Death in Saratoga Springs
by Charles O'Brien


Overview - From the slaughterhouses of Manhattan to the elite enclaves of Saratoga Springs, private detective Pamela Thompson follows a trail of death and deception left by a Civil War hero. . .

Death In Saratoga Springs

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Overview
From the slaughterhouses of Manhattan to the elite enclaves of Saratoga Springs, private detective Pamela Thompson follows a trail of death and deception left by a Civil War hero. . .

Death In Saratoga Springs

New York City, 1894. Captain Jed Crake is a decorated veteran of the Union army and a successful mogul in the meatpacking industry. But this powerful man also has a hidden private life as a predator of young women. Working for attorney Jeremiah Prescott, private investigators Pamela Thompson and former NYPD detective Harry Miller are engaged to search for a maid allegedly abducted by the captain. . .

Before they can find the missing woman, Crake's dark history catches up with him and he is murdered in a posh hotel in Saratoga Springs. As fate would have it, Pamela's ward, Francesca Ricci, working as a chambermaid in the hotel, is accused of the crime. Now, in this pastoral playground of the idle rich, it's up to Pamela and Miller to find Crake's killer--as well as his victim--and save an innocent girl from a fate worse than death.

Praise for Death of a Robber Baron

"O'Brien captures the colorful details and varied characters of an opulent era deftly." --Publishers Weekly

"A pleasingly detailed look at the age of the robber barons along with enough strongly characterized suspects to keep readers guessing." --Kirkus Reviews

"The author skillfully weaves in fascinating details about American social history. Pair with Stefanie Pintoff, and also recommend for fans of Rhys Bowen's 'Molly Murphy' series." --Library Journal

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780758286383
  • ISBN-10: 0758286384
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publish Date: May 2014
  • Page Count: 294
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.45 pounds

Series: Gilded Age Mysteries (Kensington)

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Historical

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-04-28
  • Reviewer: Staff

In O’Brien’s sedate follow-up to 2013’s Death of a Robber Baron, Pamela Thompson looks into the disappearance of Ruth Colt, a young woman of mixed race whose aunt, Martha Colt, is housekeeper to the powerful Crawford family. Martha believes that wealthy military veteran Jed Crake—a known sexual predator—has killed Ruth. When Crake travels from Manhattan to Saratoga Springs for the summer, Pamela’s teenage ward, Francesca Ricci, goes undercover as a chambermaid there to monitor his activities. Then Crake is murdered, and Francesca is arrested for the crime. As Pamela, boss Jeremiah Prescott, and colleague Harry Miller probe a circle of suspects, including Crake’s hedonistic wife, a vengeful butcher, and an unstable bellboy, they uncover a series of dark secrets reaching back to the Civil War. O’Brien accurately evokes the affluent Saratoga of 1894, but the slow-moving investigation follows a predictable path until a nice, last-minute twist. Agent: Evan Marshall, Evan Marshall Agency. (June)

 
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