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Still Life With Murder by P.B. Ryan
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Still Life with Murder
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Three years after the end of the Civil War, Nell Sweeney, a young woman born into poverty, finds her way into the home of the Hewitts, a wealthy Bostonian family. When William Hewitt, a former military surgeon and black sheep of the family, is accused of murder, his mother and Nell’s benefactor, begs the young governess to help her eldest child. To uncover the truth, Nell must delve deep into Boston’s dark and dangerous underbelly, but the greatest threat might just come from the enigmatic William himself.

Interesting historical setting, especially the details about Andersonville prison during the Civil War and in its aftermath. The heroine is also very appealing, but the mystery is on the predictable side.

Nell is a spirited yet practical heroine and there are just enough hints about her murky past to make her particularly intriguing. William is similarly ambiguous. He has obviously been traumatized by his experiences during the war, but there is also something fundamentally dark and ominous about him.

The mystery is pretty straightforward and it is possible to guess the identity of the culprit quite easily. Nevertheless, it is fun to follow along as Nell investigates, although she does get into some rather unrealistic situations that require a healthy dose of suspension of disbelief. Some of the other twists and turns to do with the various characters are also obvious, but compelling enough to continue with the series.

All in all, a promising start to an interesting series.
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Reading Progress

February 28, 2015 – Shelved
February 28, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
September 10, 2015 – Started Reading
September 13, 2015 – Shelved as: historical-mystery
September 13, 2015 – Shelved as: american-civil-war
September 13, 2015 – Shelved as: governess-companion-housekeeper
September 13, 2015 – Shelved as: tortured-hero
September 13, 2015 – Finished Reading
May 9, 2016 – Shelved as: kindle
April 21, 2018 – Shelved as: gilded-age

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Candace This is one of my favorite mysteries!

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