Fancies and Fashion reporter Emma Cross is sent by the Newport Observer to cover an elite house party at Rough Point, the cottage owned by her distant cousin Frederick Vanderbilt, which has been rented as a retreat for artists. Read more...
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Fancies and Fashion reporter Emma Cross is sent by the Newport Observer to cover an elite house party at Rough Point, the cottage owned by her distant cousin Frederick Vanderbilt, which has been rented as a retreat for artists. To her surprise, the illustrious guests include her estranged Bohemian parents recently returned from Europe as well as a variety of notable artists, including author Edith Wharton.
But when one of the artists an English baronet is discovered dead at the bottom of a cliff, Rough Point becomes anything but a house of mirth. After a second guest is found murdered, no one is above suspicion including Emma s parents.
Even as Newport police detective Jesse Whyte searches for a killer in their midst, Emma tries to draw her own conclusions with the help of Mrs. Wharton. But with so many sketchy suspects, she ll need to canvas the crime scenes carefully, before the cunning culprit takes her out of the picture next "
- ISBN-13: 9781496703286
- ISBN-10: 1496703286
- Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
- Publish Date: August 2016
- Page Count: 304
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds
Series: Gilded Newport Mysteries
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-07-25
- Reviewer: Staff
Set in the fall of 1896, Maxwell’s pleasantly twisty fifth Gilded Newport mystery (after 2015’s Murder at Beechwood) finds Emmaline Cross, journalist for the Newport, R.I., Observer and distant relative of American gilded age royalty, with an assignment more worthy of her talents than the usual “fashion and frippery.” A group of artists and intellectuals are holding a two-week retreat at Rough Point, the Gothic Revival estate owned by Frederick Vanderbilt, a remote cousin of hers. Emma is to interview and write about the contentious and egotistical band of bohemians, including an opera diva, a dancer, a cellist, a sculptor, a stage director, author Edith Wharton, and Emma’s own artist parents. When someone begins picking off the guests one by one and the survivors are trapped on the estate by a vicious storm, it’s up to Emma to track down a killer. Even though some of the victims are dispatched by methods that stretch credulity, this tale will appeal to lovers of atmospheric country house mysteries. Agent: Evan Marshall, Evan Marshall Agency. (Sept.)