Murder in the North End [NOOK Book]

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Governess Nell Sweeney and Dr. Will Hewitt infiltrate the worst neighborhood in Boston to keep Detective Colin Cook from being framed for murder in Book #5 of P.B. Ryan’s celebrated historical mystery series, Murder in the North End. Originally published by Berkley Prime Crime, a division of Penguin Group, Inc.

Summary: Colin Cook was the only officer in the city’s Detective Bureau not to be found guilty of corruption and to escape being ...
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Overview

Governess Nell Sweeney and Dr. Will Hewitt infiltrate the worst neighborhood in Boston to keep Detective Colin Cook from being framed for murder in Book #5 of P.B. Ryan’s celebrated historical mystery series, Murder in the North End. Originally published by Berkley Prime Crime, a division of Penguin Group, Inc.

Summary: Colin Cook was the only officer in the city’s Detective Bureau not to be found guilty of corruption and to escape being demoted or fired. But now he is a fugitive, wanted for killing a petty criminal in Boston’s North End, and the police believe Nell knows where the Irish cop is hiding. Nell doesn’t know where Colin is, nor does she believe her friend is capable of murder. To prove his innocence, she descends into the seedy and dangerous slums of the North End to look into the matter. Nell isn’t afraid of her fellow immigrants in the neighborhood, but Dr. Will Hewitt has his doubts—and he won’t let her conduct the investigation alone.
Comments: The Hewitts have gone to the Cape for their annual summer retreat, but Nell has remained in Boston to clear Detective Cook’s name. The odious, and disgraced, ex-detective Charles Skinner is sure that Nell is conspiring to keep him hidden, and he has threatened Nell. This doesn’t weaken her resolve to help her friend, but it puts her in danger. Before she gets far in the investigation, Will shows up and offers to help her—and protect her from Skinner. Will has returned from Shanghai, having realized that it’s too easy to give in to temptation. He would rather not lose his hard-won battle against opium addiction, or lose Nell’s regard, by returning to old habits. But nothing has changed for him in Boston, so Will is still in the same predicament he was before—in love with a woman he can’t have. He has two job offers to contemplate while helping Nell clear Cook’s name: take the five year teaching contract at Harvard, or go to France at President Grant’s request. Something has changed, though. Nell has begun to question her devotion to the Catholic Church. Will’s words to her at Gracie’s birthday party, the previous year, have affected her more than he knows—that it would be the Church, not God, turning its back on her if she was excommunicated. For the first time, Nell is willing to pursue a divorce. The ending is even more heart breaking than the previous book.
Favorite Quote:
“You befriended me when I needed a friend, you saved me when I needed a savior. Your presence in my life has shone a light upon my soul that will never be extinguished. For that precious gift, I shall be forever in your debt.”—Will’s note to Nell
Babbling Book Reviews

“It’s always a good day when a new Nell Sweeney book arrives.” CA Reviews

“Plucky Nell and her helpmate Will are well developed characters who are likeable and smart. The cast of supporting characters in this book is colorful and well drawn, making the book an easy read. All of the books in this series are enjoyable; Murder in the North End is no exception. P.B. Ryan has made a successful transition from romance to mystery novels and I eagerly await the next Gilded Age mystery.” Cozy Library

“Murder in the North End is a light read that you can cozy up to on a cold winter night in your easy chair by the fire...” MyShelf.com
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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 Murder in a Mill Town, 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 June 15, 2011

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    Excellent Historical Mystery 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!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    Very good

    I find this series to be very interesting and a fun read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Great book

    Wish there was more to it. I really hope the author revisits this series because i absolutely loved all the books. Im so happy for nell.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Great read

    Another great read in this series, and the 'who done it' was once again a total, unexpected, surprise!

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    I read all the books in this series and enjoyed everyone of them. Very enjoyable mysteries with some romance too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    Another great book in the series.

    I like it just as much as the others. I will say I am hooked and have all the books already.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

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    I love this series

    I love this series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    enjoyable read

    I have read the entire series and sincerely hope that a 6th book is on the way. The characters are endearing and provide a look back at what life was like during that period. Overall a light enjoyable read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    interesting plot

    Moves rather slowly sometimes didn't hold my interest as well as
    some other mystery novels

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Excellent

    Read all her books and enjoyed them all. Anxiously awaiting a new one from her.

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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.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Great series

    Great characters. Interesting plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    Too many typos

    An easy read and pleasant story tarnished by frequent typos.

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