"In 1895, at the height of the Gilded Age, Newport, Rhode Island, is the summer home of the social elite. Within the walls of their fabulous "cottages," fortunes and reputations are made and lost. Read more...
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"In 1895, at the height of the Gilded Age, Newport, Rhode Island, is the summer home of the social elite. Within the walls of their fabulous "cottages," fortunes and reputations are made and lost. Competition for superiority is ruthless and so are the players."
During her first Newport season, Deanna Randolph has the pleasure of attending 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 known for his magical, fortune-telling talents.
But on the nearby cliffs, a young maid lies dead, her neck broken--and suspicion falls on Joseph Ballard, a member of one of the town's most prestigious families, last seen in a compromising situation with her.
Joe humiliated Deanna when he rebuffed an engagement to her at the end of last season. But while he may be a cad, Deanna doesn't believe he's a killer. Now reluctant allies, the two must navigate a world of extravagant parties, fashionable tennis matches, and intriguing sEances to find the murderer. But a misstep amongst Newport's glittering upper classes could leave them exposed to something far more dangerous than malicious gossip...
- ISBN-13: 9780425275849
- ISBN-10: 0425275841
- Publisher: Berkley Books
- Publish Date: August 2015
- Page Count: 416
- Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
Series: Newport Gilded Age #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-08-10
- Reviewer: Staff
Set in 1895, this richly atmospheric series opener from Freydont (Independence Slay) introduces 18-year-old Deanna Randolph, who has mixed feelings about attending a ball at one of the Newport, R.I., "cottages" built by the rich. Though she's not looking forward to running into inventor Joe Ballard, the man who recently jilted her, she finds that there are many others at the ball worth meeting, including Lord David Manchester, a visiting Barbados plantation owner, and his exotic sister, Madeline. At one point Deanna joins other guests for a walk along the cliffs, but the discovery of a body on the rocks below—that of maid Daisy Payne—puts a damper on the party. In what turns into a murder case, Joe falls under popular suspicion, while the police settle on Daisy's boyfriend and Joe's apprentice, Orrin O'Laren, as the likely culprit. Orrin happens to be the brother of Deanna's maid, Elspeth, and together the two young women, inspired by dime novel detectives like Kate Goelet, investigate. Fans of romantic period mysteries will find a lot to like. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Agency. (Aug.)