Murder in a Mill Town (Nell Sweeney Mysteries, Book 2)

Rated 4.75/5 based on 4 reviews
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. 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: VR Christensen on Dec. 14, 2011 :
I read this book in a day and a half. It was absolutely captivating. I think I'm in love with the would-be hero, he's so dark and flawed, and yet quite obviously capable of so much good. Perhaps with Miss Sweeney's direction... I digress. Again, I was surprised by the conclusion. It's a diverting, captivating story, and I'm hooked on the series. I finished this and went straight into the next. I haven't had this much fun in a long time.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Review by: Nancy Bradford on June 29, 2011 :
This is the second book in the Gilded Age Mysteries and Ms. Ryan has managed to nicely expand the main characters. Nell Sweeney and Dr. Will Hewitt again work together in sovling a murder mystery and also expand their relationship. I am very much enjoying this series.
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)
Review by: Estara Swanberg on Aug. 15, 2010 :
I think this is a much stronger entry than the first book, but there should be a warning for rape triggers (more than one are alluded to and one attempt is described) and very, very detailed description of several-day old corpses...

The interplay between Nell and Will remains strong, the important side characters are well-fleshed out. Less Viola and too little Gracie Hewitt I think, although the start of the book gives a nice view into the usual life of Nell and Gracie. I'm not sure if she isn't a bit too precocious, but I haven't got much contact with children that small.

I followed the red herring agonizingly along, until the real culprit was revealed and feel relieved for Nell at how it turned out (the idea that bad people can reform and mean it).
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Sarah Tanner on July 22, 2010 :
'Murder in a Mill Town' is an absorbing and well-written mystery with a wonderful cast of characters.

I found the suspense plot stronger in this book than in its predecessor. I also approve of the way in which Nell and Will’s relationship is developing.

Two books in, I’m thoroughly enjoying Nell and Will’s adventures and I can’t wait to read more.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
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