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Monday, July 30, 2012

Murder in a Mill Town by P. B. Ryan

Genre: Historical Mystery

Setting, Boston: 1868

First Sentence: "We quarreled last March," aid Nell Sweeney in a manfully deep working class English accent - or her best attempt at one - embellished with just the slightest quaver of lunacy.

This novel is the second in P. B. Ryan's Gilded Age mystery series.

In this installment of the series Nell and Will are back together.  Nell is an Irish girl with a troubled past.  She serves as the governess of a high society Boston household.  She takes care of a young girl named Gracie.  If her employers discovered the truth of Nell's past, she might lose her position.

Will is a former opium addict, a morphine addict, and a professional gambler.  He is the estranged adult son of her employers.  And he is Gracie's biological father.

Together they make an unlikely investigative duo.  They have a unique friendship which might be more but for both of their past experiences.

As we read we learn more about Nell's sordid past.  There is a murder, and once again Will's brother Harry is an early suspect.  But a threat from Nell's past puts her reputation, and life, in danger.

Can Nell and Will solve the mystery, save Nell's reputation and her life?

Ryan is my new favorite author.  The best Historical Mysteries are also well written Historical Novels.  Ryan's novels are extremely well written, and thoroughly enjoyable.  I can't wait to read the next novel in the series.

Murder in a Mill Town

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