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Rosemary Simpson

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Rosemary Simpson's What the Dead Leave Behind is set in Gilded Age New York where the Great Blizzard of 1888 brings both disaster and independence to her wealthy and unconventional heroine. Lies that Comfort and Betray is the second in the Gilded Age Mystery series, to be followed by Final Portraits.

Rosemary is also the author of two stand-alone historical novels, The Seven Hills of Paradise and Dreams and Shadows.

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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Rosemary Simpson When I was about fifteen I traveled alone by train from Paris to Munich. I'd left Paris seated in a very ordinary second-class compartment whose…moreWhen I was about fifteen I traveled alone by train from Paris to Munich. I'd left Paris seated in a very ordinary second-class compartment whose French- and German-speaking occupants exchanged polite greetings and then left one another alone. But sometime during the night, there was a problem on the rails. A conductor came through the cars, hurrying us off at a tiny station whose name I never did learn. I'm not sure how it happened, but I ended up on another train in what can only be described as a converted boxcar. Hard wooden benches, slatted wooden sides, the cold night air whooshing into the car as it clattered along. When it stopped, I stayed where I was, waiting for someone to tell me what I should do next, where I was supposed to go, if I had to change trains again. The only other occupants of the car were an elderly couple who spoke neither English nor French, the two languages in which I was fluent. They were very upset that I remained where I was, but I couldn't understand a word they said. Finally, the man picked up my suitcase (there were no overhead luggage racks) and his wife pulled me into the aisle and hustled me along after him, nodding and smiling to reassure me. Almost as soon as we climbed down the metal steps to the platform, they disappeared into the station, leaving me alone again. The train rumbled off and the lights inside the station went out though I never saw a station agent or conductor who might have extinguished them. I sat there on that dark, empty platform until daylight and the next train to Munich. I know it wasn't a dream, but I've also wondered from time to time if what I experienced was a tiny slit in time. Where was I, and what might have happened to me had the mysterious couple not hustled me out of that boxcar?(less)
Rosemary Simpson Youve hit upon one of the major problems associated with writing historical fiction, a real dilemma when the genre is historical mystery. Which real…moreYou’ve hit upon one of the major problems associated with writing historical fiction, a real dilemma when the genre is historical mystery. Which real events does the author weave into the story to create the atmosphere of time and place without distracting the reader from the story line? There is always so much that is fascinating during the research process. Unfortunately, it can’t all be used. Even history buffs can lose interest if they’re inundated with too many facts delivered too quickly and without apparent plot justification. I’ve settled on highlighting one contemporary major event/social problem for each of the books in the series, but I also try to add lots of period detail that the main characters hardly notice. Sometimes the event is the catalyst for the action, as in WHAT THE DEAD LEAVE BEHIND. As soon as I decided on the Great Blizzard of 1888 as the event and laudanum addiction as the social problem, I had to put other material aside . . . until future books in the series.
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Welcome!

Welcome, everyone!

For me the excitement of 2017 really begins with the publication of WHAT THE DEAD LEAVE BEHIND, the first in my new Gilded Age Mystery series, due out on April 25, 2017.

Since the opening scene is during the Great Blizzard of 1888, I thought you might enjoy seeing a couple of images of New York City after what was called the storm of the century blew in on March 12th of that... Read more of this blog post »
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“and a doctor had been in attendance, so there didn’t seem to be anything amiss that I could discern.” Warneke was taking great care with how he phrased his answers. “But there’s a reason why you particularly remember the Judge?” “He was a very well-known man, Mr. Hunter, often in the newspapers. His wife had begun to make her mark in society.” “Do you always know this much about the people you bury?” “Part of what we do is advise families on the most suitable services for the departed, tailored to the appropriate station in life. We assisted with Judge MacKenzie’s first wife, so we naturally assumed we would be serving the family again. There’s a certain comfort and trust in familiarity.” “I don’t remember much about what happened in the hours and days immediately after my father’s death, Mr. Warneke. By the time I was able to ask, I was told it would be better to remember him as he had been in life. I accepted that idea. Then. Now I want answers.” “I don’t wish to cause you undue pain, Miss MacKenzie. Or to reawaken your grief.” “I want the truth, Mr. Warneke. You may be one of the very few people who”
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“She’d always fallen asleep in a nest of words, one hand resting on a beloved favorite, the other curled into the pages of one of her father’s legal treatises or the latest volume from Mr. Henry James or the exciting Mr. Stevenson. It struck her quite suddenly that her new husband might not want to have to reach his bride by crawling over her drawbridge of sharp-cornered tomes. She pushed away the thought on the same breath as it occurred to her”
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