I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.What the Dead Leave Behind by Rosemary Simpson
Length: 12 hours and 23 minutes
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation Pages: 304
on April 25th 2017
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Sarah Zimmerman
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Set amidst the opulent mansions and cobblestone streets of Old New York, this enthralling historical mystery by Rosemary Simpson brings the Gilded Age to life in a tantalizing tale of old money, new love, and grave suspicion . . .
As the Great Blizzard of 1888 cripples the vast machinery that is New York City, heiress Prudence MacKenzie sits anxiously within her palatial Fifth Avenue home waiting for her fiance s safe return. But the fearsome storm rages through the night. With daylight, more than two hundred people are found to have perished in the icy winds and treacherous snowdrifts. Among them is Prudence s fiance his body frozen, his head crushed by a heavy branch, his fingers clutching a single playing card, the ace of spades . . .
Close on the heels of her father s untimely demise, Prudence is convinced Charles s death was no accident. The ace of spades was a code he shared with his school friend, Geoffrey Hunter, a former Pinkerton agent and attorney from the South and a former Pinkerton agent. Wary of sinister forces closing in on her, Prudence turns to Geoffrey as her only hope in solving a murder not all believe in and to help protect her inheritance from a stepmother who seems more interested in the family fortune than Prudence s wellbeing . . .
Filled with richly colorful characters, fascinating historical details, and thrilling moments of suspense, What the Dead Leave Behind is an exquisitely crafted mystery for the ages.
Advance praise for What the Dead Leave Behind
Naturally I always gravitate toward any book set in old New York, and this one exceeded expectations. It has everything one could expect from a historical mystery: set against the blizzard of 88, a smart heroine pits her wits against an evil stepmother out to destroy her. - Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author of the Molly Murphy and Royal Spyness mysteries
An engrossing, complex tale of betrayal and triumph that takes the reader deep into the heart of Gilded Age Manhattan. - Alyssa Maxwell, author of Murder at Rough Point
Rosemary Simpson vividly recreates the world of nineteenth-century New York City in this exciting debut mystery. Every level of society intersects as we explore a world in which corruption touches both the highest and the lowest and nothing and no one is exactly what they seem. - Victoria Thompson, bestselling author of Murder in Morningside Heights
A beautifully crafted mystery, full of intrigue and historical atmosphere, with great characters and the potential for further adventures. - Catherine Lloyd, author of Death Comes to the Fair
A wonderfully colorful cast of characters makes Rosemary Simpson's debut mystery a pleasure to read. Prudence Mackenzie's focus on law, and the depiction of New York City in 1888 is fascinating. - Radha Vatsal, author of A Front Page Affair
Here is what I thought
New to me author but I can’t wait to read the next one in this series and I really enjoyed this one.
It’s 1888 and there is a blizzard going on outside and Prudence is worried about her intended as he is out in the horrible weather. She gets word that her fiance had perished in the snow and that it was an accident. Or was it?
Prudence has never liked her stepmother and she is starting to think something is not right with her. She is warned not to take any more lauden from her stepmother or anything they she might give her. Is Victoria trying to get rid of Prudence, did she have something to do with her father’s death, to Charles? When she finds out about the new will and how her father thought she would be married and cared for and that the will puts her in the hands of her stepmother, she starts to wonder. Victoria her stepmother pretty much gets all the money until Prudence turns thirty which is a ways off but she could get it all if something happens to Prudence.
Prudence meets one of Charles friends and finds out that they had a signal for each other to let the other know if they were in trouble. An ace of spades and when Geoffrey finds out his friend was found with the ace in his hands he knows something is not right. Prudence and Geoffrey start looking into things and find out some things about her father that she didn’t want to know but it also explains why he married Victoria.
I really like Prudence, she is pretty independent and spunky. She knows something is off because her stepmother has gotten rid of pretty much everything her father had, especially papers. Prudence and her father were close and he left her hints as he wasn’t all dumb and knew Prudence would be able to figure out some hiding places. We really don’t get to know Charles but he sounded like he was a good guy and I felt bad for Prudence. I do like Geoffrey, he is an ex pinkerton agent turned lawyer and so he knows how to find things out. They would make a great couple! 🙂
Great start to a new series and I can’t wait to get the next one to find out what kind of trouble Prudence and Geoffrey get into!
This was my first time listening to Sarah Zimmerman and she has a nice voice and it’s easy to listen too. She doesn’t really do voices or anything and I think if I have any grips it might be that it really just seemed like she was reading me a story and not being a storyteller. Still I would listen to her again as I did like her voice. 🙂 I did listen on a fast speed on the computer as I normally do.
Audio rating: 3.5