Ellen Horan Book Club Picks
PBR Review: This book is a wonderful blend of mystery, courtroom drama and historical fiction. Itís based on the true story of Dr. Harvey Burdellís grisly murder in 1857. I enjoyed it immensely from start to finish. Horan takes a very cleve More

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Talking Points: The setting for this book is Manhattan in 1857. There's lots of detail about everyday life and also the legal system of this era. The book highlights the difficulties of being a widow and the limited choices available for women as well as some very interesting social and courting customs. There are threads covering the political corruption present and the slave trade. One particularly interesting point highlighted was the prominent role newspapers played in the legal process. Recommended for book clubs that enjoy mysteries, suspense novels,or historical fiction.
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