Murder in a Mill Town
This mystery, set in 1868 in Boston and nearby Charlestown, is the second for Nell Sweeney. She is the governess to the Hewitt family, one of Boston’s Brahmin families and the owners of the Hewitt Mill and Dye Works. The mother of a young woman who worked at the mill visits Mrs. Hewitt in great distress: her daughter Bridie has been missing for several days. Mrs. Hewitt asks Nell to look into the disappearance. Nell, soon accompanied by Will Hewitt, eldest son of the family, begins to unravel Bridie’s story. Harry, another Hewitt son and manager of the mill, seems to be right in the middle of that story. Intertwined is a second plot line involving Duncan, a threatening figure from Nell’s past, and currently an inmate at Charlestown Prison.
While it is not necessary to read Still Life with Murder before Murder in a Mill Town, the first Nell Sweeney mystery did provide a great deal of background that made this story resonate even more. This was a quick read, but the characters, the setting, and the plot twists and turns all added up to a delightful way to spend an afternoon.