I was really disappointed with this book.
The series started off amazing, but the last book was also lacking. The mystery took them two days to figure out and they barely did any detective work. In the end, they didn't even realize who the killer was, the killer admitted it. Also, I don't care what cover story they had, if people ask that many questions, especially in an illegal place, people get suspicious and don't talk. There's one more book in this series and I really hope it does 2. There's one more book in this series and I really hope it does not follow in the same vein as the last two.
Apr 06, Jeanne rated it really liked it Shelves: I read the entire series in just a few days. They are short and, if you enjoy one, you are going to want to read to the end. The mysteries are good enough, the romance star-crossed lovers from different social classes carries from one book to the next, the setting is well-described and one of the main characters has a major character flaw which adds a bit of interest. Read them in order. Dec 20, Tara B rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Book 5: Nell Sweeney Mysteries. Murder in the North End Book Cover. July Nell Sweeney's position as governess for the venerable Hewitts of Boston. Read saving Murder In the North End (Nell Sweeney Mysteries, #5) .. I have so enjoyed this series - I have jumped from one book into the next. I wish they.
I really like Nell and after having missed a few books in the series, it felt like picking up with an old friend. A police detective is blamed for murdering a drunk and abusive husband in the north end and she and will solve the crime. Jul 04, Maggie rated it really liked it.
The best so far. The final chapter may be my favorite passage ever. Nov 12, Julia rated it really liked it Shelves: Aug 21, Julie rated it really liked it. I love this series. Love the characters and their development over each book. Love exploring old haunts in Boston, Gloucester and Cape Cod through the unfolding of this adventuresome mystery! Nov 01, Lisbeth rated it really liked it Shelves: Being in Mallorca my reading habits is slightly different. More like; you take what you have. I do have a small library here, but most of the books I have already read, but there are of course still some.
Then there is the iPad where I save books for a day when no actual paper books are appealing. Being on a holiday it is nice with some easy going novels to spend the days in the sun. I subscribe to some newsletters who offers free or very che Being in Mallorca my reading habits is slightly different. I subscribe to some newsletters who offers free or very cheap books. Most of the time they are not appealing to me, but from time to time there is a gem. A detective story set in Boston in the latter half of the 19th century.
With a bold and intelligent woman as the heorine and the black sheep of one of the old families as the hero, and, taking place in a historical setting… was too much for me to resist. And what a wonderful, very thrilling story, taking you towards an end which you could not imagine until the very end. It was only when I came to the end that I realised that this is a series of six books! We meet Nell Sweeney, a young orphaned girl, in the beginning of the book, as an assistant to the local doctor.
Being called to the summerhouse of the Hewitt family, and old, wealthy family from Boston, where one of the maids is in labour. The labour is hard but thanks to the doctor and Nell both the mother and baby survives. The baby is adopted by Mrs Hewitt and her husband and they enrol Nell as the governess. This is the prologue and there are a lot of hints during this short chapter I will not reveal here not to spoil anything to take you straight into the story and happily go through the book as fast as possible.
Nell is a young lady with a dark past and secrets. The Hewitt family, as families of this sort mostly, also have secrets. Their two eldest sons died in the Civil War and the two youngest, of which one is the wild sort, are the only remaining.
Then of course there is Gracie, the young girl adopted by the family. Then a murder happens which puts the reputation of the family at risk. Mr Hewitt has his own way of solving the problem and Mrs Hewitt has hers. This mostly involved Nell who is sent on a errand to the areas of the city she would normally not frequent. It also makes her remember her past. I will not reveal more of the story since there would be spoilers.
The story is very well written, it looks into the lives of the upper and lower classes, opium dens, dubious bars and the mystery of who murdered Ernest Tulley. The detective work developing with discussions between Nell and Detective Cook, is well written in an old fashioned kind of way, comparing with Sherlock Holmes or Poirot.
There is a tension between the heroine and the hero which is developed through their characters and a increasing respect between the two. There is no notion that they will automatically come together. We just have to wait and see. I really liked the characters that P. They are also recurring in the coming books which I noticed when downloading the second book in the series, Murder in a Mill, which I have already finished.
Although the crime story is not as exquisite as in the first book, it is very thrilling and as in the first book, you come to passages where you wonder how the heroine will be able to get out of the situation. Very well done indeed. What I like about her heroine is that she is a strong, intelligent, tough, clever and bold young lady who is able to meet situations out of the extra ordinary, but still seemingly realistic.
The hero is a handsome black sheep, living with terrible memories of the Civil War and having difficulties to adapt to every day life. This historical mystery series is well written, has a great sense of time and place, a likeable and respectable heroine and just a touch of a love story. I'll be sad to see it end. Quoted from my review http: The odious, and disgraced, ex-detective Charles Skinner is sure that Nell is conspiring to keep him hidden, and he has threatened Nell.
Before she gets far in the investigation, Will shows up and offers to help her — and protect her from Quoted from my review http: Before she gets far in the investigation, Will shows up and offers to help her — and protect her from Skinner. Something has changed, though.
Nell has begun to question her devotion to the Catholic Church. For the first time, Nell is willing to pursue a divorce. The ending is even more heart breaking than the previous book. Your presence in my life has shone a light upon my soul that will never be extinguished. For that precious gift, I shall be forever in your debt. Where do they go from here? Sweet Nell Sweeney, with a sordid and battered past, and Dr. Will Hewitt, the man despised and sent away as a child, not knowing he originated from his dear mother's only sin before her marriage.
Both hiding secrets and hurts that would have destroyed lesser souls, but for the kindness of an aging physician who helped Nell in her time of need, and Nell herself who snatched aristocrat William Hewitt from the clutches of opium. Somehow they found each other through their Where do they go from here? Somehow they found each other through their love of a child, Gracie: Will's unbeknownst daughter conceived by a servant in his parents home on furlough from the war that would take his brother's life and nearly destroy his own; Nell, her governess, destined to remain married to the man in jail who took from her the ability to have her own child.
Their love for each other is as strong as their love for little Gracie. Nell and Will are both fascinating characters. From wholly disparate backgrounds, they should have no common ground. But they each have past pains and secrets that allow them to understand each other. They make a great sleuthing team, as well. The cast of supporting characters in this book is colorful and well drawn, making the book an easy read. I eagerly await the next Gilded Age mystery. Read more Read less. Prime Book Box for Kids. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Buy the selected items together This item: Ships from and sold by Amazon.
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Of the series, so far I haven't read the last book yet , this is the most complicated. As a mystery, the interesting things are the facts of the case, facts and facets of the era, and Will and Bell's sleuthing. My my medieval romance fans know me as Patricia Ryan and my historical mystery fans as P.
Over the past 15 years, I've published 27 novels and novellas with 28 in the works , with editions in over 20 countries. My books are known for being brisk, emotionally gripping page-turners. VR Christensen on Dec. Some really interesting characters are introduced to us in this installment of the Nell Sweeney mysteries, including an oversized brothel matron and a street rat with a good heart and a great deal of potential.
None are more engaging, however, than our hero and heroine, together once again to rescue a friend from the hangman's noose. But I love it, from the moment he shows up, quite unexpectedly, to the cliff-hanger ending. I didn't even pause this time before beginning the next book. Oh what will I do when there is no more Will and Nell? Estara Swanberg on Aug. Now this was more like it.