The House on Mulberry Street

The House on Mulberry Street

by Maan Meyers

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Overview

It's 1895, and the face of Manhattan is rapidly changing. From the electric-lit elegance of Delmonico's Restaurant and Broadway to a netherworld of stifling immigrant tenements, bordellos, and rotgut whiskey, the city simmers in the summer heat. Graft is everywhere-and most of all at 300 Mulberry Street, Metropolitan Police Headquarters, where the men in blue mingle with crooks and corrupt lawyers of every stripe.

Here young police detective John "Dutch" Tonneman observes firsthand the behind-the-scenes backstabbing between top brass and would-be reformers. But it's a suspicious waterfront blaze and a union rally turned violent that threaten to tear the city apart at the seams.

Tonneman arrives on the scene just in time to save a pretty, vivacious young photographer from a vicious assault. Esther Breslau is a lovely Polish Jewish immigrant who worked her way from the sweatshops to a job as a photographer with a crusading newspaper reporter. But when the reporter turns up murdered and Esther's photographic plates are smashed, it's obvious that Esther's pictures were something someone wanted very badly indeed. And now the only living eyewitness to what Esther saw through her camera lens is Esther herself.

As the sweltering city reaches the boiling point and a murderer stalks the cobblestoned streets, it's up to Detective Tonneman and Esther to unravel a dangerous mystery whose roots are buried deep in the sordid underbelly of Manhattan-but whose branches may reach to the heights of political power.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628152913
Publisher: Speaking Volumes, LLC
Publication date: 03/02/2016
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Critically acclaimed author of The Dutchman and The High Constable, Maan Meyers returns with an exciting new mystery combining history, murder, and mayhem in a vivid portrait of New York City of yesteryear.

In The House on Mulberry Street, Maan Meyers weaves yet another uniquely intricate, excitingly atmospheric Tonneman mystery, a vivid and fascinating slice of history with a timely twist and a tantalizing freshness.

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"VIVIDLY RE-CREATES THE SIGHTS, SOUNDS, AND SMELLS OF [NEW YORK] IN 1664... FANS OF HISTORICAL MYSTERIES SHOULD RELISH THIS CAPTIVATING NOVEL."
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"ANNETTE AND MARTIN MEYERS HAVE DONE THEIR HISTORY HOMEWORK....RICH IN PECULIAR DETAILS."
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ThePolyBlog More than 1 year ago
PLOT OR PREMISE: Esther Breslau is a Jewish immigrant who has found a job working as a photographer in the graft-filled world of 1895 Manhattan. John Tonnerman is an honest cop, a rare commodity on a police-force filled with those on the take and in a city where your innocence depends on the size of your pocketbook. Esther takes a picture during a riot and the thugs notice and come after her. A reporter she has been working with has the plates but the thugs worry about what he knows and take matters into their own hands to silence him forever. John and Esther try to figure it all out. . WHAT I LIKED: The research was impeccable, and the epilogue is a nice touch to separate fact from fiction. The writing is first-rate and the settings are alive with the time. Each image portrays the world of the time, and the reader is transported easily with each page. . WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: A couple of small nit-picky points -- there are a a lot of characters, which can be a problem to track in mystery stories, but they are sufficiently different here that they don't run together as much. A few of the characters (such as the reporter) were fleshed out a little TOO much, but I'm assuming part of that was with a view to them showing up in future stories too. . BOTTOM-LINE: One of the best historical mysteries I have read . DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.