I LOVED this! The era and the setting made it such an escape and it was amazing to think of how trials were conducted at the time. You think that they are a media circus now, you should see how it was done in 1857.
The defense attorney, Henry Clinton, and his wife were people that I would like to have as friends. They were thoughtful, never quick to judge and the romance and respect between them was uplifting.
It was one of those mysteries that you change your suspect with every chapter. Your mind changes as the story evolves and your judgment of the characters changes with every page. I really enjoyed that aspect of it.
Set in a New York that you can only dream of having lived in, 31 Bond Street made me grateful that I live now. Women were nothing unless they were married or trying to get married. We were defined by our husbands, not our own minds. Just how does a woman stand up for herself in a time where she couldn’t vote, couldn’t own property unless she was a widow, couldn’t really do much of anything except for trim roses and pop out kids?