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The author of A Gilded Grave returns to Newport, Rhode Island, at the close of the nineteenth century, where headstrong heiress Deanna Randolph must solve another murder among the social elite.
With her mother in Europe, Deanna is staying with the Ballard family, who agree to chaperone her through the summer season and guide her toward an advantageous marriage proposal—or so her mother hopes. Relishing her new freedom, Deanna is more interested in buying one of the fashionable new bathing costumes, joining a ladies’ bicycling club, and befriending an actress named Amabelle Deeks, all of which would scandalize her mother.
Far more scandalous is the discovery of a young man bludgeoned to death on the conservatory floor at Bonheur, the Ballards’ sumptuous “cottage.” Deanna recognizes him as an actor who performed at the birthday fete for a prominent judge the night before. But why was he at Bonheur? And where is Amabelle?
Concerned her new friend may be in danger—or worse—Deanna enlists the help of her intrepid maid, Elspeth, and her former beau, Joe Ballard, to find Amabelle before the villain of this drama demands an encore.
A Golden Cage by Shelley Freydont is the second book in the Gilded Age Mystery series. I adored the first book in the series and I was excited to read this one. In this installment, Deanna is exercising as much freedom as she can, as she is staying with another family for the summer. Deanna finds herself caught up in solving another murder.
Ms. Freydont does an excellent job of creating a decadent historical world in the Gilded Era. I truly felt drawn into Deanna’s world. I like her as a character and I wanted to keep following her story and finding out what was going to happen. The ending totally surprised me. This is a series that I look forward to reading more of – the opulent setting, the unique characters and class interactions, and the twists and turns of the plot make A Golden Cage by Shelley Freydont a fun historical mystery.