MYSTERY

A Golden Grave

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Rose Gallagher, Bk. 2). Sept. 2019. 400p. ISBN 9781250180674. pap. $17.99ebk. ISBN 9781250180681. M
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In the second Rose Gallagher mystery (after Murder on Millionaires’ Row), six political delegates are found dead of mysterious causes, and the Pinkertons are on the case. Will the mayoral candidates, including Theodore Roosevelt, be the next targets? Does anyone actually believe that the deaths were isolated cases of typhoid? Rose’s enthusiasm for her first big case interrupts her waltz, weapon, and martial arts Pinkerton training, and lands her in precarious predicaments in which Thomas Wiltshire, her former employer, inevitably comes to her aid. The case’s dangerous, mystical scenarios criss-cross society and social convention and add to the will-they-or-won’t-they romantic tension between Rose and Thomas; their loyalties are tested with each new clue and level of political bribery they uncover. Peppered with Gilded Age celebrities such as Roosevelt, Nikola Tesla, and Mark Twain, this case helps Rose solidify her belief in herself and her career choice. There are also substantial story lines involving Rose’s mom and friend Pietro that will reward series readers.
VERDICT If Amy Stewart’s adventures featuring Miss Kopp married an episode of TV’s Murdoch Mysteries, it would become this book’s balanced blend of mysticism and mystery. [See Prepub Alert, 2/25/19.]
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