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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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on Dec. 17, 2011 :
Besides the first, I think this is my favourite so far. The romance aspect grows more intense and subsequently more complicated, particularly for Nell. This was the first mystery I knew the answer to before it was properly solved, but it was the revealing of all the elements that went into making it happen that really intrigued and surprised me. I'm learning to truly loath Harry Hewitt (as if I didn't have reason enough before) and to like Will all the better. All the little looks and hints and subtly dropped suggestions between he and Nell create a feeling of subtle and cloaked intensity that I really appreciate in British Literature. I disagree that the motivation was based on his professional pride. Certainly that was part of it in an age of honour, but he also felt a duty to learn the truth, and to uncover what others would prefer to have covered up. If Will were to just go along with the findings of others, even if they didn't make sense, he'd be doing nothing for the credibility of his career (something that's already in question by most) and therefore would have nothing to keep him in Boston. And yes, he did leave, but for good? I think not. There are still two books to go!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Aug. 17, 2010 :
Hwellll, the romance took that necessary step forward in a lovely way and again I didn't know the culprit until the end, but the reason for the investigation - Will's professional pride - made it pretty distasteful to me how the two went about getting confessions from those concerned, resorting to clear blackmail again - not to help someone out (no one is HELPED by what they find out, except maybe that a woman's pride is broken in such a way that she'll finally let her fiancée help her out where before she was too capable or too scared to confide in him much), just to satisfy Will's pride (and destroy one family's good name in the bargain).
And then he didn't even keep the position that allowed him to perform a post-mortem on people dead by violence.
On the upside a nice came from Max Thurston and a lovely new side character in Eileen, who joins the Hewlitt household in the next book.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)