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Murder at Rough Point

(Gilded Newport Mysteries #4)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  626 ratings  ·  115 reviews
In glittering Newport, Rhode Island, status is everything. But despite being a poorer relation to the venerable Vanderbilts, Emma Cross has shaped her own identity—as a reporter and a sleuth.

As the nineteenth century draws to a close, Fancies and Fashion reporter Emma Cross is sent by the Newport Observer to cover an elite house party at Rough Point, a “cottage” owned by her dclose,
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Published August 30th 2016 by Kensington
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
2.5 stars for Murder at Rough Point by Alyssa Maxwell.

This cosy murder mystery is set in Newport around a branch of the Vanderbilt family. I enjoy books set in this area and am a fan of the cosy, but this one seems to be lacking that certain something that keeps you engrossed. I found it quite easy to put this book down and be distracted by other more absorbing reads.

This is one of those rare reads that, to me, would make a better movie than it does a book.

September 1896- As the social season is coming to a close, Emma is excited at being requested to report on a Bohemian artists' retreat at her Uncle Frederick Vanderbilt's home, Rough Point. Emma is excited to test her journalistic skills and be recognized for her accomplishments but fears her well-meaning family made the request. She is surprised, and not all together pleased, to discover the request came from the former Edith Jones, now Mrs. Edward Wharton (not yet the famous novelist), the art ...more
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Classic closed room/manor mystery! A group of “artists” descend to Rough Point for a retreat. Emma has been asked to cover the event and is invited to stay there too. When a deluge of rain starts falling and flooding the roads everyone is basically trapped within the grounds and mansion of Rough Point. First one man is found dead and then another and there is another attempt. Detective Jesse Whyte is on the case but Emma is the one living with a killer. The suspect
Bam cooks the books ;-)
*3.5 stars. This cozy mystery series takes place in the late 1890s and showcases one of the great 'cottages' of Newport, Rhode Island in each. In this fourth book in the series, the house featured is Rough Point, owned by Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt.

Aspiring journalist, Emmaline Cross, a poor relative of the Vanderbilts, has been invited to write a feature article about a gathering of artists at Rough Point, including the author Edith Wharton. The Vanderbilts have been gracious enough to le
Ellen Byron
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. Emma Cross, the protagonist, is smart and forward-thinking. Maxwell does a marvelous job of incorporating fictional and real-life Gilded Age citizens into fascinating mysteries set in real-life gorgeous Guilded Age estates. Each book is engrossing and I can't wait to find out which handsome beau Emma winds up with, although what I love about her is that she won't give up her passion for reporting for any man.

As an author, I try to read as many mysteries by my fellow mystery
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
3 stars, simply because I thought the murderer was fairly obvious in this one. It was still interesting to see everything come together though. Emma’s puppy sounds so cute and gets into so much trouble!!! I love books that have dogs in them, and I enjoyed reading about Patch’s antics. I also enjoyed that there was no romance in this one. I’m just not a fan of the guy she likes, and he wasn’t in this one.

I also loved Edith Wharton as a secondary character, and I liked seeing she and her husband
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozies
Guilt ridden reporter is sent to cover a soiree owned by her cousin, a Vanderbilt. Her Bohemian parents show up, somebody is murdered, and she gets Edith Wharton's help solving the crime.

If you're into the progressive scene of 1900, this might be for you.
Cindy Burnett
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
Murder at Rough Point

Murder at Rough Point is the fourth by Alyssa Maxwell in the Gilded Newport mystery series. The setting is the star of this novel as evidenced by the series title. Newport and its numerous “cottages” contain a glimpse into a glamorous era of long ago. Emma Cross, a distant relation to the wealthier Vanderbilt families, lives in Newport reporting for the local newspaper and striving to be a journalist like her idol, Nellie Bly. When a group of artists which includ
This mystery reminded me a little of another Netgalley book I read not too long ago: at a large (i.e. rich person's) house, a contained group of people gathered for a specific purpose find themselves being picked off one by one by an unknown subject. However, while I hated that one, this, by an author I've read before and enjoyed, was more to my taste. I like the heroine, journalist Emmaline Cross, trying to make her way in the male-more-than-dominated world of the late 1890's.

It's interesting for Mrs. Edw
I like this series but this book was by far the most disappointing. There was no action, just a rushed plot at the end of the book. Most of the content seemed to keep repeating itself in each chapter. The only element of surprise is who Emma might choose to marry which the book leaves as a cliff hanger for the next book.
Connie Fischer
Newport, Rhode Island - 1896

Emmaline Cross lives at Gull Manor with her housekeeper who used to be her nanny, and Katie, her housemaid. Gull Manor is a large home that had once belonged to her great aunt. Emmaline works as a journalist at the Newport Observer newspaper and is off to her uncle’s home to learn about a new assignment.

Newport used to be a bustling place which has quieted in the last number of years. However, there appears to be new interest in the town.
Jody McGrath
*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.*

This is the 4th installment of the Gilded Newport Mysteries. They take place in the 1890s and feature Miss Emma Cross, an independent female who works as a journalist in Newport. She is asked to write an article about an authors retreat that is to take place at Rough Point, the "cottage" of here uncle Frederick Vanderbilt. When the guest start dying, Emma, along with Officer Jesse White and a little help from the
Carol Crigger
Emmaline Cross, a poor relation of the Vanderbilts (yes, those Vanderbilts), is working hard to promote her reputation as a journalist. She believes she’s been selected to report to her newspaper on houseguests at Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt’s summer house on the ocean shore due to her fine writing, although it turns out it may be due to her family connections. The guests include a Russian ballet dancer who no longer dances because of an accident; an opera singer whose voice is fading; Edith ...more
Missi Martin (Stockwell)

I LOVE the Guilded Newport Mystery series by Alyssa Maxwell and Murder at Rough Point is NO exception !! Maxwell has such a way in taking you back to the end of the 19th century and making you feel like you are actually there !!

Emma Cross is asked to attend a gathering of artists at her cousin's Newport home that he has rented out. She is asked to stay on with the other guests and interview the artists for an article for the paper. Unknowingly to Emma, however, is that her parents ar
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is 1896, and journalist Emmaline Cross is thrilled to have been invited to cover a group of artists who have created a retreat at Newport, Rhode Island in Murder at Rough Point by Alyssa Maxwell. Newport used to be an artists' center but the artists were driven out by the rich crowd like the Vanderbilts that Emma is related to, so it is special to longtime residents like Emma to see artists return. The group of artists come from very disparate media, including the writer Edith Wharton (whose ...more
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received an advance copy of Murder at Rough Point from Kensington Publishing Corporation in exchange for a fair review of the book.

I thoroughly enjoyed Murder at Rough Point, the fourth in the Gilded Newport Mystery series by Alyssa Maxwell. An intrepid, strong-willed, less-than-wealthy cousin of the Vanderbilt family, Emma Cross finds herself assigned to cover an artists' retreat at Rough Point for her column in the local newspaper. An interesting group of people begin to arrive, includ
Laurie Way
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is quite enjoyable. The details of life during the Gilded age and the families who enjoyed it are interesting to read. The mysteries capture my interest and the main character, Emma Cross is quite credible as a savvy detective and a strong principled young woman.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book in the Gilded Newport Mysteries series.
I love Newport, and I love Gilded Age settings. I'm not so much a mystery fan, but enjoy some on occasion. This book, however, was mediocre. Set in the classic "and then there were none" trope, a group of "artists," including Edith Wharton and her husband, gather at a Newport " cottage" in 1896, and one after another meets with murder most foul. A storm comes up, and they are all trapped. Who among The group is The murderer? Who will be The next to die? What is the motive? Is the killer Colonel ...more
Linda Baker
Emma Cross is one of the poor relations of the Vanderbilt family. She grew up in Newport and has always been treated kindly by the family but she is definitely not an insider. On her own for several years after her father, an artist, and mother decamped to follow their dreams in Europe, Emma is a reporter with the local paper and has dreams of following her idol, Nelly Bly, into fame and fortune reporting on serious stories. In the previous books in the series, Emma has proven that she has a tal ...more
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder at am Elite Newport House Party

Emma Cross, a reporter and distant relative of the Vanderbilts, is thrilled to receive an assignment to write about an artist's retreat. Rough Point, a Newport cottage owned by Frederick Vanderbilt, is leased to the artist's group for the retreat. Rough Point is one of the first mansions built in Newport, but Frederick his wife grew tired of it and began leasing it.

When she arrives, Emma is surprised to be greeted by Edith Wharton, who befriends
R J Mckay
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from Goodreads in exchange for a review.

‘Murder at Rough Point’ transports the reader back in time, to the glamour and glitz of turn-of-the century Newport, Rhode Island, where the elite meet to while away their summers. Emma Cross, who is related to the Vanderbilt Family, is a reporter for the Newport Observer. Her services have been requested by none other than Mrs. Edith Wharton, to report on a local gathering. Rough Point, a property owns by Frederick and Lou
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Fans of Alyssa Maxwell's Gilded Newport series won't be disappointed by the latest installment. I have been reading this series since her first book, Murder at the Breakers. Although I have enjoyed all the books in the series (Murder at Marble House and Murder at Beechwood), each of the books is a stand alone that would be a fun read by itself.

The lead character, Emma Cross, is a fun character to follow. She's an independent woman living in the gilded age who writes for the local pap
Didn't dislike it, but didn't really like it either. I felt like we didn't really get to know the eccentric artists that well, maybe because of the attention placed on Emma's relationship with her parents and Edith Wharton. I wasn't drawn into the mystery, and I felt like the ending wasn't really that logical. However, I did like Patch and Emma's struggle with how to handle her parents return. And I still like Jesse, much more than Derrick. In fact, the thing that I really disliked about this bo ...more
Oct 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time getting into this novel and actually put it down for several weeks before coming back to it. I think what put me off initially was the stilted, formal language in use, which, to be fair, is probably written in the style of the time period. In the end, it did peak my interest after a few chapters.

It was a fun idea to use real historical people as characters in the novel. I enjoyed the remote setting, impending storm, classic closed room/manor mystery, and the budding relationsh
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in Newport, Rhode Island in 1896, this cosy mystery is, obviously, a period piece with wonderfully written characters and lovely descriptions of the house and it's surroundings.

We follow the main character Emmaline, a journalist, who is invited to her uncles house to interview the eclectic group of people staying there for a few weeks. We meet an opera singer, a Russian ballet dancer, a cello player, Mrs Edith Wharton and her husband Edward, a stage director, a sculptor and an ar
Rough Point set in Rhode Island. It is a mansion from the
Gilded Age. The story contains a way to see the way life
was lived in that age. The description is vivid, colorful
making you feel as if you are right there.
Emma Cross is a distant relative of the Vanderbilt family.
She is called to Rough Point to report on an artistic retreat
for the local newspaper.
Then murder, mayhem, mystery, an engaging plot with
twists and turns to keep you guessing. An interesting ar
nikkia neil
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, mystery
Thanks Kensington and netgalley for this ARC.

Alyssa Maxwell has this series down to a science, but still keeps us guessing, hoping for a future romance, and coming back for more. We get a little more personal and juicy is this one.

This was a nice mystery to read while I have school going on and doesn't make me think too hard. It's just like the other books but with less romance (definitely missed Derrick) but I am excited to see what happens next.
Vonnie Kennedy
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a huge fan of cozy mysteries, but Alyssa Maxwell's Newport Mystery series has pulled me in. Great writing!
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Alyssa Maxwell is the author of The Gilded Newport Mysteries, inspired by her husband’s family whose Newport origins date back numerous generations. The series features the glamour of the Gilded Age and a sleuth who is a Newporter born and raised, and also a less "well-heeled" cousin of the Vanderbilt family. Alyssa also writes A Lady & Lady’s Maid Mysteries, an English-set series that begins ...more

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