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For Newport, Rhode Island’s high society, the summer of 1896 brings lawn parties, sailboat races...and murder.

Having turned down the proposal of Derrick Andrews, Emma Cross has no imminent plans for matrimony - let alone motherhood. But when she discovers an infant left on her doorstep, she naturally takes the child into her care. Using her influence as a cousin to the Vanderbilts and a society page reporter for the Newport Observer, Emma launches a discreet search for the baby’s mother. One of her first stops is a lawn party at Mrs. Caroline Astor’s Beechwood estate. But an idyllic summer’s day is soon clouded by tragedy. During a sailboat race, textile magnate Virgil Monroe falls overboard. There are prompt accusations of foul play - and even Derrick Andrews falls under suspicion. Deepening the intrigue, a telltale slip of lace may link the abandoned child to the drowned man. But as Emma navigates dark undercurrents of scandalous indiscretions and violent passions, she’ll need to watch her step to ensure that no one lowers the boom on her....

©2015 Lisa Manuel (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Alyssa Maxwell's Gilded Age Mysteries

I recently discovered this series and fell in love with it and the characters. Ms. Maxwell does a splendid job of developing her characters, exposing their depths and complexities. Even so, the books remain cozy and enjoyable. I knew who did it early on in some and was surprised in others, but all have been enjoyable. I am about to start her most recent in the series and hope there will be many more to come.

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Great read

I enjoyed every moment to the listening of the reading of this book. I even shed some tears
It was as well worth it

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EXCELLENT WRITER AND GOOD NARRATOR

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 hypocrisy of the aristocrats are so........disgusting! I admire Emma's strength and independence and I hope she will find someone good enough for her.

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Wonderful!

As an Alyssa Maxwell fan, I was not disappointed by the story. Emma Cross is a spunky lady, with a wonderful compassionate heart.

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These books just keep getting better!

You know you are listening to a masterpiece when you're getting mad at the GBS lady for interrupting your book. Alyssa Maxwell 's Murder at Beechwood is a great "read" The Gilded Newport Mysteries Just keep getting better and better!