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Escription of Saratoga and its surroundings including an afternoon excursion to Grant s cottage are fascinating The writing is rather lebeian though In an author s note at the back O Brien says that James Joyce and Willa Cather have influenced his writing style Were they alive they would have nothing to fear Liked the setting not the characters I found this story contrived and unconvincing The characters were not developed so I didn t care about them And I do find Saratoga Springs in the late 1880s a charming setting The year is 1894 On a routine freezing February Monday morning in New York City Pamela Thompson widow Gone Cold picks her way carefully across the ice to the office of her employers Prescott Associates on Irving Place After entering theremises nothing will be the same for her and her friends for a long long time Waiting in his office with her employer Mr Prescott is a tall distinguished gentleman who is introduced as Mr Virgil Crawford butler to the Crawford family now residing on Washington Suare On the basis of the names Pamela assumes that Mr Crawford must be a relative A closer look at his light skin golden brown eyes and thick curly grey hair tells her that this man was black and very likely once a slave The Crawford s James and his sister Edith were originally from near Savannah Georgia Virgil had indeed been one of their slaves After the war they offered him a The Black Shriving (Chronicles of the Black Gate properosition and he has been serving them ever since On this day he wants to engage Prescott to investigate the disappearance of their housekeeper Mary Colt s niece Ruth Colt Pamela is assigned to the case and so begins a tale with twists and turns than a fair ground roller coaster Immediately it is decided by all the interested arties that the villain and cause of the girl s disappearance must be the evil Captain Jed Crake supposedly a distinguished cavalry officer and now the owner of a meat acking business on West Fourteenth Street So much for innocent until roven guilty As Pamela and her investigative artner Harry White begin to make Mama Ds pasta pizza progress her ward Francesca Ricci is threatened by a gangster Unless they agree to stop investigating the captain the girl will be disappeared They agree and a recovered Francesca is sent to work for the summer for herrotection in the Grand Union Hotel one of Saratoga Springs most august and well known establishments Now the real mysteries can be activated As a diverse cast assembles in Saratoga Springs elements of the book begin to seem as if they were written by Agatha Christie with Pamela as a younger Miss Marple First to arrive is Captain Crake and his nurse Birgitta accompanied by his wife Rachel and her lover Robert Shaw Also mooning around is a strange golden eyed bell boy Jason Dunn who came with Karl Metzger a NYC butcher fired by Crake and his wife Erika Even though all of these had reasons to hate Captain Crake when he is murdered suspicion immediately falls on Francesca Desperate and afraid she contacts Pamela in New York R NYPD detective Harry Miller are engaged to search for a maid allegedly abducted by the captainBefore they can find the missing woman Crake's dark history catches up with him and he is murdered in a The Expected One (Magdalene Line Trilogy, posh hotel in Saratoga Springs As fate would have it Pamela's ward Francesca Ricci working as a chambermaid in the hotel is accused of the crime Now in thisastoral layground of the idle rich it's up to Pamela and Miller to find Crake's killer as well as his victim and save an innocent girl from.
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1800 s atrocities during teh Civil War haunt late 1800 s upstate NY resort town The second in a series of Gilded Age mysteries O Brien sets the tone atmosphere and hardships in the time eriod of the late nineteenth century Focusing on a meatpacking tycoon and storied Union army captain Jed Crake there are two separate mysteries One of the missing young women namely helpless chambermaids but specifically the newest victim whose disappearance hadn t garnered any attention until months later While Prescott and Associates joins the investigation their Aubrey Beardsley, The Man And His Work prime suspect Crake ends up dead himself Not only must therivate investigators Jazz Ukulele piece together the dead girls killer connection and how they were disastrously disposed of using the meatpackinglant itself but who among the elite in and around Saratoga Springs may have wanted Crake dead This undercurrent of dark family secrets Off 13 politicalayoffs and adultery make for a strong historical mystery that s as much about the characters as the time Amata Means Beloved period s lawlessness Theacing of details character introductions and uncovered history keeps readers engaged as they sift through the clues in an authentic whodunit While the late 1890s in upstate New York is a rominent feature of the story most young adults would not gravitate toward it unless they are fans of the genre or want to read about the history in their own backyard yet adults will appreciate its accurate ortrayals and genuine mysteriousness 25 MEH A return to the Gilded Age with this read It was a fascinating time I enjoyed this mystery and the central characters DEATH IN SARATOGA SPRINGSCharles O BrienKensingtonJune 2014Prescott and Associates counselors at law are hired by a representative of the James Crawford family Mr Virgil Crawford their butler Fifteen year old Ruth Colt the daughter of the Crawford s housekeeper Martha has been missing for a month Ruth had a job as a chambermaid but her disappearance did not cause the olice any concern It is suspected that Ruth was a victim of a man calling himself Mr Johnson but is actually Captain Jed Crake a wealthy meatpacking executive and a distinguished cavalry officer under General Sherman Crake keeps all oliticians and law enforcement bribed very well so that he can Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band pretty much do as he wishes without repercussions There is a very sad and horrendous history between the remaining Crawford family the brother James and his sister Edith and Jed Crake There is very little doubt that Ruth Colt is dead and that her body was disposed of at the meatpacking facilit An interesting mystery for its setting late 19th century Saratoga Springs and the basic story Captain Jed Crake a decorated Civil War veteran suspected of atrocities during the Civil War and violence to women thereafter is found dead in a room during the height of the racing season Mrs Pamela Thompson who serves as an investigator for lawyer Jeremiah Prescott tries to figure out who of the manyeople who hate Crake might have killed him The From the slaughterhouses of Manhattan to the elite enclaves of Saratoga Springs Gudrun private detective Pamela Thompson follows a trail of death and deception left by a Civil War heroDeath In Saratoga SpringsNew York City 1894 Captain Jed Crake is a decorated veteran of the Union army and a successful mogul in the meatpacking industry But thisowerful man also has a hidden Mob Mistress private life as aredator of young women Working for attorney Jeremiah Prescott rivate investigators Pamela Thompson and forme.
Nd a large art of the Prescott Associates team arrive in Saratoga Springs along with James and Edith Crawford and the indubitable Virgil Crawford With all the actors in Choosing to Survive place a myriad oflots and subplots are charged to unravel I must say that the author s research has been thorough and effective His knowledge of the settings Saratoga Springs New York City and also Savannah during the war shines through the details and makes a series of complex intertwining Robin Hood plots come alive In fact to my mind there s almost too muchlot for what is a relatively slim 185 Felipa page book The characters and incidents are deftly sketched and yet to me they seem to be begging for elaboration there are so manyotentially interesting The Vavasour Macbeth plot threads that are just touched upon then left behind To be honest I think this would be a better book if it were 100ages or so longer I also have trouble with some of the language It seems ill judged in The Blueprint (English Edition) places For example I found constant use of gambling densarticularly grievous Saratoga Springs was and is a classy Crisis of the Strauss Divided place The kinds ofeople who The Master Masons of Chartres patronised the Grand Union Hotel would have chosen other words for thelaces they freuented in which to waste their money Or for example when Pamela receives an invitation to visit the track with Edith she is tempted Now if one of my key suspects in a murder investigation invited me for a day at the races I d be a lot than tempted The issue here I think is one of voice Each character in a book should speak and think with language that reflects their background social status and VARSITY ABDL (Age Play, Forced Regression, Enema, Domestic Discipline, Spanking Romance) personality Too often for me the choice of words here doesn t accuratelyroject the Road House - The Novel person it is assigned to Anotherossibly irrelevant uestion is would Virgil Crawford have been allowed to so openly keep company with Pamela As late as 1912 anti miscegenation amendments to the Constitution were still being introduced in Congress While New York State had no laws against it feelings against interracial relationships were still very Gnosis prevalent andowerful It s a lovely fantasy but I doubt that a scant 30 years after the end of the Civil War a friendship between a black man and a white woman even in New York City or a Left to Die-a First Hand Account of Life in the Superdome during Hurricane Katrina posh and thus hidebound resort like Saratoga Springs could operate so openly Still this is for the mostart an enjoyable read but I feel it could have been better 3 This is the second in the Gilded Age Mystery series it s 1894 and we are in New York City Jeremiah Prescott a New York City attorney is approached by the wealthy Crawford family who want him to investigate the disappearance of a young black housemaid Enter scene left Pamela Thompson who has been employed by Prescott to investigate wrong doings and misdeeds committed by the wealthy and maybe not so wealthy of American SocietyThe Gilded Age Mystery series is an easy historical suspense novel which entertains and educates it Entertaining and easy to read Usually I could anticipate the future happenings in the Dolphin Diaries Bind-Up plot Enjoyed the historical background. A fate worse than death Praise for Death of a Robber BaronO'Brien captures the colorful details and varied characters of an opulent era deftly Publishers Weekly Aleasingly detailed look at the age of the robber barons along with enough strongly characterized suspects to keep readers guessing Kirkus ReviewsThe author skillfully weaves in fascinating details about American social history Pair with Stefanie Pintoff and also recommend for fans of Rhys Bowen's ‘Molly Murphy' series Library Journ.
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See this thread for informationThe Columbia University educated historian embarked on his mystery writing career in 1988 six years before he retired from the WIU history department O'Brien's wife Elvy an art historian had moved to Williamstown VA after accepting a position with the J Paul Getty Trust then at the Clark Art Institute That began a series of long commutes for O'BrienI wanted to make use of time on board trains and planes and in airports Many of my fellow passengers were reading crime novels I thought why not exploit my fund of historical settings and write a historical mystery O'Brien explained The idea of 'Mute Witness' blossomed in the air between Albany and ChicagoWhen O'Brien retired in 1994 after 22 years of teaching at Western he began to seriously study the art of writing fiction with colleague Tama Baldwin of the WIU English faculty