Tuesday, 31 October 2017


Great to see Sharing Hamilton receive its second 5 star review of the day, this one from the USA, to add to the UK review received earlier. Thanks to reader GoodBookLuva, who not only gave the book 5 stars, but it appears she has also bought two of my Mersey Mysteries. Dr. Severus Black must have made quite an impression on her!
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton got embroiled in a steamy love affair with the beautiful Maria Reynolds after her con ...
By GoodBookLuva on October 31, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
Pre-ordered this last week and read it in 2 sittings only because I had to recharge the battery. In Philadelphia which was then the nation's capital, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton got embroiled in a steamy love affair with the beautiful Maria Reynolds after her conartist husband James set her up to blackmail Hamilton--but no one, least of all Hamilton, expected him and Maria to fall madly in love.
This became The Reynolds Affair, the USA's first sex scandal.
Hamilton went public with the affair rather than let Congress and his idol, President Washington, believe he was pilfering treasury funds.
(He was honest with the country's money, if not with his wife, who was publicly humiliated).
A few historical twists: Maria became pregnant, and her daughter Susan resembled Hamilton so closely there was little question that he was the father. She divorced James and married the charming wealthy Jacob Clingman 10 minutes after getting the divorce papers from her lawyer Aaron Burr.
She ran into Hamilton on the street many years later, and planned to meet again in a few days so he could meet Susan. But before that week was out, she got the shocking news that Hamilton died after a duel with Aaron Burr.
That's what actually happened. The fictional part is the British serial killer Dr. Severus Black, who was murdering young girls like Jack the Ripper did 100 years later.
There's no epilogue that says he's Jack's ancestor, but ending,
without Black getting caught, left it wide open for a series starring him. I hope that's what the authors are planning, hint hint...
I've read several of Diana Rubino's books, but none of Brian Porter's yet, so I just ordered two of his Mersey mysteries.
Once again Diana did her historical homework extremely well. Now that Hamilton is a household name thanks to the musical, you can now learn what really happened in his sordid private life. A great read.
See the book at SHARING HAMILTON Currently available in Kindle edition, with paperback to follow very soon. Also FREE on Kindle Unlimited.
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