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The setting is Bath, England's most fashionable spa, during the spring season of 1787. Haughty aristocrats, wealthy upstart businessmen, social climbers, adventurers, courtesans, sharpers, addicted gamblers, and a representative sample of the dregs of English society gather for pleasure and profit in this lovely Georgian city... Anne Cartier, Colonel Paul de Saint-Martin, and Georges Charpentier pursue a wily dangerous fugitive from French justice in this thrilling sequel to Mute Witness. They must deal with Sir Harry Rogers, a rich, powerful, cuckholded slave trader. His wife, Lady Margaret, loves another man. Mary Campbell, the tutor of their deaf son, has died mysteriously. His black slave Lord Jeff, a footman and bare- knuckle boxer, seeks freedom. Passions mount. Tragedy looms near.
From the slaughterhouses of Manhattan to the elite enclaves of Saratoga Springs, private detective Pamela Thompson follows a trail of death and deception left by a Civil War hero. . . Death In Saratoga SpringsNew York City, 1894. Captain Jed Crake is a decorated veteran of the Union army and a successful mogul in the meatpacking industry. But this powerful man also has a hidden private life as a predator of young women. Working for attorney Jeremiah Prescott, private investigators Pamela Thompson and former NYPD detective Harry Miller are engaged to search for a maid allegedly abducted by the captain. . . Before they can find the missing woman, Crake's dark history catches up with him and he is murdered in a posh hotel in Saratoga Springs. As fate would have it, Pamela's ward, Francesca Ricci, working as a chambermaid in the hotel, is accused of the crime. Now, in this pastoral playground of the idle rich, it's up to Pamela and Miller to find Crake's killer--as well as his victim--and save an innocent girl from a fate worse than death. Praise for Death of a Robber Baron"O'Brien captures the colorful details and varied characters of an opulent era deftly. " --Publishers Weekly "A pleasingly detailed look at the age of the robber barons along with enough strongly characterized suspects to keep readers guessing. " --Kirkus Reviews"The author skillfully weaves in fascinating details about American social history. Pair with Stefanie Pintoff, and also recommend for fans of Rhys Bowen's 'Molly Murphy' series. " --Library Journal
Set amidst the glittering enclaves of money, power, and privilege in America's tumultuous Gilded Age, this richly detailed mystery follows private detective Pamela Thompson into an elite world where fortunes are flaunted and scandals are hidden--one body at a time. . . Death Of A Robber BaronNew York City, 1891. In the spirit of Christmas, Mrs. Pamela Thompson has devoted herself to charity work, even taking an orphaned child into her Greenwich Village townhome. Her husband Jack, an ambitious banker, agrees to such generous acts as long as his wife allows him to invest his time--and her trust fund--in more lucrative opportunities. But when he risks their entire fortune on questionable copper stocks, Pamela ends up losing everything: her house, her inheritance, and even her husband. . . Penniless, Pamela is forced to move into a boarding house in the Lower East Side and accept a position at Macy's--as a store detective. Displaying an uncanny knack for the job, she's asked to investigate a private matter of thievery at a palatial "cottage" in the Berkshires. Ironically, her employer is none other than Henry Jennings, the infamous "Copper King" who sold bad stocks to her husband. But when the filthy rich scoundrel is found dead in his study, Pamela holds herself accountable--for sorting out this whole sordid business of money, motives. . . and murder. Charles O'Brien decided to try his hand at writing historical mysteries due to a lifelong love of delving into the past. James Joyce in The Dubliners and Willa Cather in Death Comes for the Archbishop have both influenced his writing style. He lives with his wife, Elvy, an art historian, in Williamstown, a small college town in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.
A mystifying suspense novel about the disappearance of valuable jewelries, murder and a police threatening to derail Anne's project of acting as an exotic queen in Indian costume.
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