A Murder on Jane Street

A Murder on Jane Street

by Cathy Cash Spellman

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A brutal murder.
A heinous secret.
A deadly conspiracy.

The brutal murder of the little old lady next door puts FitzHugh Donovan on the case. A retired New York City Police Chief, he knows a cover-up when he sees one and his Irish Cop conscience can't let that happen.

Now, Fitz, his family and his quirky band of Bleecker Street Irregulars are ensnared in the bizarre secret the woman died to protect.

Is this a cold case turned hot again, or an unspeakable conspiracy that could alter the course of history?

Fitz doesn't yet know how high the stakes are, that failure isn't an option, and that the little old lady was so much more than she appeared. But he's trying to keep everyone alive long enough to find out.

Characters you'll care about, dark shocking secrets, and disturbing similarities to today's political scene, will keep you turning pages to an ending you won't see coming.

Praise for Cathy Cash Spellman's books:

About Bless the Child
"Suspense that rivals that of Stephen King..."
West Coast Review of Books

About Lark's Labyrinth
"The author constructs a blistering story that will keep readers turning pages of this spectacular thrill ride."
Publisher's Weekly

About So Many Partings
"Almost impossible to put down."
Publisher's Weekly

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161295977
Publisher: The Wild Harp & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/16/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 128,647
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Multiple New York Times and International Bestsellers, a Paramount Movie, book sales in 22 countries, Cathy Cash Spellman writes stories about love, friendship, adventure, and history. Known for her big sprawling sagas and memorable characters, Cathy writes the kind of stories women like to lose themselves in, and then remember long after the book is done.

Her books range through several genres: contemporary, historical, mystery, mystic and romance. Several take place in two time-frames, both current and historical.

Bless the Child was a Paramount movie in 2000, starring Kim Basinger and Jimmy Smits, and Paint The Wind has been optioned for film and TV.

She has written for Self, Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country, Mademoiselle, Cosmo, Penthouse, Mode, Kung Fu and many other magazines and blogs for The Huffington Post, The New York Times and her own website www.CathyCashSpellman.com.

Bestselling Novels:
Lark's Labyrinth
So Many Partings
An Excess of Love
Paint the Wind
Bless the Child
The Playground of the Gods

Non-fiction books:
Snowflake from the Hand of God
The Message
Notes to My Daugthers

Cathy is a student and practitioner of many esoteric disciplines: astrology, metaphysics, and a wide variety of healing modalities including Qi Gung, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Homeopathy, and spiritual healing. She holds Black Belt rank in Goju-Ryu Karate.

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A Murder on Jane Street 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
toReadistoEscape 7 days ago
A Murder on Jane street was a creative mystery with some romance. The back story of the little old lady was captivating and not what I expected. This was the first book I have read by Cathy Spellman. Midway through the book, I felt the pace slow. I think she could have solved the mystery sooner or added a plot twist. Overall a fun read. I received this galley from NetGalley.
trekie83 17 days ago
When former NYC police chief Fitz Donovan is asked by an elderly neighbor to stop by, he is unprepared for what he finds: her brutally beaten body laying on the floor of her apartment. He also finds her journal, which dates back to before World War II. Although the police believe it to be a burglary gone wrong, the contents of the journal convinces Donovan that the neighbor was killed for something she knew. The journal tells of a plot by Hitler to ensure the survival of his bloodline and even suggests that Hitler did not die in his bunker, as is popularly believed. It also tells of plans for a Fourth Reich to put someone in the White House. As Donovan and his friends try to determine who would want the neighbor dead, they realize that the truth may be something that puts all their lives in jeopardy. Murder on Jane Street by Cathy Cash Spellman starts out as a cozy mystery but transitions into something quite different. While building a plot around the fate of Hitler and the 3rd Reich isn’t new, positing that his bloodline may survive even today certainly may be. Spellman does a stellar job with this first book of a new series with very believable and nicely fleshed-out characters. I look forward to the continuation of this series and give this book 5/5 stars.
Aqswr 3 months ago
A genre-busting, exciting book that manages somehow to be almost all things to all readers, A MURDER ON JANE STREET delivers far more than its mild title would suggest. Sometimes cozy, other times almost Ludlum-esque in its paranoid depictions of WWII survivors infiltrating global life, with characters charming and engaging enough to keep everything moving forward. The addition of a romance seems unnecessary but doesn’t actually interfere. My only quibble is with the ending; author Cathy Cash Spellman was in too much of a hurry. She thought up a good one but gave it very little attention. I wished for more after reading so much on my way towards it. This is a very good book and its clear it is the first in a series. I can’t wait for more. I received my copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
JReppy 3 months ago
This was an enjoyable book. Ms. Spellman has created a great cast of characters in the Donovan clan and their friends/associates. The Donovans remind me of Nuala Anne McGrail/Dermot Coyne and their family from the Nuala Anne McGrail series and the O'Malleys (from the series of the same name), both by Andrew Greeley. That comparison reflects favorably on Ms. Spellman, as Mr. Greeley was one of the best writers when it came to Irish and Irish-American characters, mysteries (especially a current mystery with a historical element), and mixing Irish/Celtic mythology/mysticism with contemporary investigative techniques and technology. The central plot revolves around the murder of the Donovans' elderly neighbor, Ghisella Wallenberg, shortly after she told Fitzhugh Donovan, head of the Donovan family and former Chief of Police, that she had an important secret to entrust to him after she gathered some hidden documents. The secret revolves around a Nazi plot to create a secret Fourth Reich, including using artificial insemination to create a secret Hitler child and have the child or a descendant of the child become President of the United States, and therefore able to use the immense power and influence of the position to effectively rule the world along with former Nazis (who had been given new identities that hid their Nazi past) or their progeny, who were influential in business, high finance, politics, science, technology, etc. There are aspects of the plot that are over-the-top, but the author has done a good job of tempering things, dwelling just enough on some of the over-the-top elements to highlight the seriousness of the threat and the urgency of containing it without allowing things to go overboard. The chapters alternate between various characters and between current events and Ghisella's past. There is good build-up of the plot and good pace of revelation of the mystery surrounding Ghisella, with different characters finding out information or piecing together clues to help make the picture more complete regarding Ghisella's past, the full extent of her secret, and who are the powerful figures trying to obtain the information Ghisella was hiding so that it does not disrupt their plans. There are plenty of surprises, including the rather creative method of resolving the threat, at least temporarily. I would give this book 4.5 stars and highly recommend that others read it. I was very glad to learn that another book involving these characters is in the works. I received a copy of the e-book via NetGalley.
gaylehall 3 months ago
5 Stars: 5/5 Star Rating Oh my goodness!!! Wow!!! This book is wild and will totally blow your mind! I am fascinated with World War II and this book lends a completely new perspective to history. I was riveted as I read this book! I highly, highly recommend this book! I was given a digital version of this book by netgalley and The Wild Harp & Co. in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.