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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 549 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425191060
  • Publisher: Hawkley Books; 2 edition (July 5 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003UV98MM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #385 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a Great Mystery! July 25 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really loved this book. There are many layers of mystery in the story line and the writing is strong enough that you do not immediately know the ending after the first chapter. I also really enjoyed the main characters as they are not constantly described as beautiful and gorgeous and blah, blah,blah on and on.... she is not over the top, not too prim and proper, and you can see her good and bad qualities. There is a nice pace to the book and a rhythm to the authors writing that is enjoyable. She does not get too caught up in the history that you start skipping paragraphs, thank you so much for that! There is some slight sensual interactions although very mild, and very little vulgarity which was a welcome change. I also thought the sexual references were honestly written without being offensive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good pace, great characters March 2 2013
By The Baking Bookworm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Note: This review was originally posted on my blog, The Baking Bookworm ([...])

My Thoughts: I quite enjoyed this read that I just happened to buy from the Kindle store based on a few good reviews and, quite honestly, the low price. It had a good, solid mystery and I loved the fact that it took place in the Gilded Era, a time that I don't know too much about.

The book has a good pace and great characters. Nell is a strong and independent woman but her attitude and independence believably fits with the time period. I love the fact that the author alludes to Nell's not so innocent past which really sparked my interest to figure out what she's hiding. Her life story, growing up poor, is briefly discussed and it was interesting to see what life was like for the working poor back then. Nell adores her charge, Grace, but fears that one wrong step (or one secret revealed) could cast her from her place in upper society back to her much more humble beginnings.

Nell's chemistry and banter with Will Hewitt create a good tension and I'm interested to see where it leads. Will is a very dark character who is extremely flawed ... yet the reader and Nell can see a glimmer of promise in him. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still Life with Murder Oct. 22 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As has been said previously, this mystery was very well thought out, and the characters beautifully written, and I would have thoroughly enjoyed the book but for two things: 1) I was hurt and offended by the misuse of the names of God and Jesus Christ. Apparently it's permitted to take Their names in vain provided one is angry, frustrated, disgusted, amused, bored or just can't think of anything else to say. 2) It bothered me that it seems to be OK to commit adultery provided it's done for the right reasons: pity, loneliness or to express gratitude. I realize that most people will think these reasons archaic and silly, but they are very important to me, which is why I only gave the book 3 stars rather than 5.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good rainy day read. March 8 2014
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Just the sort of mystery I like and the setting/location was one with which I'm familiar. By the end you felt like you has lived in this village.
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3.0 out of 5 stars slow. Feb. 4 2014
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Good atmosphere, somewhat slow. The writer has a lot of promise but it gets overly caught up in too much detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful surprise July 16 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I happened on this book at the library, and it's one of the best mysteries I have read in a long time. The plot has many surprises, but the characters of Nell and William are the force that keeps the book enthralling. I can't wait to read the sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting historical mystery series is a winner! March 25 2004
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This book is so exciting! I can hardly wait for the next book by this writer to come out! I really liked this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing!! March 23 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Patricia Ryan has captivated me. This book is simply outstanding! I had to force myself to put it down each night, so as not to rush through and miss any points. The characters are made flesh and rise from the page. The plot is captivating and the attention to historical detail is wondorous. I can not recommend this book enough. I have passed it on to all my friends, and we all anxiously await the second installment. If you love historical mysteries you can not go wrong!
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