Murder in a Mill Town

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"Nell is one of the strongest, most honorable, and dearest heroines to grace the pages of an amateur sleuth novel.... P.B. Ryan knows how to write a tale that will grip and keep readers' interest throughout the novel." -Midwest Book Reviews

Nell Sweeney, a young Irish-born governess in post-Civil War Boston, may not have much, but she does possess both a keen mind and a brave heart. As governess to the wealthy Hewitt family, she finds plenty of opportunities to use ...

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Murder in a Mill Town (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series, #2)

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Overview

"Nell is one of the strongest, most honorable, and dearest heroines to grace the pages of an amateur sleuth novel.... P.B. Ryan knows how to write a tale that will grip and keep readers' interest throughout the novel." -Midwest Book Reviews

Nell Sweeney, a young Irish-born governess in post-Civil War Boston, may not have much, but she does possess both a keen mind and a brave heart. As governess to the wealthy Hewitt family, she finds plenty of opportunities to use both-especially when the seamy side of society shows itself...

The lowborn Fallons come to Viola Hewitt with a desperate plea for help. Their wayward daughter, Bridget, a pretty young employee of Hewitt Mills and Dye Works, hasn't been seen for days. Mrs. Fallon, unwilling to believe that Bridget would just run off without a word, fears that she's come to a bad end-possibly at the hands of her ex-con lover. Viola, confined to a wheelchair, enlists Nell to locate the missing mill girl. Working with Viola's black sheep son, Will, Nell uncovers a web of schemes and greed and dark obsession... and what she knows may just be the death of her.

Originally published by Berkley Prime Crime, Murder in a Mill Town was nominated for the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award. 68K words.

"Ryan creates characters you care about and a plot that holds your interest as you try to unmask the killer. Lively and intriguing, this is a fast-paced, wonderful read. -RT BookReviews

"I love this series. After finishing the book, I had to go back and re-read scenes and I even pulled out the first book to re-read much of Nell and Will's many conversations again."
-Babbling Book Reviews

"The saga style of Catherine Cookson meets the 'Victorian vices' world of Anne Perry in this popular whodunit. Much thought and research has gone into making the two faces of mid-19th century Boston come to life, whether the gilded world of the Hewitts or the grubby back streets of the underworld."
-MyShelf.com

"Ms. Ryan excels in her ability to show her characters' complexities. Most are neither good nor bad, but living lives enmeshed with many shades of gray. Add the rich historical detail and readers have an excellent historical mystery with an intriguing heroine."
-The Best Reviews

"Nell is an interesting and unique character....The mystery itself is done quite well, with clues pointing to various suspects, and an unexpected resolution....I hope to see much more of Nell in future books."
-The Romance Reader's Connection

"1868 Boston is well portrayed in this series...an enjoyable story...There is no trace of Colonnade Row in what is now Boston's downtown shopping area, and Charlestown is but a shell of the prosperous city that existed there in the nineteenth century, but this book brings them back into existence.
-Reviewing the Evidence

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780692217528
  • Publisher: Hawkley Books
  • Publication date: 7/14/2014
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.56 (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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted December 14, 2011

    Another winner from Ms. Ryan

    I read this book in a day and a half. It was absolutely captivating. I think I'm in love with the would-be hero, he's so dark and flawed, and yet quite obviously capable of so much good. Perhaps with Miss Sweeney's direction... I digress. Again, I was surprised by the conclusion. It's a diverting, captivating story, and I'm hooked on the series. I finished this and went straight into the next. I haven't had this much fun in a long time.

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2004

    Great mystery

    As a child she lived in the poor house until she met Duncan who took her out of there. Neither Duncan nor Nell Sweeney had enough money to live on his salary so she started picking pockets and became known as Cornelia Catpurse because she was so good at it. After Duncan was found guilty of theft and thrown in jail for thirty years wealthy Bostonian Viola Hewitt hired her to be a governess for her adopted daughter Gracie................................ Viola asks Nell to find out where Bridget Fallon and her boyfriend Virgil are and because she loves her benefactor Nell agrees. Viola¿s son, Will, an opium and morphine addict who makes his living as a gambler helps Nell. When they find Bridget and Virgil, the pair has been dead for a few days, the victim of murder with the evidence pointing to Will¿s brother Harry. While trying to clear Harry, Will and Nell become captives of the perpetrator.................................. Nell is one of the strongest, most honorable and dearest heroines to grace the pages of an amateur sleuth novel. She doesn¿t let anyone stop her from doing what she believes is right even if it means putting herself in danger. She plays many roles and can fit in as the mistress of a mansion or a pick pocket, which makes it easy for all types of people to confide in her. The mystery is well constructed and the revelation of the killer will come as a shock to readers. P.B. Ryan knows how to write a tale that will grip and keep readers interest throughout the novel................................... Harriet Klausner

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    Great

    This series gets better with each book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2013

    Definitely Recommend

    If you like to read through the solving of a mystery, while the characters are attracted to each other but keep it at bay. Also 1600's etc. You will quickly read the novels by P.B. Ryan. She is the governess for a wealthy Boston family, and she and one of the estranged sons of her employer helps her solve these murders. There are two previous books and I would recommend that you begin with the first Murder in Still Life is #1 and read through, I believe there are 6 or 7.
    Nell Sweeney and Will Hewitt become a part of your thoughts.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    A Young Miss Marple

    I was very pleasantly surprised with this wonderful series. This cheap first novel did its job and I wound up enthusiastically purchased the remaining five novels over the last, long weekend. The historical references, period setting and (I hate to admit it) romantic touches all added vividness and fun to a very interesting series of murders and ensuing detective work.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Evocative & Engrossing

    This is by far the best installment of the Nell Sweeney mysteries. Evocative of a bygone era, peppered with delicious details & engrossing plot twists even the most jaded reader could appreciate.
    I can appreciate the author's insightful approach to the complexities of opiate addiction- although most probably unintended on her part, the subject is portrayed in the book overall with sensitivity & undrstanding of the psychological and medical consequences.
    'Miseeney', Gracie, Will & the othet cast of characters are drawn realistically, memorably & endraringly. The author deftly creates a vivid sense of time, place & personality. Her heroine's life is realistically complicated with all it's vivid complexity. The rakishly dark Will Hewitt is your quintissential Heathcliff type ( a la ' Wutheting Heights' ), but can hold his own in the nontiresome arena. I love P. B. Ryav!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

    highly recommended.

    i loved the characters and the heroine. well fleshed out. the mystery is hardly apparent until the end.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    Good read! I enjoyed the entire series!

    Nice fiction and this book kept my interest. Character development is perfect!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    Love this series so far!

    Great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    C

    I am in love with this series. I hope someone turns it into a tv show as it would be a good one.

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    Read it - you'll like it!

    I stumbled on this series and have now read tow of them. The main character is strong, determined, and smart! I love that she forges ahead to solve mysteries even though it puts her way of life in danger. This time period is a favorite of mine and I look forward to reading all of these books.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Such a wonderful book

    Yet again this author weaves a great mystery. Poor nell is finally bared of all of her past. I never seen the ending coming whatsoever. Cannot wait for the next book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    great ready

    enjoying the rest of the Nell Sweeney series!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    P. B. Ryan

    I read three of P.B. Ryan's books in this series. They are entertaining and easy to read. If you have a rainy day and nothing to do Ryan is a good choice. The books are similar to each other with little depth to the stories.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Great

    Loved it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2013

    After reading the first book in this series, I looked forward to

    After reading the first book in this series, I looked forward to reading the second book and it did not disappoint. I again enjoyed the depth of the characters and the plot.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Excellent!

    Thisis the second book in the series and I like it even better than the first. I love Nell and Will and i love to hate Harry. The suspense and detective work is great. I already bought the third book an I cannot wait to read how the relationship progresses. Highly recommend it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    I enjoyed this book very much - - the characters were well devel

    I enjoyed this book very much - - the characters were well developed and the story line was intriguing. It is an all time favorite of mine.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Great series. There should be more.

    Geek

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    An excellent story!

    This is the second in an historical mystery series set early 20th century Boston. They are a great read, with interesting portrayals of the times. I can't wait to start #3!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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