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The Nanny at Number 43

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  179 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Be Careful Who You Let Into Your Home

Wanted, a respectable woman to care for a motherless child.

When William D. Thomas’s wife dies in childbirth, he places an advertisement in his local newspaper seeking a nanny for his newborn child.

He is thankful when an experienced nanny arrives at 43 Laurence Street and takes over from his frazzled housekeeper Mrs McHugh.

Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published July 1st 2019 by Poolbeg Press
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♥ Sandi ❣
3.75 stars Thanks to BookSirens and Poolbeg Press for the chance to read and review this book. Published July 1, 2019.

A new author for me. I was happy with her character development and liked or disliked her characters, as expected, dependent on their roles. The story for the most part flowed well with the alternating chapters. The conclusion was as expected, no big surprise. I would read this author again.

Based in Ireland, just outside Dublin, we follow the daughter of a local whore, Mad
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Set in nineteenth century Ireland, this book had me pulled in straight away. I was intrigued by the book cover and the blurb and the novel itself did not disappoint. I have been reading quite a few mystery books recently and this trend has continued, with another great, four star rating.

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Trish at Between My Lines
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Nicola Cassidy's debut Novel - December Girl - so I was eagerly anticipating her second novel- The Nanny at Number 43. And I'm delighted to say she has delivered another page turner that I loved reading.

The author skilfully brought the past to life in front of my eyes with vivid descriptions that accurately recreated the time period. The setting is Drogheda in 1880, and everything from the character's clothes to their dialogue felt very appropriate. Which really kept me in the
Melissa Borsey
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book for the characters, I absolutely loved Mrs. McHugh and her husband, Mick and Betty and I absolutely despised the Nanny. This book captivated me from the first page until the very end and I look forward to reading more books by this author. I thank Librarything for the opportunity to read and review
Mairead Hearne (
'Be Careful Who You Let Into Your Home'

When blogger and writer Nicola Cassidy took a local history tour of her home town in Drogheda, Co. Louth she had no idea that a passing tale, told by the guide, would inspire her second novel.

The Nanny at Number 43 was published on July 1st with Poolbeg Press and, although the book is fiction, Nicola Cassidy was influenced in her writing by the historical facts she uncovered during her research.

In reading the press release for The Nanny at Number 43 I
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A young family are excited to be leaving tenement life behind. They are taking up residence in a cottage in the countryside. Whilst they embark on plans, they make a gruesome discovery. As the good life they envisioned is put to one side, investigations lead to a most horrific tale.
Bereaved William D. Thomas places an advertisement in his local paper for a nanny to care for his newborn daughter. When a young woman with appropriate experience arrives at his door, 43, Laurence Street, he hires
Margaret Madden
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stunning emotional, gripping read!!!
Drogheda, Ireland in 1880 is where this story
happens. The author’s historical description
of that time period brought the story to life.
The reader will learn about the customs, food,
Clothes, housing, dialogues plus the jobs
that were available in this time period.
Mad Maggie was the town drunk and a woman
of ill repute. She was a single mother with two
young children. The oldest child Maggies always
took care of the younger child. Then one night,
Mad Maggie knifes
Lel Budge
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anne-cater
What is wrong with you?”

This is set in Ireland in the 1880’s.

Mrs McHugh, the housekeeper is struggling, trying to look after the baby of Mr Thomas when his wife dies in childbirth. He puts an ad in the local paper for a respectable woman to care for a motherless child.

We meet Margaret Murphy (Maggie), who has responded to the ad, a stern woman who instantly calms and feeds the baby… the job is hers.

Mrs McHugh tells her friend Betty, she doesn’t trust her, she said something doesn’t feel
Carrie Nellis Crisp
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Psycho Nanny

I liked how this story was told . It was twisted and kept me going . There was a explanation about all the characters and how they were connected . And how The Nanny was raised as a child and what made her become a serial killer .
*I got this book free from BookSirens in exchange for an honest review*

This book read like something straight off of the Investigation Discovery channel. If the shows Deadly Women and A Crime To Remember had a baby, this book would be it.

Speaking of babies, this book literally revolves around 19th century infanticide so if that is something you’d prefer Not to read about, turn away now. This book was interesting in that it altered between several different POVs... and the murderer being one of
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review of the eBook edition

Twin babies laid together in a suitcase and buried in the garden of a countryside home are at the heart of a police investigation that will lead investigators in an unexpected direction.

The arrival of an experienced nanny at 43 Laurence Street eases the burden of a grieving father who lost his beloved wife in childbirth. William Thomas may be relieved, but the housekeeper, Winnifred McHugh, isn’t so sure that the nanny’s arrival in Drogheda is a good thing. She
Kara Jay
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

This book kept me hooked the entire time. It was a slow burn of a mystery/thriller.
Immediately transporting the reader into a realistic 1880s Ireland, Nicola Cassidy draws readers in with incredibly well developed characters and an intriguing mystery.
This story is told from many different perspectives giving us different viewpoints on the situation. It's done better than many books written this way and truly furthers the
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This is probably one of the most depressing books I’ve read in a very long time. I felt like the weight of the world was on my shoulders while reading it. I am not even sure how to write a synopsis of the story. Christy is a bad guy about to be released from prison. He has two sisters. His “girlfriend “ is a very dysfunctional girl named Maggie. Maggie came from a very hard life. She was in a workhouse when she got an opportunity to go to work as a livein-maid/house girl. Maggie didn’t like it ...more
Sophie Bristow Harris
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don’t normally read books that are written this far back in history - “The Nanny at Number 43” by Nicola Cassidy is based in 1880. The writing is incredibly finely detailed, so much so that the reader really believes that they are there too.
A great old fashioned murder mystery about a psycho Nanny and her evil deeds.
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is billed as a mystery, and that it is, but it’s not the usual kind of thing. Most mysteries start out with an intro, then a crime of some sort is committed, and then the rest of the book is about discovering the criminal and bringing him or her to justice. This book is slightly different, in that while you are gradually told just who is up to no good, it isn’t until nearly the end of the book that you find out the truth about the crime. The book takes place in Ireland, with the ...more
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Nanny at Number 43 by Nicola Cassidy is told through multiple character's points-of-view. Each one has their own story and a link to the new Nanny that showed up to take care of a recently widowed man and his 3-week-old baby girl. As these stories unfold, the reader will discover murders, lost love, poverty, and hardships.
4.5/5 - I really enjoyed this book. It was not perfect, but for the past few ARCs I've been given/read, it's the first I've given an almost 5-star rating. Maybe it is
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
William D. Thomas places an advertisement in his local newspaper seeking a nanny for his new-born baby, after William's wife dies in childbirth. He has no idea what story is about to unfold when an experienced nanny arrives at 43 Laurence Street. The housekeeper of the house, Mrs McHugh, talks over her worries about the new nanny with her friend Betty, a bed-ridden woman with a view through her window right at the house. Meanwhile, bodies of twin babies are discovered buried in the garden of a ...more
Wanted, a respectable woman to care for a motherless child.

Set in 19th Century Ireland. When William Thomas’s wife dies in childbirth, he puts an ad in his local newspaper looking for a nanny to take care of his newborn daughter. When an experienced nanny shows up at 43 Laurence Street, he is thankful and hires her to help take over the nanny duties from his housekeeper, Mrs. McHugh. Mrs. McHugh does not think the Nanny is all that she seems, and when strange things start happening she suspects
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Some books hook you from the very first page and The Nanny at Number 43 is definitely one of them!

Opening with the grisly discovery of two small bodies buried in a suitcase in the back garden of a well-to-do suburban house, the novel quickly descends into a dark tale of death and revenge as a mysterious – and seemingly respectable – young woman arrives at 43 Laurence Street to care for a newly orphaned baby. As the new nanny’s relationship with the newly widowed Mr Thomas begins to develop
Myrna Gottlieb
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I got this free e-book in exchange for an honest review.I read the book with interest, tho there were problems that made it hard to follow the time frame.

The book opened at a small seaport village in Ireland, outside Dublin, in the 1880s. At first it seemed like some of the events had happened many years ago, and ghosts from past crimes were haunting the present new owners of a house in the countryside. But it turned out that only the events of the nanny's childhood took place in the past-
Bethany Swafford
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Number 43 suffered a tragedy with the death of its mistress. Help arrives in the form of The Nanny to look after the newborn baby girl. Mrs. McHugh, the housekeeper, is not convinced all is well. Time will reveal the truth but how many will die in the meantime?

This book was one wild ride. The narrative jumps around A LOT. For the most part, it is told through the third person point of view. We follow Mrs. McHugh as she worries over whether she is right to be concerned. We have Mr. Thomas who is
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: r4r-and-arc, mystery
I recieved a free copy of this book via booksirens in exchange for honest review.

I felt this book was a little slow to get getting, but that doesn't mean it's a bad thing. It just adds to the suspense, but for me personally it was a little slow. The secrets were revealed in a slow manner.

Since there was at least three time-lines and mutiple POV's I would have preferred a reference to where and when the chapter was taking place. I got a little confused at times. Especially when there were
Cynthia Prosser
While I didn't like this book, in all fairness to the book, it was not the book's fault. The book was very well written and the deliberative pacing led to slow, inexorable building of tension as the story moved to resolution. It was told primarily in the present with several flashbacks to give context as well as increase the foreboding. Fairly early on in the story you learn or at least strongly suspect who done it and spend the rest of the book watching to see if they are going to get away with ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it

This was a pretty good historical fiction mystery. It was well-paced, had interesting characters and while I figured out some of the twists and turns early on, there were still a few surprises waiting at the end of the book.

William Thomas' wife dies in childbirth. His housekeeper, Mrs. McHugh, has trouble taking care of the baby and the house at the same time, so he places an ad for a nanny. He's pleased when a young, capable woman answers the ad and hires her on the spot. But Mrs. McHugh
Jo Burl
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to BookSirens for a copy of this book, for which I promised an honest review.

What a great book! I was reading this on my Kindle at night so I wouldn't keep my husband awake. It was really difficult to put this down, but I had to when it got to late (I couldn't stop - it was detrimental to my work the next day) and started to doze off.

The Nanny of the book is really a monster. We are brought to this conclusion over a bit as she goes from a homeless girl of the local "whore" to the title
Kristi Elizabeth
The Nanny At Number 43 started out as a really interesting read. It starts off with two dead babies being found in someone's yard. From there, the story brings us back to the past where the main characters are Mr. Thomas, Mrs. McHugh, the Nanny aka Maggie/Margaret, a man named Christy, and a woman named Susan. There are letters written between Christy and Susan so the reader finds out that they are brother and sister and that Christy is in jail for some reason. From there, the story gets really ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In a style reminiscing of Diane Setterfield, Nicola Cassidy takes us in rural Ireland in 1880 where ‘A respectable woman to take charge of a motherless child, 3 weeks old’ is wanted.

In a fluid writing style, the reader gets to the story through multiple point of view and numerous flashbacks. There is William Thomas the grieving widower, Mrs McHugh the house keeper, the old bedridden Betty acting as the town memory and Maggie Murphy the nanny.

One is immediately drawn into the thick tension around
Natalie Rivera
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is definitely a suspenseful book where a Nanny answers an advertisement to help a man who lost his wife with his newborn baby. He started to trust her and develop a relationship but she had other plans.

This book's plot was interesting but it had a lot of back and forth trying to develop the characters. The chapters are from the perspective of each character going from past to present and vice versa and then back to another character. You definitely know who the culprit is from the
Tam Sesto
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time there was a nanny......

The Nanny at Number 43 seemed like the perfect answer for William D. Thomas who was raising a baby on his own after his wife died in childbirth. But this nanny, has an agenda all her own.

The story is set in 1879 in Ireland. As the author tells the story of the nanny, she intertwines several stories and characters that accumulate into one superb novel. The flow of the story reminded me of sitting at the knee of my grandpa and listening to him tell a story
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