The Shanghai Tunnel by Sharan Newman

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Portland, 1868. It is a rough hewn place, an exploding trading post that has dreams of becoming a metropolis. 

Horace Stratton, one of Portland's wealthiest heirs, has decided to come home for good after amassing yet another fortune in Shanghai. With him comes his wife Emily, a shy daughter of missionaries, and their teenaged son. On the brink of that happy return, Horace suddenly falls ill and dies in San Francisco.

Emily and her son bring her husband home to Portland and they try to settle into this new culture. While they look as if they should belong, Portland is a strange and unsettling place for them. 

Emily is guilt-ridden, but sorrow is one of the few emotions she didn’t feel when told of her husband's passing. For Emily had learned more about her husband’s past than anyone would believe. And she discovers that all of his schemes did not die with him.

His partners very much want Emily and her son to go away... by whatever means necessary. Emily will have to delve into her husband's seedy and painful past and set things right so that she can make a life for herself and her son in this strange land.

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About Sharan Newman

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Sharan Newman is a historian, lecturer, and writer who has won many awards, including the Macavity for Best First Mystery, and the Herodotus for Best Historical Mystery.
Published April 1, 2010 by Forge Books. 336 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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A wealthy widow and her son, arriving in Portland, Ore., to bury her husband in 1868, find themselves in unexpected danger.

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When Horace Stratton, who made his fortune in China, dies on his way back to Portland with his wife, Emily, the daughter of American missionaries in China, Emily must manage her new life alone.

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This is the first in Sharan Newman’s Emily Stratton series.

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When widow Emily Stratton arrives in Portland Oregon after her husband Horace's death she's quite surprised.

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