Monday, July 26, 2010

Review & Giveaway: 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan

Amidst a horrendous winter storm in February, 1857, prominent New York dentist Harvey Burdell is violently murdered in his room at his home. The doors and windows were all locked and suspicion immediately falls on Emma Cunningham, a pretty widow with two teen aged daughters who had recently become Dr. Burdell's housekeeper. When she produces a marriage certificate dated two weeks prior to the murder which shows that she secretly became Dr. Burdell's wife, the suspicion is only heightened.

As the coroner begins what seems to be a completely biased inquest, Emma finds an ally in defense attorney Henry Clinton. He is inspired to help Emma when he sees that the powerful district attorney is set upon prosecuting Mrs. Cunningham despite nothing but circumstantial evidence.

However, nothing and no one is what they seem in this complicated case. Dr. Burdell is far from the upstanding citizen that he appeared to be and practically everyone involved has an ulterior motive of some kind. Unravelling the tangle reveals an exciting and absorbing tale.

The detail of nineteenth century New York and the excellent trial depiction made this one of the most enjoyable crime novels that I have read. Ellen Horan does an superb job of capturing the flavor and turmoil of the years just before the beginning of the Civil War.


Ellen Horan

I read 31 Bond Street as part of the TLC Book Tour. For the full schedule of participating blogs, click here. And for more information about the author and her book, please visit her website.

31 Bond Street is published by Harper Collins, ISBN 978-0-06-177396-9

I am giving away my gently read paperback advanced reading copy! If you would like to enter, just leave your email here in the comments. An extra entry is available for anyone who becomes a follower or follows already (on Google, Feedburner, etc). Leave a separate comment if you do. US and Canada mailing addresses only, please. You can enter until midnight eastern on August 15. Thank you for visiting and entering!!

51 comments:

Sandy Jay said...

This sounds like a great book. I'd love to win it. Thanks for the giveaway.

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I follow with Google Reader.

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Melanie L said...

Sounds good. Please count me in.

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I subscribe with Google reader and I'm a follower.

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Mystica said...

I am overseas so do not enter me for the giveaway, but the book sounds very intriguing.

amandawk said...

I would love to win this book.
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I'm a follower.
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S. Krishna said...

No need to enter me because I've got this one, but I'm glad you enjoyed it! I hope to get to it eventually.

bermudaonion said...

The fact that it's based on a true story really intrigues me, so I'd like to be entered. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

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I subscribe in Google Reader. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

Zibilee said...

I have heard such great things about this book and am so glad you liked it!!

I would love a chance to win a copy as well!

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Zibilee said...

I am also a follower of your blog via google reader.

Riva said...

This one is on my wish list, so I'd love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance.

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Riva said...

I follow you with Google Reader.

PoCoKat said...

Would love to win!

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I am a follower.

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Gwendolyn B. said...

I've been panting with anticipation to read this one. Thanks so much for sharing your ARC - I suspect if it was mine, it'd be a keeper!

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Gwendolyn B. said...

I follow with GFC.

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Pricilla said...

I have read many good reviews of this book. Please enter me.
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I follow in GFC
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Kat Bryan said...

I love a good mystery and this one sounds like it is.
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I follow via email.

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Patty said...

I am a new follower and this book sounds terrific...

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LisaMM said...

I'm so pleased that you enjoyed 31 Bond Street! Thanks very much for being on the tour. We greatly appreciate it!

rubynreba said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Love to be entered.
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I follow.
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Charleydog said...

Please enter my name in the giveaway for the book. Thanks!

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Lisa R said...

I'd love a chance at what sounds like a great historical mystery, one of my fav genres.
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Laura said...

Please enter me. This book sounds great. I am a follower.
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PoCoKat said...

Would love to win. Thanks.

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PoCoKat said...

I am a follower.

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karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :)

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Carol M said...

This sounds really good! I would love to read it! Please enter me. Thank you!
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I follow on GFC.
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Nicole (Linus's Blanket) said...

I am glad that you liked this one so much. I am looking forward to reading it.

Sue said...

I've been eyeing this for a long time. Can't wait to read it! Thank you for the giveaway.

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Michele at Reader's Respite said...

I've heard such great things about this book....I'd love to enter!

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Michele at Reader's Respite said...

oh and of course I follow you!

Anonymous said...

This one is also on my wish list.

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Anonymous said...

I am a GFC follower.

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ChristyJan said...

I'd love to win your ARC

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ChristyJan said...

I follow via GFC

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Jennifer said...

I would love to win this! Reminds me a bit of The Alienist which I loved.

Jennifer said...

Just joined..would love the extra entry.
Thanks!

Margie said...

I'd like to read this one. Love mysteries! Thanks for the giveaway.
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Margie said...

current follower via GFC
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Steve Capell said...

This book sounds like an interesting read.. Thanks for the opportunity

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Ruthie said...

My book club would love this one. Please enter me, thanks.
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Anonymous said...

This book sounds very exciting. I love that there is a big snowstorm in the book. Maybe it will bring back memories of the only blizzard that I have seen.

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Anonymous said...

I am a GFC follower of this blog.

Thank you for this giveaway.

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