Saturday, October 27, 2018

Murder on Millionaires' Row - Historical Mystery Review

Rating: Good
Source: Publisher

Rose Gallagher might dream of bigger things, but she’s content enough with her life as a housemaid. After all, it’s not every girl from Five Points who gets to spend her days in a posh Fifth Avenue brownstone, even if only to sweep its floors. But all that changes on the day her boss, Mr. Thomas Wiltshire, disappears. Rose is certain Mr. Wiltshire is in trouble, but the police treat his disappearance as nothing more than the whims of a rich young man behaving badly. Meanwhile, the friend who reported him missing is suspiciously unhelpful. With nowhere left to turn, Rose takes it upon herself to find her handsome young employer.

The investigation takes her from the marble palaces of Fifth Avenue to the sordid streets of Five Points. When a ghostly apparition accosts her on the street, Rose begins to realize that the world around her isn’t at all as it seems―and her place in it is about to change forever.

Genre: Mystery - Historical 

Why I Picked This Book:
  How could I not?  A Gilded Age historical mystery with ghostly apparitions?  There was no way I could pass this one up!  

My Impression:
  I've been on a historical mystery kick lately so this fit right in with my reading!  I loved the time period and the downstairs element.   Rose is a bit different from the usual historical main character.  She has zero investigative background or really inclination.  She’s a bit immature, incredibly naive, and caught up in a bit of hero worship/dreamy romance.  To be honest, she annoyed me a bit at the beginning but as the book went on I do feel like she grew up some and was redeemed.

The mystery was interesting and unique especially counting in the supernatural element.  The pacing was fast and light and kept me entertained.  While, I wouldn’t say this is my favorite historical mystery thus is a series I’m super excited to see how this series develops.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Yes I would.  This was a fun read and I think the 2nd book will be stronger.

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you like historical mystand are looking for one on the lighter side this is a good choice.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. This is a new to me author. I think I'd enjoy this book.

  2. Glad you enjoyed it even though you didn't go head over heels about it. That happens to us all but we give books a try out to see if they are for us or not.

  3. I do enjoy historical mysteries and am curious about this one. While maybe not the strongest first book, it sounds like it has a lot of promise.

  4. I recently checked out a historical fiction book today, Kate Morton's The Clockmaker's Daughter. I know there will probably be some family mystery involved; hopefully I'll have the patience to get through it.