Murder at Marble House by Alyssa MaxwellWith the dawn of the twentieth century on the horizon, the fortunes of the venerable Vanderbilt family still shine brightly in the glittering high society of Newport, Rhode Island. But when a potential scandal strikes, the Vanderbilts turn to cousin and society page reporter Emma Cross to solve a murder and a disappearance. . .Responding to a frantic call on her newfangled telephone from her eighteen-year-old cousin, Consuelo Vanderbilt, Emma Cross arrives at the Marble House mansion and learns the cause of her distress--Consuelos mother, Alva, is forcing her into marriage with the Duke of Marlborough. Her mother has even called in a fortune teller to assure Consuelo of a happy future.
But the future is short-lived for the fortune teller, who is found dead by her crystal ball, strangled with a silk scarf. Standing above her is one of the Vanderbilts maids, who is promptly taken into police custody. After the frenzy has died down, Consuelo is nowhere to be found. At Alvas request, Emma must employ her sleuthing skills to determine if the vanishing Vanderbilt has eloped with the beau of her choice--or if her disappearance may be directly connected to the murder. . .
The Marble House: one of the most magnificent mansions in Rhode Island
Marble House, the summer home of William K. The others being The Breakers and The Elms. William Vanderbilt whose older brother Cornelius II built The Breakers gave this opulent palace to his wife, Alva, as a 39th birthday gift. I wonder how he topped that on her 40th birthday! Maybe he didn't get her anything, and that's why they divorced a few years later. Front entrance. I can't imagine too many places I'd rather attend a party in Newport than this Vanderbilt mansion.
It was built as a summer cottage for Alva and William Vanderbilt and it contains , cubic feet of marble. William Vanderbilt gave this house to his wife Alva for her 39 th birthday. The Marble House. Photo Credit. The Marble House, which is very similar to the White House. The Marble house was a social landmark, as it is one of the earliest examples of Beaux-Arts architecture which transformed the wooden colony houses of Newport into the legendary resort of opulent stone palaces. Hunt had the inspiration for this house from the Petit Trianon at the Palace of Versailles.
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The only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars is some current artist has been allowed to put his artwork all over this home which is out of place, and jarring. The home itself is amazing. I really enjoyed how you could go at your own pace to tour the "Cottage" using the headsets and smartphones!! The Marble House was very impressive. It certainly reflected the opulent spending of a very wealthy family of that era. The tickets never expire and you can use them whenever.