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Murder Bay

A Ben Carey Mystery

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The impressive first in a historical series, which effortlessly alternates between Washington, D.C., in 1862 and the same city 95 years later. . . . This debut shows definite promise. Publishers Weekly

Ben Carey, a Korean War veteran newly promoted to police sergeant, laments the impending end of his marriage while being befuddled by the ghosts who seem to be haunting the dilapidated old building housing his new office. Are they a figment of his normally rational imagination, or an echo of the previous century and a long-buried mystery with roots in the Civil War and doomed love?

As Carey peels back the layers of time, he discovers greed, deception, love, jealousy, and murder.

An involving, period-perfect story. The action is fast-paced and convincing . . . the characters are expertly drawn. —ForeWord

Very nicely done. . . . Recommended. —Library Journal

Horwitz [sets up] the plot nicely with dual narratives, palpable emotions, and believable investigative habits. —Baltimore Sun

Horwitz is adept at writing scenes that make you want to stop, pause, rub your eyes, and share the passage with a friend who loves good ghost stories. It’s hard to pause too long, though, because this is the kind of book that is hard to put down.Donna Miller (

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 18, 2008 – A new publisher launches the impressive first in a historical series, which effortlessly alternates between Washington, D.C., in 1862 and the same city 95 years later. In 1957, Ben Carey, an ambitious young beat cop with a troubled marriage, becomes the head of a new planning unit that hopes to obtain funding for innovative police programs. When his wife kicks him out, Carey bunks in the decrepit Victorian mansion that houses his unit, only to find the building apparently haunted by the spirit of Mordechai Finkel, heir to a department store fortune, who died there from wounds sustained in the second battle of Bull Run. After a little digging, Carey comes to suspect that Finkel was murdered and takes a break from his official duties to solve the nearly-century-old cold case. While the supernatural aspect won't be to everyone's tastes, and the author's 1950s are more convincing than his 1860s, this debut shows definite promise. Though Horwitz died in 2004, he left behind several more Ben Carey mysteries in manuscript.

Customer Reviews

Excellent story!

It took me a while to see where things were going, but this author sure had me glued to my seat. A great pair of stories tied together by an inanimate object. Well written and guaranteed to enthrall!

One Word -- Outstanding -- Describes Murder Bay

Well written, with a solidly rational plot, notwithstanding the introduction of supernatural elements. Refreshingly devoid of gratuitous violence, sex and contrived plot twists.

Would recommend this book to those who are looking for something different and worthwhile in the mystery genre.


This tops my list of best reads for 2013. I am saddened to learn we lost this wonderful author. My thanks to his family for proceeding with publishing this novel.

Murder Bay
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Aug 18, 2010
  • Publisher: Top Five Books
  • Seller: Top Five Books, LLC
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
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