(EBOOK READ) What the Dead Leave Behind A Gilded Age Mystery #1 Author Rosemary Simpson
D it holds me in suspense until the nd and I also like It When The Mystery when the mystery a smaller piece of the story and it is character driven I suppose the best case scenario for a mystery is for it to hold me in suspense throughout the whole story AND captivate me with truly outstanding characters The worst case scenario would be an asily solved mystery and cardboard cutout characters I know this sounds obvious and basic as hell but this is xactly what is going through my mind as a type this reviewHere is why This story opens with "INHERITANCE BOUND PRUDENCE TRYING TO COPE WITH THE RECENT " bound Prudence trying to cope with the recent of the two men in her life that matter most What she is left with is an vil stepmother and friends that want to help her in any way possible That is pretty much the whole story It really wasn t much of a mystery seemed to be character driven I am assuming this is because it is the first book in a series so maybe introducing and stablishing characters was considered to be important I can like a story like this as mentioned above but that is only if the characters are xceptionally interesting These characters were just not that for me You had the strong female lead mixed with a touch of knight in shining armor play that was a bit over told So with this one I would have preferred mystery and less Prudence is duh mazing talkAll in all the writing was decent and the characters were about the same I would place it a little less than average on my worstbest case scenario rating scale PS I did like that it dropped a little knowledge with the Great Blizzard reference so bonus points for that This was ngrossing and kept me reading late into the night I liked the main character and her desire to find the truth behind her fianc s and her father s deaths I also liked the somewhat unusual choice to have Prudence also deal with a laudanum addiction and it be a significant part of her journey in the book from practically prostrate with grief to not only participating in the investigation but be in a stronger much focused place mentally by the nd of the book 45 5 starsWhat a delicious start to Rosemary Simpson s A Gilded Age Mystery series The writing is beautifully descriptive and often legant the historical detail spot on and the mise A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, en sc ne historic perfection The action and its air of suspense carries throughout thentire book New York City March 12 1888Our protagonist Prudence MacKenzie having just recently buried her widower father a respected judge is at home anxiously awaiting the arrival of her fianc during a fierce blizzard He never arrives and it is soon discovered that he froze to death in a park during the storm All of the careful The Shadow Reader estate documentation prepared by her father is suddenly on unsteady ground as Prudence and her inheritance are now under the control of her stepmother This was not her father s Plan A But at least Prudence is worth to her stepmother alive than dead It certainly won t beasy and no doubt uite stressful Is it Prudence s imagination or is her stepmother trying to subject Prudence to her absolute control Odd things happen to Prudence resulting in a touch of paranoia But then again just because one is paranoid doesn t mean that they re not out to get you Thus begins this wonderful taleI was introduced to Simpson s writing through her third book in this series Let the Dead Keep Their Secrets I had Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies enjoyed it so much that I thought I should start from the beginning of the series I was not disappointed and I look forward to reading the next installment in the series Lies That Comfort and Betra. Complex tale of betrayal and triumph that takes the reader deep into the heart of Gilded Age Manhattan Alyssa Maxwell author of Murder at Rough Point Rosemary Simpson vividly recreates the world of nineteenth century New York City in thisxciting debut mystery Every level of society intersects as we xplore a world in which corruption touches both the highest and the lowest and nothing and no one is xactly what they seem Victoria Thompson bestselling author of Murder in Morningside Heights A beautifully crafted mystery full of intrigue and historical atmosphere with great characters and the potential for further adventures Catherine Lloyd author of Death Comes to the Fair A wonderfully colorful cast of characters makes Rosemary Simpson's debut mystery a pleasure to read Prudence Mackenzie's focus on law and the depiction of New York City in 1888 is fascinating Radha Vatsal author of A Front Page Affa. Dead men tell no talesor Do TheyA Brutal Snowstorm Has theyA brutal snowstorm has New York City like the back of one s hand Unexpected and packing a full out whallop It s March of 1888 and there appears to be no glimmer in this Gilded Age Nothing but the howling blast of wind and the treacherous streets of #ice and mounds of impassable snow await these city dwellersYet in amazement #and mounds of impassable snow await these city dwellersYet in amazement dark figures appear Charles Linwood and his lawyer Roscoe Conkling decide to take on the storm This wasn t actually a whodunnit or The Power Of A Choice even a whydunnit I guess you could call it a howdunnitHonestly there is little to no mystery here it is uite straightforward as to what has occurred and why There are a few revelations along the way nothing that I would like to thank Goodreads and Kensington Books for this ARCSet amidst the opulent mansions and cobblestone streets of Old New York this historical mystery takes place during the Great Blizzard of 1888 This book was very interesting to me as I live in New York and find historical stories that took place there fascinating Ispecially like to put myself in the characters place As the Great Blizzard takes place we find Prudence who has just lost her father and is living with her stepmother You know the type the wicked stepmother Prudence is waiting patiently for Charles her finace to return The storm is intensifying through the night There is no sign of Charles More than 200 people are found dead One of them is Charles Prudence cannot believe that Charles would have taken a risk to go out in this storm It was not his nature His frozen body is found with a card in is hand an ace of spades What does this mean Prudence doesn t think that Charles death was an accident There are many mysteries to this bookI love Prudence s character she is a very strong women Women in 1888 can hardly do anything by themselves They cannot ven leave the house unattended Prudence must prove that Charles death was not an accident so she can protect her inheritance from her stepmother She find a friend in Geoff Hunter a school friend of Charles to help her her stepmother doesn t like this and tries to stop Prudence in very way she can You see now that there is not going to be a wedding her stepmother gains all the family s wealth It was also very interesting to read about what went on in this time period How people lived and how much corruption took place This book is a good read I hope you will try it There is some good potential in this start to a new historical mystery series but it remains to be seen whether or not future installments improve on this foundation The story is set in New York 1888 and kicks off during the Great Blizzard that hit unexpectedly in March of that year The story is told in third person so the POV passes around to uite a few characters The two central ones however are 19 year old Prudence MacKenzie and thirty something Geoffrey Hunter a lawyer and former Pinkerton agent It s not really much of a mystery since both the identification of the guilty and the motivation is obvious from the start The main issue for Prudence and Geoffrey is how to prove it Though I liked the story overall I can t say that I ver felt any real or deep attachment to the characters There were too many important conversations that happened off the page readers only knowing they ver occurred because one character s or another s internal monologue told us so And I suppose that s really my main complaint about this book too much telling and not nough showing with regards to the various relationship dynamics leaving it feeling a Set amidst the opulent mansions and cobblestone streets of Old New York this nthralling historical mystery by Rosemary Simpson brings the Gilded Age to life in a tantalizing tale of old money new love and grave suspicion As the Great Blizzard of 1888 cripples the vast machinery that is New York City heiress Prudence MacKenzie sits anxiously within her palatial Fifth Avenue home waiting for her fiance s safe return But the fearsome storm rages through the night With daylight than two hundred people are found to have perished in the icy winds and treacherous snowdrifts Among them is Prudence s fiance his body frozen his head crushed by a heavy branch his fingers clutching a single playing card the ace of spades Close on the heels of her father s untimely demise Prudence is convinced Charles s death was no accident The ace of spades was a code he shared with his school friend Geoffrey Hunter a former Pin. It superficial The Blizzard of 1888 brings New York City to a halt The snow blocks transportation and 200 people that venture outside during the storm freeze to death The storm will also completely change heiress Prudence MacKenzie s life Her fiance Charles is found dead on a bench the back of his head caved
In Officials Rule ThatOfficials rule that falling tree branch knocked him unconscious and he froze to death Prudence believes the cause of his death might be much sinister Following the death of her father Prudence s stepmother is in complete control over the household and slowly making her stepdaughter addicted to laudanum The family attorney informs Prudence that inheritance from her father s will depends on her marrying Charles With his death her stepmother gains control of verything the house the money Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling even Prudence s dead mother s jewelry Soon Prudence finds it hard toven leave the house Is her life in danger Is Charles death murder What is her stepmother up to Wi What the Dead Leave Behind by Rosemary Simpson is a 2017 Kensington Publication When a record breaking spring blizzard hits New York Prudence Mackenzie s fianc Charles was one the weather s casualties or so it would seem His death upends Prudence Monsieur Pain entire future as the provisions and dictates in her father s carefully worded last will and testament which depended upon Prudence s marriage to Charles became null and void This puts Prudence in a very awkward and vulnerable situation as well a dangerous one Convinced that Charles met with foul play Prudence seeks advice from Charles s best friend Geoffrey Hunter a former Pinkerton agent to help her root out the truth But Prudence soon finds herself in the midst of a diabolical plot where her very sanity is at stake Can she prove Charles was murdered protect her inheritance and overcome her own personal demons before it is too late This first book in the Gilded Age Mystery Series sets the stage for what should be a fascinating series Set in the Gilded Age where women were very much at the mercy of men Prudencexhibits a great deal of grit and pluck circumventing traditional female roles uite cleverly She is a most interesting amateur sleuth coping with a malady that takes great will power to control While this was a bigger issue than many know during this ra the mention of Prudence s struggles while a big part of the story it is at times given prominence than the mystery I am interested to know if this will be an ongoing battle in future installments thoughOther than that the historical details are uite vividdetailing the great blizzard of 1888 and the atmosphere is thick with sinister tension The irony of the how verything comes together in the nd is well played The whodunit is uite apparent as is the motive but this doesn t in any way hamper the suspense The danger is palpable and builds to a taut crescendo This is definitely my kind of historical crime novelThe foundation is neatly set and will leave readers as ager for the next installment AS I AM 35 PRUDENCE WAS I am 35 Prudence was in a very privileged and wealthy nvironment Her father a respected judge and after her mother s death when she was nine raised solely by him Trained to notice things other young ladies in her circumstances were not she was given an ducation usually afforded to men The year is 1888 her father has now died the widow he married three years preciously much to Prudence s dismay her guardian until the I received this book for free through Goodreads First ReadsI like mysteries I like it when the mystery is the center of the story an. Kerton agent and attorney from the South and a former Pinkerton agent Wary of sinister forces closing in on her Prudence turns to Geoffrey as her only hope in solving a murder not all believe in and to help protect her inheritance from a stepmother who seems interested in the family fortune than Prudence s wellbeing Filled with richly colorful characters fascinating historical details and thrilling moments of suspense What the Dead Leave Behind is an Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. exuisitely crafted mystery for the agesAdvance praise for What the Dead Leave Behind Naturally I always gravitate toward any book set in old New York and this onexceeded Patrick the Wolf Boy, Volume 1 expectations It hasverything one could xpect from a historical mystery set against the blizzard of 88 a smart heroine pits her wits against an vil stepmother out to destroy her Rhys Bowen New York Times bestselling author of the Molly Murphy and Royal Spyness mysteries An ngrossing.