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  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Hawkley Books; 3 edition (24 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692217517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692217511
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,577,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Reader Christensen on 17 Dec. 2011
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I really loved this book. As someone fully enthralled with the Victorian era, I really was not disappointed. Ms. Ryan has certainly done her research. Nell may have some modern sensibilities, but I didn't think they were out of place here. Considering her background, her unique situation, she might very well have been one of the women (a few decades later) to bring about reforms for women. The dark horse, a flawed hero if ever there was one (or is he a hero at all?) is an accomplishment in characterisation. Complicated, dark, brooding, an addict, and yet we root for him as if he were one of our nearest and dearest. I found the solution to the mystery completely unexpected, the twists and turns breathtaking. I'm looking forward to reading all the books in this series. I haven't been able to put them down since I started just a few days ago. It's been a long time since I was hooked like this. Well done, Ms. Ryan! You have a fan in me.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Buzzybee on 12 Jun. 2011
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Downloaded this for free and really enjoyed it. This is an American light thriller set in 1800 and has a very strong female lead character which is rare for the era. Nell Sweeny moves from a doctor's assistant to a governess for a very wealthy family because she assist the doctor in delivering a maids baby and then onto investigating for the families matriarch. The household is full of scandal ie wealthy family has gambling, opium addicted, womanizing sons - the usual things aristocracy spends thousands to hide! Story is very believable and has a few twists. This is the first in a series and the first P B Ryan book I have read. I intend to read others.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kate Wickham on 4 Jan. 2013
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This book is well enough written. I enjoy a good murder mystery and must admit that a hint of romance is well received by me. Having read the teaser for the follow on book, I am interested and want to know what happens in this story,which I am happy to note, is not immediately obvious or predictable. I think those who enjoy reading for a bit of light entertainment will enjoy this book...and the next!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. MacDonald on 18 Mar. 2014
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The heroine, Nell, is a working-class Irish woman who's achieved the plum position of nursery-governess to the adopted child of a Gilded Age family. She's a likeable character, determined and compassionate, and I enjoyed the friendship she's formed with her mistress, whose disability due to infantile paralysis means she cannot do all the things she'd like to do. When the eldest son of the family, believed dead, shows up alive and accused of murder, Nell works as her mistress's agent in seeking to protect and exonerate him.

I wanted to like this book more than I did; I found the characters and situation interesting, and the sense of period wasn't bad. The main problem for me is how much the was told, not shown. We're told how much Nell loves the child she nurses, but we rarely see them together due to the demands of the plot. We're told about how Nell and Viola are close, but we see very little of what must be an interesting relationship through class barriers. We're told about Nell's awkward social position in the house, but we hardly see any interaction with the other servants.

The mystery was also very simplistic. All Nell does is go around questioning the same few people over and over again, and she continually draws wrong conclusions from the snippets of information available, frequently embarrassing herself. The male lead is somewhat appealing, but the romantic tension didn't feel very convincing. The final reveal of the mystery was hardly a success for Nell.

I haven't yet decided whether I'll buy further stories in the series; I did like Nell, and the Gilded Age is a good setting, but the mystery just didn't interest me much.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gloria on 1 Nov. 2012
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It was very easy reading... I read it while travelling on holiday it was easy to pick up and put down....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mymisspell on 17 Jun. 2012
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This was a light read and I enjoyed the twists and turns . It flowed along nicely and I will be getting the next one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Chisnell on 17 May 2012
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I've been trying to read a lot more widely recently and I picked up this one because of it's great reviews on Amazon.com. It's an unusual murder mystery, partly because the detective is female - although that's not such a big deal these days - but it's combined with a period setting in post-Civil War Boston. I've spent a little time in that city and it's a great place, and I'd love to return having read Still Life.

I thought this was a great read, kept me guessing till the end with a fine central protagonist in Nell Sweeney, and an intriguing central relationship with the good doctor. There are five more of these I think, and they will all be in my TBR pile.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kris on 31 Oct. 2012
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A very good read. Straight forward but with a satisfying twist and without any unpleasantness. A good beach or travel read.
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