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Still Life With Murder (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series Book 1) (English Edition) par [Ryan, P.B., Ryan, Patricia]
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“P.B. Ryan makes a stunning debut with Still Life with Murder, bringing Nineteenth Century Boston alive, from its teeming slums to the mansions on Boston Common, and populating it with a vivid and memorable cast of characters. The fascinating heroine, Nell Sweeney, immediately engages the reader and I couldn't put the book down until I discovered the truth along with her. I can’t wait for the next installment.”

—Bestselling author Victoria Thompson

Boston, 1868: The dawn of the Gilded Age, an era of burgeoning commerce and invention, of unimaginable new fortunes and lavish excess—for some. Born into dismal poverty, young Nell Sweeney scratches by on her wits and little else until fortune blesses her with a position as nursery governess to the fabulously wealthy Hewitts. But she soon learns that ugly secrets lurk beneath the surface of their gold-plated world.

The Hewitts’ eldest son, William, a former Union Army battle surgeon and the black sheep of the family, was reported to have died three years before in a notorious Confederate prison camp. But one snowy February afternoon, his parents learn that he is, in fact, still alive—and in jail for having murdered a man while intoxicated on opium. Infuriated by his son’s deception and convinced of his guilt, August Hewitt forbids his wife from coming to Will’s aid, so she begs Nell to help exonerate him. Nell finds that she must delve into the kind of dark and treacherous underworld she thought she’d left far behind if she is to unearth the truth before the hangman’s noose tightens around William Hewitt’s throat.

Originally published by Berkley Prime Crime

“What a thoroughly charming book! 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 captures an authentic flavor of post-Civil War Boston as she explores that city’s dark underbelly and the lingering after-effects of the war. The atmosphere is that of The Alienist, but feisty Irish nursemaid Nell Sweeney is a more likable protagonist. I look forward to seeing her in action again.”

—New York Times bestselling author Rhys Bowen

“Still Life with Murder is a skillfully written story of intrigue and murder set during Boston’s famous Gilded Age. Nell Sweeney, governess and part-time nurse, is a winning heroine gifted with common sense, grit, and an underlying poignancy. 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. I look forward to many more books...”

—Bestselling author Roberta Gellis

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

—Reviewing the Evidence

“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.”

—RT BookReviews

“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

About the Author: Patricia Ryan, a.k.a. P.B. Ryan, is the USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including the #1 national bestseller Still Life with Murder. Pat's books have garnered rave reviews and been published in over twenty countries.

Biographie de l'auteur

Patricia Ryan, a.k.a. P.B. Ryan, is the USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including the #1 national bestseller Still Life with Murder. Pat's books have garnered rave reviews and been published in over twenty countries. She is currently writing book 1 of a “spin-off” of the Nell Sweeney mystery series. Visit her at

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1370 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 319 pages
  • Editeur : Hawkley Books; Édition : 2 (5 juillet 2010)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B003UV98MM
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This is a historical mystery set in Boston. A murder is investigated by a very witty girl working for an old aristocrtaic family. A romance is engaged between her and the suspected author of murder. Only 3 stars for this book because : the historical backgroind is interesting, but perhaps a little too light, whereas all the information given on how to smoke opium goes on and on and on on pages, and the romance is really predictable. The end is however interesting and not quite so predicatble.
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A different kind of murder mystery... set in the olden times, it is not action packed, still once done reading it, you want to learn more about the heroin Nell Sweeney whose past is certainly shadowy. She lives among a wealthy Boston family, in charge of a little adopted girl. She will help clear the name of her employer's son who has been accused of murder.
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HASH(0x9098e984) étoiles sur 5 You will love following Nell around 19th century Boston! 12 janvier 2005
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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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HASH(0x9098e9d8) étoiles sur 5 The best mystery novel I've come across in years 14 juillet 2003
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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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HASH(0x9098ebac) étoiles sur 5 EXCEPTIONAL CHARACTER DETAIL - NOT MUCH MYSTERY 9 juin 2010
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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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HASH(0x90c7d1f8) étoiles sur 5 Suspenseful murder mystery with snappy dialogue 8 juin 2006
Par Christina Lockstein - Publié sur
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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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HASH(0x90c7d21c) étoiles sur 5 Just a tad too modern for believability 2 octobre 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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