The Nell Sweeney Historical Mysteries

Rated 4.14/5 based on 7 reviews
This bargain-priced “boxed set” contains all six of P.B. Ryan’s bestselling historical mysteries, originally published by Berkley Prime Crime. Set in post-Civil War Boston, the series features Irish-born governess Nell Sweeney and opium-smoking former battle surgeon Will Hewitt. More

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About P.B. Ryan

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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Review by: Barbara Jordan on July 25, 2013 :
Loved the books. Hated to put it down to sleep.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: thatcat on Feb. 12, 2013 :
Excellent series. The six books read like one full story. Nice page turner.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: lynne harmon on Sep. 07, 2012 :
Excellent series. Historic romances one of my favorites. Set in my hometown, this series held my attention page after page. If history, romance and mystery are your thing, these are definitely books you should read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Roberta Hancock on June 12, 2012 :
Very well researched and well written series. The weaving of social history with mystery made each book enjoyable. I read the stories back to back and liked the character development. By the end of the series I was sad to realize that I wouldn't have any more to read. Guess I will just have to make it a point to re-read the series next year to renew my acquaintance with the characters.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kim Munro on March 17, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this series and would recommend it to anyone that is interested in historical mysteries (with an added love story compenent as well!) Each novel is not that long on its own, so having all six together was a really nice way to read them (sort of as one really long novel with a number of parts).

I would definitely recommend this series to people who like C.S. Harris' Sebastian St. Cyr books or Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey series. Enjoy!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Donita McGregor on March 15, 2012 :
4 1/2 stars really
The box-set is a wonderful bargain. The series was a joy to read. I enjoyed every book in this series, especially the first,Still Life with Murder, and book #3, Death on Beacon Hill, and any moment with Will really. I developed a bit of a crush on him. This series really got me hooked on reading mysteries again, something I hadn't done since my teen years. Overall I was impressed with the quality of the writing and attention to detail. I was a little disappointed with the treatment of the series climax in the final novel, I would have liked to see it all come together through Nell's point of view, or at least an epilogue, rather than the newspaper article denouement we received at the end.

One caveat,readers who are especially sensitive to the subject of sexual assault might want to skip this series, as it is a central plot point in several of the novels and is mentioned in reference to character back-story throughout the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nicole Asselin on Aug. 05, 2011 :
These books were fantastic! It's nice to have the whole series in one place. The characters are intriguing, and the mysteries are quite enjoyable too. Highly recommended for those who enjoy historical mysteries (with a little bit of romance thrown in for good measure).
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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