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Murder At Marble House

Author : Alyssa Maxwell
ISBN : 9780758290854
Genre : Fiction
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With the dawn of the twentieth century on the horizon, the fortunes of the venerable Vanderbilt family still shine brightly in the glittering high society of Newport, Rhode Island. But when a potential scandal strikes, the Vanderbilts turn to cousin and society page reporter Emma Cross to solve a murder and a disappearance. . . Responding to a frantic call on her newfangled telephone from her eighteen-year-old cousin, Consuelo Vanderbilt, Emma Cross arrives at the Marble House mansion and learns the cause of her distress--Consuelo's mother, Alva, is forcing her into marriage with the Duke of Marlborough. Her mother has even called in a fortune teller to assure Consuelo of a happy future. But the future is short-lived for the fortune teller, who is found dead by her crystal ball, strangled with a silk scarf. Standing above her is one of the Vanderbilts' maids, who is promptly taken into police custody. After the frenzy has died down, Consuelo is nowhere to be found. At Alva's request, Emma must employ her sleuthing skills to determine if the vanishing Vanderbilt has eloped with the beau of her choice--or if her disappearance may be directly connected to the murder. . .

Murder At The Breakers

Author : Alyssa Maxwell
ISBN : 9780758290830
Genre : Fiction
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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. . .

Murder At Rough Point

Author : Alyssa Maxwell
ISBN : 9781496703293
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In glittering Newport, Rhode Island, status is everything. But despite being a poorer relation to the venerable Vanderbilts, Emma Cross has shaped her own identity—as a reporter and a sleuth. As the nineteenth century draws to a close, Fancies and Fashion reporter Emma Cross is sent by the Newport Observer to cover an elite house party at Rough Point, a “cottage” owned by her distant cousin Frederick Vanderbilt that has been rented as an artist retreat. 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 is discovered dead at the bottom of a cliff, Rough Point becomes anything but a house of mirth. After a second murder, no one is above suspicion—including Emma’s parents. As Newport police detective Jesse Whyte searches for a killer, 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 . . . Praise for Alyssa Maxwell and her Gilded Newport Mysteries “Another entertaining entry in this cozy series.” —Library Journal on Murder at Beechwood “Maxwell’s second entry has a credible mystery, solved by a female detective who’s likeable.” —Kirkus Reviews on Murder at Marble House

Murder At Beechwood

Author : Alyssa Maxwell
ISBN : 9780758290878
Genre : Fiction
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For Newport, Rhode Island’s high society, the summer of 1896 brings lawn parties, sailboat races…and murder. Having turned down the proposal of Derrick Andrews, Emma Cross has no imminent plans for matrimony—let alone motherhood. But when she discovers an infant left on her doorstep, she naturally takes the child into her care. Using her influence as a cousin to the Vanderbilts and a society page reporter for the Newport Observer, Emma launches a discreet search for the baby’s mother. One of her first stops is a lawn party at Mrs. Caroline Astor’s Beechwood estate. But an idyllic summer’s day is soon clouded by tragedy. During a sailboat race, textile magnate Virgil Monroe falls overboard. There are prompt accusations of foul play—and even Derrick Andrews falls under suspicion. Deepening the intrigue, a telltale slip of lace may link the abandoned child to the drowned man. But as Emma navigates dark undercurrents of scandalous indiscretions and violent passions, she’ll need to watch her step to ensure that no one lowers the boom on her…

Murder Stalks A Mansion

Author : Anne-Marie Sutton
ISBN : 9781410792167
Genre : Fiction
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"The Winds of Destiny" is reminiscent of the movie, "Eve's Bayou" with real life characters similar to the protagonists and antagonists in the movies, "The Color Purple'' and "Beloved". The book reveals beliefs in voodoo or witchcraft by blacks in the rural south during the nineteen fifties. Some blacks believed that witchcraft could cause death and a wealth of other illnesses. The book begins with the true story of the death of the author's youngest uncle in a modern day trucking accident and the effects that it had on his family. From the visit of his nearly century year old mother for the trucker's funeral, to scenes of his previous brushes with death, and a voyage back into time during the nineteen fifties of events that shaped the trucker's destiny; this book is a roller coaster ride. The main characters of this book are well described and will be etched forever in the readers' minds as larger than life characters. The story hints at the beginning of a dark secret that hung like a dark cloud over the picturesque farm where the trucker was reared. The book then cleverly portrays what the dark secret is and afterwards it provides the readers with more clues that further confirm the identity of the story's villain. However, the reader will have to decide if the person was a villain or just someone caught up in a situation that spun tragically out of control. Perhaps the tragedy was destined to happen, and thereby change the course of many people's lives. With picturesque descriptions of rural life on the farm and the interplay between the main characters of the story, this book delivers well. This book, about true-life events that involved the author's family, will be the topic of many discussions and its appeal to readers will be astronomical.

Murder At Chateau Sur Mer

Author : Alyssa Maxwell
ISBN : 1496703324
Genre : Fiction
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In the late nineteenth century, Newport, Rhode Island, is home to some of America's wealthiest citizens. It's also the beat of society reporter Emma Cross, a less well-heeled cousin to the illustrious Vanderbilts, who occasionally moonlights in solving murders . . . Covering a polo match for the Observer, Emma's job is to take note of the real players off the field--Newport's well-bred elite. But the fashionable fa�ade is breached when a woman in gaudy clothing creates a scene demanding to speak to the wife of Senator George Wetmore--until she is escorted off the grounds by the police. The next morning, police detective Jesse Whyte asks Emma to meet him at the Wetmores' Bellevue Avenue home, Chateau sur Mer, where the senator's wife, Edith, has mysteriously asked to see her. Upon entering the mansion, Emma is confronted with a crime scene--the intruder from the polo match lies dead at the foot of a grand staircase. To avoid scandal, Edith Wetmore implores Emma to use her reporter skills and her discretion to investigate. When Emma learns the victim was a prostitute--and pregnant--she wonders if the senator was being blackmailed. As Emma peels back layers of deception and family secrets, she may have met her match in a desperate killer who will trample anyone who gets in the way... Praise for Alyssa Maxwell and her Gilded Newport Mysteries! MURDER AT ROUGH POINT "Pleasantly twisty . . . will appeal to lovers of atmospheric country house mysteries." --Publishers Weekly "Emma is an interesting, independent career woman in this satisfying first-person account that includes well-drawn characters." --Booklist "The characters are fun, the dialogue is both charming and intelligent, but the scenery that makes up that extravagant time period in New England really is the gem in these glorious tales." --Suspense Magazine MURDER AT BEECHWOOD "Another entertaining entry in this cozy series." --Library Journal "Several cuts above the usual feisty heroine ta≤ it provides a good picture of life among the privileged--and not-so-privileged--classes in Gilded Newport." --San Jose Mercury News MURDER AT MARBLE HOUSE "Maxwell's second entry has a credible mystery, solved by a female detective who's likeable." --Kirkus Reviews "Maxwell again deftly weaves fictional and real-life characters into her story." --Publishers Weekly MURDER AT THE BREAKERS "A promising start to an engaging mystery series filled with smart observations." --Library Journal "Sorry to see the conclusion of Downton Abbey Season 4? Well, here is a morsel to get you through a long afternoon. Brew some Earl Grey and settle down with a scone with this one." --Washington Independent Review of Books "Will keep you guessing." --Historical Novels Reviews

The Glitter And The Gold

Author : Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan
ISBN : 9781444731002
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Consuelo Vanderbilt was young, beautiful and the heir to a vast family fortune. She was also deeply in love with an American suitor when her mother chose instead for her to fulfil her social ambitions and marry an English Duke. Leaving her life in America, she came to England as the Duchess of Marlborough in 1895 and took up residence in her new home - Blenheim Palace. The 9th Duchess gives unique first-hand insight into life at the very pinnacle of English society in the Edwardian era. An unsnobbish, but often amused observer of the intricate hierarchy both upstairs and downstairs at Blenheim Palace, she is also a revealing witness to the glittering balls, huge weekend parties and major state occasions she attended or hosted. Here are her encounters with every important figure of the day - from Queen Victoria, Edward V11 and Queen Alexandra to Tsar Nicholas, Prince Metternich and the young Winston Churchill. Causing a scandal by separating from the Duke after 11 years, Consuelo began her new life as philanthropist, public speaker and campaigner for women's suffrage. Her literary soirees would include H G Wells, JM Barrie and George Bernard Shaw. In 1921 she remarried aviator Jacques Balsan moving with him to a chateau in the South of France. This intimate, richly enjoyable memoir is a wonderfully revealing portrait of a golden age.

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