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Murder at Wakehurst de Alyssa Maxwell
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Murder at Wakehurst (edició 2021)

de Alyssa Maxwell (Autor)

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In the autumnal chill of Newport, Rhode Island, at the close of the nineteenth century, journalist Emma Cross discovers an instance of cold-blooded murder on the grounds of a mansion... Following the death of her uncle, Cornelius Vanderbilt, in September 1899, a somber Emma is in no mood for one of Newport's extravagant parties. But to keep Vanderbilt's reckless son Neily out of trouble, she agrees to accompany him to an Elizabethan fete on the lavish grounds of Wakehurst, the Ochre Point "cottage" modeled after an English palace, owned by Anglophile James Van Alen. Held in Wakehurst's English-style gardens, the festivities will include a swordplay demonstration, an archery competition, scenes from Shakespeare's plays, and even a joust. As Emma wanders the grounds distracted by grief, she overhears a fierce argument between a man and a woman behind a tall hedge. As the joust begins, she's drawn by the barking of Van Alen's dogs and finds a man on the ground, an arrow through his chest. The victim is one of the 400's most influential members, Judge Clayton Schuyler. Could one of the countless criminals he'd imprisoned over the years have returned to seek revenge--or could one of his own family members have targeted him? With the help of her beau Derrick Andrews and Detective Jesse Whyte, Emma begins to learn the judge was not the straight arrow he appeared to be. As their investigation leads them in ever-widening circles, Emma will have to score a bull's eye to stop the killer from taking another life...… (més)
Membre:cyderry
Títol:Murder at Wakehurst
Autors:Alyssa Maxwell (Autor)
Informació:Kensington (2021), 304 pages
Col·leccions:READ, Llegit, però no el tinc
Valoració:***
Etiquetes:COZY MYSTERY, ^2022, moreseries2022, HOOPLA, NetGalley, Tablet

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Murder at Wakehurst (A Gilded Newport Mystery) de Alyssa Maxwell

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Murder At Wakehurst is the ninth book in The Gilded Newport Mysteries series by Alyssa Maxwell.

The book begins with the Vanderbilt family in mourning for the passing of Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Shortly after returning from New York for the reading of Vanderbilt’s will, Emma Cross receives a telephone call from Grace Vanderbilt, wife of Cornelius III(Nellie), informing her that they have been invited to a fete at Wakehurst, a home owned by James Van Alen. Grace is pleading with Emma to attend with them. Emma can’t believe they would attend while in mourning. Grace agrees but wants Emma to help keep an eye on Nellie, as she fears he will drink too much say something regrettable.

Emma walks around the impressive garden at Wakehurst, discreetly following Nellie, when she notices him arguing with a gentleman in ill-fitting evening clothes. Later she will hear an argument between an engaged couple, Imogene Schuyler and Jerome Harrington. As the jousting exhibition is about to start, she hears Van Alen’s dogs begin to bark, and Emma realizes that their barking is one of distress. Emma head for where the barking is coming. She finds the dead body of Judge Schuyler, who has been shot with an arrow. When the police arrive, Emma is surprised that her friend, Jesse Whyte, has been replaced by a new detective, Detective Gifford Myers. Emma will soon learn that the police chief feels that Whyte relies too much on the investigative skills of Emma, therefore, relieving Whyte from the active investigation. Myers has ordered not to let Emma be involved in any inquiry.

The last person to be told they can’t do something is Emma Cross.

There are multiple ways the investigation can go for Emma. Was the murderer a deranged criminal that Schuyler sent to prison and has come back to gain revenge on Judge Schuyler? There is also the family to consider. Very possibly, there is marital strife in Schuyler. Also, Schuyler’s daughter, Imogene, may be unhappy with the marriage her father has arranged and had a violent argument with her father and ending in his death.

I love this series. It’s always enjoyable to visit Newport and learn about the Vanderbilts and, of course, to read about the beautiful homes. The book is well-written and plotted with an exciting and believable cast of characters. There were enough twists and turns that I was kept guessing until the end as to who the killer was.

I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this informative series. ( )
  FredYoder | Aug 26, 2021 |
Another interesting installment in the Gilded Newport mysteries. Alyssa Maxwell has once again captured the time and essence of the fabled “400” in their summer mansions. The descriptions are always informative and I never have any difficulty falling into each of her stories but I did wonder about a few of her choices on practices and decorum.

Wakehurst, having been incorporated into the present day Salve Regina Campus, is a lesser known and toured mansion which made this book a must read for me. The actual murder is an ingenious device allowing suspicion to fall on and introduce us to another group of the wealthy summering in Newport, RI. Emma Cross is back as a reporter and crime solver but strapped by the introduction of a new detective. I am not sure why Maxwell felt the need to introduce this character as I felt it cumbersome, unproductive, and unnecessary. Other characters that have inhabited her previous pages are here but to a lesser extent.

Remembering it is the late 19th Century and this book focuses mainly on the wealthy and famous Four Hundred several things to puzzle over:

Would a son, even one who has been financially disowned, be seen at a lavish party a short time after his father’s death?

Does a young woman, on the outskirts of wealth, when coming into a deserved inheritance beat her drum and declare over and again that she is so overcome by social and economic injustice that she just has to give away this money?

Would a Mother, yet again, risk losing her son because he chooses a woman simply because she is in a lower financial strata?

Apparently the answer is yes to all and puzzlements aside, Murder At Wakehurst is a well thought out murder mystery with a strong political and moral compass. Thank you NetGalley and Kensington Publishing for a copy. ( )
  kimkimkim | Aug 14, 2021 |
1899 A few days after the death of Cornelius Vanderbilt II has died, the wife of the eldest son, Neily, asks Emmaline Cross to accompany them to a fete at the home of James Van Alen. She wants Emma to watch out for her husband. Unfortunately at the fete Emma discovers the body of a murdererd man, killed by an arrow, and decides to investigate even though warned off by the new murder detective.
The story unfortunately didn’t totally capture my interest, nor did I found the motive convincing. I also found Emma’s nosiness just too much this time.
Overall an enjoyable well-written historical mystery.
An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  Vesper1931 | Jul 29, 2021 |
cozy-mystery, 1890s, law-enforcement, journalist, family-dynamics, friendship, amateur-sleuth, murder, murder-investigation, class-consciousness, historical-research*****

Emma is not exactly having a good week. Her boyfriend/newspaper owner has been called into the city by his disapproving family, *Uncle* Cornelius Vanderbilt has died (but he did leave her *a bit* of an inheritance to keep the bill collectors at bay. The worst of it is having to go to a dressy fete to keep watch on her disgraced cousin and winding up finding the body of another prominent gentleman. A finding that the intelligent law officer has been taken from the case and a condescending whatsit is in charge. Let the sleuthing begin! There are exquisite descriptions of both attire and surroundings, plus exhaustive descriptions of the lineage and implications of financial heredity as well as the general snobbery of the era. The mystery is well done and the characters are both interesting and believable. A very good read.
I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. ( )
  jetangen4571 | Mar 24, 2021 |
Cornelius Vanderbilt II has died and Emma Cross, a niece, is persuaded to attend a garden party at Wakehurst with her cousin Cornelius III and his wife even though they are in mourning. Walking in the garden, Emma hears several arguments and finally, comes across the host, Judge Schuyler pierced by an arrow. When the police arrive, Emma is startled that her friend, Detective Jesse Whyte, is not involved and she is further disturbed when she realizes that it is because of her that Jesse has been replaced. But why has Judge Schuyler been murdered? Was it a criminal that he sent to jail or it a financial or family matter?

Emma seeks out the details of the people involved so that she can keep her cousin out of trouble but is she putting herself in that position instead?

I very much enjoy the setting of these mysteries - poor relation of a wealthy family in early 20th century - it's like a history lesson (electricity , motor cars) along with a mystery. ( )
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In the autumnal chill of Newport, Rhode Island, at the close of the nineteenth century, journalist Emma Cross discovers an instance of cold-blooded murder on the grounds of a mansion... Following the death of her uncle, Cornelius Vanderbilt, in September 1899, a somber Emma is in no mood for one of Newport's extravagant parties. But to keep Vanderbilt's reckless son Neily out of trouble, she agrees to accompany him to an Elizabethan fete on the lavish grounds of Wakehurst, the Ochre Point "cottage" modeled after an English palace, owned by Anglophile James Van Alen. Held in Wakehurst's English-style gardens, the festivities will include a swordplay demonstration, an archery competition, scenes from Shakespeare's plays, and even a joust. As Emma wanders the grounds distracted by grief, she overhears a fierce argument between a man and a woman behind a tall hedge. As the joust begins, she's drawn by the barking of Van Alen's dogs and finds a man on the ground, an arrow through his chest. The victim is one of the 400's most influential members, Judge Clayton Schuyler. Could one of the countless criminals he'd imprisoned over the years have returned to seek revenge--or could one of his own family members have targeted him? With the help of her beau Derrick Andrews and Detective Jesse Whyte, Emma begins to learn the judge was not the straight arrow he appeared to be. As their investigation leads them in ever-widening circles, Emma will have to score a bull's eye to stop the killer from taking another life...

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