31 Bond Street

By Ellen Horan
(Harper, Hardcover, 9780061773969, 368pp.)

Publication Date: March 10, 2010

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the April 2010 Indie Next List
“This engaging mystery of 1850s NewYork explores the death of prominent dentist and businessman Harvey Burdell and the subsequent trial of his housemistress Emma Cunningham. Based on actual events, Horan creates an inventive and compelling story that will keep you turning pages to the last.”
-- Meaghan Beasley, Island Bookstore, Corolla, NC


Description

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 and fortune, 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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