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Title:
Murder at the Breakers
Author:
Maxwell, Alyssa.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
296 pages ; 21 cm.
Summary:
"As the nineteenth century comes to a close, the illustrious Vanderbilt family dominates Newport, Rhode Island, high society. But when murder darkens a glittering affair at the Vanderbilt summer home, reporter Emma Cross learns that sometimes the actions of the cream of society can curdle one's blood ..."--Page 4 of cover.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780758290823
Format :
Book

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As the nineteenth century comes to a close, the illustrious Vanderbilt family dominates Newport, Rhode Island, high society. But when murder darkens a glittering affair at the Vanderbilt summer home, reporter Emma Cross learns that sometimes the actions of the cream of society can curdle one's blood. . .

Newport, Rhode Island, August 1895: She may be a less well-heeled relation, but as second cousin to millionaire patriarch Cornelius Vanderbilt, twenty-one-year-old Emma Cross is on the guest list for a grand ball at the Breakers, the Vanderbilts' summer home. She also has a job to do--report on the event for the society page of the Newport Observer.

But Emma observes much more than glitz and gaiety when she witnesses a murder. The victim is Cornelius Vanderbilt's financial secretary, who plunges off a balcony faster than falling stock prices. Emma's black sheep brother Brady is found in Cornelius's bedroom passed out next to a bottle of bourbon and stolen plans for a new railroad line. Brady has barely come to before the police have arrested him for the murder. But Emma is sure someone is trying to railroad her brother and resolves to find the real killer at any cost. . .


Author Notes

Alyssa Maxwell is an American author who grew up in New England. She has worked in publishing as a reference book editor, ghost writer, and fiction editor. She has always wanted to be a novelist. Her travels to Great Britain and Ireland, and love for all kinds of puzzles and history, made writing mysteries a nature choice. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the Florida Romance Writers, Sisters in Crime, and Novelists Inc. Her work includes the Gilded Newport Mysteries series and A Lady and Lady's Maid Mysteries series.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Set in Newport, R.I., in 1895, Maxwell's pleasant series debut introduces 21-year-old Emmaline Cross, a poor member of the wealthy Vanderbilt clan. She earns her own living, drives her own carriage, and helps rescue her half-brother, "Brady" Gale, from many minor brushes with the law. At the housewarming of Cornelius Vanderbilt's newly completed home, the Breakers, Vanderbilt's financial secretary, Alvin Goddard, is viciously murdered. The police arrest Brady, who's found dead drunk at the scene with railroad plans he has stolen from Vanderbilt in his hands. Coming to his defense once again, Emma discovers that an old friend's troubled marriage, the secret assignations of Vanderbilt's son, and a charismatic stranger who is not what he seems may all be linked to the crime. Maxwell's language and situations can be anachronistic, but Emma's ebullience and the glittering details of Newport's gilded age past give the novel a brisk energy. Agent: Evan Marshall, Evan Marshall Agency. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Miss Emmaline Cross may not have access to the Vanderbilt riches as a member of her father's lowly branch of the family tree; instead she is the beneficiary of a loving home and a feisty demeanor inherited from her mother's side. Invited to a grand ball in August 1895 at the Breakers, the -Vanderbilts' Newport mansion, Emma attends as family as well as a writer for the small local paper's society page. But it's not the gala's social scene that turns out to be newsworthy, Emma witnesses a man fall to his death, and her older brother is the prime suspect. What can a determined lady do but investigate? A variety of likable characters create a strong sense of community, adding to the uneasy feeling Emma develops when familiar faces must be reevaluated as potential murderers. VERDICT Maxwell's portrait of Gilded Age mores, with a little leeway for romantic attachments, provides an opportunity for readers to consider how wealth and status can be as restrictive as it is empowering. This is a promising start to an engaging mystery series filled with smart observations.-Stacey Hayman, Rocky River P.L., OH (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.