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My my medieval romance fans know me as Patricia Ryan and my historical mystery fans as P.B. Ryan. Over the past 15 years, I've published 27 novels and novellas (with #28 in the works), with editions in over 20 countries. My books are known for being brisk, emotionally gripping page-turners. Silken Threads, my medieval romance inspired by Hitchcock's Rear Window, won Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for Best Long Historical Romance. I've also received a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best Historical Romantic Mystery/ Suspense for The Sun and the Moon, and a Mary Higgins Clark Award nomination for my first Nell Sweeney mystery, Still Life With Murder
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on Dec. 18, 2011 :
Some really interesting characters are introduced to us in this installment of the Nell Sweeney mysteries, including an oversized brothel matron and a street rat with a good heart and a great deal of potential. None are more engaging, however, than our hero and heroine, together once again to rescue a friend from the hangman's noose. This slowly drawn love affair is TORTURE! But I love it, from the moment he shows up, quite unexpectedly, to the cliff-hanger ending. I didn't even pause this time before beginning the next book. The last book! Oh what will I do when there is no more Will and Nell?
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Aug. 18, 2010 :
Now this was more like it. A good reason for sleuthing - helping a friend getting framed for murder (much like in the first book) and we get more insight into how the really poor Irish lived in Boston at the time, and get introduced to Mrs. Cook and further the acquaintance with Colin Cook whom I liked a lot before.
No real blackmail necessary, just some acting and fisticuffs for Will. And we get a lovely high point in Nell's and Will's relationship which wouldn't have worked in any other situation, so seemed to come naturally.
I was quite happy to not have to see the corpse this time, too.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)