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The Socialite's Guide to Murder

(The first book in the Pinnacle Hotel Mystery series)
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The hotel was her refuge, but scandal is afoot—and a killer stalks the halls in this charming series debut perfect for fans of Rhys Bowen and Ashley Weaver.

It’s 1958 and Evelyn Elizabeth Grace Murphy has not left the Pinnacle Hotel in fourteen months. She suffers from agoraphobia, and what’s more, it’s her father’s hotel, and everything she needs is there. Evelyn’s always been good at finding things, she discovered her mother dead in a Manhattan alleyway fifteen years earlier. Now she’s finding trouble inside her sanctuary. At a party for artist Billie Bell, his newest work is stolen, and Evelyn’s fake boyfriend (and real best friend), movie star Henry Fox, is accused of the theft. But just as Evelyn sets out to prove Henry’s innocence, she finds Billie Bell dead.
The murder weapon links the crime to the hotel’s chief of security. But why would he use a knife with his initials on the handle? With her beloved home in disarray, Evelyn joins up with hotel employee (and her secret crush) Mac Cooper to get to the bottom of the case.
As Mac picks locks and Evelyn snoops around the hotel, they discover the walls around them contain more secrets than they previously knew. Now, Evelyn must force herself to leave the hotel to follow the clues—but when she and Mac set off to chase a lead, their car crashes and they barely escape with their lives. Someone snipped Evelyn’s brake lines, and now the stakes have become dangerously high.
Evelyn’s knack for sleuthing—and her playful imagination—are always hard at work, and she throws an elaborate party at the hotel where every guest is a suspect. But will the killer emerge from the glamorous lineup? If not, Evelyn just might find
herself…next in line for murder.

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Praise for this book

"This book has all the things I love in a mystery novel - a unique sleuth, a quirky cast of suspects, and a twisty whodunnit. Throw in scandal, secrets and a luxury hotel setting, and I'm hooked. The Socialite's Guide to Murder is an engaging debut that had me turning the pages quickly to find the answers." - C J Archer

"It's as if Eloise is all grown up and a sassy, savvy sleuth at the Plaza hotel! Hotel owner's daughter Evie Murphy is smart and daring in this delightful Golden Age mystery." - Rhys Bowen

"An endearing heroine, a luxury hotel, and a bevy of suspects pepper this delightful debut title by S. K. Golden. In 1958, artist Billie Bell is showcasing his latest work at the Pinnacle Hotel owned by Evelyn Murphy's father. Before Billie's new canvas can be revealed, the work is stolen and the people Evelyn knows are suspected of theft. Then Billie turns up dead. Since Evelyn is loathe to leave the security of the hotel, their staff has become her family. She can't believe one of them has betrayed her trust. Evelyn's fashion sense adds to the glamorous backdrop as she investigates the crime. A fun romp in a glitzy setting with a spunky sleuth!" - Nancy J Cohen

"A delightful tale of glamour and murder at a luxury hotel in 1950s New York City. Evelyn Murphy is the perfect sleuth for the occasion--charming, wealthy, and agoraphobic. She almost never leaves the hotel. With an endearing optimism, Evelyn takes matters into her manicured hands to find the killer and protect her home, her friends, and her little dog Presley. A wonderful romp of a mystery!" - Dianne Freeman

"S.K. Golden's The Socialite's Guide to Murder is a sparkling gem. Manhattan socialite, and Marilyn Monroe wannabe, Evelyn Murphy, may have been born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but when an artist is found with a knife in his back, her insider's knowledge of the Pinnacle Hotel comes in handy. When she's not dressing to the nines, pampering her adorable Pomeranian Presley, or sharing chocolate marshmallows with the precocious Amelia, she's hunting down thieves and murderers. In the process, she discovers there's more to life than Tiffany diamonds and tiki cocktails.The Socialite's Guide to Murder is nonstop entertainment--at turns witty, charming, touching, and spellbinding. An enticing treat for cozy mystery fans." - Kelly Oliver

"A rip roaring historical mystery, jam-packed with wit and glamour and endearing characters. Murder has never been this fun!" - T A Willberg

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