With her mother in Europe, Deanna is staying with the Ballard family, who agree to chaperone her through the summer season and guide her toward an advantageous marriage proposal or so her mother hopes. Read more...
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With her mother in Europe, Deanna is staying with the Ballard family, who agree to chaperone her through the summer season and guide her toward an advantageous marriage proposal or so her mother hopes. Relishing her new freedom, Deanna is more interested in buying one of the fashionable new bathing costumes, joining a ladies bicycling club, and befriending an actress named Amabelle Deeks, all of which would scandalize her mother.
Far more scandalous is the discovery of a young man bludgeoned to death on the conservatory floor at Bonheur, the Ballards sumptuous cottage. Deanna recognizes him as an actor who performed at the birthday fete for a prominent judge the night before. But why was he at Bonheur? And where is Amabelle?
Concerned her new friend may be in danger or worse Deanna enlists the help of her intrepid maid, Elspeth, and her former beau, Joe Ballard, to find Amabelle before the villain of this drama demands an encore."
- ISBN-13: 9780425275856
- ISBN-10: 042527585X
- Publisher: Berkley Books
- Publish Date: June 2016
- Page Count: 368
Series: Newport Gilded Age #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-04-25
- Reviewer: Staff
At the start of Freydont’s glittering second Newport Gilded Age mystery (after 2015’s A Gilded Grave), Deanna attends the opulent birthday fete that Maude Grantham has put on for her husband, Judge Samuel Grantham, at their “cottage” on Bellevue Avenue. The Granthams’ daughter and son-in-law have had an entire stage set built and hired an acting troupe to perform. Among the actors is Amabelle Deeks, a daughter of the privileged class who’s left home for a career. Deanna befriends Amabelle, who comes to Bonheur, the home of Gwendolyn Manon, where Deanna is living. When an actor is found dead in the Bonheur conservatory and Amabelle goes missing, Deanna and her maid, Elspeth, again play detective. Deanna chafes under the many restrictions that society imposes on her, but Freydont does a good job showing how women in the 1890s were making advances both small (less restrictive tennis outfits) and large (campaigning for the vote). Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary. (June)