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Sarah Brandt, a midwife in turn-of-the-century New York City, has seen more than her share of joy and sorrow, birth and death. Now she will see for the first time how the squalor of the streets can breed madness and murder… The Prodigal Son Mission on Mulberry Bend stands as a refuge for girls who otherwise would have to live by selling the only thing they have of value—the Sarah Brandt, a midwife in turn-of-the-century New York City, has seen more than her share of joy and sorrow, birth and death. Now she will see for the first time how the squalor of the streets can breed madness and murder… The Prodigal Son Mission on Mulberry Bend stands as a refuge for girls who otherwise would have to live by selling the only thing they have of value—themselves. The work being done there so impresses Sarah that she volunteers to help out however she can—with clothes, with medical assistance, with the organization of a benefit dinner. And when one of the girls is found dead and refused burial because of her former life, Sarah’s passion for justice is aroused. Reluctantly, Sergeant Frank Malloy agrees to look into the death, if only to keep Sarah from endangering herself by pursuing the matter. But Sarah cannot be kept out of the investigation—and just as Malloy feared, her attempts to find the cause of the unfortunate girl’s death in the circumstances of her life put her in deadly danger—from an unexpected source…  


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Sarah Brandt, a midwife in turn-of-the-century New York City, has seen more than her share of joy and sorrow, birth and death. Now she will see for the first time how the squalor of the streets can breed madness and murder… The Prodigal Son Mission on Mulberry Bend stands as a refuge for girls who otherwise would have to live by selling the only thing they have of value—the Sarah Brandt, a midwife in turn-of-the-century New York City, has seen more than her share of joy and sorrow, birth and death. Now she will see for the first time how the squalor of the streets can breed madness and murder… The Prodigal Son Mission on Mulberry Bend stands as a refuge for girls who otherwise would have to live by selling the only thing they have of value—themselves. The work being done there so impresses Sarah that she volunteers to help out however she can—with clothes, with medical assistance, with the organization of a benefit dinner. And when one of the girls is found dead and refused burial because of her former life, Sarah’s passion for justice is aroused. Reluctantly, Sergeant Frank Malloy agrees to look into the death, if only to keep Sarah from endangering herself by pursuing the matter. But Sarah cannot be kept out of the investigation—and just as Malloy feared, her attempts to find the cause of the unfortunate girl’s death in the circumstances of her life put her in deadly danger—from an unexpected source…  

30 review for Murder on Mulberry Bend

  1. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Three very notable events in this book which is #5 in the series: 1. Frank appears to discover the identity of Sarah's husband's killer. And if it is correct then what a shocker! 2. One of the most delightful scenes between Frank and Sarah so far occurs straight after Frank sees the body in the park. 3. Brian has his cast removed. There is a mystery, quite a few murders, a remarkable method for killing someone and a twist at the end but all of that takes second place to our main characters and the Three very notable events in this book which is #5 in the series: 1. Frank appears to discover the identity of Sarah's husband's killer. And if it is correct then what a shocker! 2. One of the most delightful scenes between Frank and Sarah so far occurs straight after Frank sees the body in the park. 3. Brian has his cast removed. There is a mystery, quite a few murders, a remarkable method for killing someone and a twist at the end but all of that takes second place to our main characters and the progress of their relationship. How many more books before they actually get together? No don't tell me - half the fun is in the suspense:)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Sarah Brandt agrees to help her friend Richard Dennis understand more about his deceased wife’s passion at the time of her death. She spent most of her time volunteering at the Prodigal Son Mission on Mulberry Street and Richard wants to know what she did there. Sarah is so impressed with their work that she decides to become a volunteer but not before one of the young residents is found murdered in the park. That intersection connects her with Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy yet again to help f Sarah Brandt agrees to help her friend Richard Dennis understand more about his deceased wife’s passion at the time of her death. She spent most of her time volunteering at the Prodigal Son Mission on Mulberry Street and Richard wants to know what she did there. Sarah is so impressed with their work that she decides to become a volunteer but not before one of the young residents is found murdered in the park. That intersection connects her with Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy yet again to help figure how who ended this girl’s life. There is so much to like about this story! Sarah and Frank’s relationship intensifies, Frank makes major strides in his investigation of Tom Brandt’s murder and the mystery surrounding the murder of the young Mission resident was fascinating. Figuring out the whodunit is always important to me but the richness of the historical context of the journey and the complex social issues was equally enjoyable. I loved turning the pages into what was next. There’s so much queued up for the next book I almost feel like reading ahead of those participating in the group read with me (but I won’t, of course😏). This series is a gem.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melisa

    Definitely the most predictable book in the series, but will still read each and every one of them! Love the character development.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    A visit to the Prodigal Son Mission on Mulberry Bend gives Sarah Brandt something to think about. The mission takes in girls who are living on the streets and gives them another chance. Sarah donates some of her clothes and volunteers to help at the mission in her spare time. Detective Frank Malloy is called to City Park when a body is found. One of the girls from the mission has been murdered. With few clues, Frank knows that bringing the murderer to justice will be nearly impossible. But Sarah A visit to the Prodigal Son Mission on Mulberry Bend gives Sarah Brandt something to think about. The mission takes in girls who are living on the streets and gives them another chance. Sarah donates some of her clothes and volunteers to help at the mission in her spare time. Detective Frank Malloy is called to City Park when a body is found. One of the girls from the mission has been murdered. With few clues, Frank knows that bringing the murderer to justice will be nearly impossible. But Sarah appeals to him to keep on the case for the girl’s sake. Another entertaining addition to the Gaslight Mystery series. Malloy wants to keep Sarah out of the investigation, but she just keeps insinuating herself back into it. I guessed the villain early in the book, but still found myself enjoying the story. My rating: 4 Stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    A home for wayward girls, a lady of faith and prejudices are the focal point of the latest Gaslight Mystery. And once again, I thought I had a good grip on what was going on only to have Ms. Thompson throw in some twists and turns at the end. Frank Malloy and Sarah Brandt are two complex individuals that continue to grow on me. Sarah has both grace and intelligence with some pluckiness which is a rarity for women of this era. She means well even when she is absorbed with other people's lives. In A home for wayward girls, a lady of faith and prejudices are the focal point of the latest Gaslight Mystery. And once again, I thought I had a good grip on what was going on only to have Ms. Thompson throw in some twists and turns at the end. Frank Malloy and Sarah Brandt are two complex individuals that continue to grow on me. Sarah has both grace and intelligence with some pluckiness which is a rarity for women of this era. She means well even when she is absorbed with other people's lives. In regards to Frank, the author shares more of what is going on in his mind. He finally coming to grips with Sarah's importance in his life. As far as the actual crime, I keep having to remember that fingerprinting, wearing gloves at a crime scene and blood spatter are either novel ideas or haven't even been touched upon yet. As a detective with the NYC police department, Frank has to depend on threats, 'the look', and some violence. The big difference now is Sarah is intruding in his thoughts when he least suspects it; what would she think of him if she knew he had treated someone unfairly? He is developing a conscience in a very rough and tumble world. And even though they are far apart on the social ladder, they compliment each other. Sarah is the 'light' to Frank's 'dark', she is the 'water' to his 'fire'; they are two halves that together make one whole.

  6. 5 out of 5

    tamar

    I (sheepishly) declare that i'm in love with this series. i know i said i'd give it a rest but the exploits of Sarah and Frank are so darn cute that i just keep coming back for more.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Piyangie

    Sarah and Malloy meet again to solve another murder-mystery. It seems that no matter how much Malloy wants Sarah to keep out of murder mysteries, she keeps appearing on her own accord or he keeps pursuing her for some help. Whatever the case it is interesting to see these two at work and their growing attraction (although both try their best to suppress their personal feelings). The murder mystery is as always a simple one and the culprit was pretty predictable. But unlike in previous Gaslight m Sarah and Malloy meet again to solve another murder-mystery. It seems that no matter how much Malloy wants Sarah to keep out of murder mysteries, she keeps appearing on her own accord or he keeps pursuing her for some help. Whatever the case it is interesting to see these two at work and their growing attraction (although both try their best to suppress their personal feelings). The murder mystery is as always a simple one and the culprit was pretty predictable. But unlike in previous Gaslight mysteries, I couldn't connect much with the story. The story has a dark and creepy touch and should have made the perfect platform for a murder-mystery themed story. But unfortunately the story didn't sit well with me. I felt the whole story to be a little unnatural and forced. What I did enjoy was the character development of Sarah and Malloy and their growing intimacy. Sarah is growing as a more strong and independent as a woman and at the same time she is growing in her femininity; and Frank is finally shelling his facade of indifference. I think Ms. Thompson has focused more on character development rather than on the story in this novel.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dagny

    Great read! This series just keeps getting better and better.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Adamek

    3.5 stars

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Midwife Sarah Brandt has gotten involved with the work of the Prodigal Son Mission which helps teenage women learn skills to keep them off the streets. That’s how she is able to identify the body that Detective Sergeant Frank has found in a park – it’s one of the girls from the mission. With no one to push the police to find justice for this girl, Sarah insists that Frank figure out what happened, with a little help from her. Will they find the killer? I was compelled to read this book soon after Midwife Sarah Brandt has gotten involved with the work of the Prodigal Son Mission which helps teenage women learn skills to keep them off the streets. That’s how she is able to identify the body that Detective Sergeant Frank has found in a park – it’s one of the girls from the mission. With no one to push the police to find justice for this girl, Sarah insists that Frank figure out what happened, with a little help from her. Will they find the killer? I was compelled to read this book soon after I read the previous one with the promise of an update on an ongoing storyline. We do get quite a twist there before this book is over. The main mystery was a little weak, however. I didn’t feel like it had the twists we normally get, although maybe that’s because I had an idea what was going early in the book. The pages still flew by since the characters are strong and the time period comes to vivid life. Any time spent in this series is time well spent. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This is the 5th in the Gaslight mystery series, and they only get better. Sarah or Mrs. Brandt as the widow is most often called, gets caught up in another murder. In this one, Frank Malloy, her friend and Dectetive, is called to a murder scene of a young woman killed in a park in turn-of-the-century New York. As he looks down at the victim, he is startled to see a familiar hat and blonde hair and is so shaken he asks the policeman to turn her over, and only when he sees it is NOT, Mrs. Brandt d This is the 5th in the Gaslight mystery series, and they only get better. Sarah or Mrs. Brandt as the widow is most often called, gets caught up in another murder. In this one, Frank Malloy, her friend and Dectetive, is called to a murder scene of a young woman killed in a park in turn-of-the-century New York. As he looks down at the victim, he is startled to see a familiar hat and blonde hair and is so shaken he asks the policeman to turn her over, and only when he sees it is NOT, Mrs. Brandt does he take a breath. It seems Mrs. Brandt had given away some clothing to a mission that helps young girls. As the plot deepens, so does the relationship between the two main characters, even as Sarah continues to step out with the rich and "approved by mom and dad" suitor. The ending was not only fast and furious, but also brought tears to this old sentimental readers eyes.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lata

    A young woman who made some poor choices in her life is found murdered. Sarah had met the girl at a mission that was providing an alternative to a life on the streets for young women, and she and Frank Malloy investigate, which gives us a chance to see a little of the tensions between the Irish and Italian immigrants of New York City, and how the rich of the city view these people, if they do at all, as either irredeemable, or needing to be saved. Frank is having trouble dealing with his feelings A young woman who made some poor choices in her life is found murdered. Sarah had met the girl at a mission that was providing an alternative to a life on the streets for young women, and she and Frank Malloy investigate, which gives us a chance to see a little of the tensions between the Irish and Italian immigrants of New York City, and how the rich of the city view these people, if they do at all, as either irredeemable, or needing to be saved. Frank is having trouble dealing with his feelings, especially as it appears that Sarah is being courted by someone from her social class. Meanwhile, Sarah is forging a sweet relationship with Frank’s son, Brian. I figured out who the baddie was really early, and that was ok. I read this series for the developing relationships between the characters, and for the historical details. I always learn something new while reading this series, and I am growing ever fonder of determined, kind, and sometimes too naive Sarah and gruff Frank.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tammie

    Sarah Brandt, a midwife in turn-of-the-century New York City, has seen more than her share of joy and sorrow, birth and death. Now she will see for the first time how the squalor of the streets can breed madness and murder… Murder in Mulberry Bend was one of the better books in the Gaslight series so far. I loved the progress in the relationship of Frank and Sarah in this installment, and throwing someone else into the mix made it even better (view spoiler)[ but why do away with him so quickly? Sarah Brandt, a midwife in turn-of-the-century New York City, has seen more than her share of joy and sorrow, birth and death. Now she will see for the first time how the squalor of the streets can breed madness and murder… Murder in Mulberry Bend was one of the better books in the Gaslight series so far. I loved the progress in the relationship of Frank and Sarah in this installment, and throwing someone else into the mix made it even better (view spoiler)[ but why do away with him so quickly? (hide spoiler)] Frank's investigation into Tom's death is also still ongoing and he makes some progress here so that was another added bonus. I also enjoyed the addition of Addie to the story and the whole School for Wayward Girls. I wasn't too crazy about how, yet again I figured out who the killer was and what the murder weapon was pretty early on and Sarah and Malloy were so clueless. Still all the other elements of the story made it very enjoyable so I will continue onto the next book. Review also posted at Writings of a Reader

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    2.5 stars What has the author done to our Sarah in this book? • She’s much too quick to jump to conclusions, and to share those conclusions with just about anyone who cares to discuss matters with her. She seems to have lost all sense of discretion. • She plays fast and loose with the term “we”, when it should be “I”. She tells everyone that “WE” have decided who the killer is (the “we” being Sarah and Frank). Too bad she hadn’t told Frank yet. • She has gotten very cocksure and pigheaded, and I do 2.5 stars What has the author done to our Sarah in this book? • She’s much too quick to jump to conclusions, and to share those conclusions with just about anyone who cares to discuss matters with her. She seems to have lost all sense of discretion. • She plays fast and loose with the term “we”, when it should be “I”. She tells everyone that “WE” have decided who the killer is (the “we” being Sarah and Frank). Too bad she hadn’t told Frank yet. • She has gotten very cocksure and pigheaded, and I don’t find it appealing. • She has stopped being strong, independent Sarah, and is now constantly asking her parents for their help. She even is accepting clothing from her mother! • Oh dear… she has even become a bit of a c***tease, playing two guys off of each other. I think I need to give this series a rest for a while. I’m souring on it… or maybe just OD-ing? Things have started to sound very repetitious. And I hate to say it, but this book is just plain STUPID in several parts.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Murder on Mulberry Bend 4 Stars While the mystery is pretty predictable and it is easy to guess the culprit early on, the insights into the lives of immigrants in the notorious slums of New York city at the turn of the century are very compelling. Moreover, the ongoing relationship between Sarah and Malloy makes this an engaging addition to the series. Sarah's desire to help the young girls at the mission is admirable, but her naiveté often has her misreading people and their motives. This leads h Murder on Mulberry Bend 4 Stars While the mystery is pretty predictable and it is easy to guess the culprit early on, the insights into the lives of immigrants in the notorious slums of New York city at the turn of the century are very compelling. Moreover, the ongoing relationship between Sarah and Malloy makes this an engaging addition to the series. Sarah's desire to help the young girls at the mission is admirable, but her naiveté often has her misreading people and their motives. This leads her into trouble that could easily be avoided if she employed a little common sense. Malloy is much more practical. Although his willingness to resort to violence is troubling, one cannot separate his actions from the circumstances of the time and place. Malloy and Sarah have wonderful chemistry and it is entertaining to see their one step forward, two steps back romance. That said, it is about time for something to happen between them. All in all, the Gaslight Mysteries is shaping into one of my favorite series. Looking forward to the next one.

  16. 5 out of 5

    JG

    This annoy me to no end. Don't get me wrong, Sarah can be smart but this book showed me how stupid and gullible she is. I figured who the killer was the first, yes the first time, if you can believe it, they interviewed her which was just a few chapter from the beginning. Now you'd think mystery books are suppose to make sure the readers don't figure that out especially when they haven't finished half of the book yet. So that's why i was pretty mad when Sarah starts making the wrong theories and This annoy me to no end. Don't get me wrong, Sarah can be smart but this book showed me how stupid and gullible she is. I figured who the killer was the first, yes the first time, if you can believe it, they interviewed her which was just a few chapter from the beginning. Now you'd think mystery books are suppose to make sure the readers don't figure that out especially when they haven't finished half of the book yet. So that's why i was pretty mad when Sarah starts making the wrong theories and stupid decisions (like the evidences are not staring her right in the face). Gaslight Mystery books are hit and miss for me. This is the third book in this series i have manage to solve. This is even worst because the book hasn't even started yet and i already knew the culprit is.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amanda McGill

    Definitely the weakest mystery of the Gaslight Mystery series, but I just love this series and the main characters, Sarah and Malloy. I solved the who very early on, but didn't figure out the why until later in the book. It wasn't that complex of a mystery, which disappointed me as this series has had some pretty great mysteries. I did enjoy how the murder weapon was used and the author's description of how she came up with it at the end of the book. I love Sarah and I love Malloy and I love rea Definitely the weakest mystery of the Gaslight Mystery series, but I just love this series and the main characters, Sarah and Malloy. I solved the who very early on, but didn't figure out the why until later in the book. It wasn't that complex of a mystery, which disappointed me as this series has had some pretty great mysteries. I did enjoy how the murder weapon was used and the author's description of how she came up with it at the end of the book. I love Sarah and I love Malloy and I love reading about the turn of the century. I can't wait to continue reading the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Madhulika Liddle

    New York City at the turn of the century. In one of the seediest parts of town, near the eponymous Mulberry Bend of Murder on Mulberry Bend, stands the Prodigal Son Mission. Somewhat contrary to the expectations raised by its name, the Prodigal Son Mission, run by a widow named Mrs Wells, looks after the well-being of the daughters of the area: saving girls and young women from a life of destitution and prostitution, imparting education, and showing them how to earn an honest living. Midwife and New York City at the turn of the century. In one of the seediest parts of town, near the eponymous Mulberry Bend of Murder on Mulberry Bend, stands the Prodigal Son Mission. Somewhat contrary to the expectations raised by its name, the Prodigal Son Mission, run by a widow named Mrs Wells, looks after the well-being of the daughters of the area: saving girls and young women from a life of destitution and prostitution, imparting education, and showing them how to earn an honest living. Midwife and often-detective Sarah Brandt comes to the mission by chance, accompanying a friend whose long-dead wife had volunteered there for a while. Sarah brings along a donation: some old clothes, an old hat, and so on. A few days later, a young Italian woman named Emilia—whom Sarah had met briefly that day at the mission—is found dead, stabbed in the nape in a park. She had been given Sarah’s old clothes, and that is reason enough to make a shaken Sarah determined to find her killer. The mystery is not terribly complicated, but there are enough red herrings and twists to make it interesting. The detective work and deduction made sense, and everything fitted in well. What really shone for me, though, was the way Victoria Thompson was able to bring to life the New York of that era: the wealth and grandeur on the one hand, the utter poverty and desperation on the other. The social strata, the hostility and prejudices, the way everything from race to religion divided people. I liked both Sarah Brandt and the wonderfully human policeman, Frank Malloy, with whom Sarah’s relationship—somewhere between lovers and friends, closer to the former than the latter—is one of the most attractive aspects of the book outside of the mystery angle. Just to see how these two go on, I’d like to read more of the books in this series. That said, I didn’t like that one important piece of information (not related to the main mystery, I’ll add) is left hanging at the end. A tantalizing titbit thrown in, and you don’t even know whether it will be resolved in the book that follows, or not.

  19. 5 out of 5

    A.M.G. ☮Hippie/Fantasia☮

    Rating: 5 / 5 Yet another great read with no end in sight! To be honest, again the mystery element of this--to the "main" mystery, I mean, not Frank's side-quest of finding out the death of Tom Brandt--wasn't the strongest for me, as I did guess whodunnit fairly early on. However, what really stands out about this one in particular is the psychological development of the characters, as well as seeing Frank's police "methods" for extracting a confession at work. It made me realize that, yes, technic Rating: 5 / 5 Yet another great read with no end in sight! To be honest, again the mystery element of this--to the "main" mystery, I mean, not Frank's side-quest of finding out the death of Tom Brandt--wasn't the strongest for me, as I did guess whodunnit fairly early on. However, what really stands out about this one in particular is the psychological development of the characters, as well as seeing Frank's police "methods" for extracting a confession at work. It made me realize that, yes, technically what he does isn't really honourable and may even come across as harsh, but then, with some of the people he encounters, there really is no other way to get things solved. The only difference is that, once again, he's very conscious of Sarah's influence on him, and--finally!--admits to himself how he feels about her. Again, very big leaps and bounds with his psychology in this one, so well done on that front. The epilogue definitely gives some hints for future developments though, on both Frank and Sarah's behalves. For Frank, it's finally coming to terms with how he feels and making a move towards doing something about it, and for Sarah it's the prospect of potentially adopting a little girl. (Now, for this latter one, I have no idea if the little girl character will be introduced yet again, but let's just say that the sentimental puffball within me sees the girl, Aggie, and Brian being good friends. Again, just wishy-washy at this point, so let's put that aside.) Once again, a fantastic read, still keeps me up on the hype of getting through all of these Gaslight Mysteries, and the next book is already in my Amazon cart.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Sarah decides that she doesn't have to do being a midwife and all, so she starts volunteering at a shelter for homeless girls. Of course, soon after she starts volunteering, there is a murder. Sarah gets Frank involved and they discover that is not the only girl that has "disappeared" or been "lost." I enjoyed the mystery quite a bit. I love Frank and Brian. Brian gets his cast off in this story. Sarah and Frank's relationship is spot on. I love Sarah and her attitude toward life. She's an impre Sarah decides that she doesn't have to do being a midwife and all, so she starts volunteering at a shelter for homeless girls. Of course, soon after she starts volunteering, there is a murder. Sarah gets Frank involved and they discover that is not the only girl that has "disappeared" or been "lost." I enjoyed the mystery quite a bit. I love Frank and Brian. Brian gets his cast off in this story. Sarah and Frank's relationship is spot on. I love Sarah and her attitude toward life. She's an impressive character. She's kind, practical, smart, and charming. It would be surprising if Frank wasn't in love with her! Who wouldn't be?! Just 8 more books to write reviews on in this series and I'll be caught up. I'm still mad at myself for not writing my reviews right after reading so I could remember all the specifics. There were all these cute moments between Frank and Sarah but I can't remember which books they were in so I don't want to mention them. ;p

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Thank God this one is over!!! So happy her party companion died because it was so damn boring reading about her attending to them! I don't know what I would do if I had to read another instalment with this duo and their social outgoings! Things I didn't like: This instalment didn't feel like much of a crime novel! Sarah's behaviour who lead Dennis on by happily going out and about with him and making Malloy jealous just because she could without any other purpose to it! That I figured out the who du Thank God this one is over!!! So happy her party companion died because it was so damn boring reading about her attending to them! I don't know what I would do if I had to read another instalment with this duo and their social outgoings! Things I didn't like: This instalment didn't feel like much of a crime novel! Sarah's behaviour who lead Dennis on by happily going out and about with him and making Malloy jealous just because she could without any other purpose to it! That I figured out the who dunnit part very early on! Things I did like: Frank Malloy! Malloy investigating Tom Brandt's murder! (I'm very curious to see where that will lead him) Little Aggie!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Minx

    This mystery was a doozy and I am very excited for what is growing between Frank and Sarah. Although with the way this story ended it seems as if there is little chance for anything to blossom because of Frank's stubbornness. That only leaves me more excited for the next book in this series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Veronique

    Another enjoyable murder mystery set in the New York of late 19th century. I love the way the author gives clues to the attentive reader on the identity of the culprit. Additionally, the other enjoyable part of these mysteries is the development of the cast, and not just the two main characters. I’m thoroughly addicted :O)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan Garrett

    I've not read the other books in the "Gaslight Mystery" series, which feature midwife Sarah Brandt in turn of the century New York. However loathe I am to not begin a series from the beginning, I'm always up for period fiction and as this fell into my hands, I decided to take a look. This is a lovely tea and cakes book, nothing deep or demanding, what I would assume to be the mystery version of a Harlequin Romance. The period was well-researched so that no glaring errors set my mind drifting from I've not read the other books in the "Gaslight Mystery" series, which feature midwife Sarah Brandt in turn of the century New York. However loathe I am to not begin a series from the beginning, I'm always up for period fiction and as this fell into my hands, I decided to take a look. This is a lovely tea and cakes book, nothing deep or demanding, what I would assume to be the mystery version of a Harlequin Romance. The period was well-researched so that no glaring errors set my mind drifting from the plot and although I didn't quite feel the story delivered a evocative presentation of the period, it did describe it rather nicely. The 'get' of the book is the murder weapon, which somewhat disappointed me - I've seen this used in a number of period fiction pieces, professional and amateur. The main character, was pleasant, but didn't catch my interest. She's a well-bred woman from a wealthy family who lives as a midwife in the shabbier sections of the city to follow a medical calling because she appears to have some serious guilt issues about having lived a life of privilege. The most interesting character for me was Malloy, the police detective trying to solve crimes where the amount of effort expended was directly proportional to the wealth and social standing (or moral standing) of the victim. If Thompson breaks out of the midlist in any way, it's in her descriptions of the jails and prison system of the time - you get more of a feel for the people who were incarcerated, guilty or innocent. I would have liked to have seen more of the police station and its inner workings - but that may appear in one of the books I haven't yet read. Other than that, the characters, the setting, and the plot are amazingly pedestrian - there's nothing we haven't seen before (which isn't unusual), but there's no attempt to give it a good spin. The main character is almost too much the modern heroine in period dress - she has the sensibilities and thought processes of a well-bred 21st century woman rather than a turn of the century society girl. I've been given a copy of another book in the series and shall certainly read that. The content of the next book will probably determine whether I read the rest of the series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Olivermagnus

    This is the fifth book of Victoria Thompson's Gaslight series. Once again, it features the two main characters in the series, midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy. Sarah is the daughter of one of the prominent Knickerbocker families of New York City, now a widowed midwife, and Frank is a member of the New York City Police Department. Widower Richard Dennis, a family friend, asks Sarah's help in understanding the last days of his wife, Hazel. It seems she found comfort volunte This is the fifth book of Victoria Thompson's Gaslight series. Once again, it features the two main characters in the series, midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy. Sarah is the daughter of one of the prominent Knickerbocker families of New York City, now a widowed midwife, and Frank is a member of the New York City Police Department. Widower Richard Dennis, a family friend, asks Sarah's help in understanding the last days of his wife, Hazel. It seems she found comfort volunteering at a mission house, The Prodigal Son Mission, right before she died. Richard feels immense guilt in not knowing what Hazel was so passionate about those last months. Sarah immediately finds herself drawn to the young, unfortunate women that the mission tends to. After visiting it with Richard and bringing a donation of her old clothes, she decides that she could teach a hygiene class to these women and perhaps keep them from a life of ruin. When Frank Malloy finds a young woman's body wearing Sarah's hat, he panics. Realizing that the dead woman isn't Sarah, he asks for her help in identifying the body. Set in turn of the century New York, the book is filled with period details and the actions of the characters are governed by the social formalities and politics of the times. This series seems very well researched even though it's often not that difficult to figure out who the killer is. I'm also enjoying the progress made on the personal relationships of the characters. There are new developments for young Brian Malloy and entertaining internal battles for Frank as he copes with Sarah's continuing relationship with Richard Dennis. I continue to read this series as my 1Cgo to 1D books for fun and leisure. They are charming and I'm picking up the sixth book, Murder on Marble Row, soon.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    Victoria Thompson does it again with another strong installment from her Gaslight series. Her two main characters -- Sarah Brandt the midwife and Frank Malloy the detective -- are again the main focus of this novel. They team up to solve a mystery surrounding a girl who had been "lost" but then gone to a mission, only to be murdered just as she seemed to be getting her life back in order. I must say, this is the first time in a Gaslight mystery where I figured out who the murderer was very early Victoria Thompson does it again with another strong installment from her Gaslight series. Her two main characters -- Sarah Brandt the midwife and Frank Malloy the detective -- are again the main focus of this novel. They team up to solve a mystery surrounding a girl who had been "lost" but then gone to a mission, only to be murdered just as she seemed to be getting her life back in order. I must say, this is the first time in a Gaslight mystery where I figured out who the murderer was very early on -- almost immediately. However, that did not spoil the story the way it would in most mysteries, because the characterization is solid, and because Thompson has made me really care about Malloy, his son Brian, and Sarah Brandt. Also there are some other surprises in store for the reader, as Malloy continues his private investigation into the murder of Sarah's husband -- what we would today call a "cold case." There are some startling developments there that in some ways overshadow the main mystery of the novel. I very much enjoyed this installment, and can highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery with strong characterization. I certainly plan to read the next couple of books in the series -- and probably will read them all if they remain this good.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Butts

    Book 5. SPOILER ALERT: don't read past this if you don't want to know certain important details about the book. Italian immigrants, street urchins, a settlement house for wayward girls, the heroic death of Sarah’s other suitor, and a hint that her father may have killed her husband. I didn’t like this book as much, because I found both Sarah and Frank unlikable again. I’m not sure what changed; maybe it’s because Thompson’s characterization of them is relatively static, but Sarah is too much of Book 5. SPOILER ALERT: don't read past this if you don't want to know certain important details about the book. Italian immigrants, street urchins, a settlement house for wayward girls, the heroic death of Sarah’s other suitor, and a hint that her father may have killed her husband. I didn’t like this book as much, because I found both Sarah and Frank unlikable again. I’m not sure what changed; maybe it’s because Thompson’s characterization of them is relatively static, but Sarah is too much of a do-gooder and Frank was almost loathsome with the way he allowed two young street toughs to be savaged in jail in an effort to loosen their tongues. Eww. Also, although the mode of murder was unique, the murderer was almost too obvious from the very start of the book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Gonzalez

    This is the 5th book in this series, and it may be my favorite so far. Sarah goes with her new friend, Richard Dennis, to the Prodigal Son Mission. This is the place his late wife was volunteering at before her death. He wanted to see the work his wife did with his own eyes. While there, Sarah became interested in the mission and the young ladies there. Immediately following her visit, one of the girls is found murdered in a park. Sarah wants justice. Sarah works through the dynamics of Richard This is the 5th book in this series, and it may be my favorite so far. Sarah goes with her new friend, Richard Dennis, to the Prodigal Son Mission. This is the place his late wife was volunteering at before her death. He wanted to see the work his wife did with his own eyes. While there, Sarah became interested in the mission and the young ladies there. Immediately following her visit, one of the girls is found murdered in a park. Sarah wants justice. Sarah works through the dynamics of Richard and Frank Malloy as they both seem a little jealous of the time she is spending with the other. In addition, Frank makes some progress on his private investigation into what happened with the murder of Sarah's husband. I like the interactions of the characters, and really liked this story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Charlene

    Another really good read in this mystery series set in New York City at the turn-of-the-twentieth century. For once, the murderer became quite clear to me, which put Sarah in another almost TSTL moment, when she acted several steps before she thought things out -- things which were obvious and overtly knowable. I did enjoy the growing relationship(s), and the situation of immigrant communities and their prejudices, and overwhelming prejudices against them was appalling. If Frank has indeed learned t Another really good read in this mystery series set in New York City at the turn-of-the-twentieth century. For once, the murderer became quite clear to me, which put Sarah in another almost TSTL moment, when she acted several steps before she thought things out -- things which were obvious and overtly knowable. I did enjoy the growing relationship(s), and the situation of immigrant communities and their prejudices, and overwhelming prejudices against them was appalling. If Frank has indeed learned the identity of Sarah's husband's murderer, I am very concerned about a future revelation, or him living and keeping that knowledge secret. What a conundrum for Frank!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    Book #5 in the Gaslight Mystery series offers up another murder, one that delivers what I'm hoping will be a wake up call for Frank. I love a slow burn romance but combine that with all the rules of propriety for polite society in the late 1800s and Frank and Sarah may just kill me yet, lol. This may be a series about murder mysteries, but for me the main draw has become the lives of these two supposedly very different people.

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