I love how atmospheric this book is. The historical details are wonderful, and the author does a great job at evoking the Gilded Age. ~View from the Birdhouse
In A GOLDEN CAGE Freydont takes an intelligent look at societal issues combining it with well developed, complex characters to form a well crafted mystery that encourages readers to think, learn, and become a part of that historical age. ~Cozy Up With Kathy
This story was well written and historically accurate…kept me guessing until the very end. ~Melina’s Book Blog
I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to see what the author has planned for the characters moving forward with the series. A great read for lovers of cozy mysteries with a historical theme. I highly recommend this one! ~Girl Lost in a Book
This was a good read, with an intriguing setting and a mystery that took a little unraveling. ~The Ninja Librarian
The author of A Gilded Grave returns to Newport, Rhode Island, at the close of the nineteenth century, where headstrong heiress Deanna Randolph must solve another murder among the social elite.
With her mother in Europe, Deanna is staying with the Ballard family, who agree to chaperone her through the summer season and guide her toward an advantageous marriage proposal—or so her mother hopes. Relishing her new freedom, Deanna is more interested in buying one of the fashionable new bathing costumes, joining a ladies’ bicycling club, and befriending an actress named Amabelle Deeks, all of which would scandalize her mother.
Far more scandalous is the discovery of a young man bludgeoned to death on the conservatory floor at Bonheur, the Ballards’ sumptuous “cottage.” Deanna recognizes him as an actor who performed at the birthday fete for a prominent judge the night before. But why was he at Bonheur? And where is Amabelle?
Concerned her new friend may be in danger—or worse—Deanna enlists the help of her intrepid maid, Elspeth, and her former beau, Joe Ballard, to find Amabelle before the villain of this drama demands an encore.
About The Author –
Shelley Freydont is the author of the Liv Montgomery, Celebration Bay Festival Mysteries, (Silent Knife, Trick or Deceit),the Katie McDonald Sudoku Mysteries and the Lindy Haggerty dance company mystery series. Her Newport Gilded Age Mystery seires began in June 2015 with A Gilded Grave, followed in June 2016 with A Golden Cage.
Shelley loves puzzles of all kinds and when not writing or reading mysteries, she’s most likely working on a jigsaw, Sudoku, or crossword.
Amazon – B & N My Review: I loved that this was a different setting than the usual London society. I really enjoyed how the author swept me up into the past and is willing to go against the norms. An actress as a friend was definitely not the same as it is today. This book describes a turning point in history, and I enjoyed reading about it. The mystery also kept me guessing and I was pleasantly surprised at the unveiling of the killer. I would love to read a third book in this series. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.