martedì 20 settembre 2016

Review & Giveaway: Murder at Rough Point by Alyssa Maxwell

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Murder at Rough Point
by Alyssa Maxwell

Maxwell is quite skilled at creating a tightly woven mystery. I did not want to put this story down and return to reality.
~Booklady’s Booknotes
This latest installment of an already fantastic series, is just the icing on the cake. Maxwell has a way with words and creating a mystery that will leave you guessing until the very end.
~Girl Lost in a Book
…this time, it is not her ladies’ maid who assists her in finding a killer, it is none other than the writer Edith Wharton! The lines between history and the world of the book blend together in a most interesting way, adding to my delight in reading this book.
~Back Porchervations
With twists and turns in the story, you will be engaged and captivated from the start.
~Shelley’s Book Case
Maxwell creates a delightful mystery in MURDER AT ROUGH POINT and I’m pleased to travel back in time with her.
~Cozy Up With Kathy
Murder at Rough Point
(A Gilded Newport Mystery)

4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Kensington (August 30, 2016)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496703286
E-Book ASIN: B0190HGUE8


In glittering Newport, Rhode Island, status is everything. But despite being a poorer relation to the venerable Vanderbilts, Emma Cross has shaped her own identity—as a reporter and a sleuth.
As the nineteenth century draws to a close, Fancies and Fashion reporter Emma Cross is sent by the Newport Observer to cover an elite house party at Rough Point, a “cottage” owned by her distant cousin Frederick Vanderbilt that has been rented as an artist retreat. To her surprise, the illustrious guests include her estranged Bohemian parents—recently returned from Europe—as well as a variety of notable artists, including author Edith Wharton.
But when one of the artists is discovered dead at the bottom of a cliff, Rough Point becomes anything but a house of mirth. After a second murder, no one is above suspicion—including Emma’s parents. As Newport police detective Jesse Whyte searches for a killer, Emma tries to draw her own conclusions—with the help of Mrs. Wharton. But with so many sketchy suspects, she’ll need to canvas the crime scenes carefully, before the cunning culprit takes her out of the picture next . . .
Praise for Alyssa Maxwell and her Gilded Newport Mysteries
“Another entertaining entry in this cozy series.” —Library Journal on Murder at Beechwood
“Maxwell’s second entry has a credible mystery, solved by a female detective who’s likeable.” —Kirkus Reviews on Murder at Marble House

My Review

I love cozy mystery genre, especially historical ones where old mansions are involved, so I was very anxious to read this story and was not disappointing, indeed I enjoyed it very much.
Emma Cross is happy with her new assignment, she must attend an exclusive party at Rough Point, the mansion of her distant relative. There are many famous artists but unfortunately also her parents. Emma is working for an opportunity too important and can not be influenced by their presence. Everything goes well until in the middle of a storm dies the first guest. The police can't intervene because of the storm and  when another guest dies Emma will have to solve the case alone.
Emma is a great characters, she is independent, determined, intelligent, I have loved the time spent in her company.
It was a book full of tension and suspense, the storyline flowed perfect and is well woven and the characters were very interesting. Really fascinating and very detailed the descriptions of this old house and its surrounding landscape:it was easy to imagine being there. I can't wait to get to know the mansions of the earlier books.
I've read other books by Alyssa Maxwell but this is the first of this series, you can easily read as a stand alone and I'm really curious to read the first three ones and learn about the other attractive mansions.
Really recommended for those who enjoy historical cozy mystery.

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About The Author

Alyssa Maxwell has worked in publishing as an assistant editor and a ghost writer, but knew from an early age that being a novelist was what she wanted most. Growing up in New England and traveling to Great Britain fueled a passion for history, while a love of puzzles of all kinds drew her to the mystery genre. She lives in South Florida in the current year, but confesses to spending most of her time in the Victorian, Edwardian, and post WWI eras. In addition to fantasizing about wearing Worth gowns while strolling manor house gardens, she loves to watch BBC and other period productions and sip tea in the afternoons.
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