31 Bond Street: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Mar 30, 2010 - Fiction - 384 pages
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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 house 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 way: 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 conflict, economic inequality between men and women, and the erosion of the old codes of behavior. A tale of murder, sex, greed, and politics, this spellbinding narrative transports readers 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

Page-turning historical Mystery

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

Contents

Section 1
10
Section 2
26
Section 3
38
Section 4
44
Section 5
63
Section 6
69
Section 7
76
Section 8
94
Section 24
239
Section 25
248
Section 26
255
Section 27
264
Section 28
270
Section 29
276
Section 30
282
Section 31
286

Section 9
104
Section 10
114
Section 11
121
Section 12
137
Section 13
146
Section 14
153
Section 15
160
Section 16
172
Section 17
181
Section 18
190
Section 19
196
Section 20
205
Section 21
213
Section 22
226
Section 23
233
Section 32
293
Section 33
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Section 34
306
Section 35
312
Section 36
317
Section 37
324
Section 38
328
Section 39
339
Section 40
345
Section 41
351
Section 42
353
Section 43
359
Section 44
360
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About the author (2010)

Ellen Horan has worked as a studio artist and as a photo editor for magazines and books in New York City. She lives in downtown Manhattan, the setting of her first novel.

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