Murder at Chateau Sur Mer (Hardcover)

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In the late nineteenth century, Newport, Rhode Island, is home to some of America's wealthiest citizens. It's also the beat of society reporter Emma Cross, a less well-heeled cousin to the illustrious Vanderbilts, who occasionally moonlights in solving murders . . .

Covering a polo match for the Observer, Emma's job is to take note of the real players off the field--Newport's well-bred elite. But the fashionable facade is breached when a woman in gaudy clothing creates a scene demanding to speak to the wife of Senator George Wetmore--until she is escorted off the grounds by the police.

The next morning, police detective Jesse Whyte asks Emma to meet him at the Wetmores' Bellevue Avenue home, Chateau sur Mer, where the senator's wife, Edith, has mysteriously asked to see her. Upon entering the mansion, Emma is confronted with a crime scene--the intruder from the polo match lies dead at the foot of a grand staircase.

To avoid scandal, Edith Wetmore implores Emma to use her reporter skills and her discretion to investigate. When Emma learns the victim was a prostitute--and pregnant--she wonders if the senator was being blackmailed. As Emma peels back layers of deception and family secrets, she may have met her match in a desperate killer who will trample anyone who gets in the way...

Praise for Alyssa Maxwell and her Gilded Newport Mysteries

MURDER AT ROUGH POINT

"Pleasantly twisty . . . will appeal to lovers of atmospheric country house mysteries." --Publishers Weekly

"Emma is an interesting, independent career woman in this satisfying first-person account that includes well-drawn characters." --Booklist

"The characters are fun, the dialogue is both charming and intelligent, but the scenery that makes up that extravagant time period in New England really is the gem in these glorious tales." --Suspense Magazine

MURDER AT BEECHWOOD

"Another entertaining entry in this cozy series." --Library Journal

"Several cuts above the usual feisty heroine tale; it provides a good picture of life among the privileged--and not-so-privileged--classes in Gilded Newport." --San Jose Mercury News

MURDER AT MARBLE HOUSE

"Maxwell's second entry has a credible mystery, solved by a female detective who's likeable." --Kirkus Reviews

"Maxwell again deftly weaves fictional and real-life characters into her story." --Publishers Weekly

MURDER AT THE BREAKERS

"A promising start to an engaging mystery series filled with smart observations." --Library Journal

"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

"Will keep you guessing." --Historical Novels Reviews

About the Author


Alyssa Maxwell began a love affair with the city of Newport years ago. Time and again the colonial neighborhoods and grand mansions drew her to return, and on one of those later visits she met the man who would become her husband. Always a lover of history, Maxwell found that marrying into a large, generations-old Newport family opened up an exciting new world of historical discovery. Today, she and her husband reside in Florida, but part of her heart remains firmly in that small New England city of great historical significance. For more info please visit www.alyssamaxwell.com.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781496703323
ISBN-10: 1496703324
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: July 25th, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Gilded Newport Mysteries