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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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“The setting and historical details are vibrant and colorful, especially real-life figure Mamie Fish—a grand dame in every sense of the phrase—and the glittering fashions and homes of the Newport rich…A fine addition to a fine series, a perfect beach or vacation read for fans of historical mystery and pageantry.” Criminal Element

“Through Emma, Maxwell gives an honest portrayal of the Gilded Age, its pretentious high society, and the second-class status of women. Using just the right period details, Maxwell puts the reader into the story without bogging down the unfolding murder mystery. Fans of the series will enjoy this caper.” Historical Novel Society

"A delightful ticket to the golden age of Newport.  Characters, motivation, and setting, in the expert  hands of Alyssa Maxwell, combine to create a most enjoyable, suspenseful, and memorable mystery." Stephanie Saxon Levine, Newsletter Editor, Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore

A Suspense Magazine Best of 2019!

 

Murder at Crossways

A Gilded Newport Mystery Book 7

In late August 1898, reporter Emma Cross attends the final fête of the Newport social season and discovers the party's over for a visiting prince . . .
 
The days are getting shorter as summer's end approaches, which means it's time for the Harvest Festival, the last big event of the season, held by Mamie Fish, wife of millionaire railroad tycoon Stuyvesant Fish, at their grand "cottage," Crossways. The neocolonial mansion is decked out in artificial autumn splendor, and an extravagant scavenger hunt will be held. But the crowning jewel of the evening will be the guest of honor, Prince Otto of Austria.
 
As acting editor-in-chief of the Newport Messenger, Emma had hoped to leave her days as a society reporter behind her. But at the last moment, she must fill in and attend the Harvest Festival. With nearly every eligible daughter of Newport high society in attendance, Emma can almost hear romantic dreams shattering like glass slippers when the prince fails to appear. The next morning, he is found dead in the side garden at Crossways, making it clear a murderer crashed the party.
 
The prince has been stabbed in the same manner as another man, recently found on nearby Bailey's Beach—who strongly resembles Emma's half-brother Brady's father, presumed dead for nearly thirty years after a yachting mishap. As Emma investigates a connection between the two victims, she is joined on the hunt by Mamie Fish herself. But they must hurry—before the killer slips away like the fading summer . . .

"The irrepressible Mrs. Fish makes an entertaining addition to Emma’s investigative team. 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

“Numerous plot twists, a richly described 1898 setting, details of the lives and times of the rich, and a principled, smart main character who is making her own way in the world distinguish this entry in the series. It will appeal to those who enjoy historical mysteries with strong, ahead-of-their-times female characters like Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher and Rhys Bowen’s Molly Murphy.” Booklist

“MURDER AT CROSSWAYS is an intelligent, well written mystery. The addition of real historical characters and settings make it a must-read!” Suspense Magazine

"Well written and kept me guessing until the end." Bedford Bookshelf

"A riveting story that combines history with intriguing mystery." My Merri Way

"Another stellar mystery by Alyssa Maxwell." Map Your Mystery

“The setting and historical details are vibrant and colorful, especially real-life figure Mamie Fish—a grand dame in every sense of the phrase—and the glittering fashions and homes of the Newport rich…A fine addition to a fine series, a perfect beach or vacation read for fans of historical mystery and pageantry.” Criminal Element

"Unique and entertaining. Maxwell’s characters are so strong and believable. I totally enjoyed my visit to Newport and am looking forward to returning again soon. For me, this was A Perfect Escape!" Escape with Dollycas

"I highly recommend this book and series." Idaho Bluebird

"You may find yourself holding your breath . . . or reading a little faster . . ." Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

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MURDER AT OCHRE COURT

Available

in Trade Paperback 

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A SILENT STABBING 

A Lady & Lady's Maid #5

available for preorder!

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MURDER AT THE BREAKERS

Also available in Mass Market Paperback

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