Death on Beacon Hill

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"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

Boston, 1869: As governess to the wealthy Hewitts, Irish immigrant Nell Sweeney belongs to no particular caste-hers is halfway between her brethren and the Brahmin. But now, a double murder involves both maid and mistress-and it will take ...

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Death on Beacon Hill (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series, #3)

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Overview

"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

Boston, 1869: As governess to the wealthy Hewitts, Irish immigrant Nell Sweeney belongs to no particular caste-hers is halfway between her brethren and the Brahmin. But now, a double murder involves both maid and mistress-and it will take cooperation by rich and poor alike to solve it.

All of Boston is talking about the murder of Virginia Kimball. The famous actress, past her prime but still a renowned beauty, was found shot to death in her Beacon Hill townhouse, along with her young Irish-American maid, Fiona Gannon. Evidence suggests the two women traded shots after Virginia came upon Fiona trying to steal her famous diamond necklaces. Devastated by this news, Fiona's uncle, who serves as driver to the wealthy Hewitts, begs Nell to find out what really happened.

The Hewitts' estranged son, Will, accompanies Nell as she investigates Virginia's scandalous romantic liaisons. It turns out there are quite a few people who might have wanted her dead, particularly her rich and powerful lovers, whose amorous exploits she recorded in a red leather-bound journal-a journal that has been missing ever since her death. Now, terrified men all over Boston, once blackmailed by the actress, will do whatever it takes to make sure her infamous "Red Book" never sees the light of day.

Originally published by Berkley Prime Crime. 64K words.

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780692217580
  • Publisher: Hawkley Books
  • Publication date: 6/24/2014
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 974,008
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Ryan, a.k.a. P.B. Ryan, is the USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including the #1 national bestseller Still Life with Murder. Pat's books have garnered rave reviews and been published in over twenty countries. She is currently writing book 1 of a "spin-off" of the Nell Sweeney mystery series. Visit her at pb-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.

    6 out of 6 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 6 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 October 20, 2014

    quick read

    A good story to fill a rainy afternoon.

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  • Posted September 12, 2014

    Great Series!

    Great Series! I have all 6 books and they all deserve 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2014

    Great story!

    Love this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    I

    I really love this series. It is so unique.

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  • Posted May 24, 2014

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    Very good book

    I took a chance and loaded this book on my nook and I am glad I did I enjoy the story and I didn't want to stop reading till the end kept me interested and wanting to see what was waiting on the next page yes I recommend. This book to everyone!

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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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