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Introducing my newest series,
A Lady and Lady's Maid Mysteries,
set in post WWI England, featuring Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady's maid, Eva Huntford. In a village where no significant crime has been committed in over a hundred years, and where the local inspector particularly likes his whiskey, Phoebe and Eva will find it necessary to team up to solve crimes above and below stairs at Foxwood Hall and the nearby village of Little Barlow. In the first installment,
MURDER MOST MALICIOUS,
the servants' Boxing Day holiday is rudely interrupted when some rather gruesome items are discovered nestled in their Christmas boxes...
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I'm happy to say I'm also continuing with
The Gilded Newport Mysteries,
featuring amateur sleuth Emmaline Cross. As both a Vanderbilt cousin and a Newporter born and raised, Emma's as strong as the steel rails that built her relatives' fortune, fiercely independent, and as determined as the ocean tides when it comes to standing her ground and seeing that justice is done.
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Murder at Wakehurst
A Gilded Newport Mystery, book 9
In the autumnal chill of Newport, Rhode Island, at the close of the nineteenth century, journalist Emma Cross discovers an instance of cold-blooded murder on the grounds of a mansion . . .
Following the death of her uncle, Cornelius Vanderbilt, in September 1899, a somber Emma is in no mood for one of Newport’s extravagant parties. But to keep Vanderbilt’s reckless son Neily out of trouble, she agrees to accompany him to an Elizabethan fete on the lavish grounds of Wakehurst, the Ochre Point “cottage” modeled after an English palace, owned by Anglophile James Van Alen.
Held in Wakehurst’s English-style gardens, the festivities will include a swordplay demonstration, an archery competition, scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, and even a joust. As Emma wanders the grounds distracted by grief, she overhears a fierce argument between a man and a woman behind a tall hedge. As the joust begins, she’s drawn by the barking of Van Alen’s dogs and finds a man on the ground, an arrow through his chest.
The victim is one of the 400’s most influential members, Judge Clayton Schuyler. Could one of the countless criminals he’d imprisoned over the years have returned to seek revenge—or could one of his own family members have targeted him? With the help of her beau Derrick Andrews and Detective Jesse Whyte, Emma begins to learn the judge was not the straight arrow he appeared to be. As their investigation leads them in ever-widening circles, Emma will have to score a bull’s eye to stop the killer from taking another life . . .
"Bound to delight both established fans and new readers." Publishers Weekly
"Lifestyles of the wealthy combine with social commentary in a mystery set against the backdrop of Newport’s grand estates." Kirkus Reviews
"What makes this ninth in the series, as well as the earlier eight, so enjoyable is Alyssa Maxwell’s combination of vivid historical detail and her excellent writing craft, blending character development and an intriguing plot. Murder at Wakehurst is an engrossing mystery. Read it!" Stephanie Saxon Levine, Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
"Murder at Wakehurst is another sneak peek into the Gilded Age of Newport’s high society. Part of the fun of this series is that each book takes place in a real Newport mansion and includes actual historical characters. Highly recommended!" Suspense Magazine
"Another gripping and clever mystery about a sleuth who inhabits two worlds at once, and it will transport you to a time of luxury, greed, and the quest for power. Highly recommended." The Historical Novel Society
"Another . . . gripping and clever mystery about a sleuth who inhabits two worlds at once, and it will transport you to a time of luxury, greed, and the quest for power." Bonnie Reads and Writes
Coming next in the Gilded Newport Mysteries: Murder at Beacon Rock! Available Sept. 2022
Book 7 of A Lady & Lady's Maid Mysteries, coming Dec. 28th!
"This is an exemplary cozy.” –Publishers Weekly
"An appealingly perceptive look at England between the wars." - Kirkus Reviews
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