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Sunday, August 9, 2015

A Gilded Grave by Shelley Freydont





A Gilded Grave (NEWPORT GILDED AGE)
First in Series
Cozy Mystery
Series: NEWPORT GILDED AGE
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Berkley (August 4, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0425275849
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Synopsis:
In 1895, the height of the Gilded Age, the social elite spend their summers in Newport, Rhode Island. Within the walls of their fabulous “cottages,” competition for superiority is ruthless … and so are the players.
During her first Newport season, Deanna Randolph attends 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 and his fortune-telling talents.
But on the nearby cliffs, a young maid lies dead—and suspicion falls on Joseph Ballard, a member of one of the town’s most prestigious families.
Joe humiliated Deanna when he rebuffed an engagement to her, but while he may be a cad, she knows he isn’t a killer. Now the reluctant allies must navigate a world of parties, tennis matches, and séances to find the real murderer. But a misstep among the glittering upper classes could leave them exposed to something far more dangerous than malicious gossip…
 
What I Thought:
 
Shelley did a great job transition from writing contemporary cozy mysteries to writing an historical cozy mystery.  This was an engaging book that got my attention from the start and kept it till I finished.  It was well written and was true to the era.  The characters were well developed and thoroughly engaging.  If you are looking for a good historical mystery, then this is the book for you.
 
I received a complementary copy of this book for my honest review. 
 
About The Author –
Shelley Freydont is the author of the Liv Montgomery Celebration Bay Mysteries, Foul Play at the Fair, Silent Knife, Independence Slay as well as the Kate MacDonald Sudoku Mysteries and the Lindy Haggerty dance company mysteries, and the upcoming Newport Gilded Age Mysteries, beginning with A Gilded Grave (6/15)
As Shelley Noble, she is the NYTimes Best selling author of women’s fiction (Beach Colors, Stargazey Point, Breakwater Bay, and Whisper Beach as well as several novellas. A former professional dancer and choreographer, Shelley lives at the Jersey shore and loves puzzles, light houses and antique carousels. She also loves to hear from readers.
For more about Shelley, please visit her website www.shelleyfreydont.com.
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9 comments:

  1. Thank you for the review. A Gilded Grave sounds like a book I would enjoy reading. :-)

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  2. Nice review! I think it sounds like a good historical time for a mystery.

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  3. I love the setting. The cover looks a bit bronte-esque

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