Jun 21, 2016

First Chapter: A Golden Cage by Shelley Fredont

Nineteenth century novels of manners and mystery have been my reading choices the past few weeks or so. Here is another on my list.
A Golden Cage: A Newport Gilded Age Mystery #2 by Shelley Fredont, published June 7, 2016
Newport, Rhode Island, at the close of the nineteenth century, where headstrong heiress Deanna Randolph must solve another murder among the social elite.

First paragraph, first chapter:
Deanna Randolph tried not to stare, but it was the most remarkable thing she had ever seen. When she'd first learned that Maude Grantham was transporting an entire theater company to perform for her husband's birthday fete, Deanna hadn't known what to imagine. 
The Granthams' "cottage" on Bellevue Avenue  stood out like a sentinel of good taste, against the more imaginative facades of the other "cottages" that were being built in Newport. But even its stalwart presence was a study in excess, if you asked Deanna. 
Based on the first paragraphs, would you read on?

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Margot said...

The first paragraph doesn't grab me, but your phrase "novels of manners and mystery" intrigues me.I'd like to know more about them.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I don't read a lot of historical fiction, but I love the cover...and now I'm very curious about the "cottages," and what they signify in this book. Plus...a murder mystery always grabs my attention.

Here's mine: “BEACH BLUES”

Unknown said...

I would read a bit more to see if it caught my attention. Enjoy!

Unknown said...

I love the setting! I would keep reading.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I love reading about Newport's gilded age. Hope you enjoy this one.

Brian Joseph said...

I cannot imagine a better setting for a novel highlighting the American Gilded Age then Newport Road Island. I like the way that the word "cottage" is in quotations :)

Nise' said...

I like the setting and would keep reading.

Terra said...

I like novels of manners in the 19th century so it sounds good.

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