The Gilded Cage (Marshall Webb and Rebecca Davies, Bk 2)
The Gilded Cage - Marshall Webb and Rebecca Davies, Bk 2 Author:Troy Soos New York City in 1893 comes to vivid life in Soos's second engrossing historical (after 2001's Island of Tears) to feature Rebecca Davies, a child of privilege who's chosen to devote herself to financing and running a home for desperate women with nowhere else to turn, and her beau, Marshall Webb, a freelance reporter for Ha... more »rper's Weekly who secretly pens dime novels.
Davies is an especially sympathetic figure whose empathy for her charges is matched by a steely pragmatism. Two mysteries engage their attention after a young woman turns up at Davies's door, apparently the victim of arsenic poisoning, and Lyman Sinclair, the banker to whom Davies entrusted most of the home's funds, apparently kills himself amid rumors of investment chicanery.
Davies enlists the help of Webb, who has been conducting an independent effort to expose the corruption of a post-Boss Tweed Tammany Hall. Webb uncovers a possible link between the banker's death and the omnipresent political machine that governs the city through voter fraud and multiple extortion and bribery schemes.« less
Marci S. (MarciNYC) reviewed The Gilded Cage (Marshall Webb and Rebecca Davies, Bk 2) on
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I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It's a period mystery set in 1870s New York City. As a former New Yorker, I liked reading about people and places that were around at the time - some of which still stand, others which are just a footnote in history. The mystery itself is average, but I liked the two main characters. Unfortunately, it appears Soos has stopped writing in this series. A pity, as I would have liked to have read more with Marshall and Rebecca.
This is an excellent series. Only 2 books so far. Very similar to Rhys Bowen's Molly Murphy or Victoria Thompson's GasLight series. Very good look at turn of the centry New York. Quick reads good story.
lots of interesting details about Tammany Hall, corruption in New York -- Webb is good character, writing an expose of sorts for "Harpers" and Rebecca Davies is a once-wealthy woman running a home for women.
Troy Soos has a wonderful series of early 1900's baseball history "Murder at" various ball parks, also well worth reading.