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Murder in the North End

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"It's always a good day when a new Nell Sweeney book arrives." -CA Reviews

July 1870: Nell Sweeney's position as governess for the venerable Hewitts of Boston affords her a unique perspective in an era of sharp class distinctions. Neither servant nor gentlewoman, she can fit in among the denizens of a waterfront tenement or the bluebloods of Colonnade Row. But there are many of the latter who regard her as just another good-for-nothing Irisher.

Nell is shocked to learn that her ...

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Murder in the North End (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series, #5)

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Overview

"It's always a good day when a new Nell Sweeney book arrives." -CA Reviews

July 1870: Nell Sweeney's position as governess for the venerable Hewitts of Boston affords her a unique perspective in an era of sharp class distinctions. Neither servant nor gentlewoman, she can fit in among the denizens of a waterfront tenement or the bluebloods of Colonnade Row. But there are many of the latter who regard her as just another good-for-nothing Irisher.

Nell is shocked to learn that her friend Detective Colin Cook is a fugitive from justice, having reputedly killed a petty criminal in a North End concert saloon called Nabby's Inferno, after which he fled the scene of the crime. Cook's nemesis on the force, the loathsome Constable Skinner, thinks Nell knows where the Irish detective is hiding. She doesn't, nor does she believe that Cook is capable of murder. To gather evidence in Cook's favor, Nell must venture into the most depraved and crime-ridden neighborhood in the North End. William Hewitt, back home from his sojourn in Shanghai, isn't about to let her undertake such a dangerous investigation on her own. Posing as husband and wife, they infiltrate the so-called "Murder District," but the more they find out, the more hopeless it looks for Cook.

Originally published by Berkley Prime Crime. 60K words.

"This is the latest in a unique and enjoyable series. The necessary background is easily dispensed with, making it easy for newcomer and longtime reader alike. The author uses the historical period to great advantage, depicting the class separations and prejudices that existed at the time without romanticizing them. Nell and Will are both fascinating characters. From wholly disparate backgrounds, they should have no common ground. But they each have past pains and secrets that allow them to understand each other. They make a great sleuthing team, as well. 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.... 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780692217535
  • Publisher: Hawkley Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2014
  • Pages: 214
  • Sales rank: 500,691
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.49 (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 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 October 20, 2014

    enjoyed

    period piece with a mystery.

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    Posted February 23, 2014

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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.....

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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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