I know that this book is not meant to be Serious Literature, and I was searching for something casual and easy when I purchased it, but... Did Aly..Show More »ssa Maxwell do any research when she wrote this book? It reads more like a guidebook (for children) to Newport than historical fiction. The author's perspective seems an attempt at describing the past from a present (tourist) point-of-view instead of historical fiction written with integrity, which at its best should pull a reader into a time and place so that it almost feels lived. And appropriate linguistic details are lacking: I am sure, for example, that no heroine--spunky though she may have been--would have said "Oops" in Gilded-Age-Newport. Eva Kaminsky's narration takes this experience from bad to worse: her always-slightly-ironic-and-smug voice makes the characters sound like millenials (but not even real ones--just the kind of stereotypical millenial the media love to lambast). I am returning this book so that I can use my credit more wisely.
If you are looking for a great who-done-it told by a true word artist please pick up Murder at Marble House. Not only will you be swept into yesteryea..Show More »r but you will be kept guessing until the last minuet. The books just keep getting better.
The third book in this series is very interesting and intriguing. Emma's and Derek's romance is still at a very early stage. The snobbishness and hypo..Show More »crisy of the aristocrats are so........disgusting! I admire Emma's strength and independence and I hope she will find someone good enough for her.
I can't tell you how much I love these "A Gilded Newport Mysteries" In Murder at Rough Point we meet Emma's parents and dig into their re..Show More »lationship. This book kept me guessing until the last page. I loved every minute of it.