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In the four years since her husband’s death, midwife Sarah Brandt has become an angel of mercy in the tenements of turn-of-the-century New York. Now, Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy has taken up the task of solving the murder of Dr. Tom Brandt. But the shocking revelation he discovers may destroy Sarah—and Malloy’s hopes for any future with her.


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In the four years since her husband’s death, midwife Sarah Brandt has become an angel of mercy in the tenements of turn-of-the-century New York. Now, Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy has taken up the task of solving the murder of Dr. Tom Brandt. But the shocking revelation he discovers may destroy Sarah—and Malloy’s hopes for any future with her.

30 review for Murder on Bank Street

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melisa

    Finally, the murder of Dr. Brandt is solved! I say it every time, but this series is just the best. The character development in this book was so great - I loved learning more about Maeve and having her step up as a main character. I know there are only good things to come with this series and I can’t wait to read them all! Good thing I accidentally maybe purchased all the books already😬

  2. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Number 10 and another really enjoyable book in the Gaslight Mystery series. At last Frank manages to solve the mystery of the murder of Sarah's husband. I liked the inclusion of Pinkerton agents which was an effective, historical touch. This author is really good at including genuine historical details in her writing which always makes her books such fun to read. I have to admit to a slight disappointment in the treatment of Sarah's character in this book. Towards the end she suddenly changes fro Number 10 and another really enjoyable book in the Gaslight Mystery series. At last Frank manages to solve the mystery of the murder of Sarah's husband. I liked the inclusion of Pinkerton agents which was an effective, historical touch. This author is really good at including genuine historical details in her writing which always makes her books such fun to read. I have to admit to a slight disappointment in the treatment of Sarah's character in this book. Towards the end she suddenly changes from her normal sensible, stalwart self, starts to panic and risks upsetting all the work Frank, Maeve and Allie have undertaken. Maybe she is better when she is included in the case rather than being an observer as she is in this one. Still a totally absorbing and entertaining book with a little hint at the end which might make us hope for a growth in the romantic attachment between our main characters.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy promised Sarah Brandt, a nurse and midwife, that he’d investigate the 4-year old murder of her husband, Tom. He’s secretly working with her father, Felix Decker, to use other resources to help him since he expects that time is running out for him to be able to devote his full time to the case. Frank’s honed in on three suspects as the probable killer and is closing in. I loved this story as the complete focus was on Frank, Sarah and her newly formed family and fri Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy promised Sarah Brandt, a nurse and midwife, that he’d investigate the 4-year old murder of her husband, Tom. He’s secretly working with her father, Felix Decker, to use other resources to help him since he expects that time is running out for him to be able to devote his full time to the case. Frank’s honed in on three suspects as the probable killer and is closing in. I loved this story as the complete focus was on Frank, Sarah and her newly formed family and friends. Frank and the Pinkerton Agency resources methodically investigated the suspects and it was interesting to compare their police procedurals with modern-day techniques. Their class limitations are still hard to believe but are accurate for the era. I enjoyed every aspect, including the mystery and the special relationships formed between Sarah, Mrs. Ellsworth, Catherine and Maeve who plays a key role. And I especially liked Frank’s relationship with all of them as they’ve already formed their own version of a family. This is my most favorite in the series to date and I’m glad the mystery of Tom Brandt’s murder is over and solved. It was a fitting conclusion and it feels like that final chapter is closed and the new one will feature big changes for Sarah and Frank. Loving this series!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    In Murder on Bank Street, we finally find out who killed Sarah's husband. These are not the most complex mysteries, but are perfect for a quick weekend read after a hectic and draining week, and do offer some surprises. The familiarity is comforting, and I like to see how the relationships develop, and I like that there are different types of relationships that are explored. Although, this is possibly the slowest developing romance I've ever read, and I'm really impatient for that to finally hap In Murder on Bank Street, we finally find out who killed Sarah's husband. These are not the most complex mysteries, but are perfect for a quick weekend read after a hectic and draining week, and do offer some surprises. The familiarity is comforting, and I like to see how the relationships develop, and I like that there are different types of relationships that are explored. Although, this is possibly the slowest developing romance I've ever read, and I'm really impatient for that to finally happen! At least there was just a fraction more between Sarah and Malloy than in the last couple of books or I might have thrown something in frustration. I almost did after the final scene, which was not at all satisfying enough. :) I like how the side characters are getting more involved, but missed Sarah's strength and involvement in this one. Instead, Maeve becomes a more important character and really takes center stage, and I like the direction it seems to be taking with her. The Pinkerton detectives are another interesting development that I hope the series continues to explore. I've been wondering how this series could stretch on as long as it has, and maybe it has to do with expanding to other characters. I'm still perfectly happy to keep going and find out. But once Sarah and Malloy get together, it had better be worth the wait - and on the page - or I really will throw something.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Midwife Sarah Brandt's husband, Dr. Thomas Brandt, was murdered four years ago. Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt has allowed Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to reopen the investigation into the murder and work on it exclusively. But time is running out and Frank must pull out all stops to find the culprit. He believes the killer is the father of one of Brandt's female patients, and he has narrowed it down to three suspects. With the help of Sarah, Maeve, and Mrs. Ellsworth, along with some Pi Midwife Sarah Brandt's husband, Dr. Thomas Brandt, was murdered four years ago. Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt has allowed Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to reopen the investigation into the murder and work on it exclusively. But time is running out and Frank must pull out all stops to find the culprit. He believes the killer is the father of one of Brandt's female patients, and he has narrowed it down to three suspects. With the help of Sarah, Maeve, and Mrs. Ellsworth, along with some Pinkerton agents, Frank uncovers some secrets that he worries will hurt Sarah's memory of her late husband. Finally, after ten books we get to learn who murdered Dr. Thomas Brandt. Did it live up to expectations? YES. This was a solid mystery with lots of suspects. Most of the main characters were back in the story, helping out with the investigation. Maeve, nursemaid to Sarah's foster daughter, takes it upon herself to search for the murderer. It was great to see her featured in this story as we learn more about her character. Most of the stories in this series keeps me guessing (and changing my mind) as to who the villain is. This one had me totally stumped. I didn't even guess as the story went on, but just enjoyed the mystery as it unfolded. My rating: 5 Stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Piyangie

    This installment of the series finally solve the murder-mystery of Sarah's husband, Dr. Tom Brandt. It was slowly progressing through previous installments and finally settles here once and for all giving Sarah a sort of peace and allowing her to close one dear chapter of her life. The murder-mystery of Dr. Tom Brandt however is not one of the greatest in the series. I'm not sure if its due to the way the story presented or the knowledge of some facts through previous installments, but certainly This installment of the series finally solve the murder-mystery of Sarah's husband, Dr. Tom Brandt. It was slowly progressing through previous installments and finally settles here once and for all giving Sarah a sort of peace and allowing her to close one dear chapter of her life. The murder-mystery of Dr. Tom Brandt however is not one of the greatest in the series. I'm not sure if its due to the way the story presented or the knowledge of some facts through previous installments, but certainly it didn't generate much excitement as in some of other stories in the series. The only satisfying end was that a long drawn murder-mystery was finally solved and that Sarah could close her past and move on. This story doesn't see Sarah's involvement in assisting Malloy; instead Maeve plays the role of ''assistant detective". It is interesting to read this turn of events with author using Maeve's assistance in the process of solving murder-mysteries. And she does a good job. However the absence of any major contribution of Sarah to the story robbed it of the excitement her impulsive behaviour normally attribute to the story. I really missed her. I also felt that Frank played a relatively small role too. All in all, not the best in the series but it was still a good read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mei

    Finally we get to know who killed and why Sarah's husband has been killed... and WOW! It was sooooo incredible! Sarah, obviously, was out of her mind sometimes, but it was so understandable! Poor woman! And poor Tom... It is really true that no good deed goes unpunished!! I liked how Frenk was mulishly trying to unravel a cold case! It was really difficult, but he was so determined! It is so obvious that he's in love with Sarah! <3 Finally we get to know who killed and why Sarah's husband has been killed... and WOW! It was sooooo incredible! Sarah, obviously, was out of her mind sometimes, but it was so understandable! Poor woman! And poor Tom... It is really true that no good deed goes unpunished!! I liked how Frenk was mulishly trying to unravel a cold case! It was really difficult, but he was so determined! It is so obvious that he's in love with Sarah! <3

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    In the spring of 1897, New York City Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy has been given permission by NYPD Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt to focus solely on solving Dr. Tom Brandt’s murder. However, since people are expecting Teddy Roosevelt to be called to Washington to serve in the new administration at any moment, Malloy knows he must act quickly to solve the case. He has three good suspects and a description of the murder weapon, but he is facing the fact that Tom died over four years ago. He c In the spring of 1897, New York City Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy has been given permission by NYPD Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt to focus solely on solving Dr. Tom Brandt’s murder. However, since people are expecting Teddy Roosevelt to be called to Washington to serve in the new administration at any moment, Malloy knows he must act quickly to solve the case. He has three good suspects and a description of the murder weapon, but he is facing the fact that Tom died over four years ago. He can’t establish alibis, and the killer might have gotten rid of the weapon over the years. He’ll only have one shot at confronting the suspects as well since his best weapon is the element of surprise. Can he gather enough evidence to get the killer to confess? Will Sarah Brandt, Tom’s widow and Frank’s friend, be happy with what Frank learns along the way? Dr. Brandt’s murder has been an ongoing storyline since the first book, so I was happy to finally see it solved. Ironically, Sarah doesn’t play an active part in solving it, but she is still an active part of the book as she reacts to what Frank is learning and her scenes are just as compelling. We get to see a different side of several characters, including Frank’s new sleuthing partner, but Sarah gets the most development, which only makes sense. We have three viewpoint characters over the course of the book, but the changes are always easy to follow. The plot is strong and kept me confused until we reached the satisfying ending. It did seem a bit repetitive early on, but that was a minor issue overall. If you are new to the series, you could jump in here without missing too much since everything you need to know is explained. As always, I felt like I was in 1897 with the little details and character’s attitudes acting like a time machine. I’m curious to see how the series will progress without this storyline an active part of things, but I am satisfied with how this storyline was wrapped up. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lata

    Finally! Tom Brandt’s murder is solved, and the reason behind it is ugly. Before we get there, though, we get a chance to spend more time with Maeve as she takes it upon herself to assist with the cold case investigation, and consequently, we discover just how capable and quick-witted she is. Frank meanwhile is still talking to possible suspects and dealing with the Pinkerton agents helping him. (Who would have expected Frank to be able to accept help like this when we met him in book one?) Sarah Finally! Tom Brandt’s murder is solved, and the reason behind it is ugly. Before we get there, though, we get a chance to spend more time with Maeve as she takes it upon herself to assist with the cold case investigation, and consequently, we discover just how capable and quick-witted she is. Frank meanwhile is still talking to possible suspects and dealing with the Pinkerton agents helping him. (Who would have expected Frank to be able to accept help like this when we met him in book one?) Sarah is kept busy off-page with deliveries, so she’s not present for much of the detecting, which is slow and frequently leads off in non-productive directions. I’m glad we got to spend so much time with Maeve, and resolve this murder, which we first heard about in book one. Hopefully, Sarah is a full participant in the next instalment, and Maeve gets to work again on an investigation, as I think she’s proven her levelheadedness and intelligence not just as a nursemaid, but as a detective.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tamar overwhelmed by work, but forging on....

    I know I said I would pace myself, but I'm hooked and in constant need of corona crisis escapism. Gaslight Mysteries never disappoint me. This time, I screwed up a little and, in my haste, read out of sequence. I borrowed the next three mysteries from the library and read the third (which was sort of a mini finale) before the two earlier books in the series. No worries mates, the books can be read out of sequence...even if it did sort of spoil some of the build-up when I read the earlier books l I know I said I would pace myself, but I'm hooked and in constant need of corona crisis escapism. Gaslight Mysteries never disappoint me. This time, I screwed up a little and, in my haste, read out of sequence. I borrowed the next three mysteries from the library and read the third (which was sort of a mini finale) before the two earlier books in the series. No worries mates, the books can be read out of sequence...even if it did sort of spoil some of the build-up when I read the earlier books later on, by mistake (yes, I did...I couldn't resist - so much for my two a month resolve - reviews will follow). So here we are back again in my comfort zone. (Lovelorn) Frank is bent on giving Sarah (Brandt) closure by solving the four-year old cold case of her husband's murder. With the "help" of Sarah"s father (unbeknownst to her), Frank finally has the legitimate opportunity to get to the bottom of the mystery when N.Y. Police Commissioner Roosevelt formally assigns him to the case. Sarah's father finances some outside assistance from the Pinkerton Detective Agency. This time, Frank will suffer no meddling by Sarah as he wishes to spare her the pain of learning of what appears to be the suspicious untoward behavior by Dr. Brandt, leading up to his murder. Have no fear; another female annoyance will be there to cause Frank to fret. This time it is Mave (Sarah's ward Augie's caregiver) who dons the detective cap and learns what it's like to be a Pinkerton lady detective! So, we get a little Pinkerton and also an introduction to bicycles, the newest 1890's highway nuisance. GM#10 is full of mystery but one of the mysteries was heartbreaking. Women and young girls are the main theme in these books (sorry Frank). In contrast with the strong, independent, professional Sarah, many of the women depicted are poor, ignorant, downtrodden, and abused - generally by men. In this book it made me sick to see a helpless mentally ill woman badly abused while, perhaps, the cruelest of her abusers was another woman.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tammie

    In the four years since her husband’s death, midwife Sarah Brandt has become an angel of mercy in the tenements of turn-of-the-century New York. Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy has taken up the task of solving the murder of Dr. Tom Brandt. But the shocking revelation he discovers may destroy Sarah—and Malloy’s hopes for any future with her. In this installment of the Gaslight Mysteries the mystery of Tom's death is finally solved. Murder on Bank Street ended up being one of my favorite books in In the four years since her husband’s death, midwife Sarah Brandt has become an angel of mercy in the tenements of turn-of-the-century New York. Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy has taken up the task of solving the murder of Dr. Tom Brandt. But the shocking revelation he discovers may destroy Sarah—and Malloy’s hopes for any future with her. In this installment of the Gaslight Mysteries the mystery of Tom's death is finally solved. Murder on Bank Street ended up being one of my favorite books in the series. The mystery was not so obvious, at least not all aspects of it. I enjoyed Maeve's part in solving the mystery, but at the same time missed Sarah through a lot of it. I do understand why Sarah might have taken a back seat on solving this one since it was so close to home, and she was afraid of finding out the truth even though she wanted very much to know it. The lady detective was also an interesting character and I think it would be great if Maeve did more work with her. I was a bit frustrated at where it ended though. Finally Sarah has stated plainly how she feels to Malloy and it ends before we can find out what he does about it. Couldn't we have at least gotten one more paragraph? Review also posted at Writings of a Reader

  12. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    The tenth book in the Gaslight Mystery series finally sees a long running plot thread come to a close. Since early on in the series, maybe book two or three, Malloy has been investigating the (now) four year old murder of Sarah's husband, mostly in his spare time. This book sees the payoff on his diligent work. While I am glad that the murder has finally been solved and that Sarah has the answers to some long held questions, this book was my least favorite of the series. A huge reason for that i The tenth book in the Gaslight Mystery series finally sees a long running plot thread come to a close. Since early on in the series, maybe book two or three, Malloy has been investigating the (now) four year old murder of Sarah's husband, mostly in his spare time. This book sees the payoff on his diligent work. While I am glad that the murder has finally been solved and that Sarah has the answers to some long held questions, this book was my least favorite of the series. A huge reason for that is that Sarah plays a much more passive role this time around and I missed seeing her out there actively helping Malloy to solve the crime. This did allow another character to step up and fill that gap but still, I missed Sarah. That said, it was nice to see at least someone mention the word marriage, lol. It was also interesting to see Malloy accept some assistance from a person whose opinion carries a lot of weight and I can't help but think that Malloy is slowly earning at least a modicum of respect on that front.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Finally the murder of Dr. Brandt is solved in this instalment! I like how I figure out who has done it but most of the time there's a twist that I don't expect! I missed Sarah's involvement in the investigation part in this story but I did enjoy it all the same! Meave and Mrs. Ellsworth teasing Sarah about Malloy was priceless! I loved Sarah being jealous at some point but it ended too soon! The teasing of Sarah with Malloy in the end also ended too abruptly making me wish for a bit more! Meave's invo Finally the murder of Dr. Brandt is solved in this instalment! I like how I figure out who has done it but most of the time there's a twist that I don't expect! I missed Sarah's involvement in the investigation part in this story but I did enjoy it all the same! Meave and Mrs. Ellsworth teasing Sarah about Malloy was priceless! I loved Sarah being jealous at some point but it ended too soon! The teasing of Sarah with Malloy in the end also ended too abruptly making me wish for a bit more! Meave's involvement was enjoyable also and she will make a good detective if she changes her interest in occupation in future books... A nice read all around! Have to confess I let my currently reading book to read this one because I was so curious to find out about what truly happened to Tom Brandt!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Veronique

    4.25* Finally, after being tantalised for several novels, we dive properly into the mystery of Doctor Brandt’s murder, and what a case that proves to be. This turned out to be a slower than usual investigation, which made sense since being a ‘cold case’. On the other hand, Maeve takes on a bigger role, going under cover and sharing the narration for the first time, to great effect and entertainment. The only drawback to my eyes was that Sarah ended up being relocated to a smaller part than usual. 4.25* Finally, after being tantalised for several novels, we dive properly into the mystery of Doctor Brandt’s murder, and what a case that proves to be. This turned out to be a slower than usual investigation, which made sense since being a ‘cold case’. On the other hand, Maeve takes on a bigger role, going under cover and sharing the narration for the first time, to great effect and entertainment. The only drawback to my eyes was that Sarah ended up being relocated to a smaller part than usual. Still, it was a befitting resolution, with a particularly nasty culprit.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    This is the 10th book in the Gaslight Mystery Series. All take place in different areas in New York City, this one during the 1890's. Sarah Brandt is a widowed midwife who serves the poorest of the city. Her presumed boyfriend is Police Detective Frank Malloy. (I say presumed as this is the slowest developing romance I have ever read in any series.) In this book, there is no new murder. The focus is on solving the 4 year old murder of Sarah's husband Dr. Tom Brandt. Although Sarah does not beco This is the 10th book in the Gaslight Mystery Series. All take place in different areas in New York City, this one during the 1890's. Sarah Brandt is a widowed midwife who serves the poorest of the city. Her presumed boyfriend is Police Detective Frank Malloy. (I say presumed as this is the slowest developing romance I have ever read in any series.) In this book, there is no new murder. The focus is on solving the 4 year old murder of Sarah's husband Dr. Tom Brandt. Although Sarah does not become directly involved in this investigation, Maeve does. Malloy discovers the link of women suffering from Old Maid's Disease and their attachment on doctors. Dr. Brandt was studying 4 women who had this disease at the time of his murder. Malloy believes that one of the women's fathers may have been the murderer. Unfortunately, each is very wealthy, so considers himself above the law. Malloy needs to find creative ways to investigate each one. So he employs the aid of Pinkerton agents and Maeve. All leads to a thrilling, unexpected conclusion.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Finally, the story line I've been most interested in for the last ten books was resolved! I feel like the author did a great job tying up all of the loose ends in several stories. I could stop reading the series here and have no further questions. In fact, I feel like Thompson intended to end it here, but since I know there are 10+ more books I'm wondering what changed her mind. Finally, the story line I've been most interested in for the last ten books was resolved! I feel like the author did a great job tying up all of the loose ends in several stories. I could stop reading the series here and have no further questions. In fact, I feel like Thompson intended to end it here, but since I know there are 10+ more books I'm wondering what changed her mind.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Murder on Bank Street 3 Stars This installment of the Gaslight Mysteries focuses on frank Malloy's ongoing investigation into the murder of Sarah's husband, Tom Brandt. While there have been some intriguing developments on this front in the past few books, the highly anticipated revelation of the killer falls, unfortunately, flat. The pacing is off with Malloy galavanting around New York questioning neighborhood busy bodies who may, or may not, have seen something useful. This becomes very tiresom Murder on Bank Street 3 Stars This installment of the Gaslight Mysteries focuses on frank Malloy's ongoing investigation into the murder of Sarah's husband, Tom Brandt. While there have been some intriguing developments on this front in the past few books, the highly anticipated revelation of the killer falls, unfortunately, flat. The pacing is off with Malloy galavanting around New York questioning neighborhood busy bodies who may, or may not, have seen something useful. This becomes very tiresome after a while. Sarah, whose sleuthing skills have been the focus of the series, loses her agency and is relegated to the background. This is particularly disappointing as it contradicts her previous characterization as a woman of action. In terms of the mystery, the motive for the murder has been obvious for a while so the focus is on the suspects. The ultimate explanation has an interesting and particularly ugly twist, but the tedious build up undermines the suspense. On the plus side, the insights into Maeve's character are very intriguing, and hopefully Thompson will continue this storyline. Overall, not the best installment in the series, but I'm enjoying Sarah and Frank's journey.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anita Reads

    [4.5 stars] This is my favorite book in the series so far. Very early on in the first book of this series, you find out that Sarah is widowed, and that her late husband was murdered, but no one ever found the killer. This book Frank Molloy finally takes his time to solve that mystery, and I really enjoyed how the story was told. I enjoyed the mystery so much, didn't manage to guess who the killer was at all, and I really hope solving this mystery helps giving some closure to Sarah. [4.5 stars] This is my favorite book in the series so far. Very early on in the first book of this series, you find out that Sarah is widowed, and that her late husband was murdered, but no one ever found the killer. This book Frank Molloy finally takes his time to solve that mystery, and I really enjoyed how the story was told. I enjoyed the mystery so much, didn't manage to guess who the killer was at all, and I really hope solving this mystery helps giving some closure to Sarah.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    If you’re able to put this book down and not immediately go to the next, you are a stronger person than me. Actual review to come, but my heart ❤️

  20. 5 out of 5

    CJ - It's only a Paper Moon

    Ok, this book was incredibly anti-climactic and the series is frustrating me to no end in terms of the romantic escalation. First, the plot was good and well looked forward to - I mean we've been with Sarah for the last 9 books and were curious as to kill her husband and wanted closure for her. I wanted the closure so that she could move on. BUT I thought she'd be involved! Of all the cases for her to be involved in it was this one. But no, Maeve was the one who did all of the investigating and Ok, this book was incredibly anti-climactic and the series is frustrating me to no end in terms of the romantic escalation. First, the plot was good and well looked forward to - I mean we've been with Sarah for the last 9 books and were curious as to kill her husband and wanted closure for her. I wanted the closure so that she could move on. BUT I thought she'd be involved! Of all the cases for her to be involved in it was this one. But no, Maeve was the one who did all of the investigating and all of the danger and had her own P.O.V while Sarah was relegated to the background, of what should've been her own story, and only shown when she was worried about Maeve or fainting over her husband's possible actions. This was so wildly out of character for Sarah that at first I found it incredibly hard to enjoy any of Maeve's involvement. I got over that as Maeve is a pretty interesting character and if there is ever a spin-off of Maeve's own then I would read it. Now, back to Sarah. To me, she appeared pretty weak in this book which didn't make any sense to me. She has a family now, I completely get that. Having a family changes people but Sarah still would've and should have gotten herself involved in her husband's investigations. It's apparent that she is intelligent and quick and there were things she could've done that wouldn't have put her in danger. Malloy and Sarah's relationship didn't exist in this book and I gotta tell you that it frustrates me to no end to see something like that. Sarah and Frank are perfect for each other and I almost feel that for the sake of prolonging the tension (which has dwindled down significantly for the past three books) the author has decided to ignore anything between the two; using class systems and honor and a bunch of other excuses is fine but at this point it should've been addressed between the two of them. At some moments their relationship has a Luke/Lorelai feel to it. Lorelai Gilmore is rich and she broke away from that life to pursue her own life - just like Sarah Brandt. Luke Danes is a hardworking, salt of the earth guy who is sweet but gruff - just like Frank Malloy. There are going to be class issues and social stigmas but there comes a point when love at least allows a conversation and for something to happen. Right now it's a stalemate. Other than my bereavement of what seems to be a good series going downhill, the book manages to get three stars due to Catherine, Maeve and Mrs. Ellsworth.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    3 1/2 stars Yes, this book had some problems… but I still enjoyed it. While I appreciated the methodical detective work that was being done to solve the murder of Dr. Tom Brandt, I was having a hard time with it because it was all so unnecessary! Wouldn’t it have made much more sense just to have the witness ID the guy? Instead, everyone seemed to be running around, spinning their wheels. (view spoiler)[Why didn’t Malloy just have Danny identify the man he took Dr. Brandt to meet in that alley? Af 3 1/2 stars Yes, this book had some problems… but I still enjoyed it. While I appreciated the methodical detective work that was being done to solve the murder of Dr. Tom Brandt, I was having a hard time with it because it was all so unnecessary! Wouldn’t it have made much more sense just to have the witness ID the guy? Instead, everyone seemed to be running around, spinning their wheels. (view spoiler)[Why didn’t Malloy just have Danny identify the man he took Dr. Brandt to meet in that alley? After all, there were only four suspects. They could have sat outside their houses and waited for them to come out. Mr. Decker was paying a boatload of money to those Pinkerton agents - couldn’t they have offered the money to Danny instead? He would have jumped at it, and then left town if he was worried about any repercussions. (hide spoiler)] Sarah acted like an immature, emotional wreck in this book. Her constant waffling was very unappealing, as were her thoughtless and reckless actions. Thank goodness she was only a secondary character this time, because I got very irritated with her. I hope she goes back to being her smart, independent self in the next novel. Maeve took center stage for once, and I must say that I liked her character quite a bit. I hope we get to read more about her as the series progresses.

  22. 4 out of 5

    shakespeareandspice

    I’ve sped through books 1-10 of the Gaslight Mystery series in the past 9 days so these are some general thoughts on the series so far: Pros = Easy to breeze through via audio = Nicely established historical setting = Lots of interesting history on immigrants of NY (Irish, Italian, Chinese, etc.) = Sarah and Frank are more mature characters than what a lot of other mysteries go for = It isn’t shy of touching the dark things such as pedophilia, prostitution, rape, incest, etc. Cons = Mysteries are predic I’ve sped through books 1-10 of the Gaslight Mystery series in the past 9 days so these are some general thoughts on the series so far: Pros = Easy to breeze through via audio = Nicely established historical setting = Lots of interesting history on immigrants of NY (Irish, Italian, Chinese, etc.) = Sarah and Frank are more mature characters than what a lot of other mysteries go for = It isn’t shy of touching the dark things such as pedophilia, prostitution, rape, incest, etc. Cons = Mysteries are predictable (only 2-3 books had mysteries I couldn’t guess) = When the mystery is too obvious early on in the book, Sarah and Frank become frustrating to deal with = The romance is confusing and exists only in the first and the last pages of every book. While I don’t need romance in a mystery to enjoy them, it throws me off a lot trying to figure out what the author plans to do with Sarah and Frank ultimately. I had assumed this would be a nice cozy mystery to read but nothing much about it is cozy except for the easy predication factor. It is a nice change from the twee British cottage settings I usually opt for though, seeing as how it’s often set in a gritty and dark NY of the late 19th century when the police department was nefariously corrupt and justice has to be bought by the highest bidder.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    Frank is looking into the murder of Dr. Tom Bryant. Sarah's father, Felix Dexter has offered fund the investigation. Frank has learn the father one of his patients killed him. He has narrowed his search to one four men. Leave goes undercover to help determine who is the killer. Like all the Gaslight Mysteries this story is well written and all the characters are designed delope. Frank is looking into the murder of Dr. Tom Bryant. Sarah's father, Felix Dexter has offered fund the investigation. Frank has learn the father one of his patients killed him. He has narrowed his search to one four men. Leave goes undercover to help determine who is the killer. Like all the Gaslight Mysteries this story is well written and all the characters are designed delope.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sabine

    Wow, we finally got to know what really happened four years ago when Dr. Tom Brandt has been murdered. What a rocky road to justice! I was shocked and heartbroken when I read the last chapters of this book. Now I'm curious if this will lead to a happy end for Sarah and Frank but I guess I have to be patient and just read the next books. Well done, Mrs. Thompson!! Wow, we finally got to know what really happened four years ago when Dr. Tom Brandt has been murdered. What a rocky road to justice! I was shocked and heartbroken when I read the last chapters of this book. Now I'm curious if this will lead to a happy end for Sarah and Frank but I guess I have to be patient and just read the next books. Well done, Mrs. Thompson!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amanda McGill

    For full review - The Limit of Books Does Not Exist In the 10th novel in the Gaslight mystery series, a big storyline has finally wrapped up! I’m glad that the author didn’t drag this story out too much, although you can argue that 10 books is way too long to address a major murder mystery. Way back in book 1, we were introduced to Sarah Brandt, who is a midwife in NYC at the turn of the century. She gets involved with a murder and then meets Frank Malloy, a detective sergeant. Sarah was recently For full review - The Limit of Books Does Not Exist In the 10th novel in the Gaslight mystery series, a big storyline has finally wrapped up! I’m glad that the author didn’t drag this story out too much, although you can argue that 10 books is way too long to address a major murder mystery. Way back in book 1, we were introduced to Sarah Brandt, who is a midwife in NYC at the turn of the century. She gets involved with a murder and then meets Frank Malloy, a detective sergeant. Sarah was recently widowed and had no idea the details surrounding her husband’s death. Now in book 10, I’m so happy that Thompson dedicated a whole novel in solving Tom Brandt’s death. It took a bit to get into the novel, but I was hooked from the halfway point onward. I really liked how minor characters got more involved and of course I was shocked by the ending! If you haven’t heard of this series, I would highly recommend it. I love learning little facts about the 1890s!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Gonzalez

    This is making it to my favorite lists for this series. What a great story. Four years prior, Sarah's husband, Dr. Brandt, was murdered in an alley. Because no one could "pay" the police to solve the crime, it was attributed to a robbery gone bad. As Sarah and Frank's friendship has grown, he has been looking into the murder. The last several books has seen a little headway, but this book brings us the murderer and solves it once and for all. Sarah remembers her husband as kind, honest, giving, This is making it to my favorite lists for this series. What a great story. Four years prior, Sarah's husband, Dr. Brandt, was murdered in an alley. Because no one could "pay" the police to solve the crime, it was attributed to a robbery gone bad. As Sarah and Frank's friendship has grown, he has been looking into the murder. The last several books has seen a little headway, but this book brings us the murderer and solves it once and for all. Sarah remembers her husband as kind, honest, giving, and she has been reluctant to believe he could have done anything bad to lead to his death. However, the evidence seems to point to several patients who have allegedly had inappropriate relationships with their doctor. Frank is working with Sarah's father, and Mr. Decker has paid for Pinkerton detectives to help Frank. Frank works with 2 "Pinks" - one male and one female. It's always fun to see the female roles due to the era of these stories. I found it hard to put the book down, and had to keep reading until the very end.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    4.5 STARS This is probably my favorite book of the series to date. SO many issues are finally resolved. I loved seeing more of Mrs. Decker and Maeve. I also found the "Old Maid" issue fascinating. As always, Thompson does a fantastic job of mixing historical facts with the personal lives of her characters. 4.5 STARS This is probably my favorite book of the series to date. SO many issues are finally resolved. I loved seeing more of Mrs. Decker and Maeve. I also found the "Old Maid" issue fascinating. As always, Thompson does a fantastic job of mixing historical facts with the personal lives of her characters.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sherri

    The 10th installment in the Gaslight Mystery Series by Victoria Thompson...and one of my favorites so far! The murder of Sarah Brandt's husband Tom is finally solved after four years. Maeve's character development and role in the book was so nice to see. Also the continuing relationship building of Sarah and her mom, Mrs. Decker, especially with Catherine Sarah's adopted daughter. I hope more story comes out with Frank's son Bryan and his family. However, I know this installment was based on solvi The 10th installment in the Gaslight Mystery Series by Victoria Thompson...and one of my favorites so far! The murder of Sarah Brandt's husband Tom is finally solved after four years. Maeve's character development and role in the book was so nice to see. Also the continuing relationship building of Sarah and her mom, Mrs. Decker, especially with Catherine Sarah's adopted daughter. I hope more story comes out with Frank's son Bryan and his family. However, I know this installment was based on solving Tom's murder.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    Murder on Bank Street by Victoria Thompson. Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy is a steadfast investigator who moves and speaks at his own pace. In this case the Sergeant is investigating the murder of Dr. Brandt some 4 years ago. For that he delves deep into the past of Dr. Brandt learning significant details from the Dr.'s wife, Sarah. Soon he is confronted with the reasoning behind the murder focusing on a confined young woman by the name of Christina. The reasoning behind my giving this story 3 Murder on Bank Street by Victoria Thompson. Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy is a steadfast investigator who moves and speaks at his own pace. In this case the Sergeant is investigating the murder of Dr. Brandt some 4 years ago. For that he delves deep into the past of Dr. Brandt learning significant details from the Dr.'s wife, Sarah. Soon he is confronted with the reasoning behind the murder focusing on a confined young woman by the name of Christina. The reasoning behind my giving this story 3 stars is simple. The ending came after much too long a bantering back and forth,( back and forth, back and forth) of a climax that should have taken far less time. totally unnecessary.

  30. 4 out of 5

    A.M.G. ☮Hippie/Fantasia☮

    Rating: 5 / 5 Okay, WOW. This was a big one. Not only has the series been building up to this for quite a few books, but the stakes, both emotionally and professionally, are definitely higher as well. As usual though, Ms. Thompson has no trouble delivering, and boy did she! First of all, I'm surprised at how well this was pulled off with Sarah not getting involved. This was actually my chief complaint for the previous novel, and I've read quite a few reviews in which not everyone likes her portray Rating: 5 / 5 Okay, WOW. This was a big one. Not only has the series been building up to this for quite a few books, but the stakes, both emotionally and professionally, are definitely higher as well. As usual though, Ms. Thompson has no trouble delivering, and boy did she! First of all, I'm surprised at how well this was pulled off with Sarah not getting involved. This was actually my chief complaint for the previous novel, and I've read quite a few reviews in which not everyone likes her portrayal in this novel, but honestly, I think it matches the situation at hand and makes sense for why she wouldn't get involved. After all, this is her husband we're talking about, and there's a lot of emotional trauma she could uncover if she got too wrapped up in solving his murder herself. It would be "reliving" the experience, so to speak, and Malloy is correct in wanting to protect her from that. Speaking of Malloy, I think he deserves a round of applause for solving the case, period. This mystery is by far the most different from all the mysteries in this series, because it's an old mystery that has had four years to fester, enough for everyone except the victim's family to forget about. But still, Malloy pursues the case on literally the barest evidence possible, and even though he knows that he might fail every step of the way, he still persists, and you really have to credit him for that. Well done, old boy! What I was surprised about and didn't expect was Maeve's contribution to the story, which was quite significant. When she was first introduced back in book 5, I didn't expect much of her, of course, but slowly she's grown as a character over the series, and in this one she made her unofficial "debut" as a female detective. It's impressive for her as a character, it's progressive for the time period, and it's just a great addition to the series--loved it! Ahem, and now for the mystery itself, which I feel needs to be talked about, without giving anything away. Basically, Tom Brandt as a character has been built up a lot, considering that he's never been alive for any part of the series. I think most of the readers will have imagined him as Sarah's male counterpart, the man who inspired her to become who she was since the beginning of the series, an overall good man with high morals. In contrast to Frank Malloy, who's definitely a bit more rough around the edges, I guess you could say that I pictured him as being "softer". As such, there were a lot of things I could come up with for why he was murdered, but there is no way that I could have guessed at what really happened. Just to say, from the beginning of this novel there are only three guesses for who the murderer is, so there's no real surprise there once that's found out. What IS a surprise is the reason behind the murder, which I can only describe in one way: PURE EVIL. Yes, out of literally everything that I've read about in this series, including drugs, incest, hypocrisy, pedophilia, lust, prostitution, and insanity (to list a few), what's revealed in this book is by far the most evil thing I think I could list. You'll have to read to find out what it is, but trust me when I say that, just as Sarah, who's usually so righteous and merciful, wants the antagonist to die, I can't say that I as a reader was very far behind that point. Whatever the villain got is coming to them, and let's leave it at that. Anyways, as for the book as a whole, I feel like it's a milestone in the series, for which we can start shifting gears. Until now, it was slowly and gradually building up to this moment in Frank and Sarah's relationship, like this was something that they needed to go through to be together. I agree with people who say that the relationship development in this series was ultra-slow--because, yes, it was--but now that they've got any lingering doubts out of the way (well, the important ones, anyway), I'm looking forward to having their relationship move a lot faster than it has been. Please don't disappoint me!

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