A Murder on Jane Street by Cathy Cash Spellman

July 16th, 2019 Kimberly Review 12 Comments

16th Jul
A Murder on Jane Street by Cathy Cash Spellman
A Murder on Jane Street
by Cathy Cash Spellman
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Source: Publisher
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A brutal murder.
A heinous secret.
A deadly conspiracy.

The brutal murder of the little old lady next door puts FitzHugh Donovan on the case. A retired New York City Police Chief, he knows a cover-up when he sees one and his Irish Cop conscience can't let that happen.

Now, Fitz, his family and his quirky band of Bleecker Street Irregulars are ensnared in the bizarre secret the woman died to protect.

Is this a cold case turned hot again, or an unspeakable conspiracy that could alter the course of history?

Fitz doesn't yet know how high the stakes are, that failure isn't an option, and that the little old lady was so much more than she appeared. But he's trying to keep everyone alive long enough to find out.

Characters you’ll care about, dark shocking secrets, and disturbing similarities to today’s political scene, will keep you turning pages to an ending you won’t see comin


I was drawn to A Murder on Jane Street by Cathy Cash Spellman by the door on the cover (I will share more on that in another post) and upon reading the synopsis dove in. Historical conspiracies, murder and a quirky gang led by a former NYPD kept me flipping the pages of this tantalizing thriller.

Spellman’s story is a blending of genres, part cozy, part conspiracy theory, part murder-mystery with lots of suspense, political plots and more. Told in multiple POVs, she introduces us to retired New York City Police Chief FitzHugh Donovan. Fitz owns a bookstore and lives in a brownstone with his daughter and granddaughter.

When Mrs. W, Fitz’s 90-something neighbor tells him she needs him to come collect something that she thinks they’ve found her. He arrives to find her dead, and the home tossed. The poor woman has been tortured but apparently she didn’t give up her secrets because Fitz discovers diaries and more hidden in his front bush… and so our begins our mystery.

Fitz enlists the help of his daughter Maeve, who has the Irish gift of sight and a group of friends who form the Bleecker Street Irregulars. They meet at the bookstore and discuss the journals as they uncover the secrets Mrs. W kept. Secrets involving WWII and Hitler himself. Secrets others will kill to keep hidden.

Clever twists, scientific implications, far-reaching conspiracies that touch all aspects of the government, power and more. It was an engaging tale with plenty of danger as those in the know sought to keep these secrets from coming to light.

I loved the motley crew of the Bleecker Street Irregulars. (BSIs) Each brought their own talent and resources to the table. We also have a romance that was served on the side and felt genuine. While I felt the multiple POVs kept me from knowing any one individual, the author did a good job of forming a bond between them. I am looking forward to getting to know them more.

The ending wrapped up with some closure and let us know there would be more mysteries to solve. I look forward to the next book in the series, A Murder on Mott Street, with the Donovan family and BSIs.

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12 Responses to “A Murder on Jane Street by Cathy Cash Spellman”

  1. Ethan

    That cover is so tantalizing, and the plot only adds to my interest. I’m instantly endeared to the detective who owns a book store. That’s the kind of guy I would trust!

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  2. Lindsi

    I’m starting to dip my toes in this genre, because I do love a good twist, but suspense makes me anxious! I feel like I can’t breathe until I know what happens, haha. Slow and steady, right? I’m happy this one was a hit for you! Can’t wait to see what it is about doors…

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? ?

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