Seven for a Secret (Timothy Wilde Series #2)

Seven for a Secret (Timothy Wilde Series #2)

by Lyndsay Faye
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Seven for a Secret 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Ronrose More than 1 year ago
Timothy Wilde is still learning about the realities of life for a copper in the relatively new police force of New York City. He is a young man with many scars both physical and emotional. The scar on his face is a permanent reminder of the fire that consumed his home as well as a goodly portion of the tightly packed surrounding neighborhood. Wilde becomes involved in trying to save some free Black residents of New York from "blackbirders", men who abduct Black people from Northern states and ship them off to slavery in the South. Tim's eagerness to save a woman and child from a horrible fate causes him to step on many toes in the politically controlled wards of the city, including his own brother's 6th Ward. Can Wilde's naive fervor overcome the deep-seated corruption, bigotry, and politics of New York? This is a fast paced, richly detailed look at New York City and it's fledgling police force. It was a time when the value of human life was judged by the color of your skin or the country of your birth. Book provided for review by LibraryThing.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
It's 1846 in New York, and the second year of the NYPD.  Last year, in book one, "Copper Star" Timothy Wilde, solved murders in a book that gave much of the history of the Irish immigrants and the conflicts between the Catholics and the Protestants.  It's a good idea to read that book first ( THE GODS Of GATHAM) because many characters are carried through into this book.  This book continues with murders associated with run away slaves and free blacks in the north.  Once again, chapters are headed by quotes about this topic from authors of those times. Timothy's spunk, bravery, and creative determination to do what is right by law and by moral justice, gets him into trouble with everyone, including his brother Val, who is big in the Democratic Party and continues to be a scoundrel in every sense of the word.  The mistress of the brothel from the first book plays a big role in the atrocities of this book.  And there are a couple of children who will tug at you heart with their lives and courage. This historical mystery is very well documented and extremely well written.  The story kept me involved with many twists and turns that I was drawn into as Timothy figured out his fast paced world.  I listed to this on Audible and found the narration added much to the feeling and emotions evoked in this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not a stickler for detail,but when it is important to the story, I care. That everything is made of cotton is an important point made repeatedly. However, as a historical fiction piece, set during the middle of winter, the characters would have worn wool. Cotton is a summer fabricshich breathes. Also, about half way through the story, she begins calling Jonas the stepson, but he was Charles Adam's son at first, unless I missed a step. I think she got confused or forgot fo bring us along on a detail or two. I do enjoy the books. I just hope they don't become sloppy on the details.
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