Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Murder at Ochre Court” as Want to Read:
Blank 133x176
Murder at Ochre Court
Alyssa Maxwell
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Murder at Ochre Court

(Gilded Newport Mysteries #6)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  433 ratings  ·  77 reviews
In the summer of 1898, reporter Emma Cross investigates a shocking death among the bright lights of Newport's high society . . . After a disappointing year as a society columnist for the Herald, Emma has returned to the salty air, glittering ocean vistas, and grand stately mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, more determined than ever to report on hard news.

But for now she's
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published July 31st 2018)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Murder at Ochre Court, please sign up.
Recent Questions
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.02  · 
Rating details
 ·  433 ratings  ·  77 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Murder at Ochre Court
Cindy Burnett
Murder at Ochre Court is a decent addition to the Gilded Newport Mysteries series. I struggled a bit with this book because I loved the setting in the story but felt that there was too little focus on Ochre Court and too much focus on an unexciting mystery and other extraneous things. My favorite part of this series is learning about the various Newport “cottages” and would have loved to learn more about Ochre Court and its inhabitants and less about the characters that were part of this ...more
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Emma clearly has not been happy in New York. Her work for the Herald as a society columnist has been pretty mundane. She really wants to be a hard news journalist, something very few women have been given the chance to do. She has a huge decision to make. Will she return to New York after covering the coming-out ball of Cleo Cooper-Smith or will she stay in Newport and try to find a way to follow her dream?

Ochre Court is where the party for Miss Cooper-Smith is taking place.
Ellen Byron
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series, and Murder at Ochre Court is a wonderful addition to it. Maxwell does a masterful job of threading historical events into her fictional narrative. The characters are likeable -except for the ones that shouldn't be! - and the mystery satisfying.

BRAVA! Can't wait for the next Gilded Newport Mystery.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma Cross is returning to Newport from New York City in the summer of 1898 as the book opens. While she is on assignment to cover a coming out event for one of the cultural elite for the New York Herald, Emma knows that she has missed her hometown too much to not stay. The party is set to take place at Ochre Court the second largest of the summer "cottages" in Newport and the home of the Goelets.

While the part is being thrown by the Goelets, the coming-out ball is really for Cleo Cooper-Smith,
Linda Baker
When we last saw Emma Cross she was excitedly heading off to New York for a new job at The New York Herald. The owner, James Bennett, had more or less promised her more substantial reporting assignments, but instead, she has been given the same old Society News that so frustrated her in Newport. While it was pleasant living with her well-heeled Vanderbilt relations, she missed her home and family in Newport. She has a decision to make and is seriously considering returning home for good.

Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the series and the setting of them just as much as I love the characters. The history is so rich and so well researched that you truly feel like you are being transported back in time. It’s very nostalgic. The growth of the characters is amazing to watch and you feel privileged to be a part of their journey.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder At Ochre Court is the sixth book in the Gilded Newport Mysteries series.

I love historical cozy mysteries and this series is definitely one of my favorites.

After spending an unsatisfying year writing society columns for the Herald in New York City, Emma’s editor sends her home to cover the society debut of Cleo Cooper-Smith. Mrs. Goelet is handling the gala affair, having promised Cleo’s mother before she died. Mrs. Goelet has planned an elaborate throne, much like Cleopatra would have
Emma Cross is happy to return to her beloved hometown of Newport after her job in New York didn't work out quite the way she had hoped. She hopes to find new opportunities for covering real news in Newport and also to maybe settle matters of the heart. Her last assignment for the New York Herald is to cover the coming out of Miss Cleo Cooper-Smith held at the luxurious Ochre Court, home of the sister of Emma's friend and cousin-in-law Grace Vanderbilt. Miss Cooper-Smith's coming out it to be THE ...more
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Find more reviews on my blog, Pages & Pepper by following the link below!

I received a free copy of this book from Kensington Books in exchange for my honest review.
To begin, the cover of this novel is stunning. A French-chateau style home (likely Ochre Court itself) graces the cover with a romantic gated entryway and beautiful, dark romantic colours. I admit, the cover attracted me to the story at least as much as the book description itself.
The novel begins with a conversation about
Connie Fischer
Newport, Rhode Island - 1898

Emma Cross has just returned to Newport by train after spending the last year in New York reporting for the New York Herald. Riding with her is the famous journalist, Nellie Bly, and they are discussing marriage. Nellie tells her that she must find a man she can trust, make her laugh, and who is very wealthy. Emma has known some nice men, but as yet, not one she wants to marry.

Currently, she is on assignment from the New York Herald and is also investigating Silas
Missi Martin (Stockwell)
The last person you would suspect !!! The one behind all the evil in Alyssa Maxwell's latest installment of her Gilded Newport Mystery series is the LAST person you would ever imagine it would be !! A complete unexpected surprise !!

I LOVE the Gilded Newport Mystery series and can never get enough of Emma !!! Emma is truly someone to admire....she is a strong, independent woman during a time when women were looked upon as being nothing more than servants, debutantes, wives and mothers. Emma
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
I really enjoy the Gilded Newport Mystery Series, and Maxwell has proven time and again that she is great storyteller. She manages to blend real settings and historical figures seamlessly with fictional characters and scenarios. The mystery is engaging and the characters are well developed, both those recurring and those centric to this story. Emma is a strong, intelligent, and independent (perhaps a little too independent for the era) protagonist. She has grown a lot over the course of the ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am always so happy when I sit down with one of Alyssa Maxwell's books, especially the Newport series. They're like time travel tourism, taking you to a fascinating locale when the Astors, Vanderbilts, and Goelets still roamed those gorgeous homes. In Ochre Court, Emma Cross is a little at sea, coming off a bump in her reporting career. She returns to Newport to cover a spectacular coming out party, which ends in a fabulously theatrical death. There are many suspects and the sub dramas in each ...more
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really well done. All the clues are hidden in there and nothing is glaringly out of place for the time or the crime. I love a well written mystery but too often the ending comes out of nowhere. This one does not do that. There are also little side plots that are probably part of the over all series by this author which work in nicely and do not detract in any way. It is not like I do not have enough books to read but now I am going to have to find more from this author!
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emma Cross has been living in New York City covering the society pages for the Herald. She is sent back to Newport to cover the debutant's ball for Cleo Cooper- Smith in the 6th book of The Gilded Age series. At the ball Cleo preparing a scene to dazzle the guests. The lights go and when the lights return Cleo is dead. The first responders are also shocked trying rescue Cleo. Am a meets a shoddy developer at the ball. Emma and Jesse work together solve the riddle of why Cleo lost her life.
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was first excited to read about the Newport gilded age, and Ochre Court in particular. Miss Emma Cross is a reporter and part time detective, who is called upon to solve the murder of debutante Cleo Cooper-Smith. The turn of century Newport setting, and mentions of Vanderbilt and Astor relatives are mentioned throughout the book. However, I found the book to be rather draggy and slow.
Neil Plakcy
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maxwell's books provide such an intriguing look at the society of the time, with the Astors and the Vanderbilts and so on. Really breathes life into the era.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fun book in this series.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alyssa Maxwell has picked Newport as her location and the time is just prior to the start of the twentieth century. Her heroine Emmaline Cross is returning from a disappointing foray in New York journalism. Hoping to become more than a gossip columnist reporting on the 400 who fit into Mrs. Astor’s ballroom she is once again made aware of the discrimination against women. On the train from New York to Rhode Island she meets Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman a/k/a Nellie Bly who she admires for achieving ...more
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the turn of the century, few women had careers outside of service. Emma Cross, a poor relation of the Vanderbilt’s, has been trying to make her way as a reporter, but papers hire her for her society connections and her links to gossip. Society reporting is lucrative but far from what Emma wants for herself. Her return to Newport coincides with the society event of the season - Cleo Cooper-Smith’s coming out at Ochre Court. Emma plans to report on that, and rouse the opportunity to dig up ...more
Again, looking for an interlude read, I chose this novel by an author I first read a short time ago. Emma Cross, the protagonist, born and bred in Newport, related to the Vanderbilts but not in their social or economic strata, yearns to be a serious journalist. Instead, she has been lured to New York to write a society column for a newspaper because of her family ties when she expected to be writing news-worthy stories. She returns to Newport to follow a man she suspects of criminal actions in a ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 1898, Emma Cross is a journalist relegated to reporting on members of Mary Astor’s infamous list of the 400 most influential people in New York society and their goings on. Emma longs to be a “real” investigative reporter and follow in the footsteps of Nelly Bly, but publishers hire her because she’s a distant cousin in the Vanderbilt family. She returns home to Newport on assignment to attend and report on the coming-out ball of Cleo Cooper-Smith. As the belle of the ball, Cleo creates a ...more
With six books in this series, I have never been disappointed. I have read them in order but it would be possible to read this one as a stand alone. However, to get the most out of Emma's personal story, start at the beginning. By now, Emma, a third or is it fourth cousin of the Vanderbilt family (she isn't sure which it is) and not one of the rich members of the family, has come back to Newport to cover the coming out ball for Cleo Cooper-Smith. For the past year Emma has been writing society ...more
Stephanie Cara
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
After spending a dissatisfying year working for the New York Herald, Emma Cross has returned to her stomping grounds of Newport, Rhode Island for good. Refreshed by the salty air and sea breeze, she tackles yet another mystery with her love interest, Derrick Andrews, faithfully by her side. What should have been an awe-inspiring coming out party for Miss Cleo Cooper-Smith at Ochre Court, the second-largest "cottage" in Newport by designer Richard Morris Hunt, leads to murder by electrocution.

Susan Johnston
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Princess Fuzzypants here: I do enjoy historical novels especially those that bring the factual into the fictional. This series is one that does an admirable job blending the two. Our heroine is related to “the” Vanderbilt’s but is a poor relation. As such she has access to Society while being relegated by many to the fringes, almost there but not quite.
Emma wants to be journalist but the best she can manage, thanks to her tenuous acceptance by the rich and powerful, is to report on their lavish
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Traditional mysteries aren’t usually my thing, but a friend recommended Alyssa Maxwell’s Gilded Newport Series, so I gave it a try.

Murder at Ochre Court is the sixth in this series. Although I haven’t read the first five, it didn’t matter. I was able to get into the story right away and easily understand who the main character was and her background.

Emma Cross is her protagonist, a rather courageous young woman for her time—the late 1800s. This book begins in July of 1898 with Emma having an
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder at Ochre Court offers the reader the opportunity to experience Newport's Gilded Age. The most interesting aspect of the book for me was the reminder of the very stark class distinctions prevalent in society during that period. Our protagonist was a member of the Vanderbilt family, but most definitely not a part of Newport's most refined high society. Everyone knew their place, and was expected to act accordingly. It becomes interesting when individuals choose not to do so and this book's ...more
Bethany Swafford
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Miss Emmaline Cross returns to her beloved Newport home to write one last society piece for New York City newspaper she thought would take her seriously. When the belle of the ball dies from electrocution, it falls to Emma to sift through the society web of lies to get to the truth of the matter.

How I do love this Gilded Mystery series! The glimpse into what it may have been like to enter one of those grand mansions in the height of there glory is one of the best parts. Of course, the characters
Kathi Rosner-Gross
What a treat to read! If you are a fan of historical fiction you will like this book. It takes place around the turn of the century, when electric was just starting to overtake gas in powering homes. This was one of the notable theories in the murder of a young girl at her coming out gala. Even though this is one of a series, you can read it independently, but I think you would get more if you read the previous books. I really enjoyed the strong female lead character and an array of colorful ...more
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • A Dangerous Engagement (Amory Ames #6)
  • An Act of Villainy (Amory Ames Mystery #5)
  • Death Comes to Bath (Kurland St. Mary Mystery #6)
  • Murder on Trinity Place (Gaslight Mystery, #22)
  • City of Secrets (Counterfeit Lady, #2)
  • Love and Death Among the Cheetahs (Her Royal Spyness #13)
  • Treacherous Is the Night (Verity Kent, #2)
  • Uneasy Lies the Crown (Lady Emily #13)
  • A Golden Cage (Newport Gilded Age #2)
  • Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding (Her Royal Spyness #12)
  • The Corpse at the Crystal Palace (Daisy Dalrymple, #23)
  • Murder, She Reported (Murder, She Reported #1)
  • A Gilded Grave (Newport Gilded Age, #1)
  • Murder at Morrington Hall (A Stella and Lyndy Mystery #1)
  • City of Scoundrels (Counterfeit Lady, #3)
  • Penny for Your Secrets (Verity Kent, #3)
  • Ask Me No Questions (A Lady Dunbridge Mystery #1)
  • The Body in the Wake: A Faith Fairchild Mystery
See similar books…
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

Other books in the series

Gilded Newport Mysteries (7 books)
  • Murder at the Breakers (Gilded Newport Mysteries #1)
  • Murder at Marble House (Gilded Newport Mysteries, #2)
  • Murder at Beechwood (Gilded Newport Mysteries #3)
  • Murder at Rough Point (Gilded Newport Mysteries, #4)
  • Murder at Chateau Sur Mer (Gilded Newport Mysteries #5)
  • Murder at Crossways (Gilded Newport Mysteries #7)