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31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan – Book Review

Published in 2010, 31 Bond Street is a crime thriller/mystery novel, also a page-turner compiled by Ellen Horan.

31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan


Author: Ellen Horan
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Goodreads Rating: 3.4/5

About 31 Bond Street

Staged in the late 1850’s, 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan is a crime/ mystery thriller novel. Released in 2010, the book is quite a page turner.


“Mysterious midnight murder. An eminent citizen assassinated. Intense excitement in bond street”

The story revolves around the trial linking to the sensational murder of an eminent dentist in Bond Street, Dr. Burdel. A young widow, Emma Cunningham, with her two daughters has recently settled at 31 Bond Street as its head housekeeper. Dr. Harvey Burdel, the dental surgeon’s faint promises of marriage to Emma seems to grow fainter as the days pass. “Familiarity being just smokes and mirrors”, is what Emma was forced to live with. A life hidden beneath the secretive façade posed by the doctor and overseeing to his house hold.

Roads hit the turn when one morning the Dr. was found gashed to death. And you guessed it right! The district attorney doesn’t delay one min in accusing Emma, with motive being supplied by Harvey and Emma’s recent marriage license. Is Emma being framed? Is she innocent? Henry Clinton, who believes her innocence despite the murder claims, is summoned. Will he end up proving himself wrong? Is there a lucrative secret hidden in the rectos of Ellen Horan’s 31 Bond Street?

About the Author – Ellen Horan

Ellen Horan, a New York magazine photo editor, has her contributions spread across publications including Vogue, Forbes, as well as Vanity Fair. The murder that shook New Yorkers about 150 years ago motivated Ellen to pen down 31 Bond Street, her debut into the genre of crime, mystery, and thriller.


Title: 31 Bond Street

Goodreads rating:   3.4/5

My Verdict on 31 Bond Street:

“Who Killed Dr.Burdell?” was one question that gripped the minds of people in New York during late 80’s. “Dr. Harvey Burdell found dead” made it to every other new stack around. Being stumped by the plexus of this plot, Horan put her right foot forth and has spun together fact and fiction.

For those who are in search of a read that’d keep you gripped till the end, then look no further, 31 Boon Street is just what you need. Ellen Horan has successfully breathed life into each and every character, easily staging the play right in our minds. The elegant line between the factual and fictional characters is more or less invisible, making the plot quite stimulating. Stir your mind in all possible directions but the book reveals itself only at the end. Ellen has also left many hooks and questions open ended, hanging around, for us readers to figure out. I would give the book a 4.5 on 5 for Horan’s skillful plotting and intense imagination.

Interested in thrillers? Here are a few more to add to your list:

  1. Blood Harvest by S. J. Bolton
  2. Origin by Dan Brown
  3. The Angels Ganme by Carlos Ruis Zafon
  4. Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

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