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Thursday, August 13, 2015

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A Gilded Grave by Shelley Freydont

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A Gilded Grave
by Shelley Freydont

A Gilded Grave is such an intelligent, well written mystery. There are wonderful characterizations in this book, with lively dialogue. I felt I really got to now these characters through the novel.
~View from the Birdhouse
I found A Gilded Grave to be a well-written historical novel. The story was engaging and the main characters were likable.
~Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
I loved this book. It was a great read from cover to cover and I found it to be very engaging and interesting.
~Girl Lost in a Book
A delightful debut novel. Author Shelley Freydont has made a wonderful transition from the twenty-first century cozy mystery to the nineteenth century historical mystery.
~Lisa K’s Blog
Shelley Freydont has captured the essence of the era and brought it to life in A Gilded Grave. From the detailed descriptions of the clothing and social rituals to the realistic details of the murder and its investigation I felt immersed in the Gilded Age.
~Cozy Up With Kathy
…a devious plot about social status and reputations, of financial greed which includes murder and requires additional murders as cover up for the plans to succeed. A dose of magic (or trickery?) adds mystic suspense.
~Laura’s Interests
Shelley did a great job transition from writing contemporary cozy mysteries to writing an historical cozy mystery. This was an engaging book that got my attention from the start and kept it till I finished.
~Melina’s Book Blog
The description of the scenery, the locations, and the clothing made me wish I was there. It was all stunningly beautiful – especially the gowns and the jewels.
~I Wish I Lived In a Library
A Gilded Grave by Shelley Freydont is a fast-paced cozy mystery in an awesome historical setting. It is one of my favorite reads of 2015 and I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
~Brooke Blogs
First in Series
Cozy Mystery
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Berkley (August 4, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0425275849

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…
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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.
For more about Shelley, please visit her website www.shelleyfreydont.com.
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My review;

The Gilded Age was in full swing in 1895. The rich and social people went to Newport, Rhode Island to stay in the summer. It was the place to be if you wanted to live the good life.  Deanna and her sister Cassie have been brought there with their parents. They have strict orders on how to behave at a party they have been invited to. While they are there one of their maids is found dead. She has fallen off a cliff. Deanna is not convinced that the man who they think is the killer really is. She has to help him after all, Joseph Ballard had once said he did not want to marry her. They have to be real careful or the real killer might decide they are next in line to die. I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for the purpose of a review and all opinions  are my own.
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1 comment:

  1. Fascinated with the setting in this time period! Can't wait to read it!