Review MURDER AT KINGSCOTE By Alyssa Maxwell

Review MURDER AT KINGSCOTE By Alyssa Maxwell

Review MURDER AT KINGSCOTE By Alyssa Maxwell

Review MURDER AT KINGSCOTE By Alyssa Maxwell

It’s July 1899, in Newport, Rhode Island, and Bellevue Avenue is packed with spectators to view the first-ever parade of automobiles, each of which is bedecked with floral displays. Newport Messenger editor-in-chief Emma Cross has a front-row view of the parade, along with her beau, Derrick Andrews, and the paper’s social columnist, Ethan Merriman.

One of Newport’s many prominent families in residence for the summer season is the Kings—Ella King, the widowed matriarch, her daughter Gwendolen, and her son Phillip. Emma soon spots Philip behind the wheel of one of the cars, with his mother and sister as passengers. Emma’s concerned, because it looks like Philip has been drinking. Just as the parade starts, Mrs. King is accosted by Eugenia Webster Ross, a woman who says in a very loud voice that she is the rightful heir to the King fortune. Ignoring the tirade, the Kings join the parade, which includes maneuvering a wooden obstacle course. It doesn’t take long for Philip’s inebriated state to cause him to crash.

That same evening, Emma and Derrick are in attendance at a dinner party at Kingscote, the home of the King family. All the invited guests are in attendance, but Philip is nowhere to be seen. He finally staggers in late, drunk and singing. Within minutes, there’s a loud sound outside the mansion and when everyone rushes out to investigate, they find the family butler, Isiah Baldwin, pinned to a tree by Philip’s car, dead. Did Philip neglect to set the handbrake and the car accidentally rolled into the unlucky man? Or is it murder? As the furor grows to arrest Philip for the crime, Mrs. King turns to Emma for help.

“Murder at Kingscote” is another sneak peek into Newport’s high society, with great characters and a fast-paced plot. Each book in this series highlights an actual Newport mansion and features many real people from Newport’s Gilded Age, which adds to the fun. Highly recommended!

Review MURDER AT KINGSCOTE By Alyssa Maxwell

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