Still Life with Murder (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series #1)

Still Life with Murder (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series #1)

by P. B. Ryan


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ISBN-13: 9780692217511
Publisher: Hawkley Books
Publication date: 06/24/2014
Series: Nell Sweeney Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 318
Sales rank: 318,895
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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

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Still Life With Murder 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 646 reviews.
CMACND More than 1 year ago
Still Life With Murder by P.B. Ryan is the first book in a series about an irish catholic governess and her life with the family that employs her and their son that was thought to be dead. It is a mystery series with Nell( the governess) acting as an amateur detective alongside Will ( the son that pretended to be dead). Nell is harboring a dark secret when Viola, her employer, gets news that her son is alive and in jail for murder. She sends Nell to go investigate and thus starts the beautiful but complicated relationship between Will and Nell. As Nell tries to figure out what really happened the night that Will alledgedly killed someone, she uncovers secrets about the town and Will's past. She and Will also have a chemistry that isn't easily ignored but they do their best.This book is for anyone who loves mystery.Set in Boston right after the Civil war, this is a fast-paced mystery thriller that involves crime, love, secrets, and death.
MadderByTheMinute More than 1 year ago
This was a very quick read with great characters. Purchased the 2nd in the series as soon as I finised the first.
VRC More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. As someone fully enthralled with the Victorian era, I really was not disappointed. Ms. Ryan has certainly done her research. Nell may have some modern sensibilities, but I didn't think they were out of place here. Considering her background, her unique situation, she might very well have been one of the women (a few decades later) to bring about reforms for women. The dark horse, a flawed hero if ever there was one (or is he a hero at all?) is an accomplishment in characterisation. Complicated, dark, brooding, an addict, and yet we root for him as if he were one of our nearest and dearest. I found the solution to the mystery completely unexpected, the twists and turns breathtaking. I'm looking forward to reading all the books in this series. I haven't been able to put them down since I started just a few days ago. It's been a long time since I was hooked like this. Well done, Ms. Ryan! You have a fan in me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was totally different from my normal read. I found this book to be well written and captivating. All mystery readers try to figure "Who Dun it", not until the end did I expect and even then there was a twist. I have already ordered the next book in the series. ENJOY!
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!
lcpsoccermom More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent historical mystery set in Boston, MA after the civil war. It is the first in a series. The main character is Nell Sweeney who is a governess for a wealthy family in Boston. Her story is interesting and the murder mystery takes many twists and turns. I was surprised at the ending, though it did feel slightly rushed. Excellent story, great writing, and interesting characters. We are introduced to Will Hewitt, the black sheep son of her employer who is accused of murder. He is former surgeon and current opium addict. Highly recommend this to anyone who likes mysteries or historical fiction. I am looking forward to reading more in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like reading about Civil War history, very much enjoyed reading this fiction history/mystery book. Unexpected ending. Purchased next book in the series.
DixieMac More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book! I was very drawn into the story and found myself wanting to know more about the characters. I am looking very much forward to reading more!
dd28 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book. Story had a good main plot and logically developed the solving of the murder. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
harstan More than 1 year ago
After their mother died from cholera and their father ran off with another woman, the three Sweeney children are sent to the Barnstable County Poor House where the youngest died from diphtheria. Nell fell in love with her brother¿s thieving friend Duncan, but he turned out to be an abusive person who hurt her so badly that she needed extensive medical care proved by Dr. Greaves. In time, she became his mistress and apprentice until the day they delivered the baby of a Hewitt servant.

Viola Hewitt adopts the child and hires Nell to be the baby¿s governess. Viola sweeps Nell into the world of the Boston Brahmin. After working there for four years, word arrives that the eldest son, thought to have died in a confederate prison camp, awaits trial for cold-blooded murder. Viola asks Nell to find evidence that will set her oldest son free since his father doesn¿t care if he hangs. Nell risks everything to clear Will because she believes he is innocent despite all the evidence to the contrary.

Post-Civil War Boston is an interesting place to be as the scars from the fighting though distant from the city still linger in unexpected places. Nell is a woman of mystery who hides secrets that she hasn¿t revealed which should be disclosed in future books. The heroine is a spunky woman who climbed out of a poverty-stricken and crime infested area to make something of herself. Readers will admire her and won¿t be able to resist her many charms. STILL LIFE WITH MURDER is a well-constructed and fascinating mystery in what looks to be a great series.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this book because it was $.99. It was so good I kept going and I have one more left to read in the series. I was not sure if I would read the whole series because usually I do not enjoy the other books as much as the first. I have loved all of the books thus far and recommend buying the bundle if you enjoy this book! Loved that the main characters remained the same with a different story & mystery in each. Nell is a captivating young woman and secrets of the past are revealed throughout the series.
bambi748 More than 1 year ago
It takes a little to get to know the charaters but once you do turns out to be real good books. Enjoyed it very much.
DorieUebel More than 1 year ago
The start of a great historical series with a romance included.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
needed editing to move it along but the basic story line was interesting but never quite reached intriguing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a different time and place. Interesting characters and makes me want to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poor editing - fonts change, spacing too. Very annoying. Story drawn out, if tightened would hold readers interest.
Mona Bultena More than 1 year ago
I am looking foreard to Nell's next adventure.
LarkspurLaura More than 1 year ago
Well written murder mystery set in post-Civil War Boston. Some details seem unlikely, and I could have done without the painstaking description of opium smoking. But overall a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read, well written - wonderful plot/mystery, characters, and history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed with author P B Ryan and her book, Still Life Murder. Stopped reading what seemed like an interesting story line, but found there was too much cursing and taking the Lord's name in vain. I've wasted my money by buying her first two books thinking I would enjoy them. I will delete them from my NOOK, and Books to Read List with a reminder note to myself not to purchase anymore of P B Ryan's books. In the English language, there are 40 some curse words and 800,000+ English words. Patricia Ryan chooses to spatter her writing skill using curse words over and over. What a waste!!! I rate an author's talent by how well he/she can tell a story without swearing or writing vivid sexual scenes.
Lori2013 More than 1 year ago
Great book! Beautifully written with an interesting storyline. If the remaining books in the series are half as good as this one, I won't be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. Never expected who did it.
christi5776 More than 1 year ago
Very good book! It was a page turner and kept me absorbed. I would definitely read more books from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really Loved this book! Love the characters,real page turner currently reading the 2nd in this series and looking forward to more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, I felt like I was there the whole time. I loved the characters and the details. I'm gonna read this whole series,on to buy my next book. I'm addicted