31 Bond Street

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HarperCollins Canada, Jul 1, 2010 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Though there are no witnesses and no clues, when Dr. Harvey Burdell is found dead in his lower Manhattan townhouse, fingers point to Emma Cunningham, the refined, pale-skinned widow who managed Burdell's house and his servants. Rumoured to be a black-hearted gold digger with designs on the doctor's name and fortune, Emma is immediately put under house arrest during the 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 way: the defence 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 recreates a tumultuous era characterized by a sensationalist press, aggressive new wealth, a booming real-estate market, racial conflict, economic inequality between men and women, and the erosion of the old codes of behaviour. A tale of murder, sex, greed and politics, this spellbinding narrative transports us to a time that eerily echoes our own.

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User Review  - tina1969 - LibraryThing

1857 and dentist Dr Burdell is found murdered. His live in house mistress Emma Cunningham is accused of his murder. This story is a fictional account of a true murder. The author found her inspiration ... Read full review

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User Review  - scrffy78 - Borders

Emma Cunningham is a widow whose savings are running low in 1856 New York. She meets dentist Harvey Burdell in Saratoga in the summer and by fall she and her two daughters haved moved into his house ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

A photo editor for books and magazines, Ellen Horan has worked on staff and in a freelance capacity for many publications, including Vanity Fair, Vogue, House & Garden, Forbes, and ARTnews, as well as for a number of book publishers. 31 Bond Street is her first novel.

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