Murder on Black Friday (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series #4)

Murder on Black Friday (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series #4)

by P. B. Ryan

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"A mesmerizing mystery. Not only does Ryan provide readers with a tightly wound, suspenseful novel peopled with multidimensional characters, she writes about an era whose problems mirror our own. This is a historical period she knows and brings to life so clearly that readers are totally immersed. Nell is an ideal heroine: smart, intrepid and human. Be on the lookout for her return." -RT BookReviews

On Sept. 24, 1869, the gold market crumbles, and fortunes are lost in a matter of minutes. When two of Boston's most prominent men are found dead on Wall Street's first "Black Friday," it's widely assumed that they committed suicide over their financial losses. But upon examining the bodies, forensic scientist Dr. William Hewitt concludes that one of the men was most likely murdered.

Will wants to investigate the circumstances surrounding the suspicious death, but to do so, he needs to navigate the upper echelons of Boston society, which are foreign to him. He enlists the aid of Nell Sweeney, the Irish-born governess employed by his estranged parents. Not only is Nell acquainted with many of the city's most prominent citizens, she understands how their wealth and power can be used to keep dark secrets under wraps. As their investigation progresses, Nell and Will discover that the two dead men were linked by something more valuable-and far more treacherous-than gold.

Originally published by Berkley Prime Crime. 57K words.

"Nell and Will are a confirmed pair of amateur sleuths in this fourth entry in the popular Gilded Age series, and this makes the setting perhaps slightly cozier, but as usual, P B Ryan is spot on with her period detail. This is the best part about the series for me, as these books really do open a window into how both the high and low society of Boston operated. She thankfully doesn't shrink (Anne Perry style) from showing it, warts and all...probably the best entry yet." -MyShelf.com

"As always, Nell and Will's predicament tugs at my heart. Loved it!" -Babbling Book Reviews

"The author has an amazing grasp of life during this period of history. Each detail is crafted to let the reader feel immersed in the time; from the major historical events, to the minutiae of everyday life. These facts are effortlessly woven into the overall narrative." -The Romance Reader's Connection

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692217573
Publisher: Hawkley Books
Publication date: 06/25/2014
Series: Nell Sweeney Series , #4
Pages: 206
Sales rank: 686,753
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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. She is currently writing book 1 of a "spin-off" of the Nell Sweeney mystery series. Visit her at pb-ryan.com.

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Murder on Black Friday 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
TexasStarVA More than 1 year ago
Nell Sweeney is a girl with a past that must remain hidden. Her strong sense of values and willingness to risk herself to help others make her a likeable heroine. These six novels are a wonderful window into Victorian Boston, and how the people of that era faced problems similar to today's issues - like high unemployment, discrimination, crime and drug abuse. Very enjoyable and unexpected. Highly recommended!
TooTexan More than 1 year ago
I am enjoying this series very much. I like that you can read any one of the books without having read the others. The author gives just enough information to keep you up to speed (or just to refresh your memory). A little romance in the mystery is just my cup of tea.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The entire series has been great. So wrapped up in the period, the characters, enjoy her writing so much. And, i forget to predict who done it!
omniverousreader More than 1 year ago
Loved the series. get them all it's worth it
vrchristensen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Besides the first, I think this is my favourite so far. The romance aspect grows more intense and subsequently more complicated, particularly for Nell. This was the first mystery I knew the answer to before it was properly solved, but it was the revealing of all the elements that went into making it happen that really intrigued and surprised me. I'm learning to truly loath Harry Hewitt (as if I didn't have reason enough before) and to like Will all the better. All the little looks and hints and subtly dropped suggestions between he and Nell create a feeling of subtle and cloaked intensity that I appreciate in British literature of the era.
nlb1050 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Of the four books in the Gilded Age series that I have read I enjoyed this the most. Though I did really enjoy the previous 3. And am sure that I will enjoy the next 2. Ms.Ryan shows great knowledge of the time period that the series takes place.If you enjoy historical mysteries you can not go wrong in reading this series.
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I love this Nell Sweeney series but I must agree with the others that have said this book is too short. Otherwise another completely enjoyable visit with our beloved Nell. ~*~LEB~*~
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Needs to be a lot longer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At full novel rates. Unfortunately, purchased the lot at once. Kitt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable read.
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Liked it enough to read the entire series.
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Excellent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish the author wouldve written more to this book like they did in earlier ones of the series. It was a bit short thats the only reason for four stars not five. Other than that loved loved loved it.
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Another great read in this series. It won't disappoint!
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