Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Let the Dead Keep Their Secrets

Let the Dead Keep Their Secrets is the third Gilded Age mystery by Rosemary Simpson.  Released 27th Nov 2018 by Kensington, it's 304 pages and available in hardback, paperback, ebook, and audiobook formats.

Though this is the 3rd installment, it works perfectly well as a standalone. Necessary background info is provided. There are a few minor spoilers from earlier books in the series, so be aware of that if reading them out of order.

I really enjoy historical mysteries. This is a well written series with generally believable characters.  The realities of life during the time period, even for the wealthy who had access to better living conditions, are stark.

The female lead character, Prudence, is intelligent and resourceful. The interplay between her and her partner is deftly written.  I enjoyed seeing their relationship develop over the course of the book.

There are some prominent themes in the book which may not be appropriate to all audiences. Obviously it's a cozy murder mystery, but the murders include some fairly graphic infanticide and maternal deaths.  The plot also involves some coerced drug abuse, physical abuse, and gambling. The primary antagonist is a towering stereotype and I spent most of the book hoping he'd get his just deserts.

Enjoyable read. Four stars

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes

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