"Emma's ebullience and the glittering details of Newport's gilded age past give the novel a brisk energy." ~Publishers Weekly
"...A variety of likable characters create a strong sense of community...a promising start to an engaging mystery series filled with smart observations. ~Library Journal
"...A great effort with intriguing characters and a solid murder mystery...Maxwell has written a delightfully complex tale..." ~RT Book Reviews
"Sorry to see the conclusion of Downton Abbey Season 4? Well, here is a morsel to get you through a long afternoon. Brew some Earl Grey and settle down with a scone with this one."~Washington Independent Review of Books
From the Back Cover
Newport, Rhode Island, August 1895: She may be a less well-heeled relation, but as second cousin to millionaire patriarch Cornelius Vanderbilt, twenty-one-year-old Emma Cross is on the guest list for a grand ball at the Breakers, the Vanderbilts' summer home. She also has a job to do--report on the event for the society page of the Newport Observer.
But Emma observes much more than glitz and gaiety when she witnesses a murder. The victim is Cornelius Vanderbilt's financial secretary, who plunges off a balcony faster than falling stock prices. Emma's black sheep brother Brady is found in Cornelius's bedroom passed out next to a bottle of bourbon and stolen plans for a new railroad line. Brady has barely come to before the police have arrested him for the murder. But Emma is sure someone is trying to railroad her brother and resolves to find the real killer at any cost...