Murder at the Breakers

Murder at the Breakers As the nineteenth 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 r

  • Title: Murder at the Breakers
  • Author: Alyssa Maxwell
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  • As the nineteenth 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 relaAs the nineteenth 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, twenty one 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 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.

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    1. Alyssa Maxwell

      Alyssa Maxwell began a love affair with the city of Newport while visiting friends there back in her high school days Time and again the harbor side, gas lit neighborhoods drew her to return, and on one of those later visits she met the man who would become her husband Always a lover of history, Alyssa found that marrying into a large, generations old Newport family opened up an exciting new world of historical discovery From the graveyards whose earliest markers read from the seventeenth century, to original colonial houses still lived in today, to the Newport Artillery Company whose curator for many years was her husband s grandfather, Newport became a place of fascination and romantic charm Today, Alyssa and her husband reside beneath the palms and bright skies of Florida, but part of her heart remains firmly in that small New England city of great significance, a microcosm of American history spanning from before the Revolution through the Civil War, the Industrial Age, the Gilded Age, and beyond.facebook alyssaxwe


    1. Really enjoyed this cozy mystery that is a fictional account of many notable historical figures, including the Vanderbilts and the Astors, who I am also currently reading about in an actual history book. I love how the author took true, historical data from the time of these individuals and created a story of *what possibly could have happened that night at The Breakers if a murder had occured*I love when there are strong, spitfire women as central characters who were so atypical of this era. Em [...]

    2. *4.5 starsI found another cozy mystery series to read:) I enjoyed the story, the characters, and the Gilded Age. It was just a simple mystery to get lost in; nothing too taxing on the brain but enjoyable nonetheless.

    3. I wish I could give this 3 1/2 stars. Unfortunately, in my opinion, there is one major flaw. Emma Cross sets out to prove her step brother's innocence of a murder at the Breakers, the Newport mansion of her relatives, Cornelius and Alice Vanderbilt. The good things about the book---the setting is fantastic. We get a clear and beautiful picture of Newport in its heyday. It really makes you feel that you know the place well. The insight into the lives of the super rich is fascinating. (and hopeful [...]

    4. Living in RI and having visited the Breakers a number of times, I sort of felt obligated to read this one. It didn't hurt that I also like cozy mysteries, and the Gilded Age cultures are not all that different from the setting on Downton Abbey. Emmaline (Emma) Cross is a non-traditional young woman living among the social elite in Newport. In fact, she is a cousin to the famous Vanderbilt family, who own the Breakers, through her mother. She would probably be considered one of their poorer relat [...]

    5. Dollycas’s ThoughtsWhat an awesome debut!!!Emma Cross inherited much more than Gull Manor from her Aunt Sadie. She inherited her wit and her spunk as well. Her parents have traveled abroad to follow their own dreams and left her to handle everything on her own. Using the small annuity left to her by her Aunt and the wages she earns writing about social events for the local paper she keeps up what she can at Gull Manor. She really is not Cornelius Vanderbilt’s niece. She is actually his secon [...]

    6. It was an okay book. I was looking for a quick, fun read and ran across this book. It could have been so much more, with the inclusion of the Vanderbilts, Astors, and other wealthy families that comprised "The 400" - the wealthy elite at the turn of the century. But this isn't historical fiction. It is a novel which includes some famous families, some facts from the times, and a lot of fluff. Emma Cross is the protagonist. She is so annoying at times. There is a lot of potential, and at times th [...]

    7. Not a bad cozy mystery but nothing special. The setting was interesting--turn of the (last) century Newport. However, the heroine was heavy on the TSTL moments and the mystery ended very weakly, i.e the entire thing is revealed by the formerly-sane-now-suddenly-crazy murderer. I won't continue with this series.

    8. I love 'cozy' mysteries, but this one was just a little too simplistic, written at a 12 yr old level or so -- I like a little more complexity, a little more 'grey' and with characters that are more developed and 'real'.

    9. The story is based off the Vanderbilt's & Astor's of Newport, RI in 1895. The author did a great job with her historical research that you got a good sense of what high society life was like back then.The story itself was ok. Parts seemed like it was more about the history than about the mystery. I would of liked to have seen more of a mixture of both. The main character had some strong attributes (like her independence by not just relying on her family fortunes) but her sleuthing has a tend [...]

    10. If you're familiar with Newport you'll like this book. An interesting story revolving around the Vanderbilts. The mystery kept you interested throughout.

    11. Emma Cross is a twenty-one year old spinster from Newport, Rhode Island during the summer of 1895. When her relatives, the Vanderbilts, plan to give a grand fete in honor of her cousin Gertrude's coming-out, Emma is invited as a relative but also as a reporter. Emma must work for her living and she does so as a writer for the society page of a local paper. She longs to be a real reporter writing on real events. When her half-brother Brady comes to her asking for help sneaking into The Breakers, [...]

    12. My actual rating is probably a 3.5. There was quite a bit I liked about this book. I know Newport RI very well so I had no problem picturing the setting. References to Thames St, Bellevue Ave, Spring St, and Cliff Walk were easy for me to picture because I am very familiar with them. The murder mystery was pretty good too. There were a lot of twists and turns that kept me guessing. Emma wasn't bad as an amateur sleuth either. She's smart and resourceful and doesn't give up. However, a couple of [...]

    13. In the final years of the nineteenth century, Cornelius Vanderbilt and his family were at the apex of Newport society. When a family employee and friend is murdered and Brady, a poor relation, is arrested for the crime, his Uncle Cornelius pushes for a speedy trial. Emma, Brady's older sister, begins to search out the real murderer in order to free her beloved sibling. Rich in history, Vanderbilt family politics, and action, this book, first in a series, has me hungering for more.As an addendum [...]

    14. I wanted to like this more. The opulence and grandeur of old Newport sounded exotic. I love history. This had all the makings of a great story. There is already a sequel. The story dragged. There were so many names dropped in the first chapter that I had to write out a list to keep track of them all. After all that, the author gave away the ending 60 pages before the end. She made it obvious. So I rushed through the end and didn't bother with the last chapter. I may read the sequel because this [...]

    15. Completely loved this book!!!! My recent trip to Newport has me craving more stories about the famous and infamous people who built the now-famous cottages that grace the coastline. The Breakers is an unbelievably stunning propertyd the perfect setting for an intrigue taking place in the Gilded Age. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and look forward to the next book in the series. Bring on the Marble House volume, Alyssa!

    16. 2 1/2 starsI didn't learn much of anything about the Vanderbilts nor about their home the Breakers. If you are going to plot a novel around famous historical people, then give some interesting details about them, damn it!The story itself was not great. I didn't like any of the characters and you could pretty easily guess early on who the villain was going to be.

    17. This isn't my normal genre but I read it for the University of Central Florida Book Festival panel I was moderating, and to be honest I quite enjoyed it!I learned that is was called a "cozy mystery" and I think that is the perfect term. It was an easy book to pick up and read with a cup of coffee while snuggled under a warm blanket. I can definitely see myself picking up book two!

    18. Settings and notable figures of the era come alive in Alyssa Maxwell's charming period mystery. A breezy puzzler with an engaging central figure make for great fun; especially for those familiar with Newport's distinguished denizens and luxurious locales!

    19. I read this bc we had just visited the breakers - Newport during the Gilded Age is a fantastic setting. Otherwise, however, this was quite boring and the main character annoying. Eh.

    20. New series to me set in Newport, RI in the 1890's when the rich went to their 'cottages' for the summer. The story is based around a real event - the reopening of the Vanderbilt mansion called the Breakers and the coming out party for Gertrude Vanderbilt. The star is Emmaline Cross - Emma to her real friends. She is a Vanderbilt but not of the social standing of her rich relatives. Emma wants to be an investigative reporter which was not a 'ladies' job in that era. She gets her chance to practic [...]

    21. Murder at the Breakers by Alyssa Maxwell takes place in Newport, RI in August 1895 among the elite of society, centered around the Vanderbilt family. Emma Cross, a poor relation of the Vanderbilt family but recognized by them for her heritage and bloodline, works to support herself as a society page journalist. Then one night she attends the coming-out ball of her cousin at the home of her second cousin Cornelius Vanderbilt, the family patriarch, when Cornelius's secretary plunges to his death r [...]

    22. Full review available on MINA'S BOOKSHELF minadecaro/2014/0A delightful and harmonious concoction of vividly portrayed Gilded Age milieu and well thought-out murder mystery plot. Theme, voice, and pace flow on a trail of red herrings with a balance that was as graceful as unexpectedly transfixing for a debut novel. Based on real historical figures and narrated through the outsider's perspective of Emma Cross, an acute observer treading the fine line that separates the upper crust of society from [...]

    23. I just finished reading Murder at the Breakers by Alyssa Maxwell. It is the first book in the Gilded Newport Mystery series. Murder at the Breakers is an historical cozy mystery. It is August of 1895 in Newport, Rhode Island. Emmaline “Emma” Cross lives at Gull Manor which she inherited from her Great Aunt Sadie. Emma also writes stories on society events for the Newport Observer. Emma is a cousin to Cornelius Vanderbilt (a poor relations, but still a relation). Emma is awakened early one mo [...]

    24. Ahh, the glitz and prestige of American wealth in the guilded age! A wonderful backdrop for a scandal!So, before my recent trip back to Newport, RI (one of my most favorite places on earth) I sought some knowledge about scandal and intrigue that occurred amongst the rich heirs and heiresses of the times. I wanted to learn about some illicit affair, murder, or possibly a ghost that still haunts one of the mansions.It is impossible to put some of the wealthiest, most powerful people alive all toge [...]

    25. I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. I was hooked from the moment I started, to the moment i finished. And bless Alyssa Maxwell, there is another book in this series!!! I was psyched to discover that. When I first started reading, the descriptions were a tad bit of an overkill, but I quickly got used to it, and the more I did, the more I felt like I was right in Newport with Emma solving the case. This turns into more than just Emma solving one murder and that's it. There's a whole s [...]

    26. This is my first read by author Alyssa Maxwell, but it won't be my last. Love that feeling of discovering a book you enjoy so much you can't wait to read more from the same author. I'm not normally a historical fiction reader but I got so wrapped up in the characters, plot, and all the little details and touches I simply forgot I was journeying back in time and just went with the fun of it. The venerable Alice Vanderbilt is one of my favorite characters here, and the depth, spirit, and determina [...]

    27. The year is 1895. The place is Newport, Rhode Island. The characters include some of most powerful and wealthy people of that era. And the story also includes Emmaline Cross, Emmaline Vanderbilt Cross, that is, better known as Emma. A Vanderbilt through her mother, she has the name but not the wealth nor the power. But what she does have serves her well. With determination, ingenuity, and intelligence, Emma sets out to prove that her brother was wrongly accused of murder. Putting herself in dang [...]

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