Murder on Millionaires' Row
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.

Murder on Millionaires' Row Details

TitleMurder on Millionaires' Row
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherMinotaur Books
ISBN-139781250180650
Rating
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Fantasy, Paranormal, Cozy Mystery

Murder on Millionaires' Row Review

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    "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
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  • Tammie
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • JoAn
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Blodeuedd Finland
    January 1, 1970
    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 shorterAn 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 KreinikShe 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.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Rachel McMillan
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Sunsettowers
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Melissa Dee
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Alexis (hookedtobooks)
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Jaclyn
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Katreader
    January 1, 1970
    MURDER ON MILLIONAIRES' ROWBy Erin LindseyIn 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' ROWBy Erin LindseyIn 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.
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  • Myndi
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Connie Fischer
    January 1, 1970
    New York City - 1886Rose 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 - 1886Rose 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.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    From my blog and instagram account - @livereadandprosperThank 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 - @livereadandprosperThank 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
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  • Taylor Holt
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Alyssa Palombo
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • KayKay
    January 1, 1970
    "Murder on Millionaires' Row" has an interesting mix of mystery, paranormal and witchcraft that helps to make the book an unique cozy read. I enjoyed the inclusion of the supernatural element that is quite a pleasant surprise. There are plenty of action scene to make the overall reading experience exciting but the numbers of twists and turns, at times, are distracting. Towards the last 1/3 of the book, I found myself trudged through the never-ending hurdles to get to the bottom of the truth. And "Murder on Millionaires' Row" has an interesting mix of mystery, paranormal and witchcraft that helps to make the book an unique cozy read. I enjoyed the inclusion of the supernatural element that is quite a pleasant surprise. There are plenty of action scene to make the overall reading experience exciting but the numbers of twists and turns, at times, are distracting. Towards the last 1/3 of the book, I found myself trudged through the never-ending hurdles to get to the bottom of the truth. And forget about doing the sleuths work; "Murder on Millionaires' Row" is not the convention whodunit type of mystery book. I would give the book a 3.5 star rating based on my overall enjoyment and engaging level.
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  • Catherine
    January 1, 1970
    When 5th Avenue gentleman Thomas Wiltshire goes missing in 1886, his Irish housemaid Rose Gallagher is determined to find him. Her sheer determination, spurred by her crush on her handsome employer, and detective skills lead her into a world of secret societies, murder and the paranormal. Her search takes her from the mansions of Fifth Avenue to the slums of Five Corners as well as to a mysterious Chinese grocery store and the banks of the East River. Rose soon learns that there is a supernatura When 5th Avenue gentleman Thomas Wiltshire goes missing in 1886, his Irish housemaid Rose Gallagher is determined to find him. Her sheer determination, spurred by her crush on her handsome employer, and detective skills lead her into a world of secret societies, murder and the paranormal. Her search takes her from the mansions of Fifth Avenue to the slums of Five Corners as well as to a mysterious Chinese grocery store and the banks of the East River. Rose soon learns that there is a supernatural underbelly to her city as she comes face to face with the ghost of a murdered woman. I cannot wait for the next novel!
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Rose is an interesting character to lead what may well be a new series. A housemaid, she manages to move effortlessly between Five Points and the Fifth Avenue brownstone where she works for Thomas Wiltshire. Who would expect a young woman like this to go off investigating when her boss goes missing? Certainly not the characters she encounters. I could have done with less of the paranormal (in fact, I would have been perfectly happy without it being included at all) . Thanks to Netgalley for the Rose is an interesting character to lead what may well be a new series. A housemaid, she manages to move effortlessly between Five Points and the Fifth Avenue brownstone where she works for Thomas Wiltshire. Who would expect a young woman like this to go off investigating when her boss goes missing? Certainly not the characters she encounters. I could have done with less of the paranormal (in fact, I would have been perfectly happy without it being included at all) . Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Nicely written, a tad twisty, and certainly atmospheric.
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  • Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    The prose of this novel didn't work for me. I don't like it when the narration focuses so much on establishing a relationship with the reader - as with this narrator, who is glibly, chattily explaining the context of the story. It tries so hard to be witty and entertaining, that I can't get into the story. I want to live the story, not hear it told to me. With that, I couldn't get more than a few pages into it before putting it back down for good. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to revie The prose of this novel didn't work for me. I don't like it when the narration focuses so much on establishing a relationship with the reader - as with this narrator, who is glibly, chattily explaining the context of the story. It tries so hard to be witty and entertaining, that I can't get into the story. I want to live the story, not hear it told to me. With that, I couldn't get more than a few pages into it before putting it back down for good. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this advance copy.
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  • Stephanie Flinchbaugh
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Megan Williams
    January 1, 1970
    I ordered this book thinking 'a cozy set in the Gilded Age of Manhattan' and OH MY it's so much more. Not only is it a mystery of manners with 'upstairs, downstairs' but it has ghosts and magic and luck and shades. As you learn about NYC in the 1880's you also see that the City has changed but the people have not. Corruption and grifting and rich vs. poor still rule and many things act as a parable for today. READ IT. It's so much fun!!!
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Nineteen year old house maid Rose Gallagher works for Thomas Wiltshire, businessman in 1886 New York. When he disappears she decides to investigate.I didn't really take to the characters and when it turned into more of a paranormal story than a straightforward murder mystery I did lose interest. It just is not my sort of story though I suspect other readers will enjoy the book.A NetGalley Book
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  • Cindy Ladensack
    January 1, 1970
    Thoroughly engaging characters and a fast-paced plot—though honestly, the fantasy elements often outweighed the mystery. As long as you buy into the supernatural premise—and though I usually don’t, the writing in this book really drew me in and made me suspend my skepticism—this unusual story was truly interesting and enjoyable.
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  • Auderoy Lin
    January 1, 1970
    FAV QUOTES:Funny, isn't it, how the days that change your life forever start out like any other?I couldn't help feeling that adventure had found me at last. I was yet young and foolish enough to relish that.When your world is as small as mine, it doesn't take much to go beyond the limits of your experience.I daresay life is a good deal simpler not knowing.
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  • Margaret Eveleigh
    January 1, 1970
    Although the Toronto public library system has classified this as a mystery it is not. It starts out as a mystery set in 1886 Manhattan and then devolves into a rather silly ghostbuster story albeit without the stay-puff-marshmallow-boy. It was a fun read even though I found myself rolling my eyes at some of the plot points.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    Housemaid Rose Gallagher searches for her missing boss Thomas Wiltshire. What she finds leads her to a leaking portal to the underworld and some strange happenings with ghosts. Throw in Pinkerton detectives and you have an excellent mystery.
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