I’m a sucker for New England based stories, add in the historic Newport cottages in their heyday and twist it all together with a mystery and I’m hooked. Alyssa Maxwell is on the blog today with the fourth title in her Gilded Newport Mysteries series, along with an excerpt. Please read on for my review of
Murder at Rough Point
Working to support herself, despite her more infamous and wealthy Vanderbilt relations, Emma Cross is the Fancies and Fashions reporter for the Newport Observer, working toward her dreams of following Nellie Bly, and reporting on “real” news. When she is assigned to report on a gathering at Rough Point, owned by her cousins and now acting as an artist’s retreat. Full of notables, from Edith Wharton to Emma’s own parents back from Europe, she’s all set to do the best story possible.
Arriving at Rough Point, much is as Emma expected: notable people, intellectual discussions, plenty of history on view. What she didn’t expect is the undercurrent of jealousy and tension amongst those purported to be friends. But when an English Baronet, an artist, is found dead at the foot of the cliffs, there is a mystery afoot. Quickly the story turns to the multitudes of people in attendance, as they are slowly disappearing due to unfortunate circumstances, and the clues and possibilities are many. As Emma’s clear vision and memory have been helpful in past cases, her insight and clear thinking serve to take the reader through the suspects, the moments leading to the murder, and eventually to the murderer.
A wonderful story that is well-plotted and carries a sense of history and the solid personality of Emma, showing her intelligence, determination and logical thought processes that further present her as a viable character. The story is intriguing and engrossing, easy to visualize glamor and riches contrast with the personalities of the party-goers, showing their more human moments and warts clearly. A wonderful introduction (for me) to this series, I’ll be adding the earlier titles in the series to my shelves for those days when a cup of tea and a mystery are all that is desired.
Title: Murder at Rough Point
Author: Alyssa Maxwell
Series: Gilded Newport Mysteries #4
Genre: American, Gilded Age, Historical Fiction, Mystery Elements
Published by: Kensington
Published on: 30 August, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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In glittering Newport, Rhode Island, at the close of the nineteenth century, status is everything. But despite being a poorer relation to the venerable Vanderbilts, Emma Cross has shaped her own identity—as a reporter and a sleuth.
Fancies and Fashion reporter Emma Cross is sent by the Newport Observer to cover an elite house party at Rough Point, the “cottage” owned by her distant cousin Frederick Vanderbilt, which has been rented as a retreat for artists. To her surprise, the illustrious guests include her estranged Bohemian parents—recently returned from Europe—as well as a variety of notable artists, including author Edith Wharton.
But when one of the artists—an English baronet—is discovered dead at the bottom of a cliff, Rough Point becomes anything but a house of mirth. After a second guest is found murdered, no one is above suspicion—including Emma’s parents.
Even as Newport police detective Jesse Whyte searches for a killer in their midst, Emma tries to draw her own conclusions—with the help of Mrs. Wharton. But with so many sketchy suspects, she’ll need to canvas the crime scenes carefully, before the cunning culprit takes her out of the picture next…
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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