On Sale: December 26, 2017
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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
. . .
WHAT THE DEAD LEAVE BEHIND
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 fiancé’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 fiancé—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.
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