Death on Beacon Hill
This is the third in the Nell Sweeney mystery series set in Boston just after the Civil War. Nell is a governess for the Hewitt family, part of Boston’s Brahmin society, though her own antecedents are very different. Virginia Kimball, now retired but once the city’s premier actress, is murdered, seemingly by her new maid, who is also found dead. The police, more known for their acceptance of bribes than their detective work, have no interest in investigating what truly happened. The maid’s uncle, however, refuses to believe that she is the murderer, and Nell vows to determine the truth. Nell is aided by Will Hewitt, eldest son and black sheep of the Hewitt family. Boston’s society and its mores are brought to life in this engaging addition to the series. Nell’s and Will’s relationship is taking an interesting turn, and I look forward to further developments in the next book. I highly recommend the whole series for those who enjoy historical novels, but the books are best read in order (starting with Still Life with Murder).