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The Orphanmaster A Novel of Early Manhattan A love story wrapped around a murder mystery set in seventeenth century Manhattan In in the hardscrabble colony of New Amsterdam today s lower Manhattan orphan children are going missing and res

  • Title: The Orphanmaster: A Novel of Early Manhattan
  • Author: Jean Zimmerman
  • ISBN: 9780143123538
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Orphanmaster: A Novel of Early Manhattan By Jean Zimmerman, A love story wrapped around a murder mystery, set in seventeenth century Manhattan In 1663 in the hardscrabble colony of New Amsterdam today s lower Manhattan orphan children are going missing and residents suspect a serial killer The list of possible culprits is long and strange Among those looking into the mystery are a shrewd young Dutch woman, Blandine van Couvering,A love story wrapped around a murder mystery, set in seventeenth century Manhattan In 1663 in the hardscrabble colony of New Amsterdam today s lower Manhattan orphan children are going missing and residents suspect a serial killer The list of possible culprits is long and strange Among those looking into the mystery are a shrewd young Dutch woman, Blandine van Couvering, and a dashing Englishman, Edward Drummond, whose newfound romance is threatened by horrible accusations In this spellbinding work of historical fiction, Jean Zimmerman relates the harsh realities of life in early Manhattan, re creating the sights, smells, and textures of the rough settlement surrounded by wilderness and subject to political turmoil Compulsively readable and filled with New York history, The Orphanmaster will delight fans of Caleb Carr, Hilary Mantel, and Geraldine Brooks.

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    1. 3.5 starsThough there s a mystery at the heart of this story, the book s strongest suit is its depiction of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam in the 1660s New Amsterdam s Director General, Petrus Stuyvesant, rules under the auspices of the Dutch West India Company, whose main goal is to make money Thus, numerous residents of New Amsterdam are traders dealing in grains, furs, weapons, blankets, household items, etc Life in the territory can be harsh though with deadly diseases, serious injuries, [...]

    2. First, the writing is awkward and clunky It s third person omniscient, but she s inconsistent in her omniscience, like, sometimes we are with the crazy killer and we know just what he s thinking and yes, it s exactly who you think it is , and sometimes it s a mystery She doesn t seem to have a handle on how to deal with information, like, at all, so we either get confusing withholding, or a deathly dull information dump.Second, Writing historical fiction doesn t mean you have to give us an on th [...]

    3. In my imaginary Feni Cooper School of Literary Offenses, there s a popular class on how to write irritating historical novels Writers are encouraged to apply modern ideas to past cultures Jean Zimmerman surely took this course Her heroine Blandina, who lives in New Amsterdam just before it falls to the British, is an independent trader So far so good But then we find she s best buddies with the African Americans shunned by the rest of the colony, not to mention with a native American Hmm Dances [...]

    4. This book had a lot of amazing qualities historical facts, interesting premise, some well developed and unique characters, but it lacked proper pacing to keep you hooked Thrillers need to read like a runaway train, and this read like a commuters local.

    5. Every now and then I read a book that just takes my breath away It feels like the author wrote the book just for me, and I just can t put it down This one, which I won through the first reads yeah giveaways was just that It was just so brilliant that I m really struggling how to put it into words.It is set in a period of history about which very little is written in historical fiction early New York history, when it was still a tenuous colony of intrepid Dutch men and women, given rein to do wha [...]

    6. Jean Zimmerman writes in the afterward to her historical novel, The Orphanmaster, that her husband asked her to, Write me a murder She should have ignored him and concentrated on writing an historical adventure novel that interweaves the lives of its characters with the historical and political events of the time, instead of an ill conceived and poorly executed period murder mystery.The best parts of the novel involve Blandine Van Couvering s rise as a female trader in the Dutch colony of New Ne [...]

    7. The Orphan Master by Jean Zimmerman, published by Viking.Category Fiction Historical FictionIn 1663 Lower Manhattan was called New Amsterdam and was a Dutch Colony The Dutch had a civil position known as The Orphan Master whose job was to watch over children who had lost both their parents.Aet Visser was The Orphan Master for New Amsterdam He placed children in homes or places where they could work.Edward Drummond, an Englishman, comes to New Amsterdam to scout the area for a possible English in [...]

    8. This is a 4.5 for me, and the only thing that kept me from giving it a five is the crutch of formula mystery crime writing that it leans on The setting is outstanding, though 17th century New Amsterdam is not a time place I have read about before and Zimmerman captured the sounds, smells and sights of it as well as the inhabitants A mixture of Dutch, English, German, Indian and African form the list of characters, and most are fully fleshed by the writing There are significant scary moments the [...]

    9. The best thing about The Orphanmaster is its historical detail Zimmerman does an excellent job of setting the scene and integrating issues and concerns the colonists had during that time The legend of the witika was delightfully horrific, and I enjoyed reading about it This story has lots of drama to keep the reader entertained Though the first half is a bit slow, the second half really picks up and it is simply a race to the end I will say that this is not for everyone, as it is rather graphic [...]

    10. The novel is set in 1663 when the Dutch ruled Manhattan It s a time period I know virtually nothing about so I was excited about the book The Dutch had some very forward thinking ideas about women A woman, after marriage, was allowed to work and retain property in her own name The protagonist in the story is Blandine van Couvis, a merchant trader Blandine has some odd associates including a giant black man who survived a hanging and an Indian who sometimes practices a little cannibalism when a f [...]

    11. This is one of the best historical mystery suspense books I ve ever read Author Jean Zimmerman has written an incredibly compelling novel about life, love and murder in New Amsterdam lower Manhattan in 1660 Ms Zimmerman s attention to detail and knowledge of life and the history of the early days of Manhattan bring realism and depth to this tale of grizzly murder, The main character is a strong and spirited heroine, Blandine van Couvering Blandine, an orphan herself, is artfully drawn into the m [...]

    12. The Orphanmaster took a while for me to get into too long, I thought but when I finally did I was hooked It s a murder thriller and a historical novel of the 1660s, set in fertile locale the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, where a native creature called a witika is thought to be stealing and devouring orphans There s a determined she trader hero, a dissolute but seemingly good hearted bureaucrat in charge of orphans, an English spy charged with tracking down the regicides who sentenced Charles I, [...]

    13. A story about a fictional string of orphan murders in Manhattan s 17th Century Dutch New Amsterdam colony is certainly a great idea for a book, but what type Is it a murder mystery a historical romance or is it literary fiction Often, it feels like the writer herself hasn t quite decided However, the final section of the novel delivers the answer with dead on precision it is a gruesome, nail biting, shocker of a crime thriller If only the preceding 375 pages matched the final 40 Still, this is a [...]

    14. An historical novel, yes, but oh so much Author Jean Zimmerman has meticulously researched the data on the colony established by the Dutch West India Company in the 1600s The colony, New Amsterdam, will eventually become Manhattan, but in 1660 it is a bustling center of commerce under the iron fist and wooden leg of Petrus Stuyvesant One of the bureaucratic jobs in the community is the Orphan Master His job is to oversee and protect and provide for the orphans there Orphans may have originally [...]

    15. I received this book from the publisher as part of giveaway program, Firstreads.It was difficult to come up with a rating for this first novel by historian Jean Zimmerman There are aspects of it that are really great, and yet it also has serious problems The novel presents itself throughout as a mixture of genres historical, mystery, horror, romance yet is packaged as a literary work This hodgepodge creates problems, yet somehow the work as a whole came out better for me than any of its individu [...]

    16. Review originally posted here.The Orphanmaster is Jean Zimmerman s debut novel It is not, however, her first foray into publication by any stretch of the imagination Zimmerman is, first and foremost, a historian Earlier this year, I read her recently published Love, Fiercely, and quite enjoyed it Despite that, The Orphanmaster wasn t really on my radar, and I was going to let it pass me by Then, one of the lovely folks at Penguin offered me a copy for review, and I couldn t say no Guys, I am so, [...]

    17. A creature stalks the shadows of New Amsterdam Known as the witika, it is a deranged beast that consumes the flesh of its fellow man In Jean Zimmerman s The Orphanmaster, the witika has been blamed for a recent string of orphan kidnappings and killings Dutch merchant Blandine von Couvering, who is an orphan herself, has her doubts, and sets out to solve the mystery with the help of British spy Edward Drummond, her servant companion Antony, and Kitane, a Lenape trapper.Though it had its faults, T [...]

    18. It is 1663 in New Amsterdam If you an orphan, then most likely you have met the orphanmaster He is the one that all the children know Blandine van Couvering grew up an orphan herself She has done pretty well for herself these days Having been an orphan, Blandine has a soft spot for the other orphan children This is why when some of the orphan children go missing, Blandine takes it upon herself to lead a group and go hunting for the missing children Blandine is joined by Edward Drummond, a Britis [...]

    19. This is set on Manhattan Island, part of New Amsterdam, a trading Dutch settlement very early in the history of our country as a new country Things are just beginning to simmer as far as who owns, who has rights in trading, all those qualities that are disputable to those looking for business possibilities and how to best exploit them And the new world is ripe with possibilities Peter Steyvestant is the head of the colony and is known for his unwavering strictness and strong ideas The orphan mas [...]

    20. I was so excited to win an advance copy of this book through The cover looked amazing I know, I know and the story sounded so interesting, even if it wasn t my usual cup of tea So the story takes place in what was once New Amsterdam and which is now Manhattan The Dutch have control of the area and live freely than their English conterparts Women are allowed to trade and own property, former slaves are free to live as they please, and Native Indians mix fairly freely with the Dutch, mostly due t [...]

    21. In 1663, what we know today as lower Manhattan, was a querulous little Dutch colony known as New Amsterdam Although established by the Dutch, it became an international trading center facing a time of transition Originally, home to various indigenous peoples, Europeans and nationalities of all ethnic origins began to move through this gateway to North America, bringing about change as well as conflict In this challenging world of the frontier, death is not only common but a constant and predicta [...]

    22. A proper murder mystery requires two very important elements Sleuthing by its main protagonist s whether it be professional or amateur , and a tight, carefully structured who done it that serves up clues, red herrings, and plot twists to keep us guessing as to the murderer s identity and motives The Orphanmaster is sorely lacking in both of these departments Blandine and Edward Drummond, the Dutch she merchant and English spy who serve as heroine and hero as well as amateur sleuths, briefly disc [...]

    23. This was an excellent book It takes place in 1663 in the Duthc settlement of New Amsterdam Orphaned children are disappearing and murdered by an unknown sadist There is panic in the town because of the rumors of the witika, an Indian demon known to cannabalize his victims Blandine van Couvering is a young woman who has begun a trading business She begins to look into the disappearances but is sidetracked by her travels for trading She meets Edward Drummond who is an Englishman traveling as a gra [...]

    24. The author who has written a non fiction book on this time period, so she knows her stuff, but her writing did not appeal to me and at times the language was too much of the time so that made the story drag I really enjoyed the character of Blandine van Couvering and she is one of the reasons I kept reading she was a strong independent woman that remained true to her ambitions while earning respect There was really a position called orphanmaster who was in charge of the orphans and any assets th [...]

    25. Would recommend EhhThis is a super strange book I think it tried to be like Year of Wonders A Novel of the Plague or maybe The Crucible, but it came out so bizarre It s like, early American settlement meets weird Dutch names meets independent heroine meets totally weird demonic possession and cannibalism What Like I said, SO WEIRD Granted, I wanted to know how it ended, but when I read the last line, I think there was a giant cartoon question mark over my head, not because I didn t understand wh [...]

    26. Though a lot of the subject matter was disturbing there were definitely times I skimmed paragraphs detailing it , I thought this book was very interesting, and unlike anything I d ever read before It was a mystery set back in the 1600s, so you have the historical context behind the main plot of a serial killer taking orphaned children in the American colonies I loved how the author switched the points of view of the narrator, so that you don t actually know who the killer is or why you re learni [...]

    27. 2.5 The Orphanmaster attracted me because it promised a feisty female heroine, the setting of New Amsterdam back when New York wasn t even New York yet and an intriguing mystery surrounding the disappearance of orphans from the colony While I got the first two, unfortunately I didn t get the third Blandine van Couvering is a beautiful young woman who, unwilling to settle down into the life of a good obedient house wife, ventures into the trade business and finds her true calling As this is an oc [...]

    28. The blurb says a love story wrapped around a murder mystery, set in 17th century New York I like romances I like mysteries and I m curious about 17th century New York New Amsterdam, as I had several Dutch ancestors living there at the time this book is set And, Old Latin Teacher at gave it five stars That s enough for me.

    29. The things change, the things stay the same seems to be the main theme behind Jean Zimmerman s The Orphanmaster with its focus on political intrigue, ambition, and human depravity Set in New Amsterdam, the story follows Blandine van Couvering, a female merchant who is way ahead of her time in her deportment, profession, and beliefs, and Edward Drummond, an English spy with an insidious past Along with a handful of friends and allies, all of whom exist on the fringes of society, they race to di [...]

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