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The Disappearing Dowry (Ezra Melamed Mystery #1)

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It is the summer of 1810.

The Lyon family of London is eagerly awaiting preparing for the wedding of their eldest daughter, Hannah. But as the women bustle from the dressmaker to the haberdasher, Mr. Samuel Lyon, a well-respected clockmaker and member of London's Jewish elite, suffers a crushing blow.

In the blink of an eye, Mr. Lyon's entire fortune is lost. Not only has hi
Paperback, 218 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Zahav Press
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Patricia O'Sullivan
Nov 19, 2012 Patricia O'Sullivan rated it it was amazing
Mr. Lyon, a clock maker in London, has worked hard and saved a small fortune so that he can marry off his four daughters well and educate his son. But then the banks began to close, having gone bankrupt, and Mr. Lyon lost everything. He takes comfort in knowing he has a sum of money in the clock shop's strong box, but when that is stolen Mr. Lyon begins to despair. Enter Mr. Melamed, recent widower and man of means. What begins first as an intellectual exercise to find the thief, turns into an e ...more
Aug 15, 2014 Jody rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book taking place in the early 1800s of London. This book, a mystery, takes place within the Jewish community. I always enjoy novels which give the flavor of the past and this is no exception.
Rebecca, the narrator, is a daughter in the Lyon family. Her elder sister has just become engaged to marry after negotiations between the fathers of bride and groom. Unfortunately banks are failing. Mr. Lyon's investments are gone. He'd had substantial monies in his safe that might
May 12, 2014 Marjorie rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading a Regency period novel in which the Jews are the in-group and the nobility are the out-group. Well-written, too. Looking forward to reading more in the series.+-
Jan 14, 2015 Donna rated it it was amazing
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I enjoyed this look inside the Jewish community of England. I like the main characters which are the
narrator a young teenage girl from family in the community and the Attorney that helps the family
recover their wealth in time of the teenager's older sister's wedding. Very engaging start to the series can't wait to read more in this delightful series.
Oct 29, 2015 Frances rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this mystery in 1810 in London with a Jewish protagonist. It is an interesting mix of Jewish references with an old fashioned mystery. I was thoroughly engaged.
Jun 17, 2013 Naomi rated it really liked it
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A delightful young adult mystery set in 1810 Jewish London. The allusions to novels of the period will delight readers of Western classics.
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I am a mystery writer and explorer of Jewish history who was born in Kansas and now lives in Jerusalem.

The first book in my Ezra Melamed/Jewish Regency Mystery Series, The Disappearing Dowry, was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for 2010. Other books in the Jewish Regency Mystery Series, which revolves around Regency London's Jewish community, include The Moon Taker (2015) The Doppelganger's D
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