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When Gino Donatelli is accused of a brutal murder, beloved sleuths Sarah and Frank Malloy have to catch a killer who is out to destroy their innocent friend's life in the latest installment of the national bestselling Gaslight mysteries. A victim is found, brutally murdered and the police are certain they've caught the killer. Their only suspect: Gino Donatelli. Frank and S When Gino Donatelli is accused of a brutal murder, beloved sleuths Sarah and Frank Malloy have to catch a killer who is out to destroy their innocent friend's life in the latest installment of the national bestselling Gaslight mysteries. A victim is found, brutally murdered and the police are certain they've caught the killer. Their only suspect: Gino Donatelli. Frank and Sarah know Gino is innocent but the police have a one-track mind. Once Frank struck it rich and left their ranks taking Gino with him, there has been a simmering resentment in the department. And now, someone has pulled out all the stops to make it look like Gino is the only one who could have committed the crime. With the clock ticking and evidence mounting against their friend, Sarah and Frank will try to unravel a treacherous plot before Gino is sent up the river for good.


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When Gino Donatelli is accused of a brutal murder, beloved sleuths Sarah and Frank Malloy have to catch a killer who is out to destroy their innocent friend's life in the latest installment of the national bestselling Gaslight mysteries. A victim is found, brutally murdered and the police are certain they've caught the killer. Their only suspect: Gino Donatelli. Frank and S When Gino Donatelli is accused of a brutal murder, beloved sleuths Sarah and Frank Malloy have to catch a killer who is out to destroy their innocent friend's life in the latest installment of the national bestselling Gaslight mysteries. A victim is found, brutally murdered and the police are certain they've caught the killer. Their only suspect: Gino Donatelli. Frank and Sarah know Gino is innocent but the police have a one-track mind. Once Frank struck it rich and left their ranks taking Gino with him, there has been a simmering resentment in the department. And now, someone has pulled out all the stops to make it look like Gino is the only one who could have committed the crime. With the clock ticking and evidence mounting against their friend, Sarah and Frank will try to unravel a treacherous plot before Gino is sent up the river for good.

30 review for Murder on Pleasant Avenue

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Murder on Pleasant Avenue by Victoria Thompson is a 2020 Berkley publication. A nail- biting historical mystery and adventure!! Over the past couple of months, I have been fortunate to have several of my favorite mystery authors publish a new novel. I have found it quite comforting to touch base with familiar characters and landscapes, so the timing of this latest release couldn't have been better. In this 23rd installment of the Gaslight series, we get to know Gino Donatelli a little better- al Murder on Pleasant Avenue by Victoria Thompson is a 2020 Berkley publication. A nail- biting historical mystery and adventure!! Over the past couple of months, I have been fortunate to have several of my favorite mystery authors publish a new novel. I have found it quite comforting to touch base with familiar characters and landscapes, so the timing of this latest release couldn't have been better. In this 23rd installment of the Gaslight series, we get to know Gino Donatelli a little better- although not under the best of circumstances. Gino’s sister-in-law asks for help concerning a settlement house resident who appears to have gone missing, the main concern being the possibility the young woman may have been kidnapped by ‘The Black Hand’- a gang operating in Little Italy- East Harlem. As Frank and Gino begin their investigation, it becomes clear they need help from Sarah and Maeve while dealing with sensitive situations. But, in a horrible turn of events, Gino becomes a murder suspect, which lands him in jail. Not only that, he could be in grave danger. Can Frank find the real murderer before it’s too late? Victoria Thompson always provides the most interesting history in her books. Seriously, every novel is like a mini history lesson- and it is always fascinating! This story is no exception. I always find myself Googling something, curious to learn more. This installment shines a light on the 'Black Hand' gang, of which I knew practically nothing. As to the mystery, there are some tense moments of suspense, as the behavior of some of the characters becomes curiously erratic. It was an absorbing and puzzling situation. Naturally, I worried about Gino, who can be a bit stubborn. On a lighter note, I found myself grinning with delight over some key developments between the recurring characters and I'm betting fans of this series will be just as pleased as I am! Overall, I am impressed with how Thompson continues to keep this series fresh. Great characters, interesting history, and compelling mysteries- what’s not to love?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    I really enjoyed another visit with Frank, Sarah and the family. It was another nice little history lesson too about New York in those days. I guarantee I learn at least one new and fascinating fact in every one of these books and usually more than one. In this latest book Gino is in the wrong place at the wrong time and is accused of murder. This involves the whole family in working towards clearing his name and finding the real culprit. Apparently fans of the series have been nagging the author I really enjoyed another visit with Frank, Sarah and the family. It was another nice little history lesson too about New York in those days. I guarantee I learn at least one new and fascinating fact in every one of these books and usually more than one. In this latest book Gino is in the wrong place at the wrong time and is accused of murder. This involves the whole family in working towards clearing his name and finding the real culprit. Apparently fans of the series have been nagging the author to move the almost romance between Maeve and Gino into something more and things do seem to be blossoming! I do not get the feeling that Victoria Thompson has exhausted this series yet so I will look forward to another book in a year (no pressure). However I also just discovered she has another series out there which I am going to start very soon!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Private investigators Frank Malloy and Gino Donatelli get a case that’s very close to home. Gino’s sister-in-law Teo asks for help in finding a missing volunteer worker who is a resident at the settlement house in Italian East Harlem. They fear she’s been kidnapped by Nunzio Esposito and his gang who’s operating under the Black Hand. As they get into the investigation, Gino finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and is accused of murdering the crime boss. The entire team, including S Private investigators Frank Malloy and Gino Donatelli get a case that’s very close to home. Gino’s sister-in-law Teo asks for help in finding a missing volunteer worker who is a resident at the settlement house in Italian East Harlem. They fear she’s been kidnapped by Nunzio Esposito and his gang who’s operating under the Black Hand. As they get into the investigation, Gino finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and is accused of murdering the crime boss. The entire team, including Sarah Malloy and Maeve Smith, must use all of their resources to clear his name, not only to avoid prison but retaliation from the Black Hand. It was great being back in this series and even more interesting to get to know Gino’s family and his world. I wasn’t aware that at the beginning of the 20th century East Harlem was considered to be part of Little Italy, nor had I heard of settlement houses that served as a central community volunteer resource. The notion was fascinating and operated similarly to what we see today as the YMCA/YWCA but with volunteers in residence. The mystery involving the missing volunteer wasn’t tough to solve but the underlying motives weren’t as clear so that kept me engaged. And, I learned more about the Black Hand and how they really operated. I enjoyed this story as much for the historical elements as the characters and mystery. Since Gino is at the forefront, so is his relationship with Maeve, which took a giant leap forward. It was wonderful getting to know his family and especially his brothers. Solving the murder was interesting and led to lots of intriguing situations, culminating in an exciting but bizarre climax. I continue to enjoy this series and look forward to what’s next for these characters I’ve come to care about. Posted on Blue Mood Café (Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melisa

    As a long time devotee to this series and author, I am saddened to say that this probably my least favorite installment. I will, however, still recommend this series to anyone and everyone who will listen to me forever and ever. ARC from publisher.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    All the moving parts fit together so perfectly in this latest installment of the Gaslight Mystery. The mystery begins with the suspected kidnapping of a volunteer at an East Harlem tenement. Casting a shadow over this event is the Black Hand. Thompson sheds light on the inner workings of that infamous group while furthering the development of the characters we have come to love. It is so much fun to watch Maeve and Gino contributing to the investigation. As usual Sarah uses her Decker name to ga All the moving parts fit together so perfectly in this latest installment of the Gaslight Mystery. The mystery begins with the suspected kidnapping of a volunteer at an East Harlem tenement. Casting a shadow over this event is the Black Hand. Thompson sheds light on the inner workings of that infamous group while furthering the development of the characters we have come to love. It is so much fun to watch Maeve and Gino contributing to the investigation. As usual Sarah uses her Decker name to gain a welcome in hoity toity parlors. Frank is his street smart self. Mrs. Malloy shines as a foil for the rest of the family. Even Mrs. Ellsworth makes an appearance, although she is not sprinkled in as much as in other books. In addition, solid historical clues give us a strong sense of place. Really well done and I look forward to #24. Thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    People in Harlem's Little Italy are being kidnapped by a group called the Black Hand and ransomed back to their families. Private Detectives Frank Malloy and Gino Donatelli are hired to quietly find Miss Jane Harding who was kidnapped off the streets. Their investigation eventually leads them to a dead body where Gino is arrested for the murder. It's up to Frank, along with Sarah and Maeve, to prove Gino didn't kill anyone by finding the real killer. I was so happy to get the latest book in the G People in Harlem's Little Italy are being kidnapped by a group called the Black Hand and ransomed back to their families. Private Detectives Frank Malloy and Gino Donatelli are hired to quietly find Miss Jane Harding who was kidnapped off the streets. Their investigation eventually leads them to a dead body where Gino is arrested for the murder. It's up to Frank, along with Sarah and Maeve, to prove Gino didn't kill anyone by finding the real killer. I was so happy to get the latest book in the Gaslight Mystery series. It's nice to be back with Frank and Sarah, solving mysteries where the police either ignore the crime or arrest the first possible suspect. In this one women and children are being kidnapped and ransomed. Frank and Gino work to get the latest victim back before her disappearance becomes general knowledge and ruins her reputation. I liked the mystery even though I guessed the killer early in the book. And I loved the end of the story where Maeve gets the spotlight. My rating: 4.5 Stars.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    Another great installment of the Gaslight Mystery Series. A great sleuthing team with Frank and Sarah and the amazing New York setting and Italian Harlem too. I think it is amazing that the location is always a big part of the narrative. This is my first book in this series and I enjoyed this a lot and worked for me even though this is book #23. The pacing and characterization is spot on and I immediately became invested with Frank and Sarah and will be ordering the rest of the Gaslight Mystery Another great installment of the Gaslight Mystery Series. A great sleuthing team with Frank and Sarah and the amazing New York setting and Italian Harlem too. I think it is amazing that the location is always a big part of the narrative. This is my first book in this series and I enjoyed this a lot and worked for me even though this is book #23. The pacing and characterization is spot on and I immediately became invested with Frank and Sarah and will be ordering the rest of the Gaslight Mystery Series. I enjoyed the writing and loved that I can spend an afternoon reading this book for a great escape read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I have been loving this Gaslight Mystery series. I started on audio but switched to ebook when the narrator changed after the first 8 or so books. They are so addictive, I read 9 books in one week!  Then I was determined to catch up for the new release, Murder on Pleasant Avenue.  There may be some spoilers for earlie This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I have been loving this Gaslight Mystery series. I started on audio but switched to ebook when the narrator changed after the first 8 or so books. They are so addictive, I read 9 books in one week!  Then I was determined to catch up for the new release, Murder on Pleasant Avenue.  There may be some spoilers for earlier books in this review. I do recommend reading in order, because I always do, but also the personal lives of the characters progresses throughout the series. I especially love Brian and always wanted to know more about how he was doing. I will say I enjoyed the building relationship between Frank and Sarah in earlier books.   They each developed their bright, young assistants, Maeve and Gino.  I think Maeve is particularly sharp.  I enjoyed the mystery handled by all the secondary characters, but primarily Gino and Maeve while they were on their honeymoon. I don't like them being quite as much of the story as they are though.  Gino seemed less experienced, then he seemed more seasoned after volunteering in Cuba, but now he is back to more mediocre efforts. I enjoyed this mystery and learning more about the settlement houses in New York City.  The settlement house concept was great but implemented at various levels of competence, like anything. Sarah certainly created a wonderful place with her maternity hospital. I suspected the culprits quite early this time. I wish there was more Frank and Sarah and a bit less Gino and Maeve.  At least, I wish there were more of their discussions and personal time without the other two.  The mentions of the rest of the family, meals and Mrs. Ellsworth are simplistic, barely more than a mention now. Mother  Malloy does sometimes have a bright observation to contribute. I got tired of Maeve's sort of whiny attitude at office work and her jumping into dangerous investigating on her own. At the end, however, Maeve comes through playing an integral part in solving the loose ends once the case is solved. Her quick mind and fearless action saved the day. I'll be thrilled to read more in this series.  I love the characters and the historic setting. I enjoy the author's note ending each book with details about the authenticity of historical aspects.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelsie Maxwell

    Murder on Pleasant Avenue by Victoria Thompson is the twenty-third installment in the Gaslight Mystery series. I haven’t read any of the other books in the series, but this was a great introduction for me. Sarah and Frank Malloy find themselves embroiled in another sticky situation. Gino Donatelli, Frank’s business partner and friend, has been arrested for murder. The Malloy’s are determined to prove his innocence and keep him safe in the process. The events leading to Gino’s arrest get more myst Murder on Pleasant Avenue by Victoria Thompson is the twenty-third installment in the Gaslight Mystery series. I haven’t read any of the other books in the series, but this was a great introduction for me. Sarah and Frank Malloy find themselves embroiled in another sticky situation. Gino Donatelli, Frank’s business partner and friend, has been arrested for murder. The Malloy’s are determined to prove his innocence and keep him safe in the process. The events leading to Gino’s arrest get more mysterious by the minute. Murder on Pleasant Avenue is well-written. The characters are vibrant and believable with complete backstories. The plot is engaging with a good mystery and enough twists to hold the reader’s attention throughout. Humor is injected making the story even more entertaining. Ms. Thompson has done thorough research and gives an accurate accounting of the time period. I rate this novel 5 out of 5 stars. Readers of historical fiction will find this story to be captivating. My thanks to Berkeley Publishing Group and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    I really enjoy this series. The characters are so likeable and interesting. It has been fun watching them grow! I look foward to each mystery and trying to solve the puzzle before the end....of course with the plot twist and turns...I never do! Fun read!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    Miss the budding of Sarah and Frank’s relationship

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Some series I keep reading because they're "good enough." This one I keep reading because it's genuinely good.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Badass Bloggettes

    Frank, Sarah, Maeve, and Gino are pulled into an investigation in Italian Harlem when Gino is arrested for the murder of a local crime boss. During this time, in the Italian communities, there are a number of kidnappings of women and children. The women are often raped or abused during the time they are held. When one of the female volunteers is kidnapped, Gino’s sister-in-law asks Frank and Gino for help. Gino gets in trouble when he goes out on his own to “talk with” Esposito, which highlights Frank, Sarah, Maeve, and Gino are pulled into an investigation in Italian Harlem when Gino is arrested for the murder of a local crime boss. During this time, in the Italian communities, there are a number of kidnappings of women and children. The women are often raped or abused during the time they are held. When one of the female volunteers is kidnapped, Gino’s sister-in-law asks Frank and Gino for help. Gino gets in trouble when he goes out on his own to “talk with” Esposito, which highlights his naiveté and his idea that his fellow Italians will do the right thing. The historical setting of late 1800s New York City is educational as well as entertaining. I didn’t realize that there was an Italian section of Harlem, where Pleasant Avenue is located. The philanthropy of the time is changing as settlement house. The Harlem Settlement Hall offers classes in English, cooking, resident rooms, and other services to help immigrants gain skills and assistance to move forward. What I enjoy about this series is the dynamic among the main characters as well as the interactions with lesser characters. Sarah and Maeve are women ahead of their times; both are independent and struggle with the limitations on women's careers. Now, Frank immediately contacts Sarah in a situation that he feels she is most qualified. Before they married, Frank always resisted. The dynamic between Gino and Maeve is evolving. They always snap at one another, but now they are showing a deeper connection. I have a connection of Frank and Sarah’s family, now we are meeting Gino’s family. It is fun to see their dynamics. The teasing among the brothers, and the way they welcome their oldest brother’s wife. I came to this series late and binged most of the early stories. I’m a little bummed now that I’m up to date and need to wait with everyone for the next installment. I highly recommend this series. For all historical and/or mysteries. It is a lovely police procedural, set in a time when forensics isn’t as sophisticated as it is today. Just the same, a good detective can follow the clues.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    The "mystery" is pretty obvious, but the characters and the sub story are charming as usual, so one more star.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    After 20-some books, Victoria Thompson is still coming up with new storylines. Such an entertaining series!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Gonzalez

    I was so excited to get the latest Gaslight Mystery book, and this did not disappoint. All my favorite characters were included in this story. I'm always amazed at all the little things I learn when reading these books. I have always seen the mirrors that old-time doctors used to wear on their heads. I never understood how it was used until now. This story takes the reader into the area where many of the Italian immigrants set up homes, and starts to show a little of the Mafia coming into play i I was so excited to get the latest Gaslight Mystery book, and this did not disappoint. All my favorite characters were included in this story. I'm always amazed at all the little things I learn when reading these books. I have always seen the mirrors that old-time doctors used to wear on their heads. I never understood how it was used until now. This story takes the reader into the area where many of the Italian immigrants set up homes, and starts to show a little of the Mafia coming into play in New York. I loved the story, and I kept waffling about the killer. Another great book in this series!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kiki Z

    The fact that it takes until the ~70% mark for the characters to figure out something that's been made extremely obvious to me as the reader makes this book one of the more poorly written of the series. The killer was obvious. I don't think it was intentional telegraphing on the author's part, but it was pretty obvious who was lying and even why. There's not even that many potential suspects! I solved it way before them, and it made it really difficult to enjoy the story with no suspense.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I very much enjoyed this book #23 in the series and especially the ending. The author said she wanted to celebrate her Italian ancestors,she learned a great deal about the Black Hand and the Mafia in her research. The best part for me was the ending with Maeve and Gino- there were sort of two endings and two mysteries solved.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anna Fox

    This is one of my favorite series. I like how the author is able to keep the story lines going for the characters. They mystery kept me guessing. I also like the bits of history that you get while reading the books. We get more of Maeve and Gino in this book, while still getting plenty of Frank and Sarah. Thank you to the publisher, author and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nellie

    Loved all of Ms Thompson’s gaslight mystery books. As a native New Yorker who lives in East Harlem, I truly enjoyed reading Murder on Pleasant Avenue. Please keep the gaslight mystery books coming. 😊

  21. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    4.5 Stars This is the twenty-third book in the Gaslight Mystery series by Victoria Thompson. This was well-written and it captured my interest right from the beginning. I don’t think I have ever read a historical cozy from this author but I will definitely pick up another in this series! Wow, this is the twenty-third book in the series! How amazing! Basic premise: A man is murdered and Gino is found hovering over the body just as the police enter the scene. We know it has to be a set up, but who w 4.5 Stars This is the twenty-third book in the Gaslight Mystery series by Victoria Thompson. This was well-written and it captured my interest right from the beginning. I don’t think I have ever read a historical cozy from this author but I will definitely pick up another in this series! Wow, this is the twenty-third book in the series! How amazing! Basic premise: A man is murdered and Gino is found hovering over the body just as the police enter the scene. We know it has to be a set up, but who would go to such lengths to make another look so curiously guilty? I love how the author weaved the tale and even the women here who are usually so reserved during such a historical piece were rather forward thinking, to my mind. I am not sure who is supposed to be the POV character since this feels like a mystery with a bunch of people in the lead position. In this I felt like Sarah and Frank were more front burner, but the mystery itself had Maeve and Gino in the number one position. I am okay with either of these as the lead characters. Heck, maybe this is always a group effort sort of like when the Scooby gang goes in and investigates. Loving the whole vibe of this story. I felt like this was so easy to read and get into. The flow was amazing and the character development high. I felt like I was watching this on tv and not just reading a book. This would be a great series to adapt to television with so many turn of the century mystery shows on television right now. Make sure and check this series out! I am surely going to start from the beginning and see what I have already missed. If you love a good historical cozy mystery, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Constance Maloney

    Sadly, I have to lower the rating from what I gave the books earlier in this series. I truly wish that the author would return to the better character development of Sarah's family, that she used in the earlier books in the series. The struggles involved in raising a deaf child in that era, as well as the dynamics between she and her mother-in-law and her parents, gave a nice depth to the characters that has been missing for many of the books. Gino and Maeve are now being more developed, but the Sadly, I have to lower the rating from what I gave the books earlier in this series. I truly wish that the author would return to the better character development of Sarah's family, that she used in the earlier books in the series. The struggles involved in raising a deaf child in that era, as well as the dynamics between she and her mother-in-law and her parents, gave a nice depth to the characters that has been missing for many of the books. Gino and Maeve are now being more developed, but their characters and story lines also remain easy-breezy. The stories have become somewhat "slick", and not as intriguing as they once were because the characters have become more shallow. As a side note - I also always wondered why Malloy would not be bothered to learn sign language, to be able to communicate with his own son. It seems out of character for him, since he is otherwise a progressive thinker about his child's education and capabilities.

  23. 4 out of 5

    The Library Lady

    Okay, Victoria Thompson, you got me. The title of this puzzled me. I am a born and bred native New Yorker (Manhattan born, Bronx raised) and I had NEVER heard of a "Pleasant Avenue" in Manhattan. Brooklyn or Queens? Maybe. But Manhattan> But as a good librarian does, I did my research and promptly found https://forgotten-ny.com/2010/10/plea... And I need to ask my husband, raised just north of West Harlem if he knows about this street! As I've probably said before, Thompson is no Anne Perry, and I' Okay, Victoria Thompson, you got me. The title of this puzzled me. I am a born and bred native New Yorker (Manhattan born, Bronx raised) and I had NEVER heard of a "Pleasant Avenue" in Manhattan. Brooklyn or Queens? Maybe. But Manhattan> But as a good librarian does, I did my research and promptly found https://forgotten-ny.com/2010/10/plea... And I need to ask my husband, raised just north of West Harlem if he knows about this street! As I've probably said before, Thompson is no Anne Perry, and I'm rather surprised at the awards she has won, because I don't find these books to be of award winning caliber. Still, an amusing way to spend an hour or two, and my compliments on her research skills.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Dunnett

    I enjoyed this mystery, as I have all the previous books in this series, but the murder mystery in this one played second fiddle to the developing relationship between Gino and Maeve. That's not a complaint, but I did figure out who committed the crime and why much earlier than I usually do.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I had no idea about Italian Harlem. Learned something new as well as enjoying the mystery.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Krista

    This series follow a traditional cozy formula with memorable characters it’s easy to root for, a well-established sense of place, and a puzzle that the reader can work out with the characters. Where this series diverges, however, is Thompson’s willingness to lean into the darkness that was present in her chosen time period. In her novels she has addressed incest, child labor, sex trafficking, and other real evils that existed in our past and in our current reality. Her willingness to shine a lig This series follow a traditional cozy formula with memorable characters it’s easy to root for, a well-established sense of place, and a puzzle that the reader can work out with the characters. Where this series diverges, however, is Thompson’s willingness to lean into the darkness that was present in her chosen time period. In her novels she has addressed incest, child labor, sex trafficking, and other real evils that existed in our past and in our current reality. Her willingness to shine a light on the underbelly of society in turn of the century NYC sets her series apart. Recommended for readers of Laurie R King and Jacqueline Winspear Netgalley provided me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    Thompson writes a good mystery without giving away to much of the the ending. Great read,

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jo (Mixed Book Bag)

    Great seeing everyone again. Once again one of their own is in trouble. I did wonder who done it. I also know one character was not what she seemed. The story includes a lot of historical information woven into the setting and the plot. This series is holding its own with new and interesting characters and plots.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Betty Cruikshank

    In this latest installment in the Gaslight Series, Private detective Frank Malloy and his wife Sarah, are called to investigate the kidnapping of a volunteer from a settlement house in Little Italy. The neighborhood has been plagued by kidnapping and extortion from members of the “Black Hand” and they are suspected in the disappearance as well. Since members of the community are afraid to contact the police and also suspect they will not do anything, Frank and his employee Gino Donatelli pay a v In this latest installment in the Gaslight Series, Private detective Frank Malloy and his wife Sarah, are called to investigate the kidnapping of a volunteer from a settlement house in Little Italy. The neighborhood has been plagued by kidnapping and extortion from members of the “Black Hand” and they are suspected in the disappearance as well. Since members of the community are afraid to contact the police and also suspect they will not do anything, Frank and his employee Gino Donatelli pay a visit on the suspected head of the “Black Hand” who assures them that he did not kidnap the young woman and that she will show up soon. The woman does indeed return but Gino decides to confront the crime boss to find out what he knows about the children kidnapped from the neighborhood. Just as he discovers the murdered body, police show up and arrest him. Sarah and Frank must find the murderer to clear Gino.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Freeman

    I have loved the Sarah and Frank story was n this series and am excited to see Maeve and Gino getting bigger storylines. This time a Black Hand leader is murdered and they must prove Gino innocent.

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