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Bitter Tide

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Ellis Island Superintendent Joseph Hannegan stands alone in trying to protect the interests of immigrants--and of his country--against the rampant corruption overtaking the immigration station. As yet another scandal unfolds, Hannegan believes he may finally have enough evidence to rout crooked Assistant Commissioner Edward McNabb. But when young Irish immigrant Maggie Fly ...more
Hardcover, 411 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Five Star (ME)
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Feb 02, 2009 Sue added it
Upon landing on Ellis Island in 1901, Irish immigrant Maggie Flynn shoots her companion Cormac Doyle, causing an additional problem for Ellis Island Superintendent Joseph Hannegan. Already charged with protecting the immigrants and weeding out corruption from the Assistant Commissioner on down to his subordinates, Hannegan doesn’t need a murder investigation as well, especially when no one can locate the victim after he is rushed to the hospital. When Hannegan realizes the shooting is connected ...more
I enjoyed this book, though I felt it wasn't quite as well-written and well-characterized as some I've read recently. It's a combination of historical fiction, mystery, and romance. As historical fiction, it seemed well researched and really shed light for me on the politics and experiences surrounding Ellis Island. As a mystery, I enjoyed it, but found the details a bit confusing at the beginning. As a romance, it was entertaining but I found the characters somewhat flat and the ending unsatisf ...more
Good writing and an excellent historical mystery. I had no idea the Immigration station at Ellis Island was so riddled with vice and corruption in the early 1900s. Hundreds of employees process and admit or deport thousands of immigrants a day. Rachel Bonner works as a matron there, and Superintendent Joseph Hannegan is secretly assigned to document and rout the crooked officials. Irish rebels, who are immigrants but can't stop seeking Home Rule for their former home, are a significant part of t ...more
As a fan of mysteries and Old New York, be sure to try Bitter Tide by Ann Stamos. The author does a great job of bringing New York to life, and the story is full of details about Ellis Island, the immigration process, and the rampant political corruption of the time.

For a fascinating book that not only offers a compelling mystery, but also a glimpse into the early days of Ellis Island immigration, with all of the hope, tragedy, and corruption, check out Bitter Tide.
I'm not much of a mystery person, so you can't really judge this book based on my minimal enjoyment of it. What I will say is that the turn-of-the-century New York setting was unusual and well researched, the characters were interesting, and the second half of the book moved at a decent clip. Fans of historical mysteries would probably like it well enough.
Judy Iakovou is the author, writing as Ann Stamos. A mystery, set in the early 20th century, with a little bit of romance. I really liked this book and was impressed by the historical details that went into it. I hope there's another one I can read.
A mystery set around Ellis Island. Maggie comes to the U.S. from Ireland with her boyfriend. When they land at Ellis Island, she shoots him. It's a good mystery, with lots of convoluted turns.
Excellent level of complexity. I love how they "sneak" a helpful Greek into a story of mostly Irish immigrants.
Tim Shaughnessy
This is a great story!! I hope this author writes more books of this type.

Margaret Boehm
Excellent novel, well written.
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Ann Stamos is the pen name for Takis and Judy Iakovou, authors of the Nick and Julia Lambros series. Although we collaborate on our books, Judy is the writer and Takis is "plot guy." When you correspond with us on Goodreads, you get Judy. Get in touch any time, or visit us on!
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