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Still Life With Murder (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series, Book 1)

Still Life With Murder (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

P.B. Ryan
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Book #1 of P.B. Ryan’s bestselling historical mystery series featuring Boston governess Nell Sweeney and opium-smoking former battle surgeon Will Hewitt. Long thought to have died during the Civil War, Will is arrested for murder, and it's up to Nell to prove his innocence. Originally published by Berkley Prime Crime.

“A beautiful combination of entertaining characters, minute historical research, and a powerful evocation of time and place. I’m very glad there will be more to come.” New York Times bestselling author Barbara Hambly

“P.B. Ryan makes a stunning debut with Still Life With Murder...I can’t wait for the next installment.” Bestselling author Victoria Thompson

“If you like fast moving, accurately drawn, historical mysteries, you won’t go wrong by trying Still Life With Murder.” Reviewing the Evidence

“Still Life With Murder is sheer perfection... gripping... powerful... unforgettable...You’ll know you’ve read one hell of a story after you turn the last page!” Reader to Reader Reviews

"This is the first book in the acclaimed Gilded Age Mysteries series, and has many things to recommend it... a tidy package of well-drawn characters, lively story and historical verisimilitude."

“...a highly entertaining book with a well-drawn pair of characters who have both sparkling chemistry and conversation. I’m looking forward to more Nell Sweeney mysteries.” All About Romance

“With its rich sense of place and time and a crisp, intelligent plot, readers will speed through this tale and be clamoring for more.” Bestselling author Earlene Fowler

“Utterly absorbing. Vividly alive characters in a setting so clearly portrayed that one could step right into it. A very clever plot in which each clue is clearly offered and yet the identity of the murderer is a complete surprise.” Roberta Gellis

“This debut mystery is a winner, with a feisty heroine, a colorful historical backdrop and a strong mystery rife with complexities. An ideal blend of history and mystery.” Romantic Times BookReviews

About the Author: Patricia Ryan has written more than two dozen novels, which have garnered rave reviews and been published in over twenty countries. A RITA winner (for Silken Threads) and four-time nominee, she is also the recipient of two Romantic Times Awards and a Mary Higgins Clark Award nomination for the second book of her bestselling historical mystery series featuring Boston governess Nell Sweeney, which she wrote under the name P.B. Ryan. Pat’s Evil Twin, Pamela Burford, is also a published romance novelist.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 549 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 324 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0425191060
  • Verlag: Hawkley Books; Auflage: 2 (5. Juli 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003UV98MM
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5.0 von 5 Sternen KAUFEN UND LESEN!!! 30. Juli 2004
Diese Buch ist eines: EINFACH SPITZE!
PB Ryan's neue Krimiserie rund um die Heldin Nell Sweeney ist mit Abstand das allerbeste, das seit einiger Zeit auf dem Markt zu finden ist. Einziger Wermutstropfen ist, der Abstand von ca. einem Jahr mit dem die Bücher nur erscheinen. Aber trotzdem - die Unterhaltung ist das Warten wert!
Boston 1868, die junge Irin Nell Sweeney wurde von der wohlhabenden Familie Hewitt als Gouvernante für die frisch adoptierte Tochter Gracie eingestellt. Die Zeit ist noch frisch geprägt von den Leiden des Bürgerkriegs und die Herausforderungen einer Stadt, die vor Einwanderern nur so überquillt, ist mit Realismus auf die Seiten gebracht worden. Aber auch hinter der Fassade der reiche Patrizier-Familien brodelt es. Nicht alles ist so anständig und den Konventionen entsprechend wie es aussehen soll.
Das zeigt sich recht schnell, als der im Bürgerkrieg scheinbar gefallene älteste Sohn der Familie wieder auftaucht - opiumsüchtig und unter Mordverdacht. Während Mr. Hewitt alles daran setzt seinen Sohn gehängt zu sehen, ist Mrs. Hewitt von der Unschuld ihres Kindes überzeugt und überredet Nell, sich in die Ermittlungen einzumischen, um die Wahrheit heraus zu finden. Doch nicht nur die Geheimnisse der Familie Hewitt werden gelüftet, auch Nells Vergangenheit wird den Lesern bröckchenweise näher gebracht.
Sehr realistisches Portrait der Zeit und der verschiedenen sozialen Klassen! Super Unterhaltung, am besten gleich zusammen mit "Murder in a mill town", dem zweiten Teil kaufen!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wunsch meiner Enkel! 28. März 2014
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Meine Enkel kommen immer wieder mit bestimmten Wünschen. Also versuche ich dann meistens deren Wünsche zu befriedigen. Das Buch kam bei ihnen gut an. HK.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen History + mystery = great read 27. Dezember 2013
Von bookish
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One of the best books I've read all year. I can recommend this one to all of you mystery fans out there who also have a knack for historical fiction.
Great characters and very clever plot. I'm thrilled to find out how this series continues!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen You will love following Nell around 19th century Boston! 12. Januar 2005
Von Kimberly M. Traynor - Veröffentlicht auf
I was up until 7am this morning reading this book and its sequel, Murder In a Milltown. Not since Owen Parry's Abel Jones series have I been so excited about a mystery series.

Nell Sweeney is a young woman with a dark past struggling to make a new life for herself assisting a physician when she is given the oppurtunity of a lifetime. Out of the blue, she's offered a position as governess to the wealthy Hewitt family's new ward, Grace. She knows that her scandalous past would disqualify her for the position but decideds to hide her past and take the job, hoping that this will bring the safety and security she's always wanted.

For a time all goes well, but Nell's carefully maintained new identity as straight-laced governess is put in jeapordy when her mentor and employer, Viola Hewitt, begs her to help save the eldest Hewitt son, Will, from hanging for murder. Unable to disappoint the woman who took such a chance on her, a poor unconnected Irish girl, Nell agrees to ivestigate the case. Suddenly, Nell is plunged back into a world of crime and poverty as she investigates the murder Will has been arrested for. Will, rich boy, martyr and rake, dominates every scene he is in. While his innocence is questionable, his charisma and the tragedy of his story soon have Nell determined to do everything she can to help him. While Will might be a bit of a cliche, the way he wears his frailties on his sleeve making him a worhty counterbalance to Nell's self concious propriety and righteousness. Their scenes together are some of the best in the book.

Still Life With Murder is teeming with fascinating characters. Nell's remarkable empathy with each of them, from Detective Cook to the prostitute Pearl to self-destructing Will Hewitt, make her not only a great amateur sleuth but the perfect guide through the posh parlors and rank opium dens of 19th century Boston.

An entertaining and satisfying read and a very promising series.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The best mystery novel I've come across in years 14. Juli 2003
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf
Excellent, excellent novel. A hopeless lover of mysteries, I will be the first to admit that 95% of the mystery novels out there are badly written and poorly conceived. "Still Life With Murder" is a true exception to that rule. I so enjoyed this world -- I am so glad that I picked this up at the bookstore. I am so devastated that I have finished it and that no sequel has been published yet.
The sleuth is no shrinking violet: born to a delicate age, she is anything but fragile and no where near naive. (Jane Austen would be shocked out of her little white bonnet.) The handsome, damaged, wildly charismatic and most-likely murderous William Hewitt had me swooning in my chair as if he were standing right in front of me -- cooly mocking and deadly enticing. Her characters are that well-drawn. And the setting, 1860's Boston, was marvelously vibrant. As a current-day resident of Boston, I learned so much about my adopted city's history. I will never be able to stroll trough the Public Gardens again without thinking of this book and hoping to find Nell and Dr. Hewitt engaged in furtive conversation on a bench nearby.
WORD TO THE WISE -- don't read the 1st review down there written by a highlighted reviewer -- they give WAY too much of the story away. The most enchanting part of this mystery is the mysterious sleuth herself -- the author knows what she is doing will let you know what she wants you to know WHEN she wants you to know it. Nell's history is meant to unfold slowly and tentatively throughout the novel.
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Any astute mystery lover will figure out the identity of the killer fairly quickly, but a trip through the time machine back to post Civil-War Boston sets this book apart from the pack. Interesting characters make this book worth reading and I have just finished doing so. On the side table rests the next installment of Nell and company, MURDER IN A MILL TOWN which will be picked up shortly after this review is posted.

Do not understand one viewer complaining about sexual content--hardly any-just one or two VERY brief scenes describing nudity that was pertinent to the scene of the moment. While others rave and give 5 stars, I personally feel that 4 stars is the accurate rating because of the lack of mystery concerning the killer

Worth your time and recommended.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Just a tad too modern for believability 2. Oktober 2011
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P.B. Ryan has done quite a lot of research and many of the descriptions of Civil War era Boston ring true. But Nell Sweeney, the main character, is supposed to be a reformed thief who spent 4 years as assistant/mistress to a doctor. How in just 4 years, while working for him, did she also manage to learn Latin and French, anatomy and very modern ideas about preserving evidence? I like the other characters in the book, and also in the second in the series. Their motivations and actions connect with their characters as well described. But Nell continues in the second book to be just a bit too modern and too insightful, even though the author allows her to jump to conclusions and be mistaken once in a while. I hate to suggest that an author 'dumb down' a female character, but at least be sure about the historic accuracy of important aspects of the plot, such as having cops look at blood splatters and such. That seems too scientific for 1860s policing.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Suspenseful murder mystery with snappy dialogue 8. Juni 2006
Von Christina Lockstein - Veröffentlicht auf
Still Life with Murder by P.B. Ryan is an amazing mystery. The characters of William Hewitt and Nell Sweeney leap off the page. Boston governess Nell is drawn into the underworld after presumed dead William Hewitt is arrested for the murder of a street thug. Long hidden secrets are revealed, including some of Nell's own. Ryan is a master at writing dialogue; it's rare that a author writes characters with such flair. The chemistry between William and Nell practically ignites the pages. The mystery itself is handled well with excellent pacing, and I was surprised at the depth of darkness within William, which only makes him more fascinating. I can't wait to read the next in the series.
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