A Bucket of Ashes (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series #6)

A Bucket of Ashes (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series #6)

by P. B. Ryan
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A Bucket of Ashes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
TexasStarVA More than 1 year ago
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!
harstan More than 1 year ago
As a child Nell Sweeney lived in the poor house and lost her family to disease and when she got out she made a living working as a pickpocket. Now she has a respectable job working for the wealthy Hewitts as a governess to their adopted daughter Grace. Only she and the family know that Grace is Will Hewitt¿s biological child, born on the wrong side of the blanket. He is unable to care for her because of his opiate and gambling addictions.--------------------------- - When the family goes to Cape Cod for the summer Nell runs into her ex-lover Dr. Greaves who tells her that her brother was murdered after hiding out in a shed that caught fire. He was wanted for the murder of Susannah Cunningham a woman who he worked for as a gardener. Besides needing a divorce because her abusive husband is in prison and will remain so for thirty years, and she is carrying Will¿s baby, Nell with the help of Will and Dr. Greaves investigate the death of James because an autopsy shows he was knifed and did not die from smoke inhalation.---------------- P.B. Ryan writes a heartwarming mystery that capture the ambivalence of the rich on the east coast five years after the civil war ended. The protagonist leads a troubled life but she rises above her upbringing to become a solid citizen who loves the responsibility of caring for her young charge. Will comes back from France where he was applying his medical skills and is there for Nell when she needs him most. Readers will care about him because he feels he is unworthy to love someone as pure as Nell.----------------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got hooked on the first P. B. Ryan book of the series, and learned about smoking Opium than I ever wanted to know. Historical mysteries are my genre and these are very well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have to read the whole series from book 1 to the last. I ordered them all at once and lived them all. They are so well written. I hope she writes more Nelly can really solve crimes and make people spill there secrets. Loved lived these books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this series but should have been made into two books indtead of several with so little pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first Nell Sweeney mystery because it was offered for free from Barnes & Noble as a Free Friday selection. Within the next week I had purchased and read the remaining five books in the series. So beware: if you read one, you'll read them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scam, that is what shorter and shorter stories are when charging full novel rates! And at low cost to publish ebook rates! Kitt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Noooooooooooooo this was the best series ive ever read and its overrrrr but im sooo gappy for nell and poor jamie i literally cried at parts. I meant happy not gappy. Wyndy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read all six books in the series, they are more like short stories but really good stories. Interesting characters, plots, history, and satisfying endings make for light entertainment.
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Barb_in_Chicago More than 1 year ago
I've read all the books in this series (in order), and my biggest complaint is that there are no more to read. I really came to care about the characters and forced myself to read slowly to make this book last longer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good period piece with a mystery.
McDr More than 1 year ago
Last book in a fascinating series. Wish there were more.
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This is a really good ending to a wonderful series. I read Book #1 free and promptly purchased the other five. Really liked all the characters, the storyline, the mystery solving, the history & actual people featured from the post civil war time period. Well written & very touching.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great ending to this series of books. I hope there will be more because im hooked on nell.
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Another great read in this series. Once again, The 'who done it' came as a total surprise!!! This series has been one of the most enjoyable 'who done it' series I have read. It won't disappoint. This deserves five stars, but I only gave four due to a few missed errors not corrected when edited.
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"I'll be right back." She stayed for a moment then ran off to camp.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He bit in the badger's neck and crushed the artery, then dragged it back to camp, his teeth red with blood