Let the Dead Keep Their Secrets by Rosemary Simpson

Let the Dead Keep Their Secrets

In Gilded Age New York, heiress Prudence MacKenzie and ex-Pinkerton Geoffrey Hunter investigate crimes that take them from the slums of Five Points in lower Manhattan to the Fifth Avenue mansions of society's elite. In the late nineteenth century, women are particularly vulnerable . . .LET THE DEAD KEEP THEIR SECRETSChildbirth can be dangerous even for the wealthy. So when opera singer Claire Buchanan shows Prudence and Geoffrey a postmortem cabi...

Details Let the Dead Keep Their Secrets

TitleLet the Dead Keep Their Secrets
Release DateNov 27th, 2018
PublisherKensington Publishing Corporation
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Fiction

Reviews Let the Dead Keep Their Secrets

  • Linda
    Nothing incites crime like great poverty or great wealth.The Gilded Age settles itself around New York City in 1889. Heads turn to the sound of jingling coins and making easy money at the expense of the naive. And power comes from just how many ill-gotten coins you can line your pockets with.Prudence MacKenzie and Geoffrey Hunter have established an investigative law firm in the heart of the city. Geoffrey is an ex-Pinkerton and a lawyer raised i...
  • Kate Baxter
    Oh how I love a well written historical mystery with just the right amount of solid background research. It adds interesting detail to the story without allowing the story to be bogged down by it. Author Rosemary Simpson has the balance of this down to a science and entertains the reader with lots of interesting historical facts of 1889 New York City which engages the readers imagination without overwhelming the reader with excessive detail. This...
  • Karen Kay
    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Set in NYC, 1889. Prudence and Geoffrey are tasked to determine if Aaron is just unlucky in choosing wives, or is he methodically killing them to get their inheritance.This is third in the series, A Gilded Age Mystery. 3☆
  • Fred
    Let The Dead Keep Their Secrets is the third book in the A Gilded Age Mystery series.This is a wonderful addition to this exciting series set in 1889 New York City. The author does a wonderful job setting the reader in the time period with description a of the homes, the period clothing, and the city of New York.The story centers around the investigative law office of Prudence MacKenzie and Geoffrey Hunter and their secretary, Josiah Gregory. Cla...
  • Rebecca
    "Prudence, not every death is a murder...Unless you're the one asking questions about it." This is the third installment of A Gilded Age Mystery and easily my favorite of the series thus far. I've grown accustomed to Simpson's style of mystery. This series isn't about "Who done it" but more of the reasonings and insight into the suspects. Simpson also does a fabulous job of incorporating New York history into the storyline. I found the photograph...
  • Patricia Romero
    A Gilded Age Mystery #3New York heiress, Prudence MacKenzie is not the least bit conventional. She has been through too much for that. And she wants more. She wants to take the bar exam and become a litigator. For now she along with her partner, ex-Pinkerton agent Geoffrey Hunter have joined forces to form a partnership to investigate crimes and shady people.It is the Gilded Age in New York and women were still property of their husbands. And whe...
  • Kathleen Gray
    Well researched and written historical mystery with a different take on Gilded Age New York. Prudence is a smart, talented woman who works alongside Geoffrey, a lawyer and former Pinkerton to solve mysteries others won't touch. This time they're looking into the death of Catherine Sorenson and her daughter at the behest of her twin Claire, an opera singer. Not as simple as it might appear although the identity of the murderer is not a secret. Wha...
  • Kimberly Mussell
    This is the third book of the Gilded Age Mysteries. I have not read the first two, but it did not take away from enjoying this installment! The story pulled me in right from the beginning. 1889, New York, murder and mystery. A great combination for any story! I love how the leading investigator is Prudence, who is a "I won't take no for an answer" kind of woman. I now need to go back and read the other two novels!Thank you NetGalley for the chanc...
    Another great book from one author that is quickly becoming one of my favorite. This time Geoffrey and Prudence have to handle a bigamist, a crazy photographer and some complicate issues of their own, and I have to admit that I enjoyed this book so much, that I read it all in one setting and now I cannot wait for the next one!!Un altro grande romanzo, da un'autrice che sta diventando velocemente una delle mie preferite. Stavolta Geoffrey e Pruden...
  • Randee Green
    LET THE DEAD KEEP THEIR SECRETS by Rosemary Simpson is the third novel in the Gilded Age Mystery Series. The novel is due out on November 27th 2018 by Kensington. The first two novels in the series are WHAT THE DEAD LEAVE BEHIND (April 25th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation) and LIES THAT COMFORT AND BETRAY (January 30th 2018 by Kensington). In late 1880s New York City, heiress Prudence MacKenzie is stepping far outside the boundaries of ...
  • Susan
    I enjoyed the previous two books in this excellent series and this one didn't disappoint me. Hand me a historical mystery and I'm transported, especially when the writing is this good. The setting is New York City of 1889 with an interesting pair of private detectives - Prudence MacKenzie is a socialite but refuses to be constrained by its rules. Her late father was a judge and, from him, she learned law. One day she hopes to practice law. Her pa...
  • Tammie
    Childbirth can be dangerous even for the wealthy. So when opera singer Claire Buchanan shows Prudence and Geoffrey a postmortem cabinet photograph of her deceased twin sister and newborn niece, they express sadness but not surprise. The popular black-bordered portraits are the era's way of coping with the devastating losses that plague every family. What makes this death different is that Claire is convinced Catherine and her child were murdered....
  • Annie
    Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. 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 o...
  • Michelle Kidwell
    Let the Dead Keep Their Secretsby Rosemary SimpsonKensington BooksKensingtonHistorical Fiction , Mystery & ThrillersPub Date 27 Nov 2018I am reviewing a copy of Let the Dead Keep Their Secrets through Kensington Books and Netgalley:Gilded Age New York Heiress Prudence MacKenzie and ex Pinkerton Geoffrey Hunter investigate crimes that take them from the slums of five points in Lower Manhattan to the fifth Avenue mansions of the society's elite. Du...
  • Homerun2
    3.75 starsThis third book in the Gilded Age series continues the theme of a strong heroine, battling to be treated as an equal by her partner in a fledgling investigative business. There is a lot of background included which would seem to make this a viable standalone as well.Heiress Prudence MacKenzie and ex-Pinkerton Geoffrey Hunter work together to solve crimes in late 19th century New York City. This time around, Claire, a friend of Prudence'...
  • Savannah
    This was a fun mystery. When I requested the ARC, I didn't realize this was the 3rd book in a series. I also didn't realize it until I was about halfway through the book when characters alluded to previous cases. I commend the author for writing this in a way that I didn't feel lost jumping into the middle of a series. The characters are well developed and the story line was very interesting. While this isn't a book that I found amazing, I did en...
  • Ann
    This is a continuation of the investigations of Prudence Mackenzie and Geoffrey Hunter, an ex-Pinkerton detective. In this, they are asked by Claire Buchanan, an opera singer, to investigate the death of her twin sister Catherine and her infant child four months ago. They died on the same day the baby was born. The sister is certain that they were murdered by her sister's husband, Aaron Sorenson, but she has no proof. The only thing she has is a ...
  • Edel
    This is book 3 in the “ Gilded Age “ Mystery series set in New York . This was one of the most engrossing books I have read this year because the bad guy in it is just incredibly despicable, he truly is an evil character . The story begins with a young woman contacting the Hunter and MacKenzie Detective agency , she has some grave concerns about the death of her sister , what seemed like a fairly straightforward case soon escalated and the pl...
  • Anne
    I loved the first book of this series, and the second one, while not as good, was enjoyable. But this one wasn't quite as good as either for one simple reason. THIS IS NOT A MYSTERY! It's a thriller. The difference is that the culprit is hidden until the end in a mystery, while in a thriller the intrigue comes from capturing a known killer. I'm not a massive fan of thrillers, which is why this one missed the mark for me. You know who the murderer...
  • Deborah Crain
    This is the third installment of the Gilded Age Mysteries, but they can be read out of sequence. Prudence MacKenzie and Geoffrey Hunter are asked to investigate the death of a mother and newborn child. The book is very well paced and this makes for exciting reading. Prudence and Goeffrey are given a post mortem photo of the deceased and it becomes their first clue. They continue to investigate and find some pretty unsavory facts out about the wom...
  • Charlene
    In this third installment in the Gilded Age Mystery series, Prudence MacKenzie and her partner, ex-Pinkerton Geoffrey Hunter, are investigating the death of a client's twin sister and her newborn baby. The deceased woman's husband has a gambling problem as well as a habit of marrying wealthy woman in order to inherit their estates after their suspicious deaths. Also involved is a local photographer whose specialty is postmortem portraits of the d...
  • Robin
    Always happy to discover an author who’s new to me! I enjoyed this one! Unfortunately I didn’t realize going in that this was the third book in the series (I always hate not starting at the beginning!), but I’m looking forward to going back to read the first two ASAP. Our sleuths are an orphaned young woman whose father was a judge (she wants to be a lawyer) and an ex-Pinkerton detective from North Carolina now making NY his home. Diabolica...
  • Jane
    Four stars until the horrible horrible unbelievable 1 star ending. Nice historical details, interesting characters, some far-fetched twists but okay not a big deal. Until the ending.*minor spoilers below*Main character Prudence really really does something that makes her too stupid to live, but of course I knew she WOULD live since she is the main character, and it was all eye-rollingly unbelievable. She should have died, the next book should be ...
  • Kristine
    Let the Dead Keep Their Secrets by Rosemary Simpson is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late November.Sleek, velvety narration of upper-crust and almost artistic Victorian detective work by Prudence, Josiah, and their assistant Geoffrey, who address threats of kidnapping and murder to stage actresses and wives of upper-crust industrial moguls, as well use archaic CSI, particularly spirit photography, and engage in rudimentary postmortem exam...
  • Lisa Shafer
    This third tale trips along nicely, weaving in multiple subplots, continuing the fabulous setting details, and showing character growth in the protagonist until....*MILD SPOILER*until the author decides to have two very intelligent women do a very stupid thing so they can be rescued.I hate that.Why can't a smart woman rescue a foolish woman? Why can't a smart woman rescue the man who was too proud to ask for help and got himself in trouble?Bleah....
  • Rekha O'Sullivan
    Another fantastic book in this series. Prudence, Geoffrey and their wonderful cohorts seek to solve the death of a young mother and her infant but soon uncover a trail of similar, equally grizzly murders.As usual, the ensemble of characters, with their full histories and idiosyncrasies provide plenty of entertainment. And Prudence and Geoffrey continue to draw closer together. Fast-paced and beautifully written. Well worth picking up, even if you...
  • Christine
    Being a vulnerable heiress in 1889 could lead to death. Prudence Mackenzie and her ex-Pinkerton detective partner Geoffrey Hunter are hired to investigate the death of an opera singer’s twin sister. What they find is a murderous fortune hunter who marries then kills his new wives. Add to the mix a mentally unbalanced death photographer and you have a potent mystery.
  • Jill
    This is the first time reading a story by this author, but it won't be my last! I immediatly got sucked into this story set in the Gilded Age of New York. The plot has smart female investigator, murder and mystery. There is some romance but mostly action.Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC.
  • Dorie
    I liked the book, but was really disappointed that Prudence wasn't held accountable for the extremely stupid decision she made to exclude her supposed partner and place both herself and a friend in extreme danger. Getting tired of seeing this trope again and again. Prudence isn't stupid, and she should have been held accountable for the seriously bone-headed decision.
  • CL Wimmer
    Set in New York in 1889, two lawyers team up to solve mysteries. It was a good story, but a little macabre for my liking. The book points out the difficulty with solving a mystery when there are a lot of obstacles--social and scientific. There is a lot of discussion about 'cabinet photos' of the deceased and the idea of 'seeing' or photographing the soul leaving the body upon death.