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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Murder at Kingscote by Alyssa Maxwell (1889 Newport US)

1899 Newport genteel and with very rigid demarcations of society. Emma is not part of famous Four Hundred families and hence though on the fringes related to everyone is not quite accepted as being within the famed group. It does not bother Emma who has now landed the position of Editor in chief of the Messenger but it does affect her marital chances with someone whom she has fallen in love with. An automobile parade is a highlight of the summer events, but a death seems to uncover a string of suspects, hidden histories and past events which everyone is trying very hard to conceal. The blame seems to fall on young Philip King a notable young man prone to gambling debts and a very likely suspect in the first murder. For the sake of his mother Emma along with the help of Douglas the owner of the paper who is also the man she is in love with, pursue various avenues trying to find out who could want the butler dead. Past incidents with long histories of animosity and revenge surface and now there are multiple suspects all have to be researched and eliminated to come to the truth. The mystery murder was one story, but the social setting of 1989 Newport was the one which I liked very much. Reveals a world stepping into the modern era but with strong holds to tradition sometimes hidebound tradition and customs which surely must be eliminated. Interesting social history reading. Sent by Kensington Books for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.

6 comments:

Mary (Bookfan) said...

The setting alone would have me on board!

Yvonne said...

Sounds like a good one!

Blodeuedd said...

I do like historical ones

Katherine P said...

I recently picked up a book in this series on a whim and really enjoyed the setup. This sounds like a good read and this is definitely a series I want to read more from.

Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings said...

I do like a good murder mystery, I don’t tend to read them in that period but you’ve piqued my interest, it does sound good!

Literary Feline said...

I have been wanting to try this series for some time. Sounds like fun!