Murder at Marble House

Murder at Marble House

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Responding to a frantic call from her cousin, Consuelo Vanderbilt, Emma Cross arrives at the Marble House mansion and learns Consuelo's mother, Alva, is forcing her into marriage with the Duke of Marlborough. Her mother has even called in a fortune teller to assure Consuelo of a happy future. But the future is short-lived for the fortune teller, who is found dead by her crystal ball, strangled with a silk scarf. One of the Vanderbilts' maids is taken into police custody, and Consuelo is nowhere to be found. Has she eloped with the beau of her choice-- or is her disappearance connected to the murder?
With the dawn of the twentieth 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 of a fortune teller and the disappearance of Consuelo Vanderbilt.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9780758290847
0758290845
Branch Call Number: FIC MAXWELL
Characteristics: 330 pages ; 21 cm

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ApollosRaven
Dec 31, 2016

Emma Cross wades into a very confused set of circumstances when a psychic is murdered at her Aunt Alva's garden party and her cousin, Consuelo Vanderbilt, disappears shortly thereafter. Historically, the newspapers of the time made much of Consuelo's "forced" marriage to the Duke of Marlborough, and Alyssa Maxwell's attempt to graft a mystery onto the scandal (Consuelo was believed to be held hostage by her ruthless mother, Alva) is not very successful, mostly due to unnecessarily large number of red herrings flooding the plot line.

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maipenrai
Dec 20, 2016

(The second book in the Gilded Newport Mystery series)

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