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“The author has an amazing grasp of life during this period of history. Each detail is crafter to let the reader feel immersed in the time; from the major historical events, to the minutiae of everyday life. These facts are effortlessly woven into the overall narrative.” —The Romance Reader’s Connection


MURDER ON BLACK FRIDAY

Book #4 in P.B. Ryan’s historical mystery series featuring governess Nell Sweeney


Patricia Ryan writing as P. B. Ryan


Smashwords Edition


Copyright © 2005 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 #4 of The Gilded Age Mysteries



Author’s Note


Financial corruption and stock market panics are nothing new. In fact, the term “Black Friday” originated with the Gold Ring conspiracy of 1869, when gold was the most heavily traded market on Wall Street. About $25 million worth circulated privately in the U.S., with more than $75 million held by the Federal government.

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