Death Brings a Shadow

Death Brings a Shadow

by Rosemary Simpson


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Investigators Prudence MacKenzie and ex-Pinkerton Geoffrey Hunter discover all that glitters is not gold in the Gilded Age, whether on the island of Manhattan or an island off the coast of Georgia …
In spring 1889, Prudence and Geoffrey set sail from New York Harbor on a private yacht bound for Bradford Island, where her friend Eleanor Dickson is to be wed. The Sea Islands along the Georgia coast serve as a winter playground for the likes of the Carnegies, Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and Dicksons. Despite her Yankee pedigree, Eleanor is marrying a Southern gentleman, Teddy Bennett, and Prudence is thrilled to be the maid of honor.
But days before the wedding, the bride is nowhere to be found. A frantic search of the island turns up her drowned corpse in an alligator-infested swamp. Prudence is devastated, but as they prepare the body for burial, she and Geoffrey discover evidence of bruising that indicates Eleanor was held under—most dishonorably murdered.
Determined to seek justice for her beloved friend, Prudence begins to investigate with Geoffrey's help and is quickly led into a morass of voodoo spells and dark deeds from the days of slavery. As Prudence and Geoffrey pursue a killer, they soon discover that Eleanor will not be the last to die on Bradford Island …

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496722096
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 11/26/2019
Series: A Gilded Age Mystery Series , #4
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 53,672
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 2.20(d)

About the Author

Rosemary Simpson is the author of two previous historical novels, The Seven Hills of Paradise and Dreams and Shadows, and three previous Gilded Age Mysteries: What the Dead Leave Behind, Lies that Comfort and Betray, and Let the Dead Keep Their Secrets. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and the Historical Novel Society. Educated in France and the United States, she now lives near Tucson, Arizona.

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Death Brings a Shadow 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
KimberlyKESQ 2 days ago
"Death Brings a Shadow" by Rosemary Simpson is the fourth installment of the series, but can definitely be read as a stand alone novel. I have not read the previous three books (but I definitely will now) and had no difficulty following the plot. In this story, which takes place only a few decades after the Civil War, Prudence and Geoffrey travel from New York to a small island off the Georgia coast to attend the wedding of Prudence's dear friend Eleanor. Unfortunately, a series of tragedies occur and it is up to Prudence to unravel the mystery of the multiple murders in a culture that is largely foreign to her. I was thoroughly engaged by the plot of this book. The mystery-lover in me really liked the "who dunnit" aspect, while the historical fiction-lover in me greatly enjoyed the historical backdrop, how, even though the Civil War had been over for many years, life had not changed very much for former slaves,. It was pretty clear to me early on who the murderer was, but that did not discourage me from reading further to find out why the killer violently took the lives of the victims. Overall, the characters were well developed and multi-dimensional. The plot was realistic and the author did an amazing job at setting the scene. Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for the privilege of reading an advanced digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous 5 days ago
3.25 stars This historical mystery series features an ex-Pinkerton agent and an independent-minded young woman who chafes at society's gender bias. This entry is a little different as it takes place in the post-Civil War south where Geoffrey Hunter, the Pinkerton op, is originally from. He and Prudence MacKenzie are in Georgia for the wedding of one of Prudence's dearest friends. Unfortunately, the bride is found dead in the swamp before the wedding can take place. This is an atmospheric novel -- in my view often to the point of being overwrought. The South, both culturally and geographically, is viewed in dark, evil terms. Hunter, being Southern himself and having left over the horror of slavery, tries to explain to Prudence how different views and daily life is there. Prudence is hard to warm to. Although she is intelligent, she has such a chip on her shoulder about people being over-protective of females that she often places herself in danger and is foolhardy, just to prove them wrong. That the plot line has to do with the sexual assault of female slaves by white landowners is no surprise. Certainly the truth of slavery and post-slavery society is terrible. But this felt heavy-handed and many of the Southern characters were little better than caricatures. Thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
casey710 5 days ago
This book is 4th in a series and does not read well as a standalone. The two main characters have been well developed in previous stories and I really felt I was walking into the middle of a conversation. I liked them enough to want to go back and catch up. I am not sure if the others in the series are as heavy as this one is. This one involves family secrets, drama and more than enough angst about the old south. I can't say I loved this but I enjoyed it enough to want to read more which I guess is every authors goal. Thank you NetGalley for the advanced readers copy for review.
wjane 9 days ago
Death Brings a Shadow by Rosemary Simpson is a Historical Mystery Thriller Fiction set in the late 19th century. Within the first pages Ms. Simpson introduces scary components into her book. The bride is deeply in love but is uneasy about her new home. Is she being watched by someone with evil intent? The author brings interesting primitive religious practices and unusual events into her story which adds to the mystery. Each odd occurrence deepens the mystery of what is really happening. Disturbing relationships and the surprising actions of some of the characters make this an exceptional mystery to enjoy. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I appreciate the opportunity and thank the author and publisher for allowing me to read, enjoy and review this book. 5 Stars
chefdt 10 days ago
Death Brings A Shadow is the fourth book in The Gilded Edge Mystery series. This is a wonderful addition to this exciting and informative series. Prudence MacKenzie and Geoffrey Hunter are heading for Bradford Island, Georgia for the wedding of Prudence’s childhood friend, Eleanor Dickson, at their winter home. On the trip down, Eleanor had confided in Prudence that she felt eyes on her after she and Teddy Dickson had announced their engagement. The next morning Mrs. Dickson comes to Prudence’s room looking for Eleanor. A quick search of the house fails to turn Prudence. Prudence and Geoffrey, along with the Teddy and his family organize a search party and set out to scour the island. The body of Eleanor is found face down in the swamp, with the Bennett family calling it an accidental drowning. But Prudence and Geoffrey aren’t so sure and set off to determine what exactly happened for Eleanor to lose her life. The Bennett family isn’t used to the independence that Prudence shows and Geoffrey has to tread softly between the two. They will soon get some valuable information from some former slaves to get them going in the right direction. I really enjoy this series and the main characters and how they are able to work out the solution without any of the current technology. Although Prudence’s independent thinking causes some problems, Geoffrey is able to correct the situation before either come to too much harm. The book is well-written and plotted and has a cast of interesting believable cast of characters. The author doesn’t overdo the historical information, but just enough to enlighten the reader to how life was at that time. I’m looking forward to the next book in this informative and interesting series.
Tangen 11 days ago
historical-fiction, historical-research, family-dynamics, friendship, murder, murder-investigation, prejudice, private-investigators, suspense It was supposed to be a wonderful time with a marriage between two people who were deeply in love. Prudence and her fellow investigator, Jeffrey, came down on the bride's family yacht from Manhattan to the barrier islands of the state of Georgia in the deep south where the groom and his family have a plantation home. But very soon the bride is found dead in the swamp and it really looks like foul play. But that is only the first murder. The others are long time residents and former slaves. Someone clearly thinks that the way to keep a secret hidden is to keep murdering. A riveting tale, and I plan to read others with these characters. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you for the new to me author!
MKF 11 days ago
It's 1889 and Prudence and Geoffrey find themselves odd people out when they go to a wedding on Bradford Island, Georgia. Prudence's friend Eleanor is the bride but horribly, she's found drowned- murdered. While the couple are ace investigators in New York, things are very different in Georgia and even though Geoffrey is at least familiar with some of the customs, they are completely ignorant of what things are like in the post Civil War South. I've been a fan of this series not just because of the murder mysteries (and there's more than one death here) but also because of the terrific historical settings. Moving this from New York to Georgia was risky (as it was, of course, for Prudence and Geoffrey) but in the end, it made for a fresh take for this pair. They are well developed characters with some interesting issues. Thanks to net galley for the ARC. Don't worry if you haven't read the earlier books- this will be a fine and rewarding read even as a standalone.