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

By P.B. Ryan, Patricia Ryan

“P.B. Ryan makes a gorgeous debut with nonetheless existence with homicide, bringing 19th Century Boston alive, from its teeming slums to the mansions on Boston universal, and populating it with a bright and remarkable forged of characters. The interesting heroine, Nell Sweeney, instantly engages the reader and that i could not placed the ebook down until eventually i found the reality with her. I can’t watch for the subsequent installment.”

—Bestselling writer Victoria Thompson

Boston, 1868: The sunrise of the Gilded Age, an period of burgeoning trade and invention, of incredible new fortunes and extravagant excess—for a few. Born into dismal poverty, younger Nell Sweeney scratches by means of on her wits and little else until eventually fortune blesses her with a place as nursery governess to the fabulously prosperous Hewitts. yet she quickly learns that gruesome secrets and techniques lurk underneath the outside in their gold-plated world.

The Hewitts’ eldest son, William, a former Union military conflict health practitioner and the black sheep of the family members, used to be pronounced to have died 3 years ahead of in a infamous accomplice felony camp. yet one snowy February afternoon, his mom and dad study that he's, actually, nonetheless alive—and in penal complex for having murdered a guy whereas intoxicated on opium. Infuriated by means of his son’s deception and confident of his guilt, August Hewitt forbids his spouse from coming to Will’s reduction, so she begs Nell to assist exonerate him. Nell reveals that she needs to delve into the type of darkish and treacherous underworld she concept she’d left a ways in the back of if she is to unearth the reality sooner than the hangman’s noose tightens round William Hewitt’s throat.

Originally released by way of Berkley leading Crime

“What a completely captivating ebook! a stunning blend of wonderful characters, minute historic learn, and a strong evocation of time and position. I’m very completely satisfied there'll be extra to come.”

—New York instances bestselling writer Barbara Hambly

“P.B. Ryan captures an real taste of post-Civil struggle Boston as she explores that city’s darkish underbelly and the lingering after-effects of the warfare. the ambience is that of The Alienist, yet feisty Irish nursemaid Nell Sweeney is a extra likable protagonist. i glance ahead to seeing her in motion again.”

—New York occasions bestselling writer Rhys Bowen

“Still existence with homicide is a skillfully written tale of intrigue and homicide set in the course of Boston’s recognized Gilded Age. Nell Sweeney, governess and part-time nurse, is a successful heroine proficient with good judgment, grit, and an underlying poignancy. With its wealthy feel of position and time and a crisp, clever plot, readers will velocity via this story and be clamoring for more.”

—Bestselling writer Earlene Fowler

“Utterly soaking up. Vividly alive characters in a surroundings so sincerely portrayed that possible step correct into it. a really smart plot within which every one clue is obviously provided and but the identification of the assassin is a whole shock. i glance ahead to many extra books...”

—Bestselling writer Roberta Gellis

“If you love fast paced, thoroughly drawn, old mysteries, you won’t get it wrong through making an attempt nonetheless lifestyles with Murder.”

—Reviewing the Evidence

“This debut secret is a winner, with a feisty heroine, a colourful historic backdrop and a powerful secret rife with complexities. a fantastic combination of heritage and mystery.”

—RT BookReviews

“Still existence with homicide is sheer perfection... gripping... powerful... unforgettable... You’ll be aware of you’ve learn one hell of a narrative once you flip the final page!”

—Reader to Reader Reviews

About the writer: Patricia Ryan, a.k.a. P.B. Ryan, is the united states at the present time bestselling writer of greater than dozen novels, together with the number 1 nationwide bestseller nonetheless lifestyles with homicide. Pat's books have garnered rave reports and been released in over twenty nations.

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He used to be fearless, too, took insane dangers, uncovered himself to enemy fireplace again and again to retrieve wounded males. He stored a very good many lives earlier than he was once captured. ” “How did it ensue? ” He gestured haphazardly with the cigar, looked as if it would become aware of his brandy as though for the 1st time, and took a sip. “The conflict was once finishing, Robbie was once injured—badly, he couldn’t be moved. Will wouldn’t go away him. there have been another wounded males, too, yet I knew it used to be Robbie he didn’t are looking to go away. He stayed with them and permit himself be captured. He advised me to retreat with the remainder of our regiment. ” With a sneer of self-disgust, he stated, “I don’t need to inform you I did simply that. ” He swallowed the total snifter of brandy in a single tilt. “Of path you probably did. Your regiment was—” “No. ” He shook his head, held up a hand as though to prevent such sophistry. “No. We’d sworn to stay jointly, the 3 people. Sworn it. I must have performed no matter what I needed to do to stick with them. Don’t imagine I haven’t kicked myself over that. ” “You may have died if you’d stayed with them. ” “Indeed i'd have. I take place to understand very much approximately Andersonville as a result of paintings I did in Washington after the conflict. They buried 100 males an afternoon there. might be i used to be intended to be considered one of them. ” “A hundred? ” “We’re conversing approximately a huge outdoors pen, leave out Sweeney, constructed from hewn pine logs, with sentry bins each thirty yards, housing a few thirty-two thousand males. ” His speech misplaced its torpor and took at the resolute tone of a attorney addressing a jury. “There was once a diseased creek working via it for bathing and washing down the occasional spoonful of rice and peas, occasionally a potato—nearly constantly rancid. The prisoners have been forbidden to construct shelters. there have been a couple of tents, a few lean-to’s, yet such a lot of them lived their lives thoroughly uncovered to the weather, day and evening, all yr around. in the summertime it could actually get to 100 levels regularly, and within the wintry weather there has been frequently freezing rain, and infrequently even snow. After a nasty rainstorm, they might simply pull the our bodies out of the dust and bury them in a mass grave. ” Nell acknowledged, “I observed images of emaciated prisoners in Harper’s Weekly after the Union military arrived on the finish of the struggle. ” She needed she hadn’t. They have been little greater than skeletons with dermis stretched over them, these men—eyes vacant, toothless mouths gaping. the pictures in their discomfort nonetheless haunted her. “That used to be the problem that got here out in June of sixty-five,” Jack stated. “It’s what sparked the final outcry over Andersonville—that and the truth that each Union veteran one meets both hung out there or is aware an individual who did—Andersonville was once so populous that it was once truly the 5th greatest urban within the Confederacy. The North sought after retribution. i needed retribution. That’s why I went to Washington after the battle, rather than again the following. I went to paintings for the Adjutant-General’s workplace of the warfare division, to aid them arrange the case opposed to Andersonville’s commandant, Captain Henry Wirz.

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