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What the Dead Leave Behind
What the Dead Leave Behind | Rosemary Simpson
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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 lifein 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 fiancs 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 Prudences fianchis 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 fathers untimely demise, Prudence is convinced Charless 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 inand to help protect her inheritance from a stepmother who seems more interested in the family fortune than Prudences 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
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Librarybelle
What the Dead Leave Behind | Rosemary Simpson
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I‘ve been a bundle of nerves lately, a lot due in part to today. This has been a year in the making - arranging the author of my library system‘s One Book program to visit the library system. I‘ve never done anything on this scale before; I‘m so excited and nervous at the same time. My library system is reading the tagged book this month, and in just a few hours, I get to meet the author.

If you haven‘t read these yet, please do. They‘re amazing

IamIamIam That's wonderful!!! Good luck! I'm sure everything will go off without a hitch! 2mo
Chrissyreadit What! I‘m so excited for you!!! I love these books!!!!! I‘m pretty sure I read the first one because of you! Then devoured the others! ( #newyearwhodis @monalyisha )have a blast! 2mo
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Avanders Good luck!! ♥️♥️ 2mo
monalyisha I love this! Congratulations on such successful, thorough planning! I hope you have fun & that you feel proud! 2mo
Mollyanna Best of luck today! You got this, and I‘m sure it will be wonderful. I‘ll have to check these out. 2mo
Librariana All fingers and toes crossed for you! 🤞🍀 Wishing you the absolute best of luck. Have a fantastic time! 2mo
ljuliel I bet it‘ll go just fine. Sometimes the “ thinking about stuff to come “ makes you worry more . You‘ll do great. I hope it‘s a huge success, then you‘ll be excited to try it again and have another author visit. You‘ll become an Old Pro. 📖😊📖 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm How wonderful to meet the author and to take on this project. Good luck for everything to run smoothly. 2mo
Jas16 Good luck. I am sure everything will go smoothly!🍀 2mo
ravenlee Good luck, and I hope you get to relax a little and enjoy it! 2mo
Librarybelle The day went perfectly! She is so amazing and very engaging. Thank you for all of the positive thoughts...Littens are the best! @Chrissyreadit @Avanders @monalyisha @Mollyanna @Librariana @ljuliel @erzascarletbookgasm @Jas16 @ravenlee 2mo
monalyisha @Librarybelle Happy to hear it! Sounds like you rocked it. 😎 2mo
ravenlee Yay! Congratulations on all your hard work. 2mo
Avanders 👏🏽🤸🏽‍♂️😘 2mo
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Chrissyreadit
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Congrats @GrilledCheeseSamurai on reaching 100K!
My favorite book this year is tagged! Historical mystery❤️
I love everything about Litsy! I feel so lucky to be in this space with everyone in the community. Litsy has meant getting to know people around the world all because of a love of reading- so AMAZING! I will tag my newest follower. #sixdigitsamurai

GrilledCheeseSamurai So many littens from everywhere! I love it. 🤘 3mo
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Librarybelle
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Today I announced my library system‘s One Book selection for October. My committee picked a good one - historical mystery with so much historic content, and a strong female character. I know a few on Litsy really liked this one as well.

Bonus - I was able to arrange for the author to visit my library...given our limited programming budget, this is huge.

And, though not 100% cozy, it‘s doable for #CozyInTheSun . It‘s a meatier cozy!

ferskner I've been wanting to read this. That cover! 😍 6mo
mhillis Sounds great!! 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm I noticed I have this stacked long ago! 😄 6mo
Crazeedi This is a good series too! I think I'm on number 4?! 5mo
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Chrissyreadit
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I picked up this book off my #newyearwhodis list from @Librarybelle and could not put it down!!! Exactly the reason why I did not pick up other books on her list! I‘m in grad school. I have a paper due tomorrow. I have to be at the airport at 6AM. But I spent my day reading this book!!! Historical fiction, NYC, strong female protagonist. Character driven mystery. I will be recommending this!! @Nan2 I‘m thinking of you! #booked2019 lady detective

Chrissyreadit @Librarybelle I plan on reading books from your list through the year- this one was great!!! 10mo
Crazeedi @Chrissyreadit this is a great series! 10mo
Cinfhen I‘ve already stacked from a previous @Librarybelle post but your review makes me want to read it sooner than later 😊 10mo
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Librarybelle I am so glad you liked it! Should I say there are two others in the series (I haven‘t picked those up yet)?? I picked up a few of the books on your list through Kindle deals and Book Outlet purchases, and I plan to read them throughout the year! I also have one checked out from the library. 10mo
TNbookworm Great review! Adding to my list! 10mo
Chrissyreadit @Librarybelle I downloaded the next one- and am about to work on my paper now hoping to read tonight. I hope you liked the ones I suggested. Because Of grad school my reading is off so it was harder to make recommendations. Im excited about several on your list- 10mo
Chrissyreadit @Cinfhen I‘m excited to see what you think. 10mo
Chrissyreadit @TNbookworm I hope you love it too! 10mo
Nan2 Sorry, been missing on here for awhile. The re-entry to work after being out so long sort of overtook my life! I‘ll put this on my tbr list. That‘s why I was on here! Looking for recommendations!! 9mo
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Crazeedi
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Set in the late 1800s, the story of a young society woman who's father has died and left a wicked step mother in charge. Her fiancee is murdered and off we go, an ex Pinkerton who steps in to help solve the mystery, but realizes the lady has a backbone and will help solve the crime. I rate this 3.5 ⭐ Definitely will read the next in the series

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Librarybelle
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So, it‘s not exactly the #FirstSnowfallOnBrooklyn , but this book does take place in New York City in 1888, when the Great Blizzard hits the city, killing hundreds of people. The MC‘s fiancé is one of the victims...but did he die from the blizzard or was he murdered? She sets out to discover the truth. Fun mystery and can‘t wait to read the next in the series! #WinterWonderland

TrishB Sounds interesting 👍🏻 12mo
Cinfhen Ohhh, this sounds fun!!! And it‘s already been stacked 💋 12mo
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kspenmoll
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#historicalmystery #GildedAge #NewYorkCit
This book opens during the Great Blizzard of 1888 as it hits NYC. Sitting in her Fifth Ave. home, heiress Prudence McKenzie hears that her fiancé died in the snow.Now her wealth & very being is controlled by her evil stepmother. Battles with laudanum,mysterious deaths,ex Pinkerton agent,Irish mobster-enjoyed this book,it‘s settings, scenes of NYC,the sinister ambience,lurking evil...thanks @robinb

robinb Oh, so glad you enjoyed it...it‘s always nice to hear when someone else shares your love of a good book! 😊 Do you plan to continue the series? So happy I discovered it! 13mo
kspenmoll @robinb Yes, I want to read the series. Checking with library. 😘😀 (edited) 13mo
robinb @kspenmoll good deal! 👍😊 13mo
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robinb
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I decided to go back and read the first two books in this series when I unknowingly read the third one first. 🙄 I‘m glad I did. This first one was really good and helped set the groundwork for what came later. This one gives Prudence‘s background and explains how she and Geoffrey met and formed Hunter & MacKenzie, Investigative Law. Some macabre moments and really nasty villains add to the ambience. Now looking forward to the second one! 4/5⭐️

kspenmoll This sounds intriguing. Good review! 13mo
Librarybelle I can‘t wait to read the others in the series! 13mo
robinb @kspenmoll Thanks! I‘ve enjoyed both books so much that I‘m checking my library today for the second one. I love that Prudence was raised by her father (a judge) to be smart (he taught her law), strong and resourceful. But at 19 in 1880s New York, she‘s frustrated not to be able to use those traits as a woman to become a lawyer. She finds an alternative...where there‘s a will, there‘s a way. 💪😊 (edited) 13mo
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robinb @Librarybelle it‘s good, isn‘t it?! 13mo
kspenmoll @robinb Everything you are saying makes me want to read this soon! Checking my library too. 13mo
robinb @kspenmoll Yay!!! Just picked up the second book at the library today! Hope they have the series for you too. 13mo
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Librarybelle
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The first in the Gilded Age Mystery starts off with the Great Blizzard Of 1888. And death. But, was it Murder? As the story unfolds, there‘s much more sinister happenings lurking in the rooms of a recently deceased judge‘s house. Strong female character and a smattering of historical mentions and persons that made me exclaim often, “Found another one!”

If you‘re looking for a good historical mystery series, check this out!

robinb I really liked this too! 😊👍 13mo
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Librarybelle
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Friday night reading with #SebastianKitty . #catsoflitsy

CareBear 😻😻😻 1y
kspenmoll Love reading with 😻 1y
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Librarybelle
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#Zeke is helping me start this book this morning...#catsoflitsy

Mdargusch Sweet baby. That looks like a perfect start to your day! 1y
CouronneDhiver Pretty cover! 1y
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1. 💙💚
2. I've been watching Maison Close. A French TV show about French prostitutes a few years after the French revolution.
3. Any book where I'm not that familiar with subject or time period. This was a little of both.
4. Mayo and ketchup bcuz I'm basic and gross 😉
5. Reading and yard work.
#friyayintro #tgif
@jesshowbooks

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introvertedbooks
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Relaxing after having cooked dinner for today. Who else loves reading in the bath? #happyythanksgiving

rather_be_reading 🙆🙆 2y
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introvertedbooks
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That sweet satisfaction you get from seeing how much progress you've made in a book! 😊 Also loving this book.

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I have about 100 pages left of Essence of Murder and then I'll be starting this bad boy. I'm so excited to dig into another mystery. This time set in New York! #whodoneit #autumnreads #mystery #itscoldoutside #tbr

robinb I really like this series! 😊 13mo
introvertedbooks @robinb I need to read the next book soon. 13mo
robinb I read the third one first (by mistake...didn‘t know it was a series). So now I‘m checking my library for the second one...while I‘m on a roll. 🤣 13mo
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introvertedbooks @robinb ah. I haven't really been reading mysteries, perhaps I should get back into them again. 13mo
robinb @introvertedbooks They‘re really one of my favorite genres...especially historical mysteries. 13mo
introvertedbooks @robinb me too. I love when they are Agatha Christie like 13mo
robinb @introvertedbooks Exactly! 👍 13mo
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Page numbers at the top of the page...interesting... #chaptersandpages #pagenumbers #latenightreading #whatthedeadleavebehind

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MorganNotMegan
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It's 70 degrees today, and they are calling for snow on Friday. Prepared myself for this by reading a FANTASTIC historical mystery set during the historic NYC blizzard of 1888. (Fun fact - this apparently led to the creation of the subway because this storm destroyed so many trains.) Story follows a woman whose fiancé dies in the storm, she's convinced it was murder, and sets her sight on proving this. Phenomenal story!

Donna_sBookMinute Great review. Sounds like a really good read. Good idea to tie your reading to real life. 3y
Cinfhen Sounds great! Another book for my never ending stack ✅ 3y
minkyb This sounds great! 3y
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