Author: Shelley Freydont
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Penguin Group LLC
Description: 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…
Deanna Randolph is a not your typical amateur sleuth. She is a young woman from a prominent family with a streak of independence during a time period where such a trait is not considered proper. However, I believe Ms. Freydont has done her character justice and created a story with a well crafted plot and interesting characters that keeps the reader engaged throughout the story. There are plenty of twists, turns and suspects to keep the reader guessing until the end.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Gilded Grave and will be looking forward to more installments in this series.