The Secrets of Manhattan #5 Who’s stealing billions? Updated

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Historical Puzzles, The Manhattan Puzzle, The Secrets of Manhattan

The Manhattan Puzzle is available for in many countries here.   The fifth secret of Manhattan I am intrigued by is what the Freemasons do in New York. There are 60,000 Freemasons in New York state.  If we look at their own website, they give themselves an open field as to what they do. They say: There are things we want to do in the world. So, worldly acts are key to what goes on at a lodge. And in their own words, further down that page, ‘Masonry teaches that each...

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The Real Wall Street

Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in Historical Puzzles

Wall Street houses the public face of financial trading in the United States. But the big decisions are made elsewhere. Sure, millionaires and billionaires are made on Wall Street, but who is pulling the strings and who is picking the winners and flushing them with more capital than they know what to do with? Who decides who runs the banks? Who decides which face gets to the top? You might think such decisions are made in Washington, perhaps at the offices of members of the...

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The Secrets of Manhattan #4 What did the 1st President of the United States do in Manhattan?

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Historical Puzzles, Mystery Novels, The Manhattan Puzzle

This post is part of a series I wrote in the run up to the launch of The Manhattan Puzzle in October 2013. They describe some of the most interesting things I have discovered about Manhattan during my research. The Manhattan Puzzle is available for in many countries here. The fourth secret of Manhattan I am intrigued by is what the 1st President of the United States did during the week before his inauguration. George Washington was a Freemason from the age of 20 in Virginia...

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Literary Mysteries at a UNESCO City of Literature event in Dublin

Posted by on Nov 6, 2012 in Research

Author of The Istanbul Puzzle, Laurence O’Bryan, discussed some literary mysteries with’s Kevin Flanagan as part of the UNESCO City of Literature series of events in Dublin at Freemasons’ Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin in late 2012. For any of you who didn’t make it below is the Q&A I prepared. There were some extra questions on the night, and a reading of Chapters One from The Jerusalem puzzle, but you will get a good idea of the...

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