The Orphanmaster

The Orphanmaster

Large Print - 2012
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"It’s 1663 in the tiny Dutch colony of New Amsterdam. Orphan children are going missing, and looking into the mystery are a twenty-two-year-old trader, Blandine von Couvering, herself an orphan, and a British spy named Edward Drummond. Suspects abound, including the governor’s decadent nephew; an Algonquin trapper who may be possessed by a demon; and the colony’s own corrupt and conflicted orphanmaster. Both the search for the killer and Edward and Blandine’s newfound romance are endangered when Blandine is accused of being a witch and Edward is sentenced to hang for espionage. Meanwhile, war looms as the English king plans to wrest control of the colony." -- cover, p. [4].
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2012.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781410449542
Branch Call Number: L.P. Fic Zimm
Characteristics: 703 p. (large print) : maps ; 23 cm.


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May 05, 2017

I agree with the comment below. Forget this one. The book is really a lost opportunity though, because the historical detail about life in New Amsterdam is fascinating and realistic, and the main characters (the good ones!) are people you care about immediately. It is just the depraved plot that is sick and unnecessary. I read a lot of murder mysteries, but who needs this one.

Jan 02, 2016

Forget this one! You can get better historical fiction about that period in time. This pursues depraved serial murder at a repulsive level.

SchipperkeMad Feb 17, 2014

This novel effectively evokes life in the early days of Manhattan. Little details such as how Broadway got its name adds historical interest, a reflection on the author's background. However, at times I found these historical points, presented in a more academic style, hindered the flow of the story. Still, the book is still worth reading for anyone interested in what life was like in the New World during the late 17th-century.

eya Jul 15, 2012

A thoroughly enjoyable read!! Enough blend of history with good story telling. The reader relates to the characters from the beginnng.


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