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…
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.
Review of A Gilded Grave
Review (5 Stars): I loved A Gilded Grave! This mystery was rich in history, with well-developed characters and a vivid storyline that you will keep you captivated. Deanna was a delightful character that was sweet, smart and the perfect person to find the killer of a young maid. She was expected to follow all these rules in society and be married off to a suitable partner as soon as possible. Her heart lies with her childhood friend, Joseph, who ending up humiliating Deanna when he rebuffed their engagement, the previous summer. Now Joe is considered to be the prime suspect in this murder and it is up to Deanna to help clear his name.
I thoroughly enjoyed A Gilded Grave and loved learning all about this exciting period of time. This mystery was intriguing and I’m hoping that this is the start of a new series because I’m already a fan. I love historical fiction and the detail that was involved in creating this story had me enthralled from beginning to end. Ms. Freydont did an amazing job with A Gilded Grave and I’m crossing my fingers that there will more mysteries for Deanna to solve in the future.
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