Monday, October 19, 2015

Murder at Beechwood by Alyssa Maxwell (A Gilded Newport Mystery)


For Newport, Rhode Island's high society, the summer of 1896 brings lawn parties, sailboat races…and murder. Having turned down the proposal of Derrick Andrews, Emma Cross has no imminent plans for matrimony—let alone motherhood. But when she discovers an infant left on her doorstep, she naturally takes the child into her care. Using her influence as a cousin to the Vanderbilts and a society page reporter for the Newport Observer, Emma launches a discreet search for the baby's mother.
One of her first stops is a lawn party at Mrs. Caroline Astor's Beechwood estate. But an idyllic summer's day is soon clouded by tragedy. During a sailboat race, textile magnate Virgil Monroe falls overboard. There are prompt accusations of foul play—and even Derrick Andrews falls under suspicion. Deepening the intrigue, a telltale slip of lace may link the abandoned child to the drowned man. But as Emma navigates dark undercurrents of scandalous indiscretions and violent passions, she'll need to watch her step to ensure that no one lowers the boom on her…
  • Series: A Gilded Newport Mystery
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (May 26, 2015)

My review: Murder at Beechwood by Alyssa Maxwell (A Gilded Newport Mystery)


This is the third book in the A Gilded Newport Mystery series.  It is the first  one that I have read.  It is a cozy mystery set in Newport, Rhode Island June 1896.  Some of the settings and people are based on real people.

There is plenty of drama, mystery and history.  Plenty of suspects.  While being a clean read.

Emma Cross is the main character.  She is a poor relative of Vanderbilts.  So she gets invited to some parties and balls as a reporter.  She is single.  Emma lives in a big house she inherited.  She has let a few people who need some help stay with her.

One morning she is left with a baby on her front porch.  Emma is willing to keep the baby into till she can find his family. Emma keeps it quiet about having the baby staying with her except for a few people.  She is sure that the baby is from one of the rich set.

I like Emma.  She is smart, kind, and welcoming to everyone who needs a place to stay.  Emma is curious and loyal.  She is determined to prove her old boyfriend is innocent.

I would read more books from this series in the future.

I was given this ebook to read for free from NetGalley and Kensington.  In return I agreed to give a honest review of Murder at Beechwood.

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