On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I missed when they were first
released that have been screaming at me from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.
A Gilded Grave
(NEWPORT GILDED AGE)
First in Series
Historical Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Cover Illustrator by Aleta Rafton
Cover Design by Lesley Worrell
Trade Paperback: 416 pages
E-Book – ASIN: B00OQS4FIA
In 1895, the height of the Gilded Age, the social elite spend their summers in Newport, Rhode Island. Within the walls of their fabulous “cottages,” competition for superiority is ruthless … and so are the players.
During her first Newport season, Deanna Randolph attends a ball given in honor of Lord David Manchester, a Barbadian sugar magnate, and his sister, Madeline. The Manchesters are an immediate success—along with their exotic manservant and his fortune-telling talents.
But on the nearby cliffs, a young maid lies dead—and suspicion falls on Joseph Ballard, a member of one of the town’s most prestigious families.
Joe humiliated Deanna when he rebuffed an engagement to her, but while he may be a cad, she knows he isn’t a killer. Now the reluctant allies must navigate a world of parties, tennis matches, and séances to find the real murderer. But a misstep among the glittering upper classes could leave them exposed to something far more dangerous than malicious gossip…
I escaped back in time with this wonderful debut. Newport in 1895, in all its glory, until a young maid is found dead on the cliffs.
Deanna Randolph and her maid, Elspeth, make a dynamic duo both in life and as sleuths. Deanna’s mother has warned her not to get too friendly with the help, but Deanna has ignored that piece of advice. They are friends and they both would do anything for the other. While the plans for Deanna and Joe Ballard to marry have fallen apart and she doesn’t want him around she knows he is not a killer.
The author brings the time period of the Gilded Age alive. The “cottages”, the cliffs, the clothes, the parties and daily life are described in colorful detail. Her words painted so fantastic images.
I enjoyed the character development as Deanna became more and more independent as the story moved along. Then again, her mother was out of town with her ailing sister so things may change when she returns. I loved learning about Joe’s work and his ideas. Through Elspeth we come to understand life from a servants point of view. The Manchesters were interesting characters as well.
The story is well written and you know the author really researched the material to make it as accurate as possible. She gave me plenty of suspects and several red herrings to track as I followed the clues right along with Deanna and Elspeth.
Shelley Freydont has shown she can write a superb mystery set in present time in her Celebration Bay Mysteries, and now she has shown she can do historical mysteries too. The next book in this series, A Golden Cage, comes out June 7. I recommend that if you haven’t read this one yet, grab it so you are all ready for the next installment.
About the Author
Shelley Freydont is the author of the Liv Montgomery Celebration Bay Mysteries, Foul Play at the Fair, Silent Knife, Independence Slay as well as the Kate MacDonald Sudoku Mysteries and the Lindy Haggerty dance company mysteries, and the upcoming Newport Gilded Age Mysteries, beginning with A Gilded Grave (6/15)
As Shelley Noble, she is the NY Times Best selling author of women’s fiction (Beach Colors,Stargazey Point, Breakwater Bay, and Whisper Beach as well as several novellas. A former professional dancer and choreographer, Shelley lives at the Jersey shore and loves puzzles, light houses and antique carousels. She also loves to hear from readers.
A former professional dancer and choreographer, she most recently worked on the films, Mona Lisa Smile and The Game Plan. Shelley is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Liberty States Fiction Writers.
For more about Shelley, please visit her website www.shelleyfreydont.com.
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