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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...
A Gilded Grave by Shelley Freydont is the first book in the new historical cozy mystery series set in Newport. I really like reading historical romances, but this is the first historical cozy that I’ve read and I absolutely loved it from page one. Deanna Randolph is being presented in Newport for the season. At the first ball, the body of a maid is discovered on the cliffs.
Deanna isn’t a typical upper class lady. She doesn’t want to be prim and proper. She has ideas and a desire to do more with her life than just entertain and be a part of the upper class. Deanna and her maid, Elspeth, try to work together to figure out what happened to the maid and who is responsible.
Freydont does a wonderful job of capturing the essence of the Gilded Age. I felt transported to 1895 as I read. A Gilded Grave by Shelley Freydont is a fast-paced cozy mystery in an awesome historical setting. It is one of my favorite reads of 2015 and I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.