Set amidst the glittering enclaves of money, power, and privilege in America's tumultuous Gilded Age, this richly detailed mystery follows private detective Pamela Thompson into an elite world where fortunes are flaunted and scandals are hiddenone body at time. . .
Death Of A Robber Baron
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 timeand her trust fundin 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'sas 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 accountablefor sorting out this whole sordid business of money, motives. . .and murder.
|Series:||Gilded Age Mystery Series , #1|
|Product dimensions:||8.10(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Charles O'Brien decided to try his hand at writing historical mysteries due to a lifelong love of delving into the past James Joyce’s Dubliners and Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop have both influenced his writing style. He lives with his wife, Elvy, an art historian, in Williamstown, a small college town in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was just a terribly written book. The plot jumped all over the place with little connection between scenes. There are too many characters slogging through too many story lines. It is at best haphazard. This is a shame because the concept started out good, but fell apart with poor logic, little sense of coherence, and incongruities for the time period. For example, we suddenly have the main protagonist, a widow, driving herself alone to a man’s cabin to find him half-naked chopping wood. For the society of the time, that is so wrong on so many points. I would not recommend this book.
I am so sorry to give this a poor review. Someone provided a terrible disservice to the author by getting his hopes up and publishing his work. The writing is quite odd, disconnected, unemotional, almost clinical. Very difficult to follow, not at all an entertaining read. The cover art is terrific, I wish the book had measured up.
Great premise but hard to get past the stilted, leaden writing. Really, how do things like this get published?