Book Review

by P.B. Ryan

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: Post-Civil War Boston

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On Sept. 29, 1869, the gold market crumbles, and fortunes are lost in a matter of hours. When the bodies of two men, wealthy Boston brahmins Noah Basett and Philip Munro, are found,
it's assumed that they committed suicide over their financial losses. But
when Harvard professor and forensic
scientist Will Hewitt autopsies the
victims, he discovers that Munro
was murdered.

Dr. Hewitt needs help navigating
the city and its complex society to find the killer. He turns to governess Nell Sweeney, who understands the world
of the rich and how their power can
be used to hide their secrets.

The investigation leads to the
conclusion that these men were
concerned more with keeping some things hidden than with the loss of
their money. How they were tied
together makes for a chilling climax
to a mesmerizing mystery.

Not only does Ryan provide readers with a tightly wound, suspenseful novel peopled with multidimensional characters, she writes about an era whose problems mirror our own. This is a historical period she knows and brings to
life so clearly that readers are totally immersed. Nell is an ideal heroine: smart, intrepid and human. Be on
the lookout for her return. (Nov.,
230 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime

Published: November 2005

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