“P.B. Ryan makes a stunning debut with Still Life With Murder, bringing Nineteenth Century Boston alive, from its teeming slums to the mansions on Boston Common, and populating it with a vivid and memorable cast of characters. The fascinating heroine, Nell Sweeney, immediately engages the reader and I couldn't put the book down until I discovered the truth along with her. I can’t wait for the next installment.” —Bestselling author Victoria Thompson
STILL LIFE WITH MURDER
Book #1 in P.B. Ryan’s historical mystery series featuring governess Nell Sweeney
Nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award
Patricia Ryan writing as P. B. Ryan
Copyright © 2003 Patricia Ryan. All rights reserved. With the exception of quotes used in reviews, this book may not be reproduced or used in whole or in part by any means existing without written permission from the author.
Originally published by Berkley Prime Crime, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. as Book #1 of The Gilded Age Mysteries
For my agent, Nancy Yost, who’s represented me for over a decade and a half...and we’re still speaking to each other! Nancy’s business smarts and good humor are what make us work, and for that I’m supremely grateful. Many thanks to Martha Bushko for knowing how to polish a novel without grinding away the good parts—a gem among editors. Thanks also to the warm and generous Susan Uttal for more than thirty years of unwavering friendship, and most recently for her enthusiastic service as my personal Boston tour guide. Finally, my deepest appreciation to Nick Dichario, Kathryn Shay, Tim Wright, my Evil Twin Pamela Burford, and my husband Richard Ryan for taking the time to read and sometimes re-read this manuscript as it took shape. Your insights were valuable, your encouragement and support priceless. This book, and the experience of writing it, wouldn’t have been the same without you.