Friday, May 3, 2024

Gilded Newport Mysteries: Murder at the Breakers (2024) Movie Review

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MbgPhoto recently published her review of the Cozy Mystery Genre and that made me yearn to watch a new cozy mystery movie.  

I suspect I have always enjoyed cozy mysteries but didn't really know the proper category to search until I started reading reviews on ReviewThisReviews and learned the name of the genre.  

I've never liked gory thrillers or horror films, although I have watched many of them in my lifetime, even reviewed a few over the last decade, but I have always loved a good mystery.  Thus the reason I love Sherlock Holmes and Poirot.  While I have not found anything comparable to Poirot or Sherlock, I have enjoyed some great cozy mystery movies. 

was drawn to this movie because of the time period setting.  I love the Gilded Age era fashion.  However, I would be the first to admit, I do not admire the "classes" of that era or the way workers were trampled on so the elitist class could get richer, faster.  I do have to suspend reality to enjoy some fiction and I did enjoy watching the Gilded Newport Mysteries.


Gilded Newport Mysteries: Murder at the Breakers Synopsis  

Emma Vanderbilt-Cross is the niece of Cornelius Vanderbilt and the daughter of a Vanderbilt who married below her station.  Emma is not an heiress to any of the Vanderbilt money, but is still included in society as a Vanderbilt.  She prefers to remain unmarried, at least for a while, as she considers her options.  She enjoys writing articles for the "Fashions and Fancies" women's section in the Newport Observer newspaper, which pays the bills.  She would love to write a novel, but she realizes that would bring scandal upon the Vanderbilt family.

She has been invited to a ball being given for her cousin at the Vanderbilt's summer home, The Breakers.  Emma is determined to include her half-brother (her father's son before he married her mother) and takes Brady to the ball as her guest.

Unfortunately, when her uncle's business advisor is murdered at the ball, Brady appears to be the murderer.  Of course, it would not be a great mystery if everything was so obvious and I will admit, I was surprised to find out the identity of the real murderer.

A very entertaining mystery indeed!  And, a touch of romance just for fun.



A Note About The Breakers Mansion - Current Day

"The Breakers" is in fact the name of the Vanderbilt mansion in Newport, Rhode Island.  It was the real Cornelius Vanderbilt II's summer home.  It is now a museum that is owned and maintained by the Preservation Society.



I watched The Gilded Newport Mysteries series on Frndly TV, a subscription streaming service, but it may also be available on other subscription services that include Hallmark Murders & Mysteries.

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  1. This sounds like a delightful mystery and movie. I too like Cozy Mysteries, in book form and movie form. And I had no idea that The Breakers is the name of The Vanderbuilt mansion in Newport.

    The only other movie I ever saw (and loved) that took place in Newport, RI was the old Bing Crosby-Grace Kelly-Frank Sinatra "High Society". Definitely 'high society' in Newport. :)

  2. Mary Beth GrangerMay 3, 2024 at 9:36 AM

    This sounds like a delightful cozy mystery. I'm looking forward to watching it.

  3. I have toured The Breakers in Newport, RI several times and, as a fan of Gilded Age decor, have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the over-the-top opulence of the Vanderbilt home. It really has to be seen in person to be fully appreciated. I have no doubt I will enjoy this cozy mystery movie as well. Thanks so much for the excellent recommendation!

  4. I love this time period and I believe I would enjoy this one as well. I agree about the division of classes during those days being hard to stomach as well, however, it does sound quite entertaining as a cozy mystery movie.

  5. I think I would enjoy this film. I know what you mean about the cosy mystery movies. I am not a fan of gory violence or horror but I do like a good mystery and so I am a fan of this cosy mystery genre . Thank you for your review and recommendation.

  6. I'm always looking for something that I would enjoy on TV and cozy mysteries are some of my favorites. Glad to know there is something there for me. Really happy that you shared it too Sylvestermouse Cynthia!


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