#BookReview: Death at the Falls by Rosemary Simpson

From GoodReads:

Set amidst the opulent mansions and cobblestone streets of 1800’s New York, this atmospheric new historical mystery brings the Gilded Age to life in a tantalizing tale of old money, new love, and grave suspicion, as newly-minted lawyer Prudence MacKenzie and ex-Pinkerton Geoffrey Hunter travel to Niagara Falls for a dangerous assignment…

October 1890: As Prudence and Geoffrey settle into the most elegant hotel in Canadian Niagara, they observe a popular tourist area torn between natural beauty and industrial power. Also attracting their attentions are the antics of daredevil Crazy Louie Whiting, determined to be the first person to navigate the falls without drowning. Shortly after their arrival, Crazy Louie sends a specially designed test barrel containing a sheep over the falls. But when the barrel is retrieved and opened, the battered body of a local Tuscarora Indian spills out.

When Geoffrey and Prudence learn of the dead man’s suspicions about rampant bribery among greedy land developers and local officials, they wonder if there’s a connection to their client, Rowan Adderly. A young woman whose father disappeared while she was a child, the land she is due to inherit could be worth millions—and inevitably the sharks have come feeding.

In a move to block Rowan’s inheritance, her greedy grandmother has declared Rowan to be the illegitimate offspring of an illicit affair between her son and a seductive Irish songstress. As Prudence and Geoffrey dig deeper into the region’s undercurrent of opportunistic greed, their investigation is impeded at every turn by murder and attempted murder. They will have to work quickly to solve a convoluted case before a determined killer sends one of them on a fatal plunge . . .

Review from Coffee&Ink

This is the seventh book in the Gilded Age mystery series by Rosemary Simpson. I haven’t read them all or in order, but I’ve enjoyed them so far. 

A twisted, complicated novel set on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls in the 1890s. I loved the level of detail and how the plot split into two mysteries. Prudence takes on an inheritance case when the potential heiress’s claims are declared false. An interesting look at family dynamics, greed, and madness. The other thread in this story is the murder of a man not meant to go over the falls in a barrel, but somehow got switched. This is long before anyone figured out how to go over safely (and goodness, why would you want to??!!), and the falls themselves are the murder weapon–very interesting! 

An absorbing mystery with a woman sleuth set during an interesting time, that’s all I ask for, and this is what I got x10. I still have more in this series to read and enjoy. Highly recommended.

I also love the cover.