Like the irresistible television series Downton Abbey, Still Life with Murder offers an insider’s look at a high society family and the domestic servants who work for them. Protagonist Nell Sweeny is a poor Irish immigrant who lands a coveted job as a governess for the wealthy Hewitt family in 1860s Boston. When one of the Hewitt sons—whom the family thought had been killed in the Civil War—turns up in prison, accused of murder, Nell quickly realizes that money and status can’t insulate you from life’s troubles. Now Nell’s distraught employer implores her to use her connections to the Boston underworld to help prove her son’s innocent, before the young man is marched to the gallows. Nell’s resourcefulness and plucky resolve make for an irresistible mystery with wonderful historical detail.


Once you’ve devoured Ryan’s charming first book, you’ll be ready to move right on to the rest. Find out more about her five additional Nell Sweeney books, including the newest—A Bucket of Asheshere.



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by miss_dobie on ‎02-01-2012 09:35 AM

Sweet!  Thanks, Jeremy.

by pondside on ‎02-01-2012 06:19 PM

Thanks!  Love historical fiction.

by AnnieMNH on ‎02-02-2012 07:41 AM

Looking forward to reading this, thank you!