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Round roller coaster Immediately it is decided by all the interested parties that the villain and cause of the girl s disappearance must be the evil Captain Jed Crake supposedly a distinguished cavalry officer and now the owner of a meat packing business on West Fourteenth Street So much for innocent until proven guilty As Pamela and her investigative partner Harry White begin to make progress her ward Francesca Ricci is threatened by a gangster Unless they agree to stop investigating the captain the girl will be disappeared They agree and a recovered Francesca is sent to work for the summer for her protection in the Grand
Union Hotel One Of Saratoga Springs Most Hotel one of Saratoga Springs most and well nown establishments Now the real mysteries can be activated As a diverse cast assembles in Saratoga Springs elements of the book begin to seem as if they were written by Agatha Christie with Pamela as a younger Miss Marple First to arrive is Captain Crake and his nurse Birgitta accompanied by his wife Rachel and her lover Robert Shaw Also mooning around is a strange golden eyed bell boy Jason Dunn who came with Karl
Metzger A NYC Butcher Fireda NYC butcher fired Crake and his wife Erika Even though all of these had reasons to hate Captain Crake when he is murdered suspicion immediately falls on Francesca Desperate and afraid she contacts Pamela in New York
And A Large Parta large part the Prescott Associates team arrive in Saratoga Springs along with James and Edith Crawford and the indubitable Virgil Crawford With all the actors in place a myriad of plots and subplots are charged to unravel I must say that the author s research has been thorough and effective His Speer knowledge of the settings Saratoga Springs New York City and also Savannah during the war shines through the details and makes a series of complex intertwining plots come alive In fact to my mind there s almost too much plot for what is a relatively slim 185 page book The characters and incidents are deft. R NYPD detective Harry Miller are engaged to search for a maid allegedly abducted by the captainBefore they can find the missing woman Crake's dark history catches up with him and he is murdered in a posh hotel in Saratoga Springs As fate would have it Pamela's ward Francesca Ricci working as a chambermaid in the hotel is accused of the crime Now in this pastoral playground of the idle rich it's up to Pamela and Miller to find Crake'siller as well as his victim and save an innocent girl from. Entertaining and easy to read Usually I could anticipate the future happenings in the plot Enjoyed the historical background This is the second in the Gilded Age Mystery series it s 1894 and we are in New York City Jeremiah Prescott a New York City attorney is approached by the wealthy Crawford family who want him to investigate the disappearance of a young black housemaid Enter scene left Pamela Thompson who has been employed by Prescott to investigate wrong doings and misdeeds committed by the wealthy and maybe not so wealthy
Of American SocietyThe GildedAmerican SocietyThe Gilded Mystery series is an easy historical suspense novel which entertains and educates its reader Set in one of the most fascinating periods of New York City s long and varied life well worth a read if you are interested in New York s Gilded Age The year is 1894 On a routine freezing February Monday morning in New York City Pamela Thompson widow picks her way carefully across the ice to the office of her employers Prescott Associates on Irving Place After entering the premises nothing will be the same for her and her friends for a long long time Waiting in his office with her employer Mr Prescott is a tall distinguished gentleman who is introduced as Mr Virgil Crawford butler to the Crawford family now residing on Washington Suare On the basis of the names Pamela assumes that Mr Crawford must be a relative A closer look at his light skin golden brown eyes and thick curly grey hair tells her that this man was black and very likely once a slave The Crawford s James and his sister Edith were originally from near Savannah Georgia Virgil had indeed been one of their slaves After the war they offered him a proper position and he has been *serving them ever since On this day he wants to engage Prescott to investigate the disappearance of *them ever since On this day he wants to engage Prescott to investigate the disappearance of housekeeper Mary Colt s niece Ruth Colt Pamela is assigned to the case and so begins a tale with twists and turns than a fair From the slaughterhouses of Manhattan to the elite enclaves of Saratoga Springs private detective Pamela Thompson follows a trail of death and deception left by a Civil War heroDeath In Saratoga SpringsNew York City 1894 Captain Jed Crake is a decorated veteran of the Union army and a successful mogul in the meatpacking industry But this powerful man also has a hidden private life as a predator of young women Working for attorney Jeremiah Prescott private investigators Pamela Thompson and forme. Ly sketched and yet to me they seem to be begging for elaboration there are so many potentially interesting plot threads that are *Just Touched Upon Then Left *touched upon then left To be honest I think this would be a better book if it were 100 pages or
so longer i also have trouble with somelonger I also have trouble with some the language It seems ill judged in places For example I found constant use of gambling dens particularly grievous Saratoga Springs was and is a classy place The inds of people who patronised the Grand Union Hotel would have chosen *other words for the places they freuented in which to waste their *words for the places they freuented in which to waste their Or for example when Pamela receives an invitation to visit the track with Edith she is tempted Now if one of my ey suspects in a murder investigation invited me for a day at the races I d be a lot than tempted The issue here I think is one of voice Each character in a book should speak and think with language that reflects their background social status and personality Too often for me the choice of words here doesn t accurately project the person it is assigned to Another possibly irrelevant uestion is would Virgil Crawford have been allowed to so openly The Ring Of The Dove keep company with Pamela As late as 1912 anti miscegenation amendments to the Constitution were still being introduced in Congress While New York State had no laws against it feelings against interracial relationships were still very prevalent and powerful It s a lovely fantasy but I doubt that a scant 30 years after the end of the Civil War a friendship between a black man and a white woman even in New York City or a posh and thus hidebound resort like Saratoga Springs could operate so openly Still this is for the most part an enjoyable read but I feel it could have been better 3 Liked the setting not the characters I found this story contrived and unconvincing The characters were not developed so I didn t care about them And I do find Saratoga Springs in the late 1880s a charming settin. A fate worse than death Praise for Death of a Robber BaronO'Brien captures the colorful details and varied characters of an opulent era deftly Publishers Weekly A pleasingly detailed look at the age of the robber barons along with enough strongly characterized suspects toeep readers guessing Kirkus ReviewsThe author skillfully weaves in fascinating details about American social history Pair with Stefanie Pintoff and also recommend for fans of Rhys Bowen's ‘Molly Murphy' series Library Journ.