They called the snowstorm that struck New York City in the spring of 1888 The Great Blizzard and The Storm of the Century. More than 200 people died including Prudence MacKenzie’s fiancé Charles Linwood. Like so many of the blizzard victims, Charles’ death was ruled an accident, but Prudence finds the timing of Charles’s death to be just a little bit too convenient for her stepmother Victoria, who now gains control of the fortune Prudence’s father left her. Now with the help of Geoffrey Hunter, an old school friend of Charles’, Prudence hopes she can find the proof she needs before it is too late and someone gets away with murder.
Simpson’s splendid debut is the perfect blend of history and mystery with a sleuthing couple, who could easily pass as a younger version of Charlotte and Thomas Pitt. Combine this with a vividly evoked Gilded Age setting, and you truly have the start of very special new series for historical mystery lovers and historical fiction fans alike.