MURDER AT BERTRAM'S BOWER by Cynthia Peale

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IN A HAVEN FOR FALLEN WOMEN, HAS HISTORY’S MOST DEPRAVED KILLER RISEN AGAIN?

The Back Bay has been filled in. Palm readers and prostitutes ply their trade in South Cove. And the watchword of the day is “NINA:” No Irish Need Apply. Boston in 1892 is a town of Victorian pride, prejudice, and private passions.

Now, on Beacon Hill, a crusading woman and her genteel brother, Addington, are investigating two grisly murders of young women, the work, say police, of “a deranged person.” For Caroline Ames, solving the mystery is a matter of helping an old friend, the woman who runs a home for wayward women known as Bertram’s Bower. But for Addington, the investigation will lead to the revelations of a sexually alluring, scandal-struck actress...and to the secrets of some of Boston’s most “respectable” men.

As Addington confronts the hypocrisy of Brahmin society, he moves closer to a shocking suspicion about the killer’s identity. And as fear grips the city, the evidence points in one frightening direction: that London’s Jack the Ripper is alive, well, and killing again. . .


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About Cynthia Peale

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Peale is the pseudonym chosen for this series by Nancy Zaroulis.
 
Published December 24, 2008 by Dell. 332 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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Effective in depicting the dreary lot of women and the Irish in turn-of-the-century Boston, but Addington with his solitary musing and Caroline with her talent for satin-stitching are not the most engaging of series sleuths (The Death of Colonel Mann, not reviewed).

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Victorian Bostonian Caroline Ames, who volunteers once a fortnight at her friend Agatha Montgomery's home for fallen women, the Bower, is so distressed when two of its residents, Mary and Bridget, are garroted and eviscerated in the treacherous South End that she insists her brother Addington try...

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Did you know that William James, the eminent Boston philosopher/psychologist, invented the term serial killer at least 80 years before Hannibal Lecter? Or maybe Peale (aka novelist Nancy Zaroulis)

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