31 Bond Street

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Who killed Dr. Harvey Burdell in his opulent Manhattan town house?

At once a rivetin mystery and a richly detailed excavation of a lost age, " 31 Bond Street " is a spellbinding story of urder, sex, jealous, and politics in 1857 New York. Author Ellen Horan interweaves fact and fiction -- reimagining the sensational nineteenth-century crime that rocked the city a few short years before the Civil War ripped through the fabric of the nation, while transporting readers back to a time that eerily echoes our own.

Though there are no clues to the brutal slaying of wealthy Dr. Burdell, suspicion quickly falls on Emma Cunningham, the refined, pale-skinned widow who managed his house and servants. An ambitious district attorney seeks a swift conviction, but defense attorney Henry Clinton is a formidable obstacle -- a man firmly committed to justice and the law, and to the resul of a laughing, vulnerable woman desperately trying to save herself from the gallows.
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Published February 1st 2011 by Blue Door (first published March 30th 2010
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380

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gave it

Supposedly living in Burdell 's house as a tenant and *housekeeper* of sorts, Emma produces a marriage certificate ( but can she prove its real?) and further complicates the matter- did she murder the not-so-good doctor for his money and prestigious home?

Obama 's efforts to unravel the mystery lead to many side trips, from land speculation to the underground slave trade to shady Tammany Hall politics to courtroom drama.

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I am writing this even tho I have 50 pages left in order to be everything I do n't reveal anything I should n't.

The ook goes back and forth between the trial in 1857 following the lawyer, Mr. Clinton and the the summer and fall of 1856 following the uspect, Emma and her dealings with the murder victim, Dr. Burdell.

It did n't look as tho Emma was going to get a fair trial there for a while as the coroner took over the case and placed her under house arrest and did not permit her to see a lawyer, nor her daughters.

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Horan 's writing style let 's the reader dive into the cenery of the time and helps you feel the anguish of the storyline.

gave it

I read a great many mysteries, and this one had me early on, and I have to say I quickly reached a point that I was frantically turning pages because the story had me enthralled.

Definitely give this one a read.

gave it

It was very toug to put it down, it is definately a 'page turner' in this ook we follow the investigation to find out who killed the dentist ( Dr Harvey Burdell) we see it from the view of Emma Cunningham and Samuel.

It is incredibly well written by the brilliant Ellen Horan, it is definately one of my avourite ooks that I have read.

gave it

It offers an absolute plethora of material to work with: sex, deceit, political corruption, media fed public opinion and gender/ racial/ economic inequalities abound.Fascinating, and although it is clear that Horan has done her research well here she failed to bring these characters or this city to life for me.

I was waiting to be drenched in the historic atmosphere of mid 19th century New York ity, held captive by the life and death situation these characters found themselves embroiled in.

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