Murder on Black Friday

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"A mesmerizing mystery. Not only does Ryan provide readers with a tightly wound, suspenseful novel peopled with multidimensional characters, she writes about an era whose problems mirror our own. This is a historical period she knows and brings to life so clearly that readers are totally immersed. Nell is an ideal heroine: smart, intrepid and human. Be on the lookout for her return." -RT BookReviews

On Sept. 24, 1869, the gold market crumbles, and fortunes are lost in a matter of minutes. When two of Boston's ...

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Murder on Black Friday (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series, #4)

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Overview

"A mesmerizing mystery. Not only does Ryan provide readers with a tightly wound, suspenseful novel peopled with multidimensional characters, she writes about an era whose problems mirror our own. This is a historical period she knows and brings to life so clearly that readers are totally immersed. Nell is an ideal heroine: smart, intrepid and human. Be on the lookout for her return." -RT BookReviews

On Sept. 24, 1869, the gold market crumbles, and fortunes are lost in a matter of minutes. When two of Boston's most prominent men are found dead on Wall Street's first "Black Friday," it's widely assumed that they committed suicide over their financial losses. But upon examining the bodies, forensic scientist Dr. William Hewitt concludes that one of the men was most likely murdered.

Will wants to investigate the circumstances surrounding the suspicious death, but to do so, he needs to navigate the upper echelons of Boston society, which are foreign to him. He enlists the aid of Nell Sweeney, the Irish-born governess employed by his estranged parents. Not only is Nell acquainted with many of the city's most prominent citizens, she understands how their wealth and power can be used to keep dark secrets under wraps. As their investigation progresses, Nell and Will discover that the two dead men were linked by something more valuable-and far more treacherous-than gold.

Originally published by Berkley Prime Crime. 57K words.

"Nell and Will are a confirmed pair of amateur sleuths in this fourth entry in the popular Gilded Age series, and this makes the setting perhaps slightly cozier, but as usual, P B Ryan is spot on with her period detail. This is the best part about the series for me, as these books really do open a window into how both the high and low society of Boston operated. She thankfully doesn't shrink (Anne Perry style) from showing it, warts and all...probably the best entry yet." -MyShelf.com

"As always, Nell and Will's predicament tugs at my heart. Loved it!" -Babbling Book Reviews

"The author has an amazing grasp of life during this period of history. Each detail is crafted to let the reader feel immersed in the time; from the major historical events, to the minutiae of everyday life. These facts are effortlessly woven into the overall narrative." -The Romance Reader's Connection

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780692217573
  • Publisher: Hawkley Books
  • Publication date: 6/25/2014
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.47 (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!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

    Captivating

    I am enjoying this series very much. I like that you can read any one of the books without having read the others. The author gives just enough information to keep you up to speed (or just to refresh your memory). A little romance in the mystery is just my cup of tea.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    Great Series

    The entire series has been great. So wrapped up in the period, the characters, enjoy her writing so much. And, i forget to predict who done it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

    This whole series is great reading

    Loved the series. get them all it's worth it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Excellent!

    Excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Loved

    Wish the author wouldve written more to this book like they did in earlier ones of the series. It was a bit short thats the only reason for four stars not five. Other than that loved loved loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    Great read

    Another great read in this series. It won't disappoint!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Sexy and i know it 2

    Last one one had many typeos so im writing anotheir one. I hate that guy i mean he thinks hes sexy no way hes ugly who agrees ps i really like this seires ,Abigail Harrison from Waddell Arizona age 10

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    I love this series.

    Another one is the Nell and Will series that keeps the same quality of the prior books. I am very glad that I found out about the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Excellant

    An excellant series. I highly recommend reading all six books(read them in order)

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  • Posted October 17, 2012

    Fairly good read

    This series is enjoyably distracting reading, and especially interesting in its descriptive language re post Civil War era society. The plot is rather contrived, but it was entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012

    Frustrating

    Good story and writing but let him propse already

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    Terrific book

    THE mystery and the historical period are tightly wrapped together. I learned so much about Boston in the Victorian period as well as its medical and social cultures.

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  • Posted July 10, 2012

    Great!

    I loved, loved, loved it! Great characters, great interaction, and great description of the emotional conflict between the two main characters.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    Great story if you love a good mystery!

    Really enjoy the series! Nell Sweeney is an interesting character. The story is well written to hold your interest all the way thru.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    Firya

    "Yeah..."

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