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Having read all the books in this series I am anxious for the next. Ryan has patiently and believably developed the personalities and relationship between Nell and Will. The supporting characters have substance and credibility and come in and out of the series to help build the drama and mystery. It is fun to visit the fascinating city of Boston in the 1860s. Ryan evokes this richly layered period in US history and carefully weaves the influences of Boston Brahmins, Irish immigrants , Harvard and post civil war America into a good story worth reading
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The third in the Nell Sweeney Murder Mysteries finds famous actress, Virginia Kimball and her maid, Fiona Gannon both brutally shot to death . . . according to the police, by one another, when the actress caught her maid in the act of stealing her jewelry . . . but Fiona's uncle, a driver for the wealthy Hewett family for which both he and Nell work, swears that his niece is innocent of both the theft and the murder . . . enlisting Nell's help in clearing Fiona's name . . . handsome rogue, Will Hewitt, returning from one of his gambling jaunts, shows up at Virginia Kimball's very unconventional funeral, as does Nell . . . and the two, once again pair up to unravel some very unusual murders . . . suffice to say that the Boston police, who have sticky fingers, are not much help . . . but Nell's past skills on the streets come in handy . . . the infamous red book, that so many men of the city seem willing to bribe . . . or maybe kill for . . . has everyone in a tether . . . and Nell and Will keep on the case until it is solved . . . I didn't see it going where it did . . . well done, AGAIN!!!
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This appears to be the final instalment of this series, but I really do hope that it isn't! A most interesting tale which, once again you do not see coming, and even when you do get an inkling of it, there's still that kick in the tail!
I truly admire this author, she knows how to tell a great story: murder and mystery to be sure, but personality and character abound too. One is left pondering on the outcomes of many different paths…