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Death of a Robber Baron (Gilded Age Mystery)

by Charles O'Brien

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Poorly written. ( )
  heyjude | Jul 12, 2014 |
Let me start by saying I am slowly losing my taste for cozy murder mysteries but because of the historical setting of this novel I was intrigued.

However, this book did not quite fulfill my expectations. I found the main characters flat and unbelievable. The murder and subsequent investigation came off as too rushed with clues and evidence conveniently being discovered, almost too conveniently. There was not enough historical background which was a key reason why I chose this novel.

The author had a good premise but could not seem to take it to the level of other historical murder mysteries a la Victoria Thompson's Gaslight mysteries or Anne Perry. ( )
  NancyNo5 | Aug 12, 2013 |
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Novice private investigator Pamela Thompson is hired by Lydia Jennings to investigate mismanagement at her palatial 'cottage' Broadmore Hall, in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Pamela discovers the butler living a double life at Lydia's expense. Soon Pamela has to deal with a mare's nest of family problems, mostly generated by Lydia's husband, Henry Jennings, the ruthless and unfaithful Copper King, whose sole purpose in life is to become the richest man in America. The climax comes at Broadmoar during Henry's 4th July party - a grandiose event that he personally orchestrates. The next morning, his body is found in his study. Pamela's boss, the lawyer Jeremiah Prescott, joins her for the investigation. Now they have to figure out, from among the many suspects, who killed Henry Jennings...

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New York City, 1891. In the spirit of Christmas, Mrs. Pamela Thompson has devoted herself to charity work, even taking an orphaned child into her Greenwich Village townhome. Her husband Jack, an ambitious banker, agrees to such generous acts as long as his wife allows him to invest his time-- and her trust fund-- in more lucrative opportunities. But when he risks their entire fortune on questionable copper stocks, Pamela ends up losing everything: her house, her inheritance, and even her husband. Penniless, Pamela is forced to move into a boarding house in the Lower East Side and accept a position at Macy's-- as a store detective. Displaying an uncanny knack for the job, she's asked to investigate a private matter of thievery at a palatial 'cottage' in the Berkshires. Ironically, her employer is none other than Henry Jennings, the infamous 'Copper King' who sold bad stocks to her husband. But when the filthy rich scoundrel is found dead in his study, Pamela holds herself accountable-- for sorting out this whole sordid business of money, motives-- and murder.… (more)

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