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What the Dead Leave Behind (Gilded Age Mystery) Hardcover – April 25, 2017
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"A daring daughter of the Gilded Age must fight herstepmother for her very survival. . . . Simpson's debut, first in a plannedseries, features complex characters, a vivid look at old New York in the late1800s, and a mystery with a twist." --Kirkus Reviews
"Launching an atmospheric new series set in GildedAge New York, Simpson . . . incorporates historical events and figures to addverisimilitude to this tension-filled story. Suggest for mystery readers whoappreciate period detail, including fans of Anne Perry's "Thomas and CharlottePitt" mysteries." --Library Journal
"This is a story to savor ...with an admirable teenage heroine . . . who takes charge. Prudence is a stubborn, quick-wittedAmerican heroine who will remind readers of Tasha Alexander's Lady Emily Ashtonand Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey." --BooklistReviews
About the Author
Rosemary Simpson is the author of two previous historical novels The Seven Hills of Paradise and Dreams and Shadows. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Historical Novel Society. Educated in France and the United States, she now lives near Tucson, Arizona.
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I do however think the groundwork has been laid for an interesting series. I do hope to read about the characters that assisted in the resolution of the events of this book. Prudence deserves a supportive female friend.
I have to say that I consider this book one of the best that I have recently read.
The book starts on March 12, 1888, with a devastating blizzard bearing down on New York City and centers around the death of Charles Winwood.
Prudence MacKenzie is to wed Winwood in two weeks and is expecting Winwood to call on her in the evening with marriage settlement documents that she needs to sign in accordance with her father’s will.
The devastating storm had begun to cripple NYC and businesses and shops are closing early, as Winwood, Roscoe Conkling, lawyer and long-time friend of the MacKenzie’s, and William Sulzer set out for their lodgings. But the next day the body of Winwood is found sitting on a bench and death has been attributed to the snow storm.
As the story continues it becomes clear that Prudence’s stepmother, Victoria, has been dosing her with laudanum so that there is a question of her sanity so that she can get her hands on Prudence’s inheritance. So, Prudence with the help Conkling and Geoffrey Hunter, a PI and former Pinkerton agent set out to find out just who this Victoria is and what she had on Prudence father to get him to marry her.
A well-plotted and very interesting story with a wonderful cast of believable characters.
Will be watching for the next book to see what Prudence and Geoffrey will be investigating next.