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Still Life With Murder (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series, #1) (edição 2010)

por P.B. Ryan

Séries: Gilded Age Mystery (1)

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Boston 1868: The wealthy are enjoying the height of the Gilded Age--but not all are wealthy. As governess to the Hewitt family, Irish immigrant Nell Sweeney is sent to discover the truth behind the rumor that their son--thought to be killed in the Civil War--is still alive and in prison.
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Título:Still Life With Murder (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series, #1)
Autores:P.B. Ryan
Informação:Hawkley Books (2010), Kindle Edition, 320 pages
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Very good character-based historical mystery set in post-Civil War Boston. Neil and Will are great characters. Will definitely read more by P.B. Ryan. ( )
  ChristopherSwann | May 15, 2020 |
The historical fiction/mystery fan in me absolutely loved this story! As first book in the six book Gilded Age Mystery series, author Patricia Ryan (writing as P.B. Ryan) strikes the right balance between setting the stage, introducing the characters, getting some character development rolling and hitting the ground running with a well-crafted mystery. The setting – Boston in the immediate aftermath of the American Civil War – is a wonderfully depicted as Ryan’s attention to detail makes the city, its societal norms and its dark underbelly of opium dens and gambling houses, come to life. Right at the start, we learn that Nell’s past life is one that she would just as soon not dredge up, while Will’s past 5 years is equally a closely guarded history. All of the characters have very realistic qualities of flaws and values/virtues – even police Detective Colin Cook stands out as being more than I would have initially expected. The story has some great relationship development between Nell and Viola, Nell and Will and even Nell and Detective Cook as he allows Nell to tag along on some of his investigative visits. If you like your stories to have a hint of possible romance, Ryan caps that off with a potential developing attraction between Nell and Will. Always a nice tease for the other books in the series. Ryan also has a knack for creating a mystery that is a puzzle to unravel and still makes sense in the end.

On the downside, I struggled with the latitude that Nell seems to have within the Hewitt household - okay, with only certain members of the household - allowing her to spend hours at a time out and about on the case when she is supposed to be tending to young Gracie. I also found that I wished there was more development regarding the Hewitt family dynamics, as Ryan either leaves some things unexplained and simply glosses over other things. Maybe these areas are touched upon in the later books in the series.

Overall, a well-crafted mystery, a wonderful first book in a new series for me and one I can highly recommend to fans of Lyndsay Faye's Timothy Wilde trilogy. ( )
1 vote lkernagh | Jan 29, 2020 |
Still Life with Murder
4 Stars

Three years after the end of the Civil War, Nell Sweeney, a young woman born into poverty, finds her way into the home of the Hewitts, a wealthy Bostonian family. When William Hewitt, a former military surgeon and black sheep of the family, is accused of murder, his mother and Nell’s benefactor, begs the young governess to help her eldest child. To uncover the truth, Nell must delve deep into Boston’s dark and dangerous underbelly, but the greatest threat might just come from the enigmatic William himself.

Interesting historical setting, especially the details about Andersonville prison during the Civil War and in its aftermath. The heroine is also very appealing, but the mystery is on the predictable side.

Nell is a spirited yet practical heroine and there are just enough hints about her murky past to make her particularly intriguing. William is similarly ambiguous. He has obviously been traumatized by his experiences during the war, but there is also something fundamentally dark and ominous about him.

The mystery is pretty straightforward and it is possible to guess the identity of the culprit quite easily. Nevertheless, it is fun to follow along as Nell investigates, although she does get into some rather unrealistic situations that require a healthy dose of suspension of disbelief. Some of the other twists and turns to do with the various characters are also obvious, but compelling enough to continue with the series.

All in all, a promising start to an interesting series. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
Having just visited Boston, I enjoyed the setting. Also the heroine, Nell Sweeney. An interesting character who is not always right and who has secrets of her own. An enjoyable start to a new mystery series. ( )
  VictoriaJZ | Feb 7, 2018 |
STILL LIFE WITH MURDER by Patricia Ryan/ PB Ryan
Have read other works by this author and have enjoyed the books.
1860's on the Cape and life at the summer cottage, more like a mansion.
Hewett's are about to have another in the family. The new nursery maid, Nell tries to adjust to living in the city and on the Cape during the summer months. She also has to help raise the child under religion of the family.
She knows much of the family's dark secrets. She's a great one to sketch.
She is asked to help save their son William after he's been found, in a jail accused of murder. Mrs. Hewett can only rely on Nell to help as her husband has banned her from doing so herself.
The jail is so much part of her past life and she tries to find clues and people who saw what happened to try to help William...
Very detailed descriptions of hard subjects as she is witness to some of the investigations of scenes of events that occurred.
Like learning about all their dark secrets and how things worked back in time.
Lots of twists and turns and unpredictable things and you won't know who was the culprit til the end and it won't be who you think it is, who all the clues are pointing to.
Excerpt from the next book is included along with author bio.
via Smashwords ( )
  jbarr5 | Jan 12, 2018 |
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Boston 1868: The wealthy are enjoying the height of the Gilded Age--but not all are wealthy. As governess to the Hewitt family, Irish immigrant Nell Sweeney is sent to discover the truth behind the rumor that their son--thought to be killed in the Civil War--is still alive and in prison.

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