• Murder at Crossways

  • Gilded Newport Mystery Series, Book 7
  • By: Alyssa Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Murder at Crossways

By: Alyssa Maxwell
Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
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The days are getting shorter as summer's end approaches, which means it's time for the Harvest Festival, the last big event of the season, held by Mamie Fish, wife of millionaire railroad tycoon Stuyvesant Fish, at their grand "cottage", Crossways. The neocolonial mansion is decked out in artificial autumn splendor, and an extravagant scavenger hunt will be held. But the crowning jewel of the evening will be the guest of honor, Prince Otto of Austria. 

As acting editor-in-chief of the Newport Messenger, Emma had hoped to leave her days as a society reporter behind her. But at the last moment, she must fill in and attend the Harvest Festival. With nearly every eligible daughter of Newport high society in attendance, Emma can almost hear romantic dreams shattering like glass slippers when the prince fails to appear. The next morning, he is found dead in the side garden at Crossways, making it clear a murderer crashed the party.   

The prince has been stabbed in the same manner as another man, recently found on nearby Bailey's Beach - who strongly resembles Emma's half-brother Brady's father, presumed dead for nearly 30 years after a yachting mishap. As Emma investigates a connection between the two victims, she is joined on the hunt by Mamie Fish herself. But they must hurry - before the killer slips away like the fading summer . . . .

©2019 Lisa Manuel (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Disappointing narrator

The previous Alyssa Maxwell books I have listened to were narrated by Eva Kaminski, who performed much better. Lauren Ezzo's performance was too one dimensional. Emma's character is not a highbrow, snooty aristocrat, but that is how she and most of the character's sounded with Lauren's performance even when they should not. I also kept saying to myself, calm down and slow down, as the performance in many places made Emma sound hysterical, instead of calmly thinking through facts.

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Book has potential

Light listen while doing housework, pleasant enough and requires minimal effort. Trade-offs are relatively flat characters and poor descriptive flow among the sensory perceptions, speech, paralanguage, and cognitions that form the full picture of communication in the setting of the human experience. Lots of “thought” and “said” (or similar). Occasional incorporation of period language comes off stilted in the face of otherwise unimaginative present-day-style writing that is soft on the wit, word play, command of connotation, and use of phonetic spelling that could have been used to distinguish among different classes, personalities and intellects. Good narration might have made the difference, as there seems to be room for the actor to build out the characters’ background stories and bring this “color” to the reading. However, the narrator did quite the opposite, barely succeeding in more than distinguishing male and female voices, plowing through the book in a monotonous simmering panic reminiscent of a television newscaster. The resulting auditory experience was much like the writing - “Just the facts, ma’am.”

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Terrible narrator

I love Alyssa Maxwell’s gilded books. I have them all in hard copy, and on Audible. When the narrator changed they became very difficult to listen to. Her voice has no inflection. It is a constant whine. She needs to learn to pronounce some of the names correctly. I don’t know if I can purchase Murder at Beacon Rock when it comes out on Audible if the narrator has not changed. Please consider someone else. Some people are not meant to be narrators. It is not a personal attack, just makes for unpleasant listening.

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Intriguing

Love the brave and independence of Miss Emma Cross. I must confess though my hope is for Jesse and Emma. Seems he is more respectful and deserving of Emma’s Love.

Absolutely have enjoyed every book thus far.

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  • Deirdre E Siegel
  • 08-04-21

The cost of silence :-)

Yay… for Emma and friends living amidst the have’s who are behaving more unusually uncivilized, again :-)