Gilded Age Mystery

5 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 232 ratings

Murder at the Breakers Publisher's Summary

As the 19th century comes to a close, the illustrious Vanderbilt family dominates Newport, Rhode Island, high society. But when murder darkens a glittering affair at the Vanderbilt summer home, reporter Emma Cross learns that sometimes the actions of the cream of society can curdle one's blood....

Newport, Rhode Island, August 1895: She may be a less well-heeled relation, but as second cousin to millionaire patriarch Cornelius Vanderbilt, 21-year-old Emma Cross is on the guest list for a grand ball at the Breakers, the Vanderbilts' summer home. She also has a job to do - report on the event for the society page of the Newport Observer.

But Emma observes much more than glitz and gaiety when she witnesses a murder. The victim is Cornelius Vanderbilt's financial secretary, who plunges off a balcony faster than falling stock prices. Emma's black sheep brother, Brady, is found in Cornelius's bedroom passed out next to a bottle of bourbon and stolen plans for a new railroad line. Brady has barely come to before the police have arrested him for the murder. But Emma is sure someone is trying to railroad her brother and resolves to find the real killer at any cost....

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  • Book 1

    • Murder at the Breakers

    • By: Alyssa Maxwell
    • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 110
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 102
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 101

    Newport, Rhode Island, August 1895: She may be a less well-heeled relation, but as second cousin to millionaire patriarch Cornelius Vanderbilt, 21-year-old Emma Cross is on the guest list for a grand ball at the Breakers, the Vanderbilts' summer home. She also has a job to do - report on the event for the society page of the Newport Observer. But Emma observes much more than glitz and gaiety when she witnesses a murder.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining mystery

    • By Traci Hall on 09-23-15

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    • Murder at Marble House

    • By: Alyssa Maxwell
    • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
    • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    With the dawn of the 20th century on the horizon, the fortunes of the venerable Vanderbilt family still shine brightly in the glittering high society of Newport, Rhode Island. But when a potential scandal strikes, the Vanderbilts turn to cousin and society page reporter Emma Cross to solve a murder and a disappearance.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Murder among the Vanderbilts

    • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 10-16-17

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 3

    • Murder at Beechwood

    • By: Alyssa Maxwell
    • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
    • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Strong Historical Mystery

    • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 01-21-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 4

    • Murder at Rough Point

    • By: Alyssa Maxwell
    • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
    • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    As the 19th century draws to a close, reporter Emma Cross is sent by the Newport Observer to cover an elite house party at Rough Point, a "cottage" owned by her distant cousin Frederick Vanderbilt that has been rented as an artist retreat. To her surprise, the illustrious guests include her estranged Bohemian parents - recently returned from Europe - as well as a variety of notable artists, including author Edith Wharton.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good story BUT...

    • By Deirdre L. Myers on 05-31-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 5

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