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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....
©2014 Alyssa Maxwell (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By Traci Hall on 09-23-15

Entertaining mystery

This book has the flavor of Newport, and the author's skill in creating that golden era incomparable. I felt the danger Emma was in, and the love for her family. I can't wait to start the next story

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By Sarah A. Peyronnin on 04-12-14

Historical Fiction, without the History.

I know that this book is not meant to be Serious Literature, and I was searching for something casual and easy when I purchased it, but...
Did Alyssa Maxwell do any research when she wrote this book? It reads more like a guidebook (for children) to Newport than historical fiction. The author's perspective seems an attempt at describing the past from a present (tourist) point-of-view instead of historical fiction written with integrity, which at its best should pull a reader into a time and place so that it almost feels lived. And appropriate linguistic details are lacking: I am sure, for example, that no heroine--spunky though she may have been--would have said "Oops" in Gilded-Age-Newport.
Eva Kaminsky's narration takes this experience from bad to worse: her always-slightly-ironic-and-smug voice makes the characters sound like millenials (but not even real ones--just the kind of stereotypical millenial the media love to lambast).
I am returning this book so that I can use my credit more wisely.

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By Mrs Maureen Cate on 04-21-17

Although enjoyable...

Where does Murder at the Breakers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

...for some reason this book did nor strike me as equal to the previous books in the series.

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By IAN on 09-01-16

Historial mystery well worth listening to!

What did you like most about Murder at the Breakers?

The setting of Newport, Rhode Island and the Vanderbilt family in the 'Gilded' period of American history.

What did you like best about this story?

True history content wrapped around a fictional story.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Near the final scene, when the penny finally drops for Emma.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Emma makes a stand at the end of the book...on her principles. Maybe too much pride, before the fall?

Any additional comments?

Well researched, plotted and written. With a great mix of real people and fictional characters, that blend in well in this period story.<br/>Well narrated by Eva Kaminsky.

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