Murder in Chelsea (Gaslight Mystery Series #15)

Murder in Chelsea (Gaslight Mystery Series #15)

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by Victoria Thompson
     
 

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Sarah Brandt is shattered when she learns that a woman has inquired at Hope’s Daughters Mission for Catherine, the abandoned child she has taken as her daughter. The woman claims she was Catherine’s nursemaid, now acting on behalf of the girl’s mother to reunite them.
 
Unwilling to simply hand Catherine over to a complete stranger,

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Sarah Brandt is shattered when she learns that a woman has inquired at Hope’s Daughters Mission for Catherine, the abandoned child she has taken as her daughter. The woman claims she was Catherine’s nursemaid, now acting on behalf of the girl’s mother to reunite them.
 
Unwilling to simply hand Catherine over to a complete stranger, Sarah asks Malloy to investigate. But when he goes to interview the woman at her tenement in Chelsea, he finds she has been murdered.
 
Though her death leaves Sarah’s claim to Catherine unchallenged, her sense of justice compels her to work with Malloy to find the killer. Their search takes them from the marble mansions of the Upper West Side to the dilapidated dwellings of lower Manhattan and into the deepest and darkest secrets of Catherine’s past.
 
And while Malloy helps Sarah determine the fate of the child she loves, he faces a challenge of his own—and his decision could change both their lives forever…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Before a resolution that will strike many as too pat, Thompson injects both suspense and pathos into her 15th mystery set in late-19th-century New York City (after 2012’s Murder on Fifth Avenue). Widowed midwife Sarah Brandt has cause for alarm. Anne Murphy claims to be the nursemaid of Catherine, the almost-five-year-old girl whom Brandt would like to adopt but can’t because a single woman can’t adopt. Murphy says that Catherine had a wealthy father and was left at Brandt’s mission to save the child’s life from a half-sibling who wanted to safeguard his inheritance. But before these allegations can be verified, someone stabs Murphy to death. The murder suggests that the danger to Catherine is real, and Brandt again turns to her longtime love interest, NYPD Sgt. Frank Malloy, for help. A sappy ending undercuts a persuasive look at the divide between the city’s haves and have-nots at the time. Agent: Nancy Yost, Nancy Yost Literary Agency. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
A child's mysterious background puts her life in danger. Widowed midwife Sarah Brandt, the maverick daughter of a wealthy society family, is fostering and wishing she could adopt Catherine, a young girl abandoned at a downtown Manhattan mission. When a woman claiming to be Catherine's nursemaid arrives and says that Catherine's mother wants her back, Sarah, horrified, asks for help from her old friend Detective Malloy, who'd like to be more than a friend but feels he has nothing to offer Sarah. The nursemaid is murdered before Malloy can talk to her, but with help from Sarah's parents, the sleuthing duo manage to learn quite a bit about Catherine's parentage. Her mother, chorus girl Emma Hardy, was the mistress of David Wilbanks, a wealthy man who offered to marry her for the child's sake after his wife died. After refusing his offer for obscure reasons, Emma went on the road with her lover, an alcoholic actor. Now, the dying Wilbanks wants to put Catherine in his will. But his act of kindness may be the death of her, since his family recoils from the idea. Sarah and Malloy must answer some key questions to keep Catherine safe. Why is Emma trying to sell her daughter to Wilbanks when she could have married him? And are any members of the Wilbanks family desperate enough to kill Catherine? Thompson's latest tour of early-19th-century New York (Murder on Fifth Avenue, 2012, etc.) combines the requisite historical details with a surprise ending that bodes well for future entries in this enjoyable series.
From the Publisher
Murder in Chelsea by Victoria Thompson has suspense, murder, great invigorating characters, a touch of love and romance, a child of love, and a ‘who done it’ that had me turning the pages very quickly, it was hard to put this book down! Victoria Thompson is the crème de la crème of mystery writers and I look forward to reading many more of her Gaslight Mysteries.”—Fresh Fiction

“An intense, well-plotted puzzler that will keep you turning the pages.”—RT Book Reviews
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425260418
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Series:
Gaslight Mystery Series, #15
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,130,357
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Praise for the Edgar® Award–nominated Gaslight Mysteries:

“Tantalizing!"—#1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter

“Fast-paced…Another Victorian page-turner!”—Robin Paige, author of Death on the Lizard

“Thompson’s Gaslight Mystery series provides a fascinating window into a bygone era.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Intriguing….”—Kate Kingsbury, author of Herald of Death

“Thompson vividly recreates the gaslit world of old New York.”—Publishers Weekly

GANGS OF NEW YORK, eat your heart out!—This book is the real thing.”—Mystery Scene

“Victoria Thompson’s Gaslight Mysteries are first-rate with a vivid historical setting and a hero and heroine that will keep readers eagerly returning to Sarah Brandt’s New York City.”—The Mystery Reader

Meet the Author


Victoria Thompson is the Edgar® Award–nominated author of the Gaslight Mysteries and numerous historical novels. She lives in Western Pennsylvania with her family.

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Murder in Chelsea 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Samplin More than 1 year ago
My Favorite of the Series. Another tale in the series that exposes some of the pretense and phony side of New York's upper class of the late 19th Century.. Ms. Thompson has done a good job of portraying a woman's legal rights and social place in the 1890's. Sarah's parents, the Deckers, play a much greater part than in the other books and provide some interesting support. And, I liked the ending. Remember the genre where Victoria Thompson began her work.
fancynancy1 More than 1 year ago
This review is especially for those who found any book in this winning mystery series entrancing. You will love her latest. Many established authors "coast" and soon the reader tires of the "same-old, same-old" quality of his works. But (so far at least) Thompson has avoided that trap. I'm already impatient for her next sure-to-be-classic.
Sagesplottwister More than 1 year ago
In this latest gaslight mystery, the characters we have come to care about are all there, developing stronger ties and spiced with the latest murder. Sara's parents are intimately involved with each aspect of the case. The weaknesses of the police department are such a staple in this series, it is a wonder anything ever gets solved. But solved it is and with the gentle touches of Victoria Thompson, solved in a way both satisfying and genuine. The hardest part of this series is waiting for the next installment. So may I just say, "We are ready, Victoria."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this latest (and hopefully not last) adventure of Sarah and Frank, as they solved another murder together. Won't give away the ending, but it really surprised me. Loved it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a Great book! I loved it.
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Y h y
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This book would not let mr put it down. Had a great twist at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was absolutely an amazing, intriguing wonderful mystery! All the main characters were as terrific as they always are – even the nosy neighbor lady was more likeable! The whole story just held me from page one and kept me going through the last page, a book you just don’t want to put down!
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TexasGrandmaKK More than 1 year ago
Always love Victoria Thompson's mysteries but this was absolutely the best that I've read! Sarah Brandt was exceptional in her sleuthing! Wonderful surprise ending!
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Another great additional to the series ! Can't wait for the next !
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What do any of these reviews have to do with this book, Murder in Chelsea??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual the storyline is great but it felt extremely rushed and left you with the feeling of wanting more. If you are a fan of Nell and Will you will love but definitely will be left with the feeling of wanting more......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The third part that is
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Continue......i was shocked (/o')