Murder, Murder, Murder in Gilded Central Park

Murder, Murder, Murder in Gilded Central Park

A third young woman's strangled body has been found in New York's Central Park in the fall of 1898.

Print length
280 pages
Publication date
December 1, 2021
Formats: Paperback and Kindle Edition

In her Fifth Avenue mansion in autumn, 1898, silver heiress Val DeVere learns a third young woman’s strangled body has been found nearby in New York’s Central Park. The victim could be someone like Val’s late mother—or her—for the Valentine Mackle DeVere is one generation from the Irish immigrants who now risk their lives toiling in the city that promised a better life.

Heartsick, Val joins her well-connected husband, Roddy (Roderick Windham DeVere), to press the mayor for action, but scandal-ridden city hall finds little time for the case of “disposable” young women who frequent the park at night.

A maverick police detective urges the DeVeres to help him find the killer, but his “evidence” ensnares a family friend and could send an innocent man to death row. The couple feel on trial when the detective baits them with Roddy’s Old New York heritage: “Tell me this, Mr. DeVere…how many more murders before you and Mrs. DeVere cooperate to save the park your forefathers built?”

by lfp
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2022
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"Who Done It??"

One of the things I love most about Cecelia Tichi’s work is her attention to detail while still weaving a good story! This definitely had more character development, as the first, “A Gilded Death,” laid down the mores and intricacies of the Gilded Age; this novel opens us up to the people she has created. Of course, the reader is constantly trying to guess the outcome…after all…it IS a mystery–but there are surprises scattered throughout. Delve in and enjoy! Thank you, Cecelia for another fun adventure! Cannot wait until “A Fatal Gilded High Note” comes out!!

Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2022
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You never know.

I really enjoyed this Victorian mystery set in New York City in the late 1800s. I think it was well written and the characters very well developed, I felt like I knew them. I liked Val a bunch, her down-to-earth, practical, country,unrefined attitude amongst all the gilt, glamour and money of New York’s elite was refreshing. This was a quick, entertaining mystery that kept me interested and guessing until the very end. I would definitely read more from Cecelia Tichi and I recommend this book for all readers of Victorian mysteries/cozy mysteries.

Thank you to author Cecelia Tichi and to Book Sirens for the free ARC, I am leaving my honest review in return.

Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2022
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The Gilded Age Once Again

The Gilded Age arises again in Murder, Murder in Gilded Central Park, and once again a Westerners comes East. Pistol packing (a Colt Peacemaker) Valentine de Vere and her husband Roderick lie near Central spark where a series of assault have occurred. They become involved in trying to resolve the situation, taking it head on and Valentine shows spunk. The historical context is well described and turn of the century New York City is a great setting. The tale is finely paced and an excellent read. Drags you on and continues reasonably. I received an advanced review copy for free and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

by Terri D
Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2022
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Elegant Class-Aware Historical Mystery

The incomparable Valentine and Roderick DeVere are back in New York from Newport and their first appearance as a crime-solving duo in A GILDED DEATH, Cecelia Tichi’s inspired mystery combining high society and social protests against the backdrop of summer cottages and their monied occupants. In MURDER, MURDER, MURDER IN GILDED CENTRAL PARK, friends and family once again inspire Val and Roddy to “investigate” murders coming close to their fashionable doorsteps and the mansions dotting “their” Central Park. Nudged by a nautical minded, enigmatic police detective, the DeVeres use her fresh Western smarts and his cosmopolitan Eastern polish to unravel the puzzling crimes bringing together glitz, glamour, grit, and grime in a heady, urban historical mixture of entitled elites of private stables and men’s clubs, striving chorus girls in Broadway shows, activist reformers from settlement houses, and muckraking journalists at newspapers, shadowy denizens of underworld corruption, and displaced Uptowners in Lower East Side tenements.

Val and Roddy slip easily and elegantly into their roles as sleuths looking into a wide swath of society for answers to untangle the knotty interconnections. But in relaxing together with creative cocktails to reflect on their leads (and provide drink recipes for the reader), they quietly subvert the gender restrictive norms for women in their select circle and provide a fascinating insider view of gilded age marriage norms and mores. Inventive, surprising, and graphic, the detection and resolution come in an accurate, but smooth historical packaging replete with great writing and innovative plotlines holding their secrets brilliantly right up to the very last pages. Central Park will never look the same after Cecelia Tichi’s provocative historical expose.

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