Murder at Kingscote (A Gilded Newport Mystery #8) (Hardcover)

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For fans of HBO’s The Gilded Age, explore the dark side of the alluring world of America’s 19th century elite in this gripping series of riveting mysteries…

In late nineteenth-century Newport, Rhode Island, journalist Emma Cross discovers the newest form of transportation has become the newest type of murder weapon . . .

On a clear July day in 1899, the salty ocean breeze along Bellevue Avenue carries new smells of gasoline and exhaust as Emma, now editor-in-chief of the Newport Messenger, covers Newport's first-ever automobile parade. But the festive atmosphere soon turns to shock as young Philip King drunkenly swerves his motorcar into a wooden figure of a nanny pushing a pram on the obstacle course.
That evening, at a dinner party hosted by Ella King at her magnificent Gothic-inspired "cottage," Kingscote, Emma and her beau Derrick Andrews are enjoying the food and the company when Ella’s son staggers in, obviously still inebriated. But the disruption is nothing compared to the urgent shouts of the coachman. Rushing out, they find the family's butler pinned against a tree beneath the front wheels of Philip's motorcar, close to death.
When Emma later receives a message informing her that the butler bullied his staff and took advantage of young maids, she steers the police toward a murder investigation. While Emma investigates the connections between a competing heir for the King fortune, a mysterious child, an inmate of an insane asylum, and the brutal boxing rings of Providence, a killer remains at large—with unfinished business to attend to . . .
“Excellent . . . Maxwell combines convincing character development and vivid depictions of Newport’s heyday with a well-plotted mystery. This historical series just keeps getting better.”
 —Publisher Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

Alyssa Maxwell began a love affair with the city of Newport years ago. Time and again the colonial neighborhoods and grand mansions drew her to return, and on one of those later visits she met the man who would become her husband. Always a lover of history, Maxwell found that marrying into a large, generations‑-old Newport family opened up an exciting new world of historical discovery. Today, she and her husband reside in Florida, but part of her heart remains firmly in that small New England city of great historical significance. For more info please visit

Praise For…

Praise for Alyssa Maxwell and her Gilded Newport Mysteries!
“Tightly plotted . . . Maxwell evokes the contrasts of Victorian Newport with her customary insight.”
Publishers Weekly
“Another tricky mystery set against the backdrop of some great real-life mansions, some of which remain open to anyone who wishes to visit.”
Kirkus Reviews
“Will appeal to those who enjoy historical mysteries with strong, ahead-of-their times female characters like Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher and Rhys Bowens’ Molly Murphy.”
“An intelligent, well-written mystery.”
Suspense Magazine
“Plenty of red herrings and an intimate look at the world of the wealthy and famous make for a rich broth of a mystery.”
Kirkus Reviews
“Emma is an interesting, independent career woman in this satisfying first-person account that includes well-drawn characters.”
“Another entertaining entry in this cozy series.”
Library Journal
“Maxwell again deftly weaves fictional and real-life characters into her story.”
Publishers Weekly
“Sorry to see the conclusion of Downton Abbey Season 4?  Well, here is a morsel to get you through a long afternoon. Brew some Earl Grey and settle down with a scone with this one.”
Washington Independent Review of Books

Product Details
ISBN: 9781496720733
ISBN-10: 1496720733
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: August 25th, 2020
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: A Gilded Newport Mystery