Blog Tour: The Nanny at No. 43 by Nicola Cassidy

July 8, 2019 Book review 1

I really enjoyed Nicola Cassidy’s debut Novel – December Girl – so I was eagerly anticipating her second novel- The Nanny at Number 43. And I’m delighted to say she has delivered another page turner that I loved reading.

Thanks to POOLBEG PRESS Limited for giving me for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.

Blog Tour: The Nanny at No. 43 by Nicola CassidyNANNY AT Published by POOLBEG PRESS Limited on 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction
Format: eARC
Source: Received from Publisher

Wanted, a respectable woman to care for a motherless child.

When William D. Thomas’s wife dies in childbirth, he places an advertisement in his local newspaper seeking a nanny for his newborn child.

He is thankful when an experienced nanny arrives at 43 Laurence Street and takes over from his frazzled housekeeper Mrs McHugh.

Mrs McHugh confides in her bedridden friend Betty, who has a bird’s-eye view of all the happenings on Laurence Street, that the Nanny is not all she seems. Betty begins her own investigation into the mysterious woman.

When the bodies of twin babies are discovered buried in a back garden, by a family who have moved from their tenement home into a country cottage, a police investigation begins.

But it is Betty who holds the key to discovering who the Nanny really is … and the reason she came to 43 Laurence Street.

addictive Historical Page-Turner suspense

My Thoughts on The Nanny at No. 43 by Nicola Cassidy

This book entertained me from beginning to end. The author skilfully brought the past to life in front of my eyes with vivid descriptions that accurately recreated the time period. The setting is Drogheda in 1880, and everything from the character’s clothes to their dialogue felt very appropriate. Which really kept me in the plot, as finding historical inaccuracies really distracts me. No issue with that here. I also loved the descriptive language used, as it built up the world, but without being too wordy.

The Nanny at No. 43 by Nicola Cassidy entertained me from beginning to end by skilfully and accurately recreating Drogheda in 1880 and a fascinating newspaper advertisement for a nanny. #historialfiction @ladynicci @PoolbegBooks… Click To Tweet

I thoroughly enjoyed the sinister element in this one. We are left guessing as to what exactly the Nanny is up to and why she is doing it. From the point of view of other characters we can put it all together, and put it this way, you definitely don’t want this Nanny minding your children.

When I finished I felt this was both a character driven novel and a plot driven novel which is exactly what I always want, but don’t always get. 

Who should read The Nanny at No. 43

If you love historical fiction, and a malevolent main character, then I highly recommend this book to you. Fans of December Girl should also enjoy, as should fans of authors such as Kathleen McGurlHazel GaynorEvie GaughanPamela Ford and Maeve Binchy.

About Nicola Cassidy

Nicola Cassidy is a former political press officer, journalist and freelance marketing manager. She runs a blog at and has been nominated for a number of writing and blogging awards.

Nicola published her debut historical fiction novel December Girl in October 2017 to excellent reviews. Her writing has a unique, quirky edge to it, with memorable and not always likable characters. She blends literary, crime, thriller and mystery elements within her prose.

Nicola lives with her husband and young family on the coast in Co. Louth and finds time to write in between raising and refereeing two squabbling daughters.

(Well, there’s no fiction without friction, is there?”)


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One Response to “Blog Tour: The Nanny at No. 43 by Nicola Cassidy”

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I definitely feel that we usually sacrifice character development for plot in thriller type books so I’m pleased to know that wasn’t an issue here. This sounds really good and I want to know about the Nanny at No. 43. I’m adding to my TBR and am hoping it is available here in the States!

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