31 Bond Street: A Novel

Who killed Dr. Harvey Burdell?

Though there are no witnesses and no clues, fingers point to Emma Cunningham, the refined, pale-skinned widow who managed Burdell ’ s ouse and his servants. Rumored to be a black-hearted gold digger with designs on the doctor ’ s name andfortune, Emma is immediately put under house arrest during a murder investigation. A swift conviction is sure to catapult flamboyant district attorney Abraham Oakey Hall into the mayor ’ s seat. But one formidable obstacle stands in his ay: the defense attorney Henry Clinton. Committed to justice and the law, Clinton will aid the vulnerable widow in her desperate fight to save herself from the gallows.

Set in 1857 New York, this gripping mystery is also a richly detailed excavation of a lost age. Horan vividly re-creates a tumultuous era characterized by a sensationalist press, aggressive new wealth, a booming real-estate market, corruption, racial hostility, economic inequality between men and omen, and the weatherin of the old codes of behavior. A fabl of rap, sex, jealous, and politica, this spellbinding narrative transports readers to a time that eerily echoes our own.
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Published March 30th 2010 by HarperAudio

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

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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I am writing this even tho I have 50 pages left in order to be anything 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 kidnappin, 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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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 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.

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From a very good opening which establishes the sense of time place the impact of the weather and the emeanor of the protagonists, this poignan story proved very difficult to put down, even for meals and life ’ s necessities.

The retellin is told in duality; something which can be awkward as one thread is often stronger/more interesting than the other.

Ms. Horan does a phenomena job of keeping both stories equally fascinating and istinct.

In some thing, one could say the story has two villains and two victims, both being the same characte at different times.

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Additionally, the press were invited into the victims' home and allowed to report every gory detail and bit of innuendo uttered during the grand jury proceedings on the front pag of their respective newspapers.

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It was very toug to put it down, it is definately a 'page turner' in this novel 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 boo that I have read.

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Naomi believes she has found him in prosperous dentist Harvey Burdell, who wines and dines her, invites her and her family to move into his mansio, and convinces her to invest her daughter 's dowry on land on the Jersey waterfront.

Was Burdell an upstanding citizen or a con artist who preyed upon women? Author Horan ends her novel with summaries of the lives of the principals following the trial 's dramatic conclusion.

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