Murder at Bertram's Bower

Murder at Bertram's Bower

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
A novel set in Victorian Boston focuses on the murder of two residents of a home for wayward women and the efforts of amateur sleuths Caroline Ames and her brother to clear the name of Agatha Montgomery, the home's guiding spirit.

Blackwell North Amer
Agatha Montgomery, the proprietress and guiding spirit of Bertram's Bower, a home for "fallen women," is considered a saint by all who know her. Agatha's brother, the Reverend Randolph Montgomery, supports the home by lending his considerable reputation and fund-raising abilities to his sister's efforts. But when two residents of Bertram's Bower are brutally murdered on successive nights, it will take more than saintly reputations to save the Bower from scandal.
Agatha's childhood friend Caroline Ames gamely steps in, convincing her brother Addington to conduct an unofficial investigation. There are suspects aplenty: the cocky young typewriter salesman whose advances were rebuffed by the first victim; the young Irish lad-of-all-trades seen "having words" with the second; and even the Bower's Matron, who seems to hate the girls as much as she hates all men. The case becomes even more complicated when disturbing rumors begin to circulate about the reverend and, worse, word gets out that the infamous Jack the Ripper may have escaped to America.
As a wave of fear engulfs the city, Caroline and Addington come face-to-face with the deep-seated prejudices of Boston's upper class against the growing Irish population - a prejudice that may destroy the life of an innocent young man and puts the amateur sleuths themselves in mortal danger.

Baker
& Taylor

The author's second novel set in Victorian Boston focuses on the murder of two residents of a home for wayward women and the efforts of amateur sleuths Caroline Ames and her brother, Addington, to clear the name of Agatha Montgomery, the guiding spirit of Bertram's Bower. 10,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
Series:
ISBN: 9780385496377
0385496370
Branch Call Number: F PEA
Characteristics: 342 p. ; 22 cm

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