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As a midwife in the turn-of-the-century tenements of New York City, Sarah Brandt has seen her share of suffering and joy, birth and death. Now, she learns that crime doesn’t discriminate, when the highest echelons of society are rocked by murder… A Gaslight Mystery At a summons from Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, Sarah arrives at the elegant home of famed magnetic healer As a midwife in the turn-of-the-century tenements of New York City, Sarah Brandt has seen her share of suffering and joy, birth and death. Now, she learns that crime doesn’t discriminate, when the highest echelons of society are rocked by murder… A Gaslight Mystery At a summons from Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, Sarah arrives at the elegant home of famed magnetic healer Edmund Blackwell to find his wife in labor—and the good doctor dead from an apparent suicide. Only Malloy sees what no one else wants to: that Blackwell was murdered in his own home… After a successful delivery, the Blackwell baby falls mysteriously ill. Relying on her nurse’s training and woman’s intuition, Sarah discovers the source of the baby’s sickness—and discovers a scandal that leads Malloy’s investigation down a gilded path paved with greed, deception, and desire…


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As a midwife in the turn-of-the-century tenements of New York City, Sarah Brandt has seen her share of suffering and joy, birth and death. Now, she learns that crime doesn’t discriminate, when the highest echelons of society are rocked by murder… A Gaslight Mystery At a summons from Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, Sarah arrives at the elegant home of famed magnetic healer As a midwife in the turn-of-the-century tenements of New York City, Sarah Brandt has seen her share of suffering and joy, birth and death. Now, she learns that crime doesn’t discriminate, when the highest echelons of society are rocked by murder… A Gaslight Mystery At a summons from Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, Sarah arrives at the elegant home of famed magnetic healer Edmund Blackwell to find his wife in labor—and the good doctor dead from an apparent suicide. Only Malloy sees what no one else wants to: that Blackwell was murdered in his own home… After a successful delivery, the Blackwell baby falls mysteriously ill. Relying on her nurse’s training and woman’s intuition, Sarah discovers the source of the baby’s sickness—and discovers a scandal that leads Malloy’s investigation down a gilded path paved with greed, deception, and desire…

30 review for Murder on Gramercy Park

  1. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    This is turning into one of those series where each book is such a pleasure to read that I can't wait to get to the next one. The descriptions of life in New York at that time, the developing relationship between Sarah and Frank plus a new murder mystery in each book makes it an easy series to return to. In Murder on Gramercy Park three murders follow in rapid succession and it is largely thanks to Sarah's work as a midwife, which makes it possible for her to keep returning to the scene of the fi This is turning into one of those series where each book is such a pleasure to read that I can't wait to get to the next one. The descriptions of life in New York at that time, the developing relationship between Sarah and Frank plus a new murder mystery in each book makes it an easy series to return to. In Murder on Gramercy Park three murders follow in rapid succession and it is largely thanks to Sarah's work as a midwife, which makes it possible for her to keep returning to the scene of the first crime, that the whole situation is solved. Frank is still reluctant to let her help him out in his work but he seems to be falling increasingly under her spell and she manages to do mostly what she wants. I am enjoying the personal touches too, like little Brian's progress and the way this is changing Frank's whole outlook on life. And again the author introduces information about life at that time with medicine only just beginning to deal with many issues. Imagine operating on Brian's club foot without the aid of even an x ray. Altogether an excellent read and I am very much looking forward to book 4:)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy is called to the scene of an apparent suicide and sends for Sarah Brandt to help with the victim’s distressed pregnant wife. Soon after Sarah arrives, Frank realizes that he’s looking at a murder that someone tried to disguise. Of course, he’s not going to be able to detach Sarah from inserting herself into the case. This was a real poser as there were quite a few potential suspects and interesting revelations throughout the story. I enjoy the investigative rhythm Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy is called to the scene of an apparent suicide and sends for Sarah Brandt to help with the victim’s distressed pregnant wife. Soon after Sarah arrives, Frank realizes that he’s looking at a murder that someone tried to disguise. Of course, he’s not going to be able to detach Sarah from inserting herself into the case. This was a real poser as there were quite a few potential suspects and interesting revelations throughout the story. I enjoy the investigative rhythm Frank and Sarah have as they pursue clues independently and come back together, typically over dinner, to compare notes. Their relationship is developing at a nice, slow burn that’s so appropriate for the two of them, building trust and admiration. It’s also great to see Frank’s transformation from a cynical cop to a man who sees a higher value for himself. The outcome had some surprises though I’d guessed some of the resolution. It didn’t really matter much as the journey getting there was oh, so satisfying. I’m enjoying this series immensely.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melisa

    There's something I just love about this cozy mystery series. The author has researched the Victorian period in New York City thoroughly and it shows. Another solid whodunnit. A whole lot of talk talk talk but all in all a great read. I may or may not have ordered the next four books in the series during a Black Friday sale. There's something I just love about this cozy mystery series. The author has researched the Victorian period in New York City thoroughly and it shows. Another solid whodunnit. A whole lot of talk talk talk but all in all a great read. I may or may not have ordered the next four books in the series during a Black Friday sale.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Well I reckon no one could have worked out who dunnit in this story! Really enjoyed the dynamic between Sarah and Frank and the rampant morphine and opium addictions of the time.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lata

    Addiction and many lies are at the heart of this mystery. The case confounds both Sarah and Malloy, with all the good reasons everyone involved with the case had for wanting the dead guy, dead. Interesting how the opiate situation described by Victoria Thompson is not that different from the current day. I’m really enjoying what I’ve read so far of this series. The slowly developing trust and respect between Sarah and Frank is nicely handled, and the cases are interesting. On to book four.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy is called to investigate the apparent suicide of Edmund Blackwell. Malloy quickly realizes that it is a murder when evidence points in that direction. He sends for midwife Sarah Brandt when the victim's pregnant wife goes into labor. Once Sarah has her foot in the door and learns that there has been a murder, she decides to help Frank solve the case. This is another enjoyable Gaslight Mystery by Victoria Thompson. This series is quickly becoming a favorite for me. Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy is called to investigate the apparent suicide of Edmund Blackwell. Malloy quickly realizes that it is a murder when evidence points in that direction. He sends for midwife Sarah Brandt when the victim's pregnant wife goes into labor. Once Sarah has her foot in the door and learns that there has been a murder, she decides to help Frank solve the case. This is another enjoyable Gaslight Mystery by Victoria Thompson. This series is quickly becoming a favorite for me. I love the friendship between Frank and Sarah, and her helping him with his son. In this story we have several suspects, most of whom are not very likeable. I thought I had the villains figured out early in the book, but was surprised with the twist in the last dozen pages. My rating: 5 Stars.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tamar...light at the end of the tunnel?

    I'm a bit overdosed on this series (for those of you who have read the book, no pun intended). I'm going to give myself a little space before GM#4). There was a lot going on here - femme fatale, lots of adoring admirers, indifferent husband who is also a charlatan, two murder/suicides, one attempted murder, mysteriously red headed baby (oh my), cops on the take, opium den, and of course, the extremely likeable twosome brandt and malloy. What's not to love? I'm a bit overdosed on this series (for those of you who have read the book, no pun intended). I'm going to give myself a little space before GM#4). There was a lot going on here - femme fatale, lots of adoring admirers, indifferent husband who is also a charlatan, two murder/suicides, one attempted murder, mysteriously red headed baby (oh my), cops on the take, opium den, and of course, the extremely likeable twosome brandt and malloy. What's not to love?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ira

    As the previous books, Ms. Thompson let you to easily guess what is going on. But I certainly got a big surprise too at the end as like as our H/h. Definitely like this series, however I check the rest of the book reviews, this H/h wouldn’t together at least for another ten books! 😣 This author only published this series once a year. I probably will continue reading this series later. I bought these three books in 2017, I didn’t realise I have it until it said, I already got it in 2017. I probably As the previous books, Ms. Thompson let you to easily guess what is going on. But I certainly got a big surprise too at the end as like as our H/h. Definitely like this series, however I check the rest of the book reviews, this H/h wouldn’t together at least for another ten books! 😣 This author only published this series once a year. I probably will continue reading this series later. I bought these three books in 2017, I didn’t realise I have it until it said, I already got it in 2017. I probably bought it after I binged and finished In Death series in 2016 and tried to find something similar. Btw, as I said before this book reminds me of the other series that I like. Yup, it’s Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series by Anne Perry. That series based in Victorian London. Similar with this one, the posh heroine married down, the hero is a common guy, he is so sweet, kind and in love with his strong willed heroine. Their characters is opposite from this one 😜. No it wasn’t trying to copy this popular series, that series first book published in 70s before continuing book two twenty years later. Book one end up on telly too 😘. The mystery there more darker and complicated. Lots of politics too. They also met, in love and together from book #1 😍, it has 32 books in total, the common hero became a Sir by the end of the series and also it has a spin-off series about their hot shot lawyer son later on 😘. If you like this series, take a look that series too. Now, should I just jump to book where they will together, you think 🤔 😂😘. ❤️

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mei

    While in the previous book the accent was on the poor, here we have a rich family involved and thus Sarah's input is necessary since she comes from the high class family and can do thing and go places where Frank could not. Also, compared with the previous book, we see that the rich women were not free and could suffer differently, but as much as the poor... I like that the books underline how the women lived and how they were treated and up to now each book gave me insight on many things that I d While in the previous book the accent was on the poor, here we have a rich family involved and thus Sarah's input is necessary since she comes from the high class family and can do thing and go places where Frank could not. Also, compared with the previous book, we see that the rich women were not free and could suffer differently, but as much as the poor... I like that the books underline how the women lived and how they were treated and up to now each book gave me insight on many things that I didn't know about the period: as I said, the treatment of women, the social differences, the differences between the places of origin... It's all very interesting! On to the next!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Still very entertaining, Ms. Thompson pushed the envelope with her visit to an inky and somber era in US history. And I absolutely loved the slow-paced and peculiar friendship of the gruff Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy and the earthy but proper ex-blueblood Mrs. Sarah Brandt.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy arrives at the scene of Dr. Edmund Blackwell’s death thinking it is a suicide. However, as soon as he views it, he realizes it was murder. By that point, he’s already involved midwife Sarah Brandt as she is attending the dead man’s wife, who has gone into labor from the shock. Dr. Blackwell was a magnetic healer, bring relief to people suffering from pain. Who would want to kill a man like that? And just like that, we are once again traveling back in time to 1890’s Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy arrives at the scene of Dr. Edmund Blackwell’s death thinking it is a suicide. However, as soon as he views it, he realizes it was murder. By that point, he’s already involved midwife Sarah Brandt as she is attending the dead man’s wife, who has gone into labor from the shock. Dr. Blackwell was a magnetic healer, bring relief to people suffering from pain. Who would want to kill a man like that? And just like that, we are once again traveling back in time to 1890’s New York City. The book really does a great job of bringing the time and place to life. Frank and Sarah are fantastic main characters who share the sleuthing and page time as our third person point of view characters. The mystery is sharp with plenty of secrets to be uncovered. I thought I had it figured out early, but I was missing a big piece of the puzzle. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amanda McGill

    If you are looking for a different type of murder mystery series, then check out the Gaslight Mystery series! Don't let the genre of cozy mystery define this series, because it is so much more than that. Also with all the scandalous things occurring in the novels, I don't think it fits into the cozy genre. The series is set around the 1900s in New York City, with midwife, Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy as the leading characters. In the 3rd novel, Mallory has been called to a su If you are looking for a different type of murder mystery series, then check out the Gaslight Mystery series! Don't let the genre of cozy mystery define this series, because it is so much more than that. Also with all the scandalous things occurring in the novels, I don't think it fits into the cozy genre. The series is set around the 1900s in New York City, with midwife, Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy as the leading characters. In the 3rd novel, Mallory has been called to a suicide scene of a seemingly wealthy healer. The healer's wife was the one who found her husband's body and has gone into labour. In comes Sarah Brandt. After going over the scene, Mallory determines that it wasn't a suicide, but a murder. Who would of wanted to kill the healer and does his wife's new baby have anything to do with it? I love the historical aspects of this series. You can tell that the author did a lot of research. It's interesting to see how much life and society has changed in the last 100 years and how class is so largely divided. I also love the relationship between Sarah and Mallory. They are warming up to each other in this novel and Mallory is letting Sarah get more involved with solving the murders. Check out this series and I can't wait to read more!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Murder on Gramercy Park 4 Stars Called in to investigate an apparent suicide, Detective Frank Malloy arrives on scene to discover the deceased’s wife in labor. After summoning midwife Sarah Brandt, Malloy realizes that the death is suspicious and the victim’s many secrets are more than sufficient motive for murder. Although the mystery is easy to figure out and the culprit is predictable, the details surrounding Edward Blackwell’s questionable medical practice and his wife’s surprising affliction p Murder on Gramercy Park 4 Stars Called in to investigate an apparent suicide, Detective Frank Malloy arrives on scene to discover the deceased’s wife in labor. After summoning midwife Sarah Brandt, Malloy realizes that the death is suspicious and the victim’s many secrets are more than sufficient motive for murder. Although the mystery is easy to figure out and the culprit is predictable, the details surrounding Edward Blackwell’s questionable medical practice and his wife’s surprising affliction provide a compelling backdrop to the interesting investigation and satisfying resolution. However, as with the previous books, it is the characterization and the developing relationship between Sarah and Malloy that really grab the reader and keep the pages turning. The dynamic between Sarah and Malloy is enchanting as they grow closer and begin accepting that their lives have changed for the better since becoming acquainted. Moreover, the scenes with Malloy’s son, Brian, are truly heart-warming as he is such a sweet and charming child. It is truly wonderful seeing Malloy’s growing attachment to the boy as well as the changes in Brian who has begun to flourish now that the true nature of his health issues has emerged. All in all, an entertaining addition to a series that is rapidly becoming a favorite.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tammie

    As a midwife in the turn-of-the-century tenements of New York City, Sarah Brandt has seen her share of suffering and joy, birth and death. Now, she learns that crime doesn’t discriminate, when the highest echelons of society are rocked by murder… Murder on Gramercy Park was another mystery that was pretty easy to figure out, but the real draw to this series are Sarah and Malloy themselves. I really enjoy reading about them and their interactions with each other and the other people in their liv As a midwife in the turn-of-the-century tenements of New York City, Sarah Brandt has seen her share of suffering and joy, birth and death. Now, she learns that crime doesn’t discriminate, when the highest echelons of society are rocked by murder… Murder on Gramercy Park was another mystery that was pretty easy to figure out, but the real draw to this series are Sarah and Malloy themselves. I really enjoy reading about them and their interactions with each other and the other people in their lives, particularly Malloy and his son Brian. Malloy is slowly growing as a character and I'm pleased with the direction he is going. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Review also posted at Writings of a Reader

  15. 4 out of 5

    Christina/ The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!

    Murder on Gramercy Park By: Victoria Thompson Series: Gaslight Mystery #3 Publisher/Year: Berkley Prime Crime, 2002 Setting: New York, (turn of the century) Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense Adult themes and content Plus(es): This book was a real page-turner given all the surprises, and I enjoyed some lighter moments that seemed to break up the seriousness of the plot. Minus(es): Explores the darker side of human nature Two words summarize book three in this series - secrets, and lies. Rea Murder on Gramercy Park By: Victoria Thompson Series: Gaslight Mystery #3 Publisher/Year: Berkley Prime Crime, 2002 Setting: New York, (turn of the century) Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense Adult themes and content Plus(es): This book was a real page-turner given all the surprises, and I enjoyed some lighter moments that seemed to break up the seriousness of the plot. Minus(es): Explores the darker side of human nature Two words summarize book three in this series - secrets, and lies. Reading this book was like playing with nesting dolls. These dolls are like the secrets and fabrications almost all the characters have in this story. Every time you open one and think it is the end, another one is inside. Mr. Blackwell is a “healer,” and he claims he can help people with medical infirmaries that no other medical professional can. It seemed his wife is living proof. So, why would anyone want this man dead? How is he able to perform these miracles? Sarah and Frank must join forces to unravel these mysteries. Awards/Recognitions: National Bestselling Author, Edgar® and Agatha Award-nominated author *4 & ½ stars

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Book three of the Gaslight mystery series and I'm enjoying reading it very much! And since I failed to mention it in my previous reviews I love Malloy's sarcasm! Book three of the Gaslight mystery series and I'm enjoying reading it very much! And since I failed to mention it in my previous reviews I love Malloy's sarcasm!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    I'm finding this a very entertaining series. I like the developing relationship between mid-wife Sarah Brandt and Inspector Frank Malloy. Sarah is a spunky, likable personality and Malloy finds himself growing more attached to her and comfortable with her even as he tries to keep her out of his investigations. I enjoyed this mystery, the murder of a healer which at first appears to be a suicide. Many suspects; his partner, his wife and/ or her lover, or his wife's father and others. Malloy and B I'm finding this a very entertaining series. I like the developing relationship between mid-wife Sarah Brandt and Inspector Frank Malloy. Sarah is a spunky, likable personality and Malloy finds himself growing more attached to her and comfortable with her even as he tries to keep her out of his investigations. I enjoyed this mystery, the murder of a healer which at first appears to be a suicide. Many suspects; his partner, his wife and/ or her lover, or his wife's father and others. Malloy and Brandt work together to sort the crimes out, as other suspects are murdered. The interesting thing is the access that Sarah, who comes from a rich family, can gain to these households and because of that, Malloy is also able to interrogate the wealthy. The situation in New York for the police is changing, they are becoming less corrupt, due in part to the leadership of Teddy Roosevelt. At any rate, an entertaining, well-written, nicely flowing mystery. I will keep reading this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    BJ Rose

    There are several reasons why I like this series so much - I love the turn-of-the-century setting, I strongly admire Sarah Brandt, and I love the way the character of Frank Malloy is developing into someone with a conscience. It's also heartening to see the relationship developing between Frank and his son Brian. And also, inevitably, a positive change in the way Frank and Sarah relate to each other. I just ordered the next in the series. There are several reasons why I like this series so much - I love the turn-of-the-century setting, I strongly admire Sarah Brandt, and I love the way the character of Frank Malloy is developing into someone with a conscience. It's also heartening to see the relationship developing between Frank and his son Brian. And also, inevitably, a positive change in the way Frank and Sarah relate to each other. I just ordered the next in the series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    William Richardson

    3rd book in the Gaslight Mystery series and another very good read. Love learning about how life was in the late 1800's. Each book so far tells me something else I did not know about that time and gives me an idea of the advancement of medicine and the practices of Dr's. An other great murder mystery with several murders and lots of suspects. Love the characters and how they interact, and look forward to the next book. 3rd book in the Gaslight Mystery series and another very good read. Love learning about how life was in the late 1800's. Each book so far tells me something else I did not know about that time and gives me an idea of the advancement of medicine and the practices of Dr's. An other great murder mystery with several murders and lots of suspects. Love the characters and how they interact, and look forward to the next book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Veronique

    Another great instalment in this murder mystery series, which this time involves addictions of various kind, and furthers the development of our characters.

  21. 4 out of 5

    C.

    I am a fan of Victoria Thompson, invested in her series of 1900. Midwife Sarah understands both the downtrodden and high life and Frank, a police officer, lets his heart draw him to solve cases that the New York of bribery days would have disregarded. The first novel struck five stars but these next two dwindled to three because the motives and actions driving the crime choices were unconvincing to me, as most are. “Gramercy Park” seemed bent on the suspect misdirection that readers covet too mu I am a fan of Victoria Thompson, invested in her series of 1900. Midwife Sarah understands both the downtrodden and high life and Frank, a police officer, lets his heart draw him to solve cases that the New York of bribery days would have disregarded. The first novel struck five stars but these next two dwindled to three because the motives and actions driving the crime choices were unconvincing to me, as most are. “Gramercy Park” seemed bent on the suspect misdirection that readers covet too much. It matters that an author’s goal is to sweep me into a strong story. I am at the beginning and Virginia certainly drums up unique background detailing. Classes combine in Gramercy Park: a public healer who made money from conventions, the young patient who married him out of gratitude, and the affluent Dad who permitted it for the same reason. Letitia goes into labour the day Edmond Blackwell is shot in his study and Sarah finds that the newborn baby and Mother have an addiction. I like the serious subjects these novels explore, firmly in the lane of “standard mystery”: not a “cozy” or a “thriller”. It is necessary, naturally, to investigate Edmond’s past as well as Letitia’s, whence personages derive whom we like much better than any of these others characters. Liking and caring for little except the newborn, was the main reason for my ambivalence about volume #3, 2001. A lot of the novel pertained to women like Letitia deliberately charming men into asinine attention. It was a turnoff, even though this reciprocal behaviour has a foothold in reality. The topic area that impressed me is one that no other reader clued into. Edmond’s healing genuinely worked but it was not magnetic or magic. He was at the forefront of chiropractics!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dharia Scarab

    Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 sta Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author. 5 stars... I loved this book! It had earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    I just love this series!! 4.5 stars. I won't give anything away because I hate reading a review that has spoilers. Suffice it to say that there were plenty of suspects and red herrings. Love the relationship that is developing between the main characters. I just love this series!! 4.5 stars. I won't give anything away because I hate reading a review that has spoilers. Suffice it to say that there were plenty of suspects and red herrings. Love the relationship that is developing between the main characters.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The third in the Gaslight Mystery series. This was just as good as the first two and I love that there is a budding crush on Sarah that she seems completly unaware of.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tgordon

    I love this series! I had to read it out of order but it still holds so much mystery and fun! I hope to read them all soon! These books have it all mystery suspense fun and romance!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anita Reads

    #3 Gaslight Mystery This was the third installment in the Gaslight Mystery series, and I really enjoy them so far. In this one detective sergeant Frank Malloy is called to a new case, to what is at first believed to be a suicide. Frank quickly realises that it’s not possible for it to be a suicide, but murder. He tries as much as he can to keep Sarah Brandt (Midwife) off the case, but when the victim’s wife goes into labour upon shock of finding her husband dead, he realizes he has to call Sarah #3 Gaslight Mystery This was the third installment in the Gaslight Mystery series, and I really enjoy them so far. In this one detective sergeant Frank Malloy is called to a new case, to what is at first believed to be a suicide. Frank quickly realises that it’s not possible for it to be a suicide, but murder. He tries as much as he can to keep Sarah Brandt (Midwife) off the case, but when the victim’s wife goes into labour upon shock of finding her husband dead, he realizes he has to call Sarah Brandt - and this starts the new case. I honestly loved this book so much, and I had a lot of fun trying to guess along with the characters. I really enjoy the banter between Sarah and Frank and I think it’s one of my favorite things about these books. I also really like the setting and the time this is set in, and how all of the rich people is always trying to make sure nothing that could shame them will come out

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    This book had me enthralled throughout the entire book. By now I'm feeling comfortable with Sarah Brandt, midwife and Detective Frank Malloy as a sleuthing pair. The home base for the series is Bank Street where Sarah lives. When Frank feels he might compromise his job or can't get inside the upper class, he grudgingly relies upon the quick wit of Sarah, who was born to the Knickerbocker set. In this series, we learn of old New York City, as it suffers the pains and pleasures of growth. This book This book had me enthralled throughout the entire book. By now I'm feeling comfortable with Sarah Brandt, midwife and Detective Frank Malloy as a sleuthing pair. The home base for the series is Bank Street where Sarah lives. When Frank feels he might compromise his job or can't get inside the upper class, he grudgingly relies upon the quick wit of Sarah, who was born to the Knickerbocker set. In this series, we learn of old New York City, as it suffers the pains and pleasures of growth. This book revealed the underbelly of the Opium dens (which were quite legal then, circa 1900's) and it's appeal to the Ladies of society. We also learn how very expensive it is to be on the police force, if you wish to be promoted, or actually want a crime to be solved. Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt truly had a mountain to climb to bring in an honest force. Then the world of medicine. The reader is taken back to a time when repairing club feet was short of a miracle. Also, an X-ray was just a new concept and not reliable at all. Not to mention, not trusted by many that were not sure they wanted such an invasion into their private persons. Life has changed but the issues do remain as Author Ms. Thompson reminds us in her Author's Note. This is an excellent novel and whets my appetite for the next book in the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    This is the third book in the series known as the Gaslight mysteries. Sarah, a New York City midwife, is called to the scene of a suicide of the magnetic healer, Edmund Blackwell, by her friend and NYC cop Malloy. But all is not what it seems as Sarah is soon to find out that Mrs. Blackwell has some issues of her own. The murder, staged to look like a suicide, has a lot of suspects and Frank Malloy, with Sarah help must find out who the killer is. This series is highly enjoyable and really has a This is the third book in the series known as the Gaslight mysteries. Sarah, a New York City midwife, is called to the scene of a suicide of the magnetic healer, Edmund Blackwell, by her friend and NYC cop Malloy. But all is not what it seems as Sarah is soon to find out that Mrs. Blackwell has some issues of her own. The murder, staged to look like a suicide, has a lot of suspects and Frank Malloy, with Sarah help must find out who the killer is. This series is highly enjoyable and really has a whole bunch of twists and turns in this one and I was surprised right up until almost the end of the book. The only fly in the ointment is the constant mention of how the cop doesn't want Sarah's help. I will look for opportunities to read on in this series because it has some budding relationships and some nice quirky characters in the neighbor and infinite possibilities in the world that this is written in. Well done to the author.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    While Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy wonders why he was summoned to investigate an apparent suicide, he is pleased that it’s a case which can’t possibly involve Sarah Brandt. Upon arriving at the house, he learns that it was the wife (Letitia Blackwell) who discovered the body and she is due to deliver at any time. Frank summons Sarah still hoping to keep her out of the investigation which he quickly realizes is murder, not suicide. When Sarah returns to the house the next day to check on mothe While Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy wonders why he was summoned to investigate an apparent suicide, he is pleased that it’s a case which can’t possibly involve Sarah Brandt. Upon arriving at the house, he learns that it was the wife (Letitia Blackwell) who discovered the body and she is due to deliver at any time. Frank summons Sarah still hoping to keep her out of the investigation which he quickly realizes is murder, not suicide. When Sarah returns to the house the next day to check on mother and child and finds the child seriously ill, she questions Letitia and uncovers a morphine addiction. Sarah manages to get herself in the middle of Frank’s investigation as the two of them try to uncover what really happened. Easily as enjoyable as the previous two in the series, this one is full of all sorts of twists and turns. I enjoy the banter between Sarah and Frank but also their development as characters and the involvement of Frank's son Brian. It provides some continuity from one book to the next rather than just the case at hand. As for the case, I actually thought I had this one figured out and while I was partially correct, a twist at the end caught me totally by surprise. I look forward to going on with the series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Frank is called to the murder scene of a famous healer. His wife goes into labor while he's investigating the scene and, unfortunately, he knows just who to call. Sarah hurries to help out the wife and, of course, inserts herself into the investigation. As she cares for the mother and child she discovers something tragic about the condition of the baby. That leads her and Frank to a seedier side of the Victorian Era - the infamous opium dens. As usual, the mystery is quite twisty. While I enjoy Frank is called to the murder scene of a famous healer. His wife goes into labor while he's investigating the scene and, unfortunately, he knows just who to call. Sarah hurries to help out the wife and, of course, inserts herself into the investigation. As she cares for the mother and child she discovers something tragic about the condition of the baby. That leads her and Frank to a seedier side of the Victorian Era - the infamous opium dens. As usual, the mystery is quite twisty. While I enjoy the mysteries, I think my favorite thing about this series is the setting and the burgeoning relationship between Frank and Sarah. Sarah has been instrumental in helping Frank with his son Brian. She figured out that he wasn't "dumb," but actually deaf, so now Brian can get the help he needs. She's also found a doctor that can operate on his club foot. It's sweet watching Frank's relationship with his son grow. I also like seeing how Sarah has changed Frank and reminded him of who he really is. The setting is brilliantly done. You can see that the author has put a lot of work into making her settings as authentic as possible. You really feel like you're learning about history as you read. I've read 13 books in this series and I wish I'd written the reviews as I went. I'm having a hard time remembering all the little twists and turns, and anecdotes I loved. Oh well. I'll be better in the future. :D

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