Patricia Ryan

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Patricia Ryan has written more than two dozen romances and mysteries, the latter under the name P.B. Ryan. Her books have been published in over twenty countries and won numerous awards, including Romance Writers of America's RITA for her Rear Window-inspired medieval romantic suspense, Silken Threads. A four-time RITA nominee, she is also the recipient of two Romantic Times Awards and a Mary Higgins Clark Award nomination for Still Life With Murder, the first book of her Nell Sweeney historical mystery series. For free excerpts and more, visit her website at patricia-ryan.com.

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The Nell Sweeney Historical Mysteries
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Price: $15.99 USD. Words: 391,200. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2011 by Patricia Ryan. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(4.14)
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.
A Bucket of Ashes (Nell Sweeney Mysteries, Book 6)
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Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 70,760. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2010 by Patricia Ryan. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.50)
Governess Nell Sweeney and wounded battle surgeon Will Hewitt reunite on Cape Cod to investigate the death of Nell’s long-lost brother--who may or may not have murdered a woman in cold blood--in Book #6 of P.B. Ryan’s bestselling historical mystery series, A Bucket of Ashes. Originally published by Berkley Prime Crime.
Murder in the North End (Nell Sweeney Mysteries, Book 5)
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Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 68,670. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2010 by Patricia Ryan. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.50)
Irish-born governess Nell Sweeney and Brahmin black sheep Dr. Will Hewitt infiltrate the worst Irish slum in Boston to keep Detective Colin Cook from being framed for murder in Book #5 of P.B. Ryan’s celebrated historical mystery series, Murder in the North End. Originally published by Berkley Prime Crime.
Murder on Black Friday (Nell Sweeney Mysteries, Book 4)
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Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 60,780. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2010 by Patricia Ryan. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(3.50)
In Book #4 of P.B. Ryan’s bestselling historical mystery series, Boston governess Nell Sweeney, along with roguish Harvard professor and forensic scientist Will Hewitt, investigates the deaths of two men who committed suicide--or did they?--when the gold market crashed in 1869. Originally published by Berkley Prime Crime.
Death on Beacon Hill (Nell Sweeney Mysteries, Book 3)
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Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 68,850. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2010 by Patricia Ryan. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.50)
Boston governess Nell Sweeney keeps one foot in her Irish roots and the other in the world of Brahmin privilege as she and Dr. Will Hewitt investigate the shooting deaths of a notorious actress and her Irish maid. Book #3 of P.B. Ryan’s bestselling historical mystery series, Death on Beacon Hill was originally published by Berkley Prime Crime.
Murder in a Mill Town (Nell Sweeney Mysteries, Book 2)
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Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 75,200. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2010 by Patricia Ryan. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.75)
In book #2 of P.B. Ryan’s bestselling historical mystery series, Boston governess Nell Sweeney and her employer’s morphine-addicted son, Dr. Will Hewitt, investigate the disappearance of a young woman who worked in the Hewitt family's textile mill. Murder in a Mill Town was a finalist for the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award. Originally published by Berkley Prime Crime.
Still Life With Murder (Nell Sweeney Mysteries, Book 1)
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Price: Free! Words: 94,890. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2010 by Patricia Ryan. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.27)
#1 national bestseller Still Life With Murder is the first book of P.B. Ryan’s acclaimed historical mystery series featuring Boston governess Nell Sweeney and opium-smoking former battle surgeon Will Hewitt. Thought to have died during the Civil War, Will is arrested for murder, and Nell must prove his innocence. Originally published by Berkley Prime Crime.

Books

Writing the Novel They Can't Put Down
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,520. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Why do some novels become spectacular bestsellers while others fall flat? In this concise (31,000 words) guidebook, bestselling author Patricia Ryan reveals the key elements of those page-turners that earn a place of honor on our keeper shelves. Learn how to avoid pitfalls like obscurity and over-writing while utilizing story questions, empathy, and more, to keep your readers enthralled.
Hale's Point
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,300. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
While house-sitting at a waterfront estate, straight-laced Harley is stunned by the arrival of her employer’s supposedly dead son, a maverick Alaskan bush pilot recovering from wounds suffered in an airplane crash. Witty and passionate, Hale’s Point (originally published as The Return of the Black Sheep) was honored with Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart.
A Burning Touch
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,840. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Det. Jamie Keegan, charged with solving a series of arsons, balks when his captain orders him to consult the beautiful and enigmatic India Cook, a supposed psychic who can’t bear to be touched. Convinced she’s a con artist, Jamie tries to deny the chemistry simmering between them as he and India work together to stop “the Firefly” before he can strike again. Orig. pub. date: 1996.
Shelter from the Storm, a short story
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Price: Free! Words: 37,390. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
A 24-page story from The Mammoth Book of Hot Romance, 2011, plus excerpts from three contemporary romance/women's fiction novels by Patricia Ryan. When a handsome stranger rescues Maryann from a storm, she let him think she’s a prostitute. A night of abandoned, no-strings lovemaking might be just what the jilted schoolteacher needs—if only she can keep from falling for her sexy rescuer.
The Sun and the Moon (Lords of Conquest)
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 114,340. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Hugh has never had any trouble avoiding ties of the heart—until he recruits a beautiful young Oxford scholar to pose as his wife for an espionage mission. Inspired by Hitchcock's Notorious, this medieval romance won a Romantic Times Award. Originally published by NAL. "Once you start this nonstop read, you won't go to bed until you've turned the last page." Romantic Times
Silken Threads (Lords of Conquest)
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 111,960. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
(2.00 from 1 review)
In this award-winning medieval romance inspired by Hitchcock's Rear Window, a wounded soldier heals in the London home of a young widow who steals his heart—but his future rests on an arranged marriage to his lord's daughter. Originally published by NAL, Silken Threads won Romance Wrters of America’s RITA Award.
Wild Wind (Lords of Conquest)
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 117,120. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Alex's youthful passion for Nicolette ended with an arranged marriage for her to another man and a broken heart for him. Nine years later, her husband asks Alex to sire a child on her, then disappear forever. Originally published by NAL. A Waldenbooks Star Pick. "It's wonderful. Don't miss it!" New York Times bestselling author Jo Beverley
Secret Thunder (Lords of Conquest)
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 113,750. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A young Saxon widow enters into an arranged marriage to the notorious Black Dragon, a Norman knight with a ferocious reputation—and a terrible secret. Originally published by NAL. "Ms. Ryan breathes freshness into every page and enthralls readers with the power of her characters' emotions... She is a wonderful writer whose talent continues to enchant readers." Romantic Times
Heaven's Fire (Lords of Conquest)
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 102,930. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Celibate priest and Oxford scholar Rainulf Fairfax finds himself drawn to a humbly born young woman after he rescues from her vicious overlord. Originally published by NAL. "Lusty and exhilarating, this is medieval romance at its best. Heaven's Fire is a splendid tale, and Patricia Ryan is a writer to watch." New York Times bestselling author Patricia Gaffney
Falcon's Fire (Lords of Conquest)
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 130,520. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Lowborn knight Thorn Falconer negotiates the arranged marriage of his overlord's son to the sister of a fellow crusade veteran in return for a coveted estate, only to find himself losing his heart to the bride. Originally published by NAL.

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Smashwords book reviews by Patricia Ryan

  • Snowed on June 30, 2012

    I can't tell you how glad I am that Pamela Burford has new books coming out! Snowed and Too Darn Hot make most other contemporary romance feel slow and unexciting--and Snowed stars one of her signature, scalding hot alpha heroes. I hated to see it end, and I hope there's more to come!
  • Too Darn Hot on July 01, 2012

    I love really sexy contemporary romance with great characters, some pace and a dash of humor, and boy, does this book fit the bill! Pamela is in superb form with TOO DARN HOT, which is a digital reprint of a book that came out in print a few years ago. The hero is one smoking hot chef, the heroine is a food critic, and the chemistry between them is incendiary. Great banter, sizzling sex... Awesome!