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On Sept. 29, 1869, the gold market crumbles, and fortunes are lost in a matter of hours. When the bodies of two men, wealthy Boston Brahmins Noah Bassett and Philip Munro, are found, it's assumed that they committed suicide over their financial losses.

When Harvard professor and forensic scientist Will Hewitt autopsies the victims, he discovers that Munro was murdered. Dr. Hewitt needs help navigating the city and its complex society to find the killer. He turns to governess Nell Sweeney, who understands the world of the rich and how their power can be used to hide their secrets. The investigation leads to the conclusion that these men were concerned more with keeping some things hidden than with the loss of their money. How they were tied together makes for a chilling climax to a mesmerizing mystery.

©2005 Patricia Burford Ryan (P)2015 Patricia Burford Ryan

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"Not only does Ryan provide readers with a tightly wound, suspenseful novel peopled with multidimensional characters, she writes about an era whose problems mirror our own. This is a historical period she knows and brings to life so clearly that readers are totally immersed. Nell is an ideal heroine: smart, intrepid and human. Be on the lookout for her return." (Romantic Times BookReviews) "Nell and Will are a confirmed pair of amateur sleuths in this fourth entry in the popular Gilded Age series, and this makes the setting perhaps slightly cozier, but as usual, P B Ryan is spot on with her period detail. This is the best part about the series for me, as these books really do open a window into how both the high and low society of Boston operated. She thankfully doesn't shrink (Anne Perry style) from showing it, warts and all...probably the best entry yet." (MyShelf.com )"As always, Nell and Will's predicament tugs at my heart. Loved it!"( Babbling Book Reviews )"The author has an amazing grasp of life during this period of history. Each detail is crafted to let the reader feel immersed in the time; from the major historical events, to the minutiae of everyday life. These facts are effortlessly woven into the overall narrative." (The Romance Reader's Connection)

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1869 Gold Crash, the Haves and the Have Nots

Probably the best so far in the series, book four, brings Will and Nell together to investigate the death of two prominent Boston men . . . Noah Bassett and Philip Munro . . . Will, now having taken a job at Harvard as a forensic scientist and professor, has done the autopsies and is not satisfied that they did indeed kill themselves over the gold crash and loss of their fortunes . . . on first blush, the two men do not appear to be connected . . . but upon further investigation, Will and Nell find that the two families are joined in more ways than one . . . Noah, an old friend of Viola's, Will's mother, was a kind and gentle man, the father of two grown daughters, had become a rather sad and depressed man over the years, particularly since the loss of his son in the war and then his wife to cancer . . . Philip Munro was a financial adviser . . . flush with money . . . and forever on the lookout to enter the world of "old Boston money" and society, which theretofore had rejected him . . . a good friend with Will Hewitt's younger brother, Harry, Philip and Harry were birds of a feather . . . drinkers and carousers . . . the atmosphere of 1869 Boston are brought to life by the author . . . the gentle interaction between Will and Nell as they work together, solve the case and their visits with Grace (Will's daughter) are increasingly heart warming . . . fluctuating between hopeful and sad . . . loved the end of the book . . . but I'm REALLY hoping for the next one to come to Audible SOON!!!

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Another incomplete series

If you could sum up Murder on Black Friday in three words, what would they be?

I have never written a review and fist I would like to say I did love the books available in this series. This is a review of audible and the lack of so many complete series. Many are missing the first or some in the middle or like this one all after number 4. If there were bad reviews I could better understand but with at least a 4 star rating this should not be an issue. Thank you for letting me vent. Carry on

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