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Murder at the Breakers by Alyssa Maxwell
April 7, 2014 - Amy Phelps
Newport in 1895 is the setting of a murder mystery amid the wealthy Vanberbilt family and their summer home in "Murder at the Breakers" by Alyssa Maxwell.
Emma Cross is the poor Vanderbilt cousin, visiting her wealthier cousins while her scandalous brother attends to mend some of the damage he has done. Emma doesn't want to be involved in her brother's latest problem, but when he claims to have messed up something to do with the family business and wants to "fix" it at the party, Emma agrees to stand watch and distract her uncle. But something else happens - the older suitor her family was trying to set her up with is murdered. While Emma wasn't in a hurry to be like her friend Adalaide, married to a much older man for money, she didn't want to see anyone die. With the help of a charming reporter who may not be all he seems, Emma is determined to solve the case.
I enjoyed this mystery of wealthy families, deadly secrets and plucky heroines. The historic setting and the well-developed characters are great.
"Murder at the Breakers" is published by Kensington. It is $15 and 282 pages long.