Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial (March 1, 2011)
Who killed Dr. Harvey Burdell in his opulent Manhattan town house?
At once a gripping mystery and a richly detailed excavation of a lost age, 31 Bond Street is a spellbinding tale of murder, sex, greed, and politics in 1857 New York. Author Ellen Horan interweaves fact and fiction—reimagining the sensational nineteenth-century crime that rocked the city a few short years before the Civil War ripped through the fabric of the nation, while transporting readers back to a time that eerily echoes our own.
Though there are no clues to the brutal slaying of wealthy Dr. Burdell, suspicion quickly falls on Emma Cunningham, the refined, pale-skinned widow who managed his house and servants. An ambitious district attorney seeks a swift conviction, but defense attorney Henry Clinton is a formidable obstacle—a man firmly committed to justice and the law, and to the cause of a frightened, vulnerable woman desperately trying to save herself from the gallows.
Ellen Horan has worked as a studio artist and as a photo editor for magazines and books in New York City. She currently lives in downtown Manhattan, the setting of her first novel, 31 Bond Street.
Ellen’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, March 1st: Bibliophiliac
Wednesday, March 2nd: Jenn’s Bookshelves
Thursday, March 3rd: The Lost Entwife
Wednesday, March 9th: Rundpinne
Monday, March 14th: We Be Reading
Tuesday, March 15th: Wordsmithonia
Wednesday, March 16th: A Bookish Way of Life
Thursday, March 17th: The Book Faery Reviews (author guest post)
Monday, March 21st: Book Reviews by Molly
Tuesday, March 22nd: Books Like Breathing
Wednesday, March 23rd: Eclectic/Eccentric
Thursday, March 24th: Man of La Book
Tuesday, March 29th: Redlady’s Reading Room