter!

    After reading the first 2 books in this series, I immediately purchased this third in the series. I was instantly taken into the story set it Boston in the late 1800's post civil war. These mysteries are very good, keeping your interest all the way through the book! A must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    Love these characters!

    One of those stories you can't put down, even though you know you need to go to sleep. The characters are perfectly flawed and, now that I've finished the series, I miss them terribly!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Couldn't stop reading!

    All of the books in the Nell Sweeney series were a captivating, delightful read. I read my way through all of them in no time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    My high hopes for a great read were dashed

    I like period books and historical novels but found this book dreadful, not worth you time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Such a great series

    I am absolutely in love with this series of books. This author really knows how to throw you a curve ball from left field. I so cannot wait to read the next one. And im so thankful nell wasnt in danger this time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Great read

    This series has been so enjoyable, I haven't been able to put any one of them down until the last page is read. And the 'who done it' has surprised me every single time. Great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Another wonderful book in the series. The characters are so real

    Another wonderful book in the series. The characters are so real that you rejoice or cry with them. I already have all the booksin the collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    recommended

    Set around the time of the wall street crash that brought on the depression. Well thought out and always a new twist

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    C

    Good he doesnt care because he wont stop that what man wh...ores do didnt you know?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Ty

    U GYS WANT TO PLAY THE HUNGER GAMES

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    Still Life with Murder 

    Still Life with Murder 

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2012

    A good read

    Thoroughly enjoyable!

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