Image of A Golden Cage (NEWPORT GILDED AGE)


Image of A Golden Cage (NEWPORT GILDED AGE)

The time period adds opulence and extravagance to the story as a young female sleuth finds her way in a constraining society. The mystery is well plotted with plenty of twists and turns and deviously flawed villains. Deanna’s maid, Elspeth, and her ex-beau, Joe, are perfect sleuthing companions. Elspeth and Deanna’s relationship adds conflict, as friendships between different classes are discouraged. Joe adds romantic tension as he balances a fine line of supporting Deanna’s pursuits while also keeping her safe. It’s an overall thrilling ride through a transformative time period.

Although Deanna’s mother wants her to spend the summer finding a suitable mate, she is more interested in painting, cycling and learning more about the actors who performed a play at Judge Grantham’s birthday party. Especially a young actress named Amabelle Deeks. One night, Amabelle appears at the Ballards’ Bonheur estate in great distress. The Ballard family takes her in, but in the morning she is gone, and a dead body is found in the conservatory. Is Amabelle responsible? Or is she running from a killer? With the help of Joe and her maid Elspeth, Deanna embarks on a dangerous mission of uncovering the truth and stopping a killer before he strikes again. (BERKLEY, Jun., 368 pp., $16.00)

Reviewed by: 
Sandra Martin