by Nancy Bilyeau
Publication Date: December 13, 2019
eBook, 108 pages
Genre: Historical Mystery
Christmas Ghost Story in Old New York
In this compelling and poignant story, bestselling author Nancy Bilyeau takes readers to New York City’s Morgan Library in December 1912, when two very different people haunted by lost love come together in an unexpected way.
Helen O’Neill, part of a tight-knit Irish-American family in the Bronx, is only too happy to report to work at the spectacular private library built on Madison Avenue by millionaire financier J. P. Morgan. The head librarian, the brilliant and beautiful Belle da Costa Greene, had hired Helen away from the Metropolitan Museum of Art after she witnessed Helen’s unusual talent with handling artifacts.
Helen soon discovers the Morgan Library is a place like no other, with its secret staircases, magical manuscripts, and mysterious murals. But that’s nothing compared to a person who Helen alone can see: a young woman standing on Madison Avenue, looking as if she were keeping watch. In learning the woman’s true link to the Morgan, Helen must face the pain of her own past. And as she struggles to discover the truth behind these appearances, she finds herself with a second chance at happiness for herself on Christmas Eve—if she has the courage.
From the author of The Blue, the Joanna Stafford trilogy, and the soon-to-be published Dreamland, set in 1911 Coney Island, comes The Ghost of Madison Avenue, a novella both thrilling and moving.
Praise for Nancy Bilyeau
‘Nancy Bilyeau’s passion for history infuses her books’ – Alison Weir
‘Beautifully written and impeccably researched, Dreamland is a rollicking ride.’ – Fiona Davis, author of The Chelsea Girls
‘A marvelous book!’ – Ellen Marie Wiseman, author of What she Left Behind
On The Blue
‘Definitely a winner!’ – Kate Quinn, author of The Alice Network
On the Joanna Stafford Trilogy
‘All the ingredients of the best historical fiction … will satisfy even the most ardent mystery fans.’ – Deborah Harkness, author of A Discovery of Witches
About the Author
Nancy Bilyeau is a historical novelist and magazine editor based in New York. She wrote the Joanna Stafford trilogy, a trio of thrillers set in Henry VIII’s England, for Simon & Schuster. Her fourth novel is The Blue, an 18th-century thriller revolving around the art and porcelain world. Her next novel is Dreamland, set in Coney Island of 1911, to be published by Endeavour Quill on January 16, 2020. A former staff editor at Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and InStyle, Nancy is currently the deputy editor at the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College and contributes to Town & Country, CrimeReads, and Mystery Scene magazine.