Be careful who you let into your home..
Hello and welcome to the blog tour for The Nanny At Number 43 by Irish Author Nicola Cassidy.
About The Book
“Wanted, a respectable woman to care for a motherless child.
When William D. Thomas’s wife dies in childbirth, he places an advertisement in his local newspaper seeking a nanny for his newborn child.
He is thankful when an experienced nanny arrives at 43 Laurence Street and takes over from his frazzled housekeeper Mrs McHugh.
Mrs McHugh confides in her bedridden friend Betty, who has a bird’s-eye view of all the happenings on Laurence Street, that the Nanny is not all she seems. Betty begins her own investigation into the mysterious woman.
When the bodies of twin babies are discovered buried in a back garden, by a family who have moved from their tenement home into a country cottage, a police investigation begins.
But it is Betty who holds the key to discovering who the Nanny really is … and the reason she came to 43 Laurence Street.”
About The Author
Nicola Cassidy is a writer and blogger from Co. Louth, Ireland. She started her writing career early, entering short story competitions as a child and became an avid reader. Encouraged by her English teachers, she chose to study journalism at Dublin City University and while working in political PR and marketing, studied a series of advanced creative writing courses at the Irish Writers’ Centre. Later she set up a lifestyle and literary blog http://www.LadyNicci.com, which was shortlisted in the Ireland Blog Awards in 2015 and 2016 and finalist in 2017 and 2018. She signed with Trace Literary Agency in 2016. December Girl is Nicola’s debut historical fiction novel and is set in the mystical and ancient Boyne Valley, Co. Meath, famed for its stone age passage tombs. Elements of the story are inspired by true events. Her second novel The Nanny at Number 43 is published by Poolbeg Press. She lives with her husband and two young daughters in Termonfeckin, Co. Louth. Follow her at http://www.ladynicci.com, on Twitter @ladynicci or http://www.facebook.com/ladynicciblog.
What I Thought
The Nanny At Number 43 is a must read for fans of historical fiction but I think anyone who enjoys a good mystery will be equally intrigued by it. The story opens with a disturbing discovery which is pretty disturbing and you’re left wondering what happened. Was it a tragic accident or something more sinister?
I really like that the book is based in Ireland as most historical fiction I have read has been based in the UK. So it was a thrill to know the places mentioned and picture how they might have been years ago. There is a fair amount of tragedy and heartbreak for all of the characters, no one is left unscathed. They were hard times and sudden deaths weren’t always questioned they were just accepted. But when then body count rises too quickly things become suspicious, who really is the nanny At Number 43?
I thought this was very well written with great attention to detail. The story was captivating and tied up well at the end. Perfect reading of a summers evening, sure who doesn’t love getting to the bottom of a murder mystery in the sunshine.
Many thanks to Nicola for asking me to take part in her blogtour, all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.