With the dawn of the twentieth century on the horizon, the fortunes of the venerable Vanderbilt family still shine brightly in the glittering high society of Newport, Rhode Island. But when a potential scandal strikes, the Vanderbilts turn to cousin and society page reporter Emma Cross to solve a murder and a disappearance. . .
Responding to a frantic call on her newfangled telephone from her eighteen-year-old cousin, Consuelo Vanderbilt, Emma Cross arrives at the Marble House mansion and learns the cause of her distress--Consuelo's mother, Alva, is forcing her into marriage with the Duke of Marlborough. Her mother has even called in a fortune teller to assure Consuelo of a happy future.
But the future is short-lived for the fortune teller, who is found dead by her crystal ball, strangled with a silk scarf. Standing above her is one of the Vanderbilts' maids, who is promptly taken into police custody. After the frenzy has died down, Consuelo is nowhere to be found. At Alva's request, Emma must employ her sleuthing skills to determine if the vanishing Vanderbilt has eloped with the beau of her choice--or if her disappearance may be directly connected to the murder. . .
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Murder at Marble House
(Wednesday, December 3, 2014)
Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell
Have read other works by the author and this series and enjoyed learning about a city nearby, all facts from long ago.
This one has me captivated as I know of other places around the area that have the built in steps from the harbor but not the one mentioned.
Rum runners on Rose Island brought a smile to my face as other relatives tell me their stories of the nearby town they lived in and it was going on in their lifetimes.
Hope to get to visit these summer cottages one day-yes it's on my do me list
Story starts out when Emma's cousin is to wed someone she doesn't want to wed and runs away after a murder is committed. Like interactions with others she dated and the newspaper reporters and police.
So many of the same streets still exist and I can just picture some of the structures in their original form.
Other mysteries arise that also need solving and Emma is right there to ask questions.
Between the smuggling, extortion and the mystery around the petal of a flower there is much to keep the story moving along.
More murders and lessons for self defense are learned. Can't imagine a wooden staircase leading down to the waters edge at Forty Steps.
Love a book that teaches me new things, new places to explore in my back yard. Love mention of the Paradise Avenue area into the plot of things. Murder at Beechwood will be out in May 2015.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review