In 1898 Newport Emma Cross may be related to the Vanderbilts, but it is her job as editor-in-chief of the Newport Messengerthat draws her into murder investigations. When a stabbing victim is found on the beach, Emma thinks the resemblance to her half-brother Brady is no coincidence. Could it be his father, presumed drowned in a sailing accident years earlier? When a visiting royal is found stabbed in the same fashion Emma knows there has to be a link between the two and investigates.
While this is the seventh Gilded Newport mystery, it is the first that I have read, and I enjoyed it. I loved Mamie Fish (a real individual for that time). She is funny, entertaining, and in her own way, very astute. Emma makes an engaging heroine. She is intelligent, perceptive, and resolute.
The story is well written and kept me guessing until the end. There are several subplots, Emma’s new role as editor-in-chief, Brady’s difficulties with the fact that his father may not have died all those years ago and a murderer…what more could you want? Also, the author’s ability to describe the period and the contrasts between the classes in Newport was fascinating. I’m looking forward to reading the earlier books in the series…and seeing what happens in the future.
My thanks to NetGalley and Kensington for the advance reader copy made available for my review.