As the 19th 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, 21-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....
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...for some reason this book did nor strike me as equal to the previous books in the series.
- Mrs Maureen Cate
Historial mystery well worth listening to!
The setting of Newport, Rhode Island and the Vanderbilt family in the 'Gilded' period of American history.
True history content wrapped around a fictional story.
Near the final scene, when the penny finally drops for Emma.
When Emma makes a stand at the end of the book...on her principles. Maybe too much pride, before the fall?
Well researched, plotted and written. With a great mix of real people and fictional characters, that blend in well in this period story.
Well narrated by Eva Kaminsky.