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When an explosion kills wealthy industrialist Gregory Van Dyke, Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt presumes that anarchists are responsible and personally asks Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to track them down. Malloy is up to the challenge - but he faces a different kind of challenge when he encounters Sarah Brandt paying a condolence call on the Van Dykes. Faced with t When an explosion kills wealthy industrialist Gregory Van Dyke, Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt presumes that anarchists are responsible and personally asks Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to track them down. Malloy is up to the challenge - but he faces a different kind of challenge when he encounters Sarah Brandt paying a condolence call on the Van Dykes. Faced with the impossibility of ever expressing his true feelings for Sarah, Frank had vowed never to see or work with her again." For her part, Sarah is glad to be working with Malloy once again in his hunt for a dangerous killer - though they clash over his conviction that the murder was politically motivated.


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When an explosion kills wealthy industrialist Gregory Van Dyke, Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt presumes that anarchists are responsible and personally asks Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to track them down. Malloy is up to the challenge - but he faces a different kind of challenge when he encounters Sarah Brandt paying a condolence call on the Van Dykes. Faced with t When an explosion kills wealthy industrialist Gregory Van Dyke, Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt presumes that anarchists are responsible and personally asks Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to track them down. Malloy is up to the challenge - but he faces a different kind of challenge when he encounters Sarah Brandt paying a condolence call on the Van Dykes. Faced with the impossibility of ever expressing his true feelings for Sarah, Frank had vowed never to see or work with her again." For her part, Sarah is glad to be working with Malloy once again in his hunt for a dangerous killer - though they clash over his conviction that the murder was politically motivated.

30 review for Murder on Marble Row

  1. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Number 6 in the series and Frank has just made his first tentative step towards Sarah and a relationship. At least I think he did. This author has developed keeping the main characters on the verge into an art form. There were tears, in my eyes at least, when little Brian signed “father” for the first time. There were amazing developments between Frank and Sarah’s parents. And as I mentioned before there were a few tiny steps forward between Sarah and Frank themselves. Of course there was also a Number 6 in the series and Frank has just made his first tentative step towards Sarah and a relationship. At least I think he did. This author has developed keeping the main characters on the verge into an art form. There were tears, in my eyes at least, when little Brian signed “father” for the first time. There were amazing developments between Frank and Sarah’s parents. And as I mentioned before there were a few tiny steps forward between Sarah and Frank themselves. Of course there was also a mystery, a few rather nasty deaths, lots of possible suspects and the usual twist at the end of the tale. This is an excellent series and I can’t wait to read what happens next.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melisa

    The best of the series yet! 4.5 stars, rounded up because I couldn't put it down and read it in 24 hours. This series lies somewhere between historical thriller and cozy mystery - it has a place of its own and I just dig what Victoria Thompson has done here with these stories. I say it every time, but I love this series, the period, the character development and the mystery. It just keeps getting better with each installment, and I can't wait to read the seventh book (which I've already ordered a The best of the series yet! 4.5 stars, rounded up because I couldn't put it down and read it in 24 hours. This series lies somewhere between historical thriller and cozy mystery - it has a place of its own and I just dig what Victoria Thompson has done here with these stories. I say it every time, but I love this series, the period, the character development and the mystery. It just keeps getting better with each installment, and I can't wait to read the seventh book (which I've already ordered and is on its way to me, thanks ThriftBooks!).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy receives a headache of an assignment directly from Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt, the bombing murder of wealthy industrialist Gregory Van Dyke. Of course, complicating the case even more is the presence of midwife Sarah Brandt whose family are friends of the victim and are standing vigil with the family. Normally the mysteries in this series are fairly easy to deduce but this time it was a bit more complicated and with a few clever twists. Also, as much as F Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy receives a headache of an assignment directly from Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt, the bombing murder of wealthy industrialist Gregory Van Dyke. Of course, complicating the case even more is the presence of midwife Sarah Brandt whose family are friends of the victim and are standing vigil with the family. Normally the mysteries in this series are fairly easy to deduce but this time it was a bit more complicated and with a few clever twists. Also, as much as Frank wants to keep Sarah away from these investigations, this time even he had to acknowledge her assistance was not only invaluable but needed. I loved how they work together and her mother’s increased presence revealed where Sarah gets her skills. There was a bit of levity to go along with the seriousness of the crime. And, the developing relationship between these two was nuanced and subtle this time but unmistakably there. Quite an enjoyable story and this continues to be a favorite series. I look forward to starting each month with the next adventures of Sarah and Frank.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Piyangie

    This was an interesting murder-mystery. Frank is summoned to investigate the murder of a wealthy man. And this too at the instigation of Felix Decker, Sarah's father. Needn't it to say that naturally Sarah would be involved. This story is written well, and holds the interest of the reader. The plot is simple but the final answer to the murder-mystery is not what I expected; so it was a pleasant surprise. Apart from the story, it is always interesting to read of the growing intimacy of Sarah and This was an interesting murder-mystery. Frank is summoned to investigate the murder of a wealthy man. And this too at the instigation of Felix Decker, Sarah's father. Needn't it to say that naturally Sarah would be involved. This story is written well, and holds the interest of the reader. The plot is simple but the final answer to the murder-mystery is not what I expected; so it was a pleasant surprise. Apart from the story, it is always interesting to read of the growing intimacy of Sarah and Frank, and here for the first time Frank is met by Sarah's parents. The future of them beginning to look promising. The more I read this series, the more I like these two characters. I have read few murder-mystery series and have come across perhaps better stories than in this series; but I doubt whether I've come across the characters that I liked as much as I like Sarah and Frank. They feel so real to me and I honestly think that is one of the reasons that I like this series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dagny

    I can't praise this series enough. It keeps getting better and better with each book. Sarah's mother is becoming more active in the series. She really stepped up in this book. I like her! I can't praise this series enough. It keeps getting better and better with each book. Sarah's mother is becoming more active in the series. She really stepped up in this book. I like her!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lata

    I outright laughed several times during this case involving a dysfunctional knickerbocker family (is there any other kind?) and the brutal murder of the patriarch. Roosevelt assigns Malloy the case, thanks to his growing numbers of successfully resolved cases. And no matter how desperately he both wants and doesn’t want to see Sarah again, she becomes involved. And not just her. Her mother, initially shocked by a number of aspects of the investigation, actually proves herself remarkably adept at I outright laughed several times during this case involving a dysfunctional knickerbocker family (is there any other kind?) and the brutal murder of the patriarch. Roosevelt assigns Malloy the case, thanks to his growing numbers of successfully resolved cases. And no matter how desperately he both wants and doesn’t want to see Sarah again, she becomes involved. And not just her. Her mother, initially shocked by a number of aspects of the investigation, actually proves herself remarkably adept at reading situations and her husband. I really enjoyed this complicated and messy case. I also loved how much enjoyment little Brian is taking in walking, and how his world is opening up for him. And I so felt for Sarah and her dilemma about Aggie. Overall, this instalment was enough fun that I stayed up late to finish it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Murder on Marble Row 4 Stars Detective Frank Malloy is called in when a wealthy industrialist is killed in an explosion. Frank's problems are compounded when he discovers that Sarah Brandt is closely acquainted with the victim's family and insists on aiding in the investigation. As with the previous books in the series, the twists and turns of the mystery are rather obvious and as such the eventual explanation is not at all surprising. That said, it is entertaining to follow along as Frank and Sar Murder on Marble Row 4 Stars Detective Frank Malloy is called in when a wealthy industrialist is killed in an explosion. Frank's problems are compounded when he discovers that Sarah Brandt is closely acquainted with the victim's family and insists on aiding in the investigation. As with the previous books in the series, the twists and turns of the mystery are rather obvious and as such the eventual explanation is not at all surprising. That said, it is entertaining to follow along as Frank and Sarah uncover the clues while attempting to deny their feelings for one another. More details are forthcoming with regard to the murder of Sarah's husband, and it would seem that there was more to the good doctor than meets the eye. Looking forward to reading more about Frank and Sarah's forays into murder and mayhem.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    When Sarah Brandt learns that family friend Gregory Van Dyke was killed when a bomb exploded in his office, she paid a condolence call to the Van Dyke family. At the house she finds Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy who has been sent by Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt to investigate the death. Frank has been avoiding Sarah for the last several weeks. He believes he cannot fit into her world. But he also knows that he needs Sarah's help to discover the secret lives of the people living on Marbl When Sarah Brandt learns that family friend Gregory Van Dyke was killed when a bomb exploded in his office, she paid a condolence call to the Van Dyke family. At the house she finds Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy who has been sent by Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt to investigate the death. Frank has been avoiding Sarah for the last several weeks. He believes he cannot fit into her world. But he also knows that he needs Sarah's help to discover the secret lives of the people living on Marble Row. I believe this is the best book in the series so far. This is a solid mystery with lots of suspects. I did guess part of it correctly, but got the rest wrong. Sarah's mother plays a larger part in this story when she visits the Lower East Side with Sarah. This led to some humorous scenes. Also, Frank makes some decisions about Brian that will change his life. My rating: 5 Stars.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tamar overwhelmed by work - on temporary hiatus

    i love this series. i don't remember which goodreads friend turned me on to it but i am forever grateful. this mystery finds frank and sarah investigating the murder of (who else, but,) another member of the hoity toity - seemingly by an anarchist's bomb. who stands to gain by the murder? frank is called into police commissioner Roosevelt's (teddy's) office to investigate...we find a list of likely suspects: an affected widow the age of her stepsons, yet another unmarried society "lady" who is m i love this series. i don't remember which goodreads friend turned me on to it but i am forever grateful. this mystery finds frank and sarah investigating the murder of (who else, but,) another member of the hoity toity - seemingly by an anarchist's bomb. who stands to gain by the murder? frank is called into police commissioner Roosevelt's (teddy's) office to investigate...we find a list of likely suspects: an affected widow the age of her stepsons, yet another unmarried society "lady" who is mysteriously pregnant (by whom?), a rival/partner, an office manager, even the butler. sarah's parents are starting to become involved in her investigations, lending a hand with the gossip surrounding the inner circles of the society swells they hang with. frank continues to secretly drool over sarah while trying to keep her at arm's length so he won't overstep his station. sarah continues to insinuate herself into frank's investigations....so cute! what will i do when i run out of books in this series? i'm limiting myself to two a month so that i don't overdose, but also so that i have time for other books!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mei

    Ohhh, this one is so Agatha Cristy-ish! :) You'll never guess who-did-it until the end! LOL Ohhh, this one is so Agatha Cristy-ish! :) You'll never guess who-did-it until the end! LOL

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    When a bomb goes off in the office of millionaire Gregory Van Dyke, everyone assumes it is anarchists. Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy is assigned to the case at the specific request of Felix Decker, Sarah Brandt's father. Frank fears this means he is being set up for failure. Meanwhile, Sarah worms her way into the investigation thanks to her friendship with the Van Dyke family. Are anarchists really behind it? If not, who set the bomb? Once again, we have a wonderfully plotted mystery. I was us When a bomb goes off in the office of millionaire Gregory Van Dyke, everyone assumes it is anarchists. Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy is assigned to the case at the specific request of Felix Decker, Sarah Brandt's father. Frank fears this means he is being set up for failure. Meanwhile, Sarah worms her way into the investigation thanks to her friendship with the Van Dyke family. Are anarchists really behind it? If not, who set the bomb? Once again, we have a wonderfully plotted mystery. I was usually only one or two pages ahead of Frank and Sarah as they pieced everything together, and I was surprised once they figured everything out. The characters are strong as always, with both the series regulars and new characters coming across as real. Sarah's mother plays a larger role in what happens here, and I really enjoyed her scenes. There was always something happening, and I had a hard time putting it down. In fact, I decided to stay up late to finish the book. I just didn't want to put the last 60 pages off until the next day. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    After the 5th instalment of the series which I didn't enjoyed as much I'm happy to have read the 6th which I did enjoy a great deal! The book was focused from the beginning with the murder investigation not like the 5th instalment which was a test to my patience! The plot of the crime part of the novel was good and I didn't manage to figure out who did it! A very clever resolution also! I liked Sarah's mother more in this instalment since she didn't tried to find a rich husband for her daughter! I After the 5th instalment of the series which I didn't enjoyed as much I'm happy to have read the 6th which I did enjoy a great deal! The book was focused from the beginning with the murder investigation not like the 5th instalment which was a test to my patience! The plot of the crime part of the novel was good and I didn't manage to figure out who did it! A very clever resolution also! I liked Sarah's mother more in this instalment since she didn't tried to find a rich husband for her daughter! I loved the moments between Malloy and his son Brain as much as I love Sarah with little Aggie! Despite that they didn't spend much of their time investigating together I enjoyed Sarah and Malloy's moments since she didn't torture him like in the previous instalment! After reading three instlament of the Gaslight mystery series I think I'll take a break but I'm very intrigued for the next stories...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tammie

    Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt calls Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy into his office for an especially difficult assignment. A wealthy factory owner has been killed by a bomb in his office, and anarchists are high on the list of suspects. Malloy isn't so sure that the easy answer is the right one but Roosevelt wants justice done, whoever the culprits are. What I liked most about Murder on Marble Row is that it kept me guessing, something that the other books in this series haven't been abl Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt calls Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy into his office for an especially difficult assignment. A wealthy factory owner has been killed by a bomb in his office, and anarchists are high on the list of suspects. Malloy isn't so sure that the easy answer is the right one but Roosevelt wants justice done, whoever the culprits are. What I liked most about Murder on Marble Row is that it kept me guessing, something that the other books in this series haven't been able to do. I also really like that this series includes some real people from New York history. Teddy Roosevelt has been mentioned in previous books and here as Police Commissioner, he actually assigns Malloy to a case himself. I also liked that Sarah's mother helped with this case. Review also posted at Writings of a Reader

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cathy DuPont

    Very annoyed with myself...this is review #3 because I closed them without saving. First of story...too long, same old regurgitated info so stopped at about page 100 and went to back, found what happend. The End. If you happen to come across this, no worries, read it first and you won't miss a beat. Number six of the series, perhaps I'm just getting tired of the series, I'm not sure. I was not disappointed though not finishing the reading of the book. The end did have a twist which is pretty remark Very annoyed with myself...this is review #3 because I closed them without saving. First of story...too long, same old regurgitated info so stopped at about page 100 and went to back, found what happend. The End. If you happen to come across this, no worries, read it first and you won't miss a beat. Number six of the series, perhaps I'm just getting tired of the series, I'm not sure. I was not disappointed though not finishing the reading of the book. The end did have a twist which is pretty remarkable because usually it's the same old, same old. I'm going to have to be pretty bored to pick up the next one. I liked it, yeah, but didn't read all of it. So..a two stars will do?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sherri

    Another installment of the Gaslight Mystery series. This mystery had me waiting until the end for the final conclusion to the mystery of the case. Little Aggie stole my heart and a comic relief with Sarah's mom involved in a couple conversations. Bring on #7! Another installment of the Gaslight Mystery series. This mystery had me waiting until the end for the final conclusion to the mystery of the case. Little Aggie stole my heart and a comic relief with Sarah's mom involved in a couple conversations. Bring on #7!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rebeka

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another interesting book! The Van Dykes could teach a class in being dysfunctional. I usually figure out the solutions of these books fairly early on, but there's always some twist somewhere, so I enjoy them anyways. Plus the characters are fun. But this book took the cake. MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD, PLEASE DON'T READ UNLESS YOU WANT THE ENTIRE PLOT SPOILED!!! Page 30 or so: Me: Gosh, it really seems like the victim set the bomb himself to kill his business partner. But that's too obvious, and this would Another interesting book! The Van Dykes could teach a class in being dysfunctional. I usually figure out the solutions of these books fairly early on, but there's always some twist somewhere, so I enjoy them anyways. Plus the characters are fun. But this book took the cake. MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD, PLEASE DON'T READ UNLESS YOU WANT THE ENTIRE PLOT SPOILED!!! Page 30 or so: Me: Gosh, it really seems like the victim set the bomb himself to kill his business partner. But that's too obvious, and this would be a lame murder mystery if that was the answer. Book continues Everyone: We suspect anarchists! Anarchist: *acts very obviously guilty* Suspicious Son: *acts suspicious* No one: *notices suspicious son acting suspicious* Everyone: *continues to suspect the anarchist* Me: *facepalm* Eventually... Coroner: I found a wire! Me: I KNEW IT!!!! Everyone: ANARCHISTS!!!! Suspicious Son: *acts PAINFULLY suspicious* Me: Can we please move on to be suspicious of the obviously suspicious son so that you can then figure out this was an accident? Everyone: ANARCHISTS!!! Me: *facepalms harder* Main characters: Wait! We are suddenly suspicious of the suspicious son! Suspicious son: *acts super suspicious, practically writing I DID IT on his forehead* Actual murder: Occurs! Me: Finally! Main characters: Clearly the suspicious son killed both victims! Me: ... *sigh* Main character: Oh wait. He only killed the second victim. The first victim blew himself up while trying to kill the second victim by accident. Me: .................. You're so lucky I like you guys because WOW. Take this with a grain of salt, I'm not sure what tipped me off about the real solution, but I thought it was super obvious. Really that's the reason it only got 3 stars, because the book was still really interesting and the characters were fantastic, but... Yeah, I don't know, I'm not the type of person to enjoy solving the entire mystery within the first few pages. Maybe other people enjoy this, but if I'm reading a mystery, I want it to *BE A MYSTERY*

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I really do love this series as well as this genre. As to why I enjoy these so much, there are probably several reasons. The first would be the two central characters in each of these stories. The author has created two people who are worlds apart from one another in terms of their upbringing, but who are attracted to one another and are on equal ground in terms of intelligence, wit, and their views of justice. The author also has the ability to weave an interesting mystery in each novel she pro I really do love this series as well as this genre. As to why I enjoy these so much, there are probably several reasons. The first would be the two central characters in each of these stories. The author has created two people who are worlds apart from one another in terms of their upbringing, but who are attracted to one another and are on equal ground in terms of intelligence, wit, and their views of justice. The author also has the ability to weave an interesting mystery in each novel she produces. In this case, it wasn't until I reached the last few pages in this one, before I finally could see how the mystery death was going to be solved. During the course of this reading I had no end of suspects to ponder as the story unfolded. Nice job Ms. Thompson! My long standing interest in history, particularly American history, makes the setting of New York City in the days of Teddy Roosevelt's rise to the "highest office" in the land very attractive to me. In fact, in this one TR requests Detective Sergent Malloy's assistance in solving the violent death of a family friend. The "family friend" comes from the upper crust of New York society and as a result Malloy finds himself having to consult Sarah Brandt about the people and the life style that Sarah grew up with. Sarah and Frank make an excellent crime solving duo. One of my other favorite characters in these stories is Sarah's mother. She is a spunky lady and uses her feminine wiles to influence her daughter and her powerful husband in ways they seemingly don't recognize because she is so wisely subtle in exercising that influence. Started this on Sunday and finished it on Wednesday. Fun read!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Veronique

    Malloy is starting to make a name for himself it seems, and Roosevelt asks him to investigate a bombing that everyone believes has been committed by anarchists. Reality is somewhat different - isn’t it always! - and throws him once more into the world of the rich, with some pretty unsavoury characters. Totally enjoyable mystery and I absolutely loved seeing Sarah’s mother sharing some of her adventure. Brilliant!

  19. 4 out of 5

    A.M.G. ☮Hippie/Fantasia☮

    Rating: 5 /5 One of the interesting things about the mystery elements of this series is that even though the reader has ample opportunity to guess whodunnit early on, they still can't be sure about whodunnit, because Ms. Thompson provides each of her characters with a different yet convincing motive. So, really, even if the identity of the murderer(s) doesn't surprise the reader, the motive behind why they ultimately did what they did and how is still a mystery. That's what makes it fun to read t Rating: 5 /5 One of the interesting things about the mystery elements of this series is that even though the reader has ample opportunity to guess whodunnit early on, they still can't be sure about whodunnit, because Ms. Thompson provides each of her characters with a different yet convincing motive. So, really, even if the identity of the murderer(s) doesn't surprise the reader, the motive behind why they ultimately did what they did and how is still a mystery. That's what makes it fun to read through these books and find out how and what happened. Besides which, there's usually a little twist at the end wherein some unexpected danger might befall our heroes--in other words, nothing is completely predictable. Besides that though, as I keep appreciating over and over again, there are so many other elements that I just have to enjoy. For instance, the relationship between Frank and Sarah, which is developing from book to book in the most interesting ways. The most notable aspects of their developing relationship consists in two parts for this novel: 1. That Frank spends time investigating with both Sarah and her mother in this book, which gets Mrs. Decker and Frank more acquainted with one another. Granted, neither make much of a comment on the other (yet!) but it's a start towards more intimacy, at least. 2. That even though Frank is still against Sarah getting involved any which way in his cases, the reason behind this has completely changed from the beginning of the series. In the beginning, he begrudged her getting involved because he either didn't trust in her abilities, or he thought her a meddling female, or she was over-complicating things and making him work harder to find out the truth than he otherwise would have worked--"reforming" him, if you will. But, now that he's finally admitted to himself how he feels about her (much as it pains him to do so, in more ways than one), the main reason why he doesn't want her involved is because he wants her safe. Yes, no longer is there a questioning of Sarah's abilities, but instead we have Frank fighting with his basic instinct of wanting to keep Sarah safe and secure, whilst at the same time having to remind himself that he has "no right" to feel that way, etc. It was a pleasant change in attitude, to say the least. Apart from that, some of the fluffier moments involved Aggie and Brian who--thank goodness--Ms. Thompson will be bringing together to meet, hopefully in the next novel. Guess I'd better read and find out!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Charlene

    This was another really good story in the series. Reading with a goodreads group.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I'm so addicted to Sarah and Malloy! Another fantastic installment. I'm so addicted to Sarah and Malloy! Another fantastic installment.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    I continue to love this series. I'm listening on Overdrive from the library. Despite his efforts, Malloy continues to become more established in Sarah's world. I love getting the updates on Brian and now Aggie. Sarah's mother getting into Sarah's world was hilarious. There is some real humor with Malloy and Sarah also. I continue to love this series. I'm listening on Overdrive from the library. Despite his efforts, Malloy continues to become more established in Sarah's world. I love getting the updates on Brian and now Aggie. Sarah's mother getting into Sarah's world was hilarious. There is some real humor with Malloy and Sarah also.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stacie Haden

    This series just keeps getting better and better! New York 1896

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lady

    After reading Murder on St. Marks Place (#2 in the series) and not being very impressed, I decided not to bother reading any more books by this author. However, somehow I later forgot about this resolution and started reading this book. Luckily, this one was much better than Murder on St. Marks Place. The writing is still basic and the main characters not particularly interesting nor likable, but the mystery itself is actually pretty good. There are a variety of suspects and just when I think I' After reading Murder on St. Marks Place (#2 in the series) and not being very impressed, I decided not to bother reading any more books by this author. However, somehow I later forgot about this resolution and started reading this book. Luckily, this one was much better than Murder on St. Marks Place. The writing is still basic and the main characters not particularly interesting nor likable, but the mystery itself is actually pretty good. There are a variety of suspects and just when I think I've figured out who did what and how, I'm surprised by a turn of events. This kept my interest throughout and made it an enjoyable read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Margaret D'Anieri

    Entertaining enough - I started in the middle because that’s what library had. I like that the “team” are a midwife and an Irish cop in the days of “Irish need not apply”, and the vignettes about NYC in the days when Teddy Roosevelt was police commissioner in the 1890’s.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    I've enjoyed the Gaslight Mysteries since the very first book. Murder on Marble Row by Victoria Thompson is the sixth book in the series. In this latest mystery, mid-wife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sgt Frank Malloy investigate the murder of wealthy industrialist Gregory van Dyke. He is killed in an explosion at his office. Suspects abound; oldest son Creighton who has left home and taken up with anarchists, van Dyke's partner Mr Snowberger with whom there has been considerable enmity, youngest s I've enjoyed the Gaslight Mysteries since the very first book. Murder on Marble Row by Victoria Thompson is the sixth book in the series. In this latest mystery, mid-wife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sgt Frank Malloy investigate the murder of wealthy industrialist Gregory van Dyke. He is killed in an explosion at his office. Suspects abound; oldest son Creighton who has left home and taken up with anarchists, van Dyke's partner Mr Snowberger with whom there has been considerable enmity, youngest son Tad, the anarchists, etc. Frank is assigned the case by the Police Commissioner, Teddy Roosevelt, himself, which adds to the pressure on him. It's an entertaining story. Both Sarah and Frank are wonderful characters, both with their own issues. Sarah has strong feelings for a young girl living in an 'orphanage' but her lifestyle as a mid-wife makes her concerned about adopting her. Frank's young deaf son, Brian, has shown steady improvement after surgery to repair his club-foot and Frank is now trying to sort out whether he should go to school. We don't see as much of Sarah's neighbor, Mrs Ellsworth but there is enough to still enjoy her character. But in this story, Sarah's mother, Mrs. Decker, plays a bigger role and her common sense attitude and straight forward ways are a breath of fresh air. She accompanies Sarah in her investigations, even travelling on the subway and wandering around the streets of the seedier areas of New York. It was nice to see her playing a bigger role. All in all, it's an entertaining story, frantic at times and it progresses very nicely, investigation mixed with the personal lives of Sarah and Frank. The picture of New York in the early 1900's is well portrayed and the characters are all interesting. Has their been progress in Sarah's and Frank's relationship? Well, somewhat maybe, but you'd have to read it to come to your own conclusions. Still entertaining and enjoyable, much recommended. (4.0 stars)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marisa

    Synopsis: When wealthy industrialist Gregory Van Dyke is killed by a bomb in his office all fingers point to Anarchists as the culprits. However, Gregory Van Dykes old friend Felix Decker, Sarah Brandts father, personally asks Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt to put Frank Malloy in charge of the investigation. I deducted a star because their were just too many repetitive threats, accusations, and fits thrown by the suspects. A little too much family drama for me. However, as usual the author Synopsis: When wealthy industrialist Gregory Van Dyke is killed by a bomb in his office all fingers point to Anarchists as the culprits. However, Gregory Van Dykes old friend Felix Decker, Sarah Brandts father, personally asks Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt to put Frank Malloy in charge of the investigation. I deducted a star because their were just too many repetitive threats, accusations, and fits thrown by the suspects. A little too much family drama for me. However, as usual the author totally delivers on the ending and I didn’t ever guess whodunit. We were also treated to one of the most tender moments ever between Frank and Brian. I was also happy to see the return of Aggie. I have a feeling she will be playing a bigger role in Sarahs life, and I can’t wait to see what happens next for all of the main characters. I was also shocked by another bomb the author dropped about the murder of Sarahs husband. I hope I don’t have to wait too much longer to see if/how Frank solves this case.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Gonzalez

    When a wealthy factory owner is killed by a bomb, police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt asks Malloy to take over the investigation. When he goes to the family's home, he is surprised to encounter Sarah Brandt. Her father was friends with the dead man. Malloy and Sarah find the family to be strange people, each with their own issues. Malloy and Sarah have to work through the issues to find who is the killer. As usual, I enjoyed the interactions between Malloy and Sarah. This particular story was ev When a wealthy factory owner is killed by a bomb, police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt asks Malloy to take over the investigation. When he goes to the family's home, he is surprised to encounter Sarah Brandt. Her father was friends with the dead man. Malloy and Sarah find the family to be strange people, each with their own issues. Malloy and Sarah have to work through the issues to find who is the killer. As usual, I enjoyed the interactions between Malloy and Sarah. This particular story was even more enjoyable as we got to see more of Sarah's mother. It becomes clear where Sarah gets her bravery and sense of humor from. I enjoyed seeing more of Sarah's family, and hope future books have more of her mother in them as well.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I'm beating myself up for not writing these reviews sooner. My brain is not retaining details. That's what happens when you read the first ten books in the series within two weeks and then don't write reviews until nearly three months later. Oh boy. I remember very little about this mystery besides that I liked it. I love the growing relationship between Frank and his son. Sarah is still thinking about the little girl at the shelter. And, of course, Sarah and Frank are stuck in their "will they, I'm beating myself up for not writing these reviews sooner. My brain is not retaining details. That's what happens when you read the first ten books in the series within two weeks and then don't write reviews until nearly three months later. Oh boy. I remember very little about this mystery besides that I liked it. I love the growing relationship between Frank and his son. Sarah is still thinking about the little girl at the shelter. And, of course, Sarah and Frank are stuck in their "will they, won't they" back and forth. It will be a relief when I catch up on my reviews and don't have this cursed memory problem anymore. :D

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lynne Tull

    Each installment in the series gets better and better. There is always a brief history lesson woven into the story line. There is a developing romance between Frank and Sarah. There is always a mystery that is easy to solve, but at the end there is usually a surprise twist. Really enjoying this series. Recommend. Note: I have classified it as Victorian, but it does not take place in England. The scene is set in New York City during that time period.

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