So good I read the four sequels too - Still Life With Murder (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series Book 1) by P.B. Ryan

Years after the Civil War the son of a wealthy family who was supposed to be dead shows up arrested for murder. His mum sends out the governess to find him legal representation and safe his life while his dad rather would see the problem of an addicted son just disappear.

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"Long thought to have died during the Civil War, opium-smoking former battle surgeon Will Hewitt is arrested for murder, and it's up to governess Nell Sweeney to prove his innocence.

"A beautiful combination of entertaining characters, minute historical research, and a powerful evocation of time and place. I'm very glad there will be more to come." New York Times bestselling author Barbara Hambly

"P.B. Ryan makes a stunning debut with Still Life With Murder...I can't wait for the next installment." Bestselling author Victoria Thompson

"If you like fast moving, accurately drawn, historical mysteries, you won't go wrong by trying Still Life With Murder." Reviewing the Evidence

"Still Life With Murder is sheer perfection... gripping... powerful... unforgettable...You'll know you've read one hell of a story after you turn the last page!" Reader to Reader Reviews

A full-length novel of 91,000 words
Setting: Post-Civil War Boston
Originally published by Berkley Prime Crime as Book One of the Gilded Age mysteries"


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