By Ellen Horan
Who killed Dr. Harvey Burdell?
Though there are not any witnesses and no clues, hands aspect to Emma Cunningham, the sophisticated, pale-skinned widow who controlled Burdell's condominium and his servants. Rumored to be a black-hearted gold digger with designs at the doctor's identify and
fortune, Emma is instantly positioned below apartment arrest in the course of a homicide research. A fast conviction is certain to catapult flamboyant district legal professional Abraham Oakey corridor into the mayor's seat. yet one ambitious challenge stands in his approach: the safeguard legal professional Henry Clinton. devoted to justice and the legislation, Clinton will reduction the susceptible widow in her determined struggle to avoid wasting herself from the gallows.
Set in 1857 ny, this gripping secret can also be a richly exact excavation of a misplaced age. Horan vividly re-creates a tumultuous period characterised by way of a sensationalist press, competitive new wealth, a booming real-estate marketplace, corruption, racial clash, fiscal inequality among women and men, and the erosion of the previous codes of habit. A story of homicide, intercourse, greed, and politics, this spellbinding narrative transports readers to a time that eerily echoes our personal.
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31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan