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Erin Lindsey takes readers on a chase through Gilded Age Manhattan, filled with wonderful historical details, ghosts, romance, and Pinkerton detectives in Murder on Millionaires' Row, a delightfully charming debut mystery. 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 Erin Lindsey takes readers on a chase through Gilded Age Manhattan, filled with wonderful historical details, ghosts, romance, and Pinkerton detectives in Murder on Millionaires' Row, a delightfully charming debut mystery. 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.


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Erin Lindsey takes readers on a chase through Gilded Age Manhattan, filled with wonderful historical details, ghosts, romance, and Pinkerton detectives in Murder on Millionaires' Row, a delightfully charming debut mystery. 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 Erin Lindsey takes readers on a chase through Gilded Age Manhattan, filled with wonderful historical details, ghosts, romance, and Pinkerton detectives in Murder on Millionaires' Row, a delightfully charming debut mystery. 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.

30 review for Murder on Millionaires' Row

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melisa

    Rose, a girl from the Five Points of New York, is a housemaid in a prominent uptown household, but she wants to be more. When her boss goes missing, she does everything she can to track him down which leads her into an epic journey full of detectives and ghosts. This was an interesting Gilded Age story, one that is heavier on the paranormal than was expected. I was anticipating a straightforward historical whodunnit but that’s not what I got here, but please don’t let my expectations sway you fr Rose, a girl from the Five Points of New York, is a housemaid in a prominent uptown household, but she wants to be more. When her boss goes missing, she does everything she can to track him down which leads her into an epic journey full of detectives and ghosts. This was an interesting Gilded Age story, one that is heavier on the paranormal than was expected. I was anticipating a straightforward historical whodunnit but that’s not what I got here, but please don’t let my expectations sway you from reading this one. If paranormal is your thing, I believe it will be an enjoyable read as it was well done. Thank you to Minotaur Books for my complementary copy, this book is now available.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mogsy (MMOGC)

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/10/02/... I’ve been a fan of Erin Lindsey for a while, and let me just say I was ecstatic when I found out about Murder on Millionaires’ Row. On her author’s page, it states that she is a lover of all things history, mystery, and fantasy, and I was happy to find this novel a jaunty mixture of all three. It is New York City in 1886. Rose Gallagher is a young woman from Five Points who has always dreamed of a more adventurous life, tho 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/10/02/... I’ve been a fan of Erin Lindsey for a while, and let me just say I was ecstatic when I found out about Murder on Millionaires’ Row. On her author’s page, it states that she is a lover of all things history, mystery, and fantasy, and I was happy to find this novel a jaunty mixture of all three. It is New York City in 1886. Rose Gallagher is a young woman from Five Points who has always dreamed of a more adventurous life, though she knows things could be much worse than working as a housemaid in one of the city’s poshest neighborhoods. Secretly, she is also in love with her employer, the wealthy and handsome Thomas Wiltshire. But then Mr. Wiltshire goes missing, and when Rose discovers that the police isn’t taking his disappearance seriously, she decides to take matters into her own hands. In the first few days of her investigation, she learns more about her employer than she ever bargained for. Apparently, Mr. Wiltshire traveled in some strange circles, and is not in fact an attorney as he claimed to be. What he was really up to before he disappeared, Rose doesn’t know, but she has strong suspicions that it has something to do with the Freemasons after tailing one of his friends to their headquarters. However, when a ghost of a woman suddenly appears in front of her one day, covered in blood and looking desperate and scared, Rose realizes that the man she loves may be in more trouble than she initially thought. What follows is a delectable brew of lighthearted intrigue, drama, and yes, even a little bit of romance as we go hunting clues through the streets of late 19th century New York City with one of the most delightful lady detectives I’ve ever met. Part of the charm of Murder on Millionaires’ Row is its highly appealing throwback feel to some of the earliest mysteries to feature amateur female detectives (I was reminded a little bit of the works by Catherine Crowe, who was notable for featuring maid servant sleuths and ghosts in her stories). Erin Lindsey must have done an insane amount of research to get the setting and the atmosphere just right, and it was an effort that paid off as we got to experience all the wonders of the city with Rose on her exploits. This book is also the author’s debut mystery, putting her abilities to write a compelling crime novel to the test, which she passes with flying colors. While on the surface, Murder on Millionaires’ Row might seem very different from her previous work, I still found it remarkably easy to get into. For one thing, readers who enjoyed Alix Black in her fantasy trilogy Bloodbound will recognize the same kind of courage and strength in Rose Gallagher, an incredibly resourceful woman who never quits. There’s also a supernatural component which may come as a surprise to unsuspecting readers because it doesn’t come into play until well into the mystery, though speaking as a speculative fiction fan, I really appreciated this aspect. We have everything from ghosts to magic, mediums and witches, as well as individuals who have special powers, or “luck”. As supernatural mysteries go, this was by far one of the most lively and entertaining ones I have ever read. It offered up just the right amount of the paranormal without distracting from the mystery plot, and I think even non-fantasy readers would not be left feeling too overwhelmed. My only criticism is that the ending felt a little too rushed in stark contrast to the slow build of the investigation, and the resolution also felt too convenient. That said, I think the conclusion leaves room for many more fantastic storylines in the future, and I sure hope we’ll see more of Rose and Thomas. The two of them have amazing chemistry, which I sensed from only getting a small taste of their budding romance. All in all, Murder on Millionaires’ Row is a fine debut bursting with potential, and definitely not your run-of-the-mill cozy mystery. The story pulled me in straight away, and it also didn’t take me long to fall in love with its courageous heroine and the rest of the plucky cast. Fans of historical fiction and detective stories will eat this one right up, especially if enjoy a touch of the paranormal.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Murder on Millionaires’ Row is a debut mystery by Erin Lindsey. Rose Gallagher works as a maid in the household of Mr. Thomas Wiltshire on Fifth Avenue in New York City in 1886. Sunday evening Rose arrives home after her day off and goes to prepare her employers room for the evening. Something feels off and Rose is sure that boss has not been in since Saturday. The next morning the coppers arrive after 5 a.m. because Mr. Jonathan Burrows, a friend of Thomas’, has filed a missing persons report. Murder on Millionaires’ Row is a debut mystery by Erin Lindsey. Rose Gallagher works as a maid in the household of Mr. Thomas Wiltshire on Fifth Avenue in New York City in 1886. Sunday evening Rose arrives home after her day off and goes to prepare her employers room for the evening. Something feels off and Rose is sure that boss has not been in since Saturday. The next morning the coppers arrive after 5 a.m. because Mr. Jonathan Burrows, a friend of Thomas’, has filed a missing persons report. Rose can tell that Detective Ward is not taking the case seriously, and she decides to pursue the matter on her own. Rose has dreamed of becoming a travel and adventure writer. Little does she realize that searching for Mr. Wiltshire and the mystery he is embroiled in will the adventure of a lifetime. Murder on Millionaires’ Row is a complex novel. Ms. Lindsey captured the Gilded Age with her vivid descriptions of the clothing, the architecture, the literature, music, and attitudes of the people especially towards the Irish. New York City is brought alive in Murder on Millionaires’ Row. I can envision Fifth Avenue with its cobbled streets, the carriages, ladies decked out in beautiful gowns with their hats and parasols, and the men in their bespoke suits, hats and carrying their walking sticks. Of course, we can also imagine Five Points with children running around, litter in the streets, and thugs on street corners as well as the Tenderloin with its dangerous bars and illegal businesses. The author definitely did her research for this story, and I appreciated the author’s note at the end. Rose is a feisty Irish lass who has a crush on her employer. Nothing is going to stand in her way of tracking Mr. Wiltshire down when he goes missing. She is tenacious and intelligent. Thomas Wiltshire is a complex man with a unique position. He introduces Rose to another side of life that she had no idea existed. Another great character is Clara Freeman who is the cook for Mr. Wiltshire. I did feel the Rose’s infatuation with Mr. Wiltshire was mentioned too often. It seems to be the only reason she is searching for her employer. I felt Rose was also curious and needed the challenge. I cannot believe she managed to keep from being fired by the tartar of a housekeeper. Clara has hidden layers. We just dig at the surface in Murder on Millionaires’ Row. I found Murder on Millionaires’ Row to be a slow starter. The pace picked up the further I got into the story as well as my interest. I was unprepared for the paranormal aspects of the story, but I was delighted by it. It added another layer to the story along with Pinkerton agents, ciphers and magic. Included in the story are witches, mediums, ghosts, shades and so much more. The mystery is multifaceted. It plays out over the course of the book with new aspects being regularly introduced. At times it does feel overwhelming (there is a lot going on). I would have liked the mystery to have been one that readers could solve along with Rose and Thomas (I love unraveling a puzzle). Murder on Millionaires’ Row is a unique cozy mystery that will take you for a walk on the dark side of New York City.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    "The juicier the mystery became, the more I wanted to sink my teeth into it." * Rose Gallagher splits her time between home in Five Points and work on Fifth Avenue as a housemaid for her mysterious employer, Mr. Thomas Wiltshire. When Mr. Wiltshire disappears, the police brush it off as the whim of a wealthy man.  Rose finds that the friend who reported her employer missing, Mr. Burrows, is acting a bit suspicious himself. Fed up with the police, Rose takes it upon herself to find Mr. Wilshire, who "The juicier the mystery became, the more I wanted to sink my teeth into it." * Rose Gallagher splits her time between home in Five Points and work on Fifth Avenue as a housemaid for her mysterious employer, Mr. Thomas Wiltshire. When Mr. Wiltshire disappears, the police brush it off as the whim of a wealthy man.  Rose finds that the friend who reported her employer missing, Mr. Burrows, is acting a bit suspicious himself. Fed up with the police, Rose takes it upon herself to find Mr. Wilshire, who she fears may be involved in some shady business. Rose's entire life changes when she rescues a kidnapped Mr. Wiltshire from a warehouse on the wrong side of town.  She learns that not only is Mr. Wiltshire a Pinkerton detective, he's part of a small precinct investigating paranormal cases. Rose finds herself involved in a mystery involving the wealthy residents of Fifth Avenue who all have a little luck on their side.  And when I say luck, I mean they have... powers. "Luck is simply a generic term for any type of extraordinary ability.  There are many different forms of it, all of them hereditary." * All the wealthy families of New York - the Astors, Rockefellers, and Vanderbilts to name a few - they all have secret extraordinary abilities.  "Fewer than one percent of people have luck.  That's among the general population, of course; among high society, it's closer to twenty percent." * Everyone knows the world is run by a handful of wealthy people.  "We always knew it was luck.  Just didn't know what kind, is all." * says Rose's friend Clara upon learning the truth. Mr. Wiltshire's kidnapping is related to the deaths of two wealthy brothers, Jacob and Frederick Crowe, both of whom were involved in obtaining highly sensitive manuscripts containing information about a portal between the living and the dead ... and with a large amount of ghosts suddenly showing up in the city, the portal may have been opened before the Crowe brothers died. Mr. Wiltshire and Rose must work together to find out who has the manuscripts and where the portal is located so they can close it before more of the dead cross over. Full of historic Gilded Age details of Manhattan, ghosts, a budding romance, and some (paranormal) luck, Murder on Millionaires' Row is an entertaining debut to a new cozy mystery series.  I loved Rose's intelligence, tenacity, and the fact that she came to the rescue of the man rather than being the damsel in distress!  There are several characters introduced and more mentioned in this novel so there's an opportunity for many great subplots and future storylines. Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for my honest review.  Murder on Millionaires' Row is scheduled for release on October 2, 2018. *Quotes included here are from an advanced readers copy and are subject to change upon final publication. For more full reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com

  5. 4 out of 5

    The Lit Bitch

    3.5 stars As soon as this book arrived at my house, I had to fight off people who wanted to borrow it with a stick. I am not even kidding. It arrived in the afternoon and by the night time, it was MIA. My mom was watching my kid and she was looking for something to read and found this one in my sea of books and refused to give it up when I got home. She was hooked on the character and story so I knew I wasn’t getting it back for at least a week. I finally got it back last week and was able to star 3.5 stars As soon as this book arrived at my house, I had to fight off people who wanted to borrow it with a stick. I am not even kidding. It arrived in the afternoon and by the night time, it was MIA. My mom was watching my kid and she was looking for something to read and found this one in my sea of books and refused to give it up when I got home. She was hooked on the character and story so I knew I wasn’t getting it back for at least a week. I finally got it back last week and was able to start reading it. My mom loved it and I was excited to see if it inspired similar feelings for me. When it arrived the first thing that caught my eye was the cover. I absolutely love the purple dress and design of this cover. It stands out and instantly makes me think of a Maisie Dobbs mystery or other similar historical mysteries…..but theres a paranormal twist in this one and I was eager to see how that played out in this book. I have mixed feelings about the paranormal/ghost element in this story. I mean on one hand, it added a little something different to the typical run of the mill historical mystery, but I almost felt like the author held back a little with it. For me if you are going to use the supernatural, then you need to be all in or just leave it out. I think the mystery and characters were strong and stood well enough on their own and that the ghost elements weren’t that necessary. It was an interesting edition, but I was left feeling a little underwhelmed. I loved Rose. She was resourceful and I loved that while she was a hard worker, she know her own mind and knew she didn’t just want to live and work and die in New York. I think she will be an interesting character to watch develop and grow into her own. Also I am totally invested in the romance aspect. I am totally excited to see what direction it goes in and I am totally rooting for them. This book was a mixed bag for me. The mystery and romance was fun to read, the paranormal was almost unnecessary, and while the story was a little farfetched and unbelievable, I did love seeing the authors imagination at work and I was invested enough in the story to see what is in store for Rose next—as I presume this is going to be a series. The author has written a fantasy series as well, and this appears to be her debut mystery novel and I think the author is still getting her bearings in the historical mystery realm. This is by no means a terrible book, in fact I enjoyed reading it and rather quickly I might add—I feel confident that Lindsey will find her way as the series continues. It’s a good start and I look forward to seeing what comes next for Rose and Thomas! See my full review here

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bart

    Actual rating: 3.75

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tammie

    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. 3.5 stars. Having previously read Erin Lindsey's fantasy Bloodbound I was curious to see what she would do with a mystery. It also intrigued me that this book included a paranor 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. 3.5 stars. Having previously read Erin Lindsey's fantasy Bloodbound I was curious to see what she would do with a mystery. It also intrigued me that this book included a paranormal element. The result was an engrossing start to a new series. Set in New York during the Gilded Age, Rose is a maid who longs for something more. She also has a huge crush on her employer Mr. Wiltshire, and when he goes missing she sets out to investigate his disappearance. The story includes several other interesting characters. Most noteworthy is Clara the cook, who harbors some secret skills and may have dreams of something more herself. I felt like the story moved a little slower than I would have liked, but I loved the plucky Rose, her employer Mr. Wiltshire, and the cook Clara. Just as I hoped, the paranormal element was an interesting addition to the historical mystery. I thought it was incorporated into the story pretty well. At the end of the book we are left with a mystery to solve that relates to a ghost in this story. I'm expecting her to show up in at least one more book in the series, but I'm curious to see how other ghosts and possibly other types of creatures will play a role in future books. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for providing me with an ARC of this book. Review also posted at Writings of a Reader

  8. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    Murder on Millionaires' Row by Erin Lindsey was an enjoyable look at New York City during the late 1800's. Ms. Lindsey's descriptive writing of Park Avenue, Five Points and the Tenderloin districts made me feel like I was there in New York City with Rose, Clara, Mr. Wiltshire and the other characters. The paranormal aspects of this investigation were complex as well as the murder of two Park Avenue brothers. The book was entertaining although I did find the beginning of the book to be slowly pac Murder on Millionaires' Row by Erin Lindsey was an enjoyable look at New York City during the late 1800's. Ms. Lindsey's descriptive writing of Park Avenue, Five Points and the Tenderloin districts made me feel like I was there in New York City with Rose, Clara, Mr. Wiltshire and the other characters. The paranormal aspects of this investigation were complex as well as the murder of two Park Avenue brothers. The book was entertaining although I did find the beginning of the book to be slowly paced. However, it picked up as Rose became more involved in the investigation. The characters are beginning to be developed; and I'm sure that more of them will be revealed if this becomes a series. I admired Rose and her tenacity and determination. However, I found I had to stretch my imagination that the only maid in the household would have so much free time to investigate the disappearance of her employer. All in all this was an engaging read and I would definitely be happy to read more if this becomes a series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book provided by Minotaur Books/St. Marin's Press. All of the above opinions are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    I did not expect it to take the turn it did. Which just shows that if you do not read the blurb then you do go in blind. Which can be a good thing. Character thoughts: Rose is a housemaid. Through her eyes we get the New York of the day. She is Irish, she is from 5 points (well nothing new there, I know how the Irish were treated.) Then one day her employer vanishes. Oh and wait, she has like the HUGEST crush on him. That poor girl, she is really smitten. And me being a hopeless romantic I hope th I did not expect it to take the turn it did. Which just shows that if you do not read the blurb then you do go in blind. Which can be a good thing. Character thoughts: Rose is a housemaid. Through her eyes we get the New York of the day. She is Irish, she is from 5 points (well nothing new there, I know how the Irish were treated.) Then one day her employer vanishes. Oh and wait, she has like the HUGEST crush on him. That poor girl, she is really smitten. And me being a hopeless romantic I hope that one day then can have a happily ever after. I mean if he too wants it. Rose was resourceful, she had courage and she wanted more. I loved how she said it, a simple More. She wanted more from life then to work work work and then die. Never leaving New York. And yes there are more people too, but I shall not spoil it all. Story: A historical mystery is always more fun. There is a lot of legwork, a lot of guessing and a lot of watching for clues. And to figure things out on my own is way too hard. Not that I am good at it anyway. Then there was the ghostly aspect. I did not expect that and suddenly the story took a different turn. Suddenly there was more to the world and the whole universe expanded. I guess I felt like Rose did, all whaat? And then wanting to know more. Though one thing negative was that at times I felt like oh the book is ending now? And it did not. SO I guess it could have been shorter An interesting start to a new series. It works as a stand alone too, but the end promises more. Or at least I hope so. If not then I am happy with this ending, but I do still want more since it is by no means over. Narrator: Barrie Kreinik She did a good job. Going from accent to accent to upper class to lower class. Yes there was a lot of jumping between classes and nationalities when you are investigation something. She held a good pace and kept it light.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    A paranormal story set in the gilded age of New York. I was not sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. The time period was obviously well researched and written in an engaging manner. The characters, especially Rose and Thomas were interesting and I enjoyed the strength of their teamwork and change in their relationship (from master and servant to working together). I certainly hope that there is a book two to look forward to. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    Unlike any other mystery I have read before. Immediately engaging, the beguiling narrative wraps tightly around you so that Rose becomes an immediate friend. The luscious world of upper class New York is at brilliant odds with the beautifully portrayed grit of Five Points in a clash that becomes even more staggering as the mystery unfolds. Each character ---from the manor house where Rose works to the people who populate her life---are developed deftly. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. There Unlike any other mystery I have read before. Immediately engaging, the beguiling narrative wraps tightly around you so that Rose becomes an immediate friend. The luscious world of upper class New York is at brilliant odds with the beautifully portrayed grit of Five Points in a clash that becomes even more staggering as the mystery unfolds. Each character ---from the manor house where Rose works to the people who populate her life---are developed deftly. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. There is a hint of romance, of course, and told by Rose is just the funniest, most identifiable and bewitching thing. But, and here the book really shines, there is also a thread of the paranormal where shades and ghosts glisten the Gilded Age detective story. There are Pinkertons and a delightful Italian named Pietro and everything feels like it is the best meeting of Deanna Raybourn, Elizabeth Peters and Rhys Bowen. I was dazzled by how fresh this was and fell off my proverbial chair at the surprising twists of expert narrative. I have read nothing like this before (despite my propensity to gobble up historical mysteries like all-you-can-eat sushi) and Lindsey has found a die-hard everlasting follower for life. With thanks to Netgalley for the review copy.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sunsettowers

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself. I loved this book! Rose Gallagher is a force to be reckoned with, a housemaid who is determined to find her missing employer. Yes, she is in love with him (and that is a romance I am definitely rooting for-their chemistry just oozes off the pages!), but she also is a strong and brave woman in a time when women, especially women in her station, were sup I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself. I loved this book! Rose Gallagher is a force to be reckoned with, a housemaid who is determined to find her missing employer. Yes, she is in love with him (and that is a romance I am definitely rooting for-their chemistry just oozes off the pages!), but she also is a strong and brave woman in a time when women, especially women in her station, were supposed to stay in their small set roles. The supporting cast is wonderful as well, but Rose is the star of the show. And there are ghosts! I love the paranormal, and it is woven in so well and so almost matter-of-factly. It adds a real urgency and eeriness to the story and mystery. I definitely recommend this book. I can't wait for the next book in the series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Dee

    I’m not usually a fan of magical fiction. I do love my historicals, though, and I was charmed by the way that “Murder on Millionaires’ Row” morphed from a tale of 1850’s New York, to a ghost-ridden adventure story. Rose and Thomas are products of their time. Rose is the Irish maid in the aristocratic Thomas’s home. When Thomas disappears, the (slightly) besotted Rose decides to hunt for him. And what a hunt ensues! This is a super-fun adventure tale. and I look forward to more from Erin Lindsey.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Flinchbaugh

    This was really fun. It started out as a regular gilded age NYC murder mystery with a plucky maid attempting to solve the mystery of why her employer disappeared. But, then it took a turn into magic and ghosts. Did you know the Astors and Vanderbilts acquired their riches through inherited magical talent? They did, and they really would prefer none of the lesser order found out about that. The characters are very interesting and diverse and the story was engaging. I hope the series continues.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alexis (hookedtobooks)

    Thanks again to @stmartinspress for sending me a copy for review! This book was so much fun to read! I love how the genres of historical fiction and mystery melded together well and how the plot kept me on my toes! Rose is a young housemaid in a wealthy house in New York and she loves where she works and who she works for. She comes from Four Points, which is considered to be the rough neighbourhood of Irish Americans. When Roses employer goes missing, Rose goes on the hunt and is convinced she w Thanks again to @stmartinspress for sending me a copy for review! This book was so much fun to read! I love how the genres of historical fiction and mystery melded together well and how the plot kept me on my toes! Rose is a young housemaid in a wealthy house in New York and she loves where she works and who she works for. She comes from Four Points, which is considered to be the rough neighbourhood of Irish Americans. When Roses employer goes missing, Rose goes on the hunt and is convinced she will find him and whoever kidnaped him. Through her searchings she discovers a whole lot more than she bargained for, and might be putting herself at risk! Rose was a fun character to read about and I loved how she put her heart and soul into the whole search! If you’re looking for a fun historical fiction novel then I definitely recommend this one!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    I picked up Murder on Millionaires' Row because I adore historical mysteries and I loved the fact that this one focused on a young maid, Rose Gallagher. Rose is drawn into an intrigue when her handsome employer, Mr. Thomas Whiltshire, goes missing. Rose is a young woman who is looking for more out of life than simply being a maid, so when its clear that the police are not invested in searching for Mr. Whiltshire, Rose decides to launch her own investigation. Naturally, Rose encounters much that I picked up Murder on Millionaires' Row because I adore historical mysteries and I loved the fact that this one focused on a young maid, Rose Gallagher. Rose is drawn into an intrigue when her handsome employer, Mr. Thomas Whiltshire, goes missing. Rose is a young woman who is looking for more out of life than simply being a maid, so when its clear that the police are not invested in searching for Mr. Whiltshire, Rose decides to launch her own investigation. Naturally, Rose encounters much that she did not expect and the adventure is much more than she bargained for, such as ghosts, conspiracies, and the paranormal. When reading Murder on Millionaires' Row I was immediately put in mind of Juliana Gray's A Most Extraordinary Pursuit, which also unexpectedly (and successfully) incorporates the fantastical (time travel) in a more conventional historical mystery. I found Murder on Millionaire' Row to be less engaging. While I don't mind the incorporation of the paranormal, I wasn't really sold not the paranormal elements to the New York of this novel. I would have looked past that, but I found the characters to be lacking a spark and I can't quite pinpoint exactly what the "spark" is. The premise was great, but I wasn't the characters to be more engaging; the romance to be more tense, and for me that just wasn't there. Murder on Millionaires' Row was an okay start to what I presume will be a series. I'm not sold on the alternative world of New York or the characters, but I would be curious to see what happens with Rose considering the ending and her future employment options. *Review copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Summary from Goodreads: "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. Meanw Summary from Goodreads: "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." My Thoughts: I'm not even going to lie - I jumped at the chance to read this book almost entirely based off of that gorgeous cover. I'm a sucker for good cover and this one has that in spades! Happily I enjoyed this book just as much as I enjoyed that cover! This feels like it has been the year where I've discovered historical mysteries. I've started some really great historical mystery series and I can add this one to the list. In this book, Rose Gallagher goes searching for her missing boss when she realizes that the police aren't taking his disappearance seriously. I really adored Rose's character because she was just so determined and strong willed. Her adventures made this book so much fun to read. I really just found myself sucked into the pages of this book. This book took me to a different time and place...heck, it was really a different world where ghosts walked and certain individuals had different kinds of "luck" and I was just transported by it all. The author swept me into the pages of this book so that I didn't want to stop reading. I just HAD to see what was going to happen next. I loved that in this book ghosts were actually dangerous to humans - everything to do with the paranormal actually felt very original to this book. I wasn't sure when I read the book summary how the author would fit ghosts into the storyline but it worked beautifully. I feel like the author really just managed to create this unique world in this book that I couldn't get enough of. I enjoyed my time within its' pages and am looking forward to reading more of this series in the future. Really, what more could you ask? Overall, I really enjoyed my time with this book and am very excited to have found both this series and this author. I need to check out what else Lindsey has written - hopefully she has written more so the wait for book two doesn't seem so long. I'm really looking forward to seeing what kind of trouble Rose can get herself into next. If you are looking for a fun, fast-paced read then look no further then this book. It's a definite page turner with a world that I won't be forgetting about any time soon. I can easily recommend this book to fans of historical mysteries and really mysteries in general! Bottom Line: A fun beginning to a series that I can't wait to read more of! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher. Thoughts are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Neha Patel

    Rose Gallagher lives in the Five Points District of New York City during the Gilded Age. She works as a maid for Thomas Wiltshire in his elegant Fifth Avenue home. Thomas is handsome, kind, and smart, and Rose fancies herself in love with him. As most young people, she seeks adventure and yearns for something more than working as a servant for the rest of her life. An opportunity presents itself when Rose discovers her employer, Mr. Thomas Wiltshire, has been kidnapped after failing to come home Rose Gallagher lives in the Five Points District of New York City during the Gilded Age. She works as a maid for Thomas Wiltshire in his elegant Fifth Avenue home. Thomas is handsome, kind, and smart, and Rose fancies herself in love with him. As most young people, she seeks adventure and yearns for something more than working as a servant for the rest of her life. An opportunity presents itself when Rose discovers her employer, Mr. Thomas Wiltshire, has been kidnapped after failing to come home several days in a row with no word from him and no one knowing his whereabouts, not even his closest friend, Mr. Jonathan Burrows. Finding herself embroiled in a mystery involving her beloved employer and determined to bring him home safe and sound, she takes on the role of amateur sleuth in order to crack the case. However, she never in her wildest dreams expected to find an entirely different New York than the one she had always known, filled with spirits, shades, warlocks, witches, necromancers, alchemists, and spells beyond her comprehension. Adventure has found her at last, and she will have to use her wits and her sass to stay alive and uncover the city’s long-kept secrets. I personally loved every aspect of this Gilded Age mystery! Rose is an enchanting heroine who is feisty and courageous, but surprisingly warm and genuine. I sympathized with her plight of being judged as inferior because of her Irish heritage, and I inwardly cheered at her spunk whenever she proved her mettle among more experienced detectives and her superiors. I enjoyed the diverse array of characters as well, from Chinese to African American, and I felt immensely pleased with the author for not succumbing to the use of stereotypes in describing these different cultures and ways of life. Thomas seemed like the quintessential hero and man of science, and I saw him as the perfect fit for Rose in every way. I wish their romance had been highlighted more, and I finished the book longing for more to have happened between them. However, the silent attraction simmering between them unfulfilled still makes me eager to read more from this series, so I think the author succeeded in drawing me in regardless. The mystery and paranormal aspects kept me hooked throughout, and I really enjoyed how the author made everything appear believable, even with a historical setting, which is not easy to do. Overall, I highly recommend this book to all adults looking for a historical mystery with a paranormal twist! A Must-Read for fans of the Gilded Age and shows like Downton Abbey!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katreader

    MURDER ON MILLIONAIRES' ROW By Erin Lindsey In Gilded Age Manhattan Rose Gallagher is a clever girl with a good head on her shoulders. Working as a maid on Fifth Avenue, she doesn't forget her roots in the rough neighborhood of Five Points. When her boss goes missing, a boss whom she deeply admires, she knows she can't trust the police to pursue the matter. Despite being warned, Rose takes matters into her own hands and begins to investigate. What she discovers is more than she ever bargained for. MURDER ON MILLIONAIRES' ROW By Erin Lindsey In Gilded Age Manhattan Rose Gallagher is a clever girl with a good head on her shoulders. Working as a maid on Fifth Avenue, she doesn't forget her roots in the rough neighborhood of Five Points. When her boss goes missing, a boss whom she deeply admires, she knows she can't trust the police to pursue the matter. Despite being warned, Rose takes matters into her own hands and begins to investigate. What she discovers is more than she ever bargained for. A whole new world of ghosts, portals, and luck has opened up and Rose Gallagher's life is forever changed. MURDER ON MILLIONAIRES' ROW starts as a normal historical mystery, but quickly develops into an exciting paranormal adventure. I love the historical nature of the story, the author providing well researched details of life in the late 1800s. I grinned at the mention of the American Society for Psychical Research as well as its British counterpart having read several of their journals! The depth of characterization here is wonderful, each person unique, with their own story embedded within the mystery itself. Rose is much more than just a love struck girl with gumption. She's loyal with a good mind and a courageous soul. Subtle nuanced behavior gives readers a glimpse into the minds and motivations of all the characters making me want to learn more about all them. Not so subtle behavior as well adds spice as well - I can picture Clara with her frying pan! Each person is developed to the extent that almost all could star in their own novel! And I'd want to read them all! I want to know more about Mrs. Meyer. I'd love to know how Mrs. Weber and Mr. Smith discovered their abilities. There's so much more to The Dragon and The Bloodhound. I'd love to explore Wang's grocery and find the perfect tea for me. MURDER ON MILLIONAIRES' ROW is a fantastic debut mystery. A multitude of nuanced characters, life and death situations, and a fascinating storyline create a thrilling mystery that captivated me from start to finish! FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Myndi

    Rose Gallagher, a housemaid for a gentleman whom she has growing feelings for (unbeknownst to him), finds herself in the midst of a mystery of the paranormal kind when he goes missing. Not satisfied that the police are taking his disappearance seriously, Miss Gallagher feels compelled to find him herself. Having grown up in the rough and tumble part of New York known as Five Points, she has a less than healthy amount of fear, and her feelings for Mr. Wiltshire prove an extremely effective motiva Rose Gallagher, a housemaid for a gentleman whom she has growing feelings for (unbeknownst to him), finds herself in the midst of a mystery of the paranormal kind when he goes missing. Not satisfied that the police are taking his disappearance seriously, Miss Gallagher feels compelled to find him herself. Having grown up in the rough and tumble part of New York known as Five Points, she has a less than healthy amount of fear, and her feelings for Mr. Wiltshire prove an extremely effective motivator. However, her pursuits will take her places she never could have imagined, changing her life forever. So. Much. Fun. I loved this book! It reminded me of two of my favorite series: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman and Veronica Speedwell by Deanna Raybourn. Not as fantastical as The Invisible Library and Rose is a very different character from Veronica, but there is an underlying theme that they share, and which I find very appealing. Rose is a strong female character in a time period when women, especially poor Irish women, didn’t dare have dreams of more. Despite the danger to herself and odds being against her, she doggedly pursues the mystery of her employer’s disappearance, breaking societal rules and breaking open a Pandora’s box of secrets that she can’t close back up. One mystery turns into a greater mystery, and she finds that she is motivated by a great deal more than her feelings for her employer. She loves the adventure of it! And I absolutely fell in love with her. It feels as though this book was written as the first in a series, and I dearly hope that is true. There is clearly a lot more to Rose’s story, and if I’d had access to the next in series, I would have jumped straight into it. What better recommendation can I give than that? Note: I received this book from the publisher. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Connie Fischer

    New York City - 1886 Rose Gallagher, age 19, has a crush on her wealthy employer, Mr. Thomas Wiltshire. An Irish girl from Five Points, Rose works in the Wiltshire home as a housemaid. She wants nothing more than to be a Travel and Adventure writer. She visits her mother once a week to clean and cook for her. The woman appears to be sinking into dementia because she talks to her mother’s ghost all the time. While straightening Mr. Wiltshire’s room for the night, she realizes he must not have come New York City - 1886 Rose Gallagher, age 19, has a crush on her wealthy employer, Mr. Thomas Wiltshire. An Irish girl from Five Points, Rose works in the Wiltshire home as a housemaid. She wants nothing more than to be a Travel and Adventure writer. She visits her mother once a week to clean and cook for her. The woman appears to be sinking into dementia because she talks to her mother’s ghost all the time. While straightening Mr. Wiltshire’s room for the night, she realizes he must not have come home the previous evening. When the police arrives the next morning looking for Mr. Wiltshire, Rose is convinced that something has happened to him. The police don’t seem to think his disappearance is anything to be concerned about. Rose wonders if his friend, Mr. Jonathan Burrows has seen him. So, Rose takes it upon herself to visit Mr. Burrows to try and find out what happened to Mr. Wiltshire. When he tells her that he doesn’t know where he is, Rose doesn’t believe him and decides to follow him. While out looking for Mr. Wiltshire, Rose sees a woman who appears to be an apparition and she is coming for her. Rose ducks into her Chinese friend’s store who hides her. Rose discovers Mr. Wiltshire tied up in a warehouse. Rescuing him, he explains that he is a Pinkerton Detective and is involved in solving paranormal cases. He explains to her the difference between shades and ghosts. The apparition that came for Rose is a shade. He seems to think that her mother’s energy is being sapped by her grandmother’s ghost being around the woman all the time. As Rose and Thomas become more involved in this case, things become very dangerous and Rose’s life is in serious danger. The idea of this plot is interesting but I found it very far-fetched and just a bit gory for me. I do have to applaud the author for her imagination though. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I say this as someone who likes both the story contained within the pages and the cover artwork, but the hardcover artwork of Murder on Millionaires’ Row does this book a tremendous disservice. Does the novel have echoes of the cozy-style mysteries the cover suggests? Absolutely. Rose, the heroine, is the sort of plucky heroine who is the American cousin of characters like Her Royal Spyness’s Georgie and the precocious Flavia de Luce. There’s also the handsome love interest with secrets of his ow I say this as someone who likes both the story contained within the pages and the cover artwork, but the hardcover artwork of Murder on Millionaires’ Row does this book a tremendous disservice. Does the novel have echoes of the cozy-style mysteries the cover suggests? Absolutely. Rose, the heroine, is the sort of plucky heroine who is the American cousin of characters like Her Royal Spyness’s Georgie and the precocious Flavia de Luce. There’s also the handsome love interest with secrets of his own and an engaging cast of characters (although, if the series continues, I do hope Clara will become less of the stereotypical black sidekick, although I will still take her without hesitation over the god-awful Queenie from Her Royal Spyness). But Murder on Millionaires’ Row has a darker tone despite the cheery voice, and it's one of the more engaging ghost stories I’ve read in recent years (this is the sort of book I want to read every Halloween and always have trouble finding). Describing it as Ghostbusters: The Gilded Age would not miss the mark. Ms. Lindsey takes a lot of common tropes in modern fantasy - magic hidden in plain sight, fantastically-gifted characters – and fashions an engaging story despite my own weariness with these literary trends. Rose is a bit too perfect (doubly so since she’s only supposed to be nineteen), but there’s enough interesting stuff surrounding her that I’m willing to overlook her adorkableness. Murder on Millionaires’ Row is a breezy, enjoyable read with a good mystery and nice details. Ms. Lindsey’s ability to take historic events and provide a fictional spin is on par with Susanna Clarke, and that’s not a comparison I make lightly. Recommended.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This is the kind of book I love stumbling upon. When I saw it listed I was attracted by the fact that it was a female protagonist, historical and the start of a new series. Oh, it was all that but then I got an extra that I was not expecting - a paranormal element. This was a wonderful read. May the series be long. Rose is an Irish girl from New York's Five Points neighborhood, no stranger to the rough, ugly side of that great city. She works as a housemaid for a fine gentleman with an English a This is the kind of book I love stumbling upon. When I saw it listed I was attracted by the fact that it was a female protagonist, historical and the start of a new series. Oh, it was all that but then I got an extra that I was not expecting - a paranormal element. This was a wonderful read. May the series be long. Rose is an Irish girl from New York's Five Points neighborhood, no stranger to the rough, ugly side of that great city. She works as a housemaid for a fine gentleman with an English accent who has a house with three employees - Rose, Clara (her best friend) and Mrs. Sellers, the housekeeper, who thinks she is the employer of Rose and Clara. Rose reminds her that Mr. Wiltshire is their employer and he is, at present, missing. Rose is a bit smitten on him and sets about to find out what has happened to him. When she embarks on this task there is just one thing most people would know, like what does Mr. Wiltshire do for a living? All she knows is he dislikes Wagner. That's neither here nor there, Rose is determined to find him and bring him home. On the way, she encounters the paranormal element of her quest. She see a fully formed ghostly lady and talks with a man who has seen a ghostly man on the river. Now how can she put the pieces together to find the solution to this mystery? With the help of many colorful friends and a large dose of determination, Rose sucked me into her story and I read way past my bedtime. Now I'm eager to read about what comes next. My thanks to the publisher, St. Martin's and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    This book surprised me by how much I liked it and can't wait to read the next book. The main character, Rose, is very witty and Berrie Kreinik's narration brought her to life. Kreinik's strikes the right balance of light tone, teasing manner along with her ability to switch from NY upper class, Irish, Italian, and Chinese working class, made this audiobook enjoyable. I was captivated by the first chapter by the narrative. I was first attracted to this book because of the premise it posted.. a work This book surprised me by how much I liked it and can't wait to read the next book. The main character, Rose, is very witty and Berrie Kreinik's narration brought her to life. Kreinik's strikes the right balance of light tone, teasing manner along with her ability to switch from NY upper class, Irish, Italian, and Chinese working class, made this audiobook enjoyable. I was captivated by the first chapter by the narrative. I was first attracted to this book because of the premise it posted.. a working girl in love with her rich boss, set in 1800 NY who went missing. So it had the mystery, romance and historical setting I know I enjoyed. So when the paranormal element was introduced, I was discovering that world along with Rose and as it was revealed to Rose gradually, pulling the reader into that world too. I'm usually not the type to enjoy paranormal fantasy, but I found myself enjoying the new element and was very happy that the paranormal aspect wasn't in the book description. I also appreciated how the author used actual NY Times headlines and events into the story line to offer another alternative explanation to the events reported. All in all, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes cozy mysteries. Can't wait for the next book!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    From my blog and instagram account - @livereadandprosper Thank you netgalley, st martins press, and minotaur books for this ARC in exchange for my review. Rose is a maid for a very attractive young bachelor named Mr. Thomas Wiltshire. In fact, she is completely attracted to him herself. The book starts off with Thomas gone missing. Rose becomes a detective on her own, trying to find him missing in New York City. She not only finds him, but digs up deeper mysteries, incountering a ghost along the w From my blog and instagram account - @livereadandprosper Thank you netgalley, st martins press, and minotaur books for this ARC in exchange for my review. Rose is a maid for a very attractive young bachelor named Mr. Thomas Wiltshire. In fact, she is completely attracted to him herself. The book starts off with Thomas gone missing. Rose becomes a detective on her own, trying to find him missing in New York City. She not only finds him, but digs up deeper mysteries, incountering a ghost along the way. Now, Rose is knee deep in detective work alongside Thomas, trying to figure out if this paranormal activity has anything to do with murders happening around town.  Oh my gosh, I love this book! I did NOT expect any of it! It started as your typical murder mystery, but it gets crazy! When I started reading it, I had totally forgotten about the ghost aspect until it creeps up on you. That made this book reach to a whole new level of amazing for me. The character development is phenominal and I fell in love with each and every one of them. You NEED to read this book when it comes out in the fall. Honestly, I can't wait to read it again I had so much fun with it!  5/5 Stars

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Did I just fall in love? Oh yes, yes I did. This book has it all: *insert Stephon gif here* 1.Plucky housemaids 2.Surly bosses 3.Pinkertons! 4.Ghosts/Shades 5.Mysterious witches 6.Bumbling police 7.Super hot aristocrats Rose Gallagher is secretly in love with her boss Thomas Wiltshire. Only problem? He’s the man of the house and she’s his maid. *cue sad trombone* When he goes missing, she decides that she is going to be the one to track him down since the police don’t seem to care. She always dreamed of a Did I just fall in love? Oh yes, yes I did. This book has it all: *insert Stephon gif here* 1.Plucky housemaids 2.Surly bosses 3.Pinkertons! 4.Ghosts/Shades 5.Mysterious witches 6.Bumbling police 7.Super hot aristocrats Rose Gallagher is secretly in love with her boss Thomas Wiltshire. Only problem? He’s the man of the house and she’s his maid. *cue sad trombone* When he goes missing, she decides that she is going to be the one to track him down since the police don’t seem to care. She always dreamed of a life outside of service, and this was her chance. Her best friend/co-worker Clara tries her best to talk her out of it, but to no avail. Rose wanders around the mansions of 5th Avenue and the seedy underbelly of the Five Points neighborhood. Things get weird when she stumbles upon a ghost (or the ghost stumbles upon her), and she is then led on an even more remarkable journey than she had planned on. The mystery was great, and once Thomas re-enters the picture, I started swooning. I cannot wait for the next book (hopefully there is a next book) because this really ticked all my boxes.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lorrie

    So when I saw this book in the new arrivals at the library, I'll freely admit that I put it on hold for two reasons. The first was the cover. The cover is awesome. I read a little bit of the blurb, just enough to tell me it was a historical mystery, and that sold me. I can't remember if I read the whole blurb or not, but my brain is saying I didn't because I wasn't expecting the twist that happened at about the 1/3 mark. I LOVED the twist. The book starts off as an innocuous historical mystery, t So when I saw this book in the new arrivals at the library, I'll freely admit that I put it on hold for two reasons. The first was the cover. The cover is awesome. I read a little bit of the blurb, just enough to tell me it was a historical mystery, and that sold me. I can't remember if I read the whole blurb or not, but my brain is saying I didn't because I wasn't expecting the twist that happened at about the 1/3 mark. I LOVED the twist. The book starts off as an innocuous historical mystery, taking place in 1880s New York. When Rose, a housemaid, was all starry-eyed about her employer, I was thinking, 'oh, it's going to be one of THESE stories...' But it wasn't, and that made me happy. Then all the paranormal stuff kicked in. Completely fantastical, and a whole lot of fun. I LOVED all the weird and wonderful characters, especially the Wangs. By the end of the book I was like, 'More... I NEED more...' I really hope this becomes a series, because I'm going to jump all over the next book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Holt

    3.5 stars! MURDER on MILLIONAIRES' ROW was not the book I expected it to be! From the cover, and even the synopsis, I thought it was going to be similar to Victoria Thompson's novels told from the point of view of a Five Points girl working in a Park Avenue mansion. Which was true. BUT I wasn't expecting the level of paranormal/sorcery involved. There wasn't just a touch of the supernatural, there were whole swaths. SO. That said, I really enjoyed the obvious level of research Erin Lindsey did be 3.5 stars! MURDER on MILLIONAIRES' ROW was not the book I expected it to be! From the cover, and even the synopsis, I thought it was going to be similar to Victoria Thompson's novels told from the point of view of a Five Points girl working in a Park Avenue mansion. Which was true. BUT I wasn't expecting the level of paranormal/sorcery involved. There wasn't just a touch of the supernatural, there were whole swaths. SO. That said, I really enjoyed the obvious level of research Erin Lindsey did before writing this novel. As she writes in the afterword, her NYC locations (and some characters) were inspired by actual locations/people. I also appreciated Rose's pluck and determination - I really enjoyed her as a protagonist, and hope that there are more adventures for her to explore. I received this book through NetGalley - from St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books - in exchange for an honest review. taylorhavenholt.com/thhbooks.html

  29. 4 out of 5

    Atara

    4.5 stars More of a historical paranormal than typical mystery, this book was so much more than I expected. I loved every second of it! This book had excellent characters, plot, world-building, etc. Rose was naïve and slightly reckless, but not at all stupid. I found it rather endearing - especially after how she introduces herself ("I was 19 and in love") you cannot really fault her for her actions. Thomas was great, as were all the supporting characters. I loved the idea of paranormal in histor 4.5 stars More of a historical paranormal than typical mystery, this book was so much more than I expected. I loved every second of it! This book had excellent characters, plot, world-building, etc. Rose was naïve and slightly reckless, but not at all stupid. I found it rather endearing - especially after how she introduces herself ("I was 19 and in love") you cannot really fault her for her actions. Thomas was great, as were all the supporting characters. I loved the idea of paranormal in historical NY. And while this book doesn't get into anything too spectacular (mostly just ghosts and "luck"), the author leaves room for it to potentially get more fantastical in later books (if there are any). I cannot really find anything negative to say about it, except that the author doesn't indicate whether there will be another book after this or not. I really hope there is another installment!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Palombo

    I absolutely adored this book! Get this one on your TBR for its release in October, for sure. This book is like Libba Bray's THE DIVINERS meets Greer Macallister's GIRL IN DISGUISE (which are two of my favorites!). My blurb for it is below: "Murder on Millionaires' Row pulled me in right from the excellent first line and didn't let me go until I'd turned the final page - and even then I couldn't stop thinking about this marvelous cast of characters! Lindsey paints a vivid and complete picture of I absolutely adored this book! Get this one on your TBR for its release in October, for sure. This book is like Libba Bray's THE DIVINERS meets Greer Macallister's GIRL IN DISGUISE (which are two of my favorites!). My blurb for it is below: "Murder on Millionaires' Row pulled me in right from the excellent first line and didn't let me go until I'd turned the final page - and even then I couldn't stop thinking about this marvelous cast of characters! Lindsey paints a vivid and complete picture of Gilded Age New York, from the mansions of Fifth Avenue to the immigrant world of Five Points and its environs - with a paranormal twist. This novel is perfect for readers who love historical fiction, mysteries, or TV shows like Supernatural - or all three!"

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