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Murder on Waverly Place (Gaslight Mystery Series #11)

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Another Great Mystery

Victoria Thompson rarely fails to disappoint, and her newest novel Murder on Waverly Place, follows in those footsteps. The mystery that ensues is solid, and it is evident that Ms. Thompson did her research on psychics during that time frame. One rather disappointing ...
Victoria Thompson rarely fails to disappoint, and her newest novel Murder on Waverly Place, follows in those footsteps. The mystery that ensues is solid, and it is evident that Ms. Thompson did her research on psychics during that time frame. One rather disappointing aspect is the lack of interaction between Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy. After the end of Murder on Bank Street, I was expecting a little more development in the burgeoning romance that the two have going on. However, it is understandable given the times and the behavior standards for the era that this wouldn't be flaunted. Overall, I was very pleased with this book and am looking forward to the next!

posted by Amanda_L on June 6, 2009

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

So disappointing

I always look forward to these books each time a new one is released, but I found this one very disappointing. The plot was thin and obvious, and the spark between Brandt and her aloof police officer was hardly touched on, even though the previous book ended with her de...
I always look forward to these books each time a new one is released, but I found this one very disappointing. The plot was thin and obvious, and the spark between Brandt and her aloof police officer was hardly touched on, even though the previous book ended with her demanding that he state his feelings on the subject. You can't end a book with, 'Come over here and tell me how you feel,' and then act as if the conversation never happened in the next book. Readers do expect continuity, that's why we read series. And there was no mystery; anyone paying attention could predict the ending.

posted by Read-Em-All on July 3, 2009

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

    Another Great Mystery...

    Victoria Thompson does not disappoint. This latest installment was just as interesting and captivating as the others in the Gaslight series. It was interesting to see the love bloom between Sarah and Frank, even though I was hoping to see more. I can not wait for the next installment.

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  • Posted April 16, 2009

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    Victoria Thompson's latest "Gaslight mystery" brings back a bygone era

    At the turn of the twentieth century, Mr. and Mrs. Decker are one of the wealthiest couples in high society New York City, but their daughter Sarah Brandt chose to work as a midwife in the rundown tenement neighborhoods. Sarah's mother asks her to accompany her to a medium's house on Waverly Place because she is desperate to contact the spirit of her dead older daughter Maggie; she wants to ask forgiveness for what she and her spouse did to Maggie and her husband.----------

    Sarah understands though she believes contacting spirits is a hoax; she goes with her mother to Madame Serafina's séance. While the room is totally dark, the customers hold hands in a circle around a table; the medium speaks. A baby cries and Mrs. Decker believes it is her dead granddaughter. They leave, but Mrs. Decker returns several times praying Maggie will forgive her. At another séance, someone kills client Mrs. Gittings. Mrs. Decker calls Sarah's "special friend" Police Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy. He and Sarah catch Serafina's lover trying to sneak away. Frank assumes he is the killer, but Sarah and the medium think otherwise. The two feisty females need to figure out who amongst the guests is the killer; the problem is everyone universally detested the victim.----------

    Victoria Thompson's latest "Gaslight mystery" brings back a bygone era so vividly readers will believe they attended séances during the first decade of the twentieth century. Fans of the series will relish knowing why Sarah became a midwife and more about why her parents' didn't disown her for her work amidst the city poor. Newcomers as well as readers of the previous murders on Manhattan streets novels will enjoy this well constructed mystery with plenty of viable suspects who have motives and opportunity. Sarah is her usual independent resolute self as she scrutinizes the people in the room where the homicide occurred. MURDER ON WAVERLY PLACE is another fabulous historical whodunit.-------

    Harriet Klausner

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