Murder in Chinatown (Gaslight Mystery Series #9)

Murder in Chinatown (Gaslight Mystery Series #9)

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by Victoria Thompson
     
 

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In Chinatown to deliver a baby, midwife Sarah Brandt learns that the mother's mixed-race niece is missing, and she enlists Sergeant Malloy's help. But after they find the girl dead in an alley, there are ample suspects—from both sides of Canal Street.

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In Chinatown to deliver a baby, midwife Sarah Brandt learns that the mother's mixed-race niece is missing, and she enlists Sergeant Malloy's help. But after they find the girl dead in an alley, there are ample suspects—from both sides of Canal Street.

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Library Journal
When a half-Chinese, half-Irish girl goes missing in turn-of-the-century New York Chinatown, midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Malloy have plenty of suspects on both sides of Canal Street. Thomson lives in Fayetteville, PA. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Racism, immigration policy and lust all add up to murder as a new century dawns. Because immigration law does not allow Chinese women into the United States, many Chinese men marry poor Irish girls who are happy to have hardworking husbands. The Chinese are in danger of attack anytime they venture away from Chinatown. So the disappearance of Angel Lee, the mixed-race niece of a mother whose baby midwife Sarah Brandt has just delivered, terrifies her family. Sarah calls on her friend Detective Sergeant Malloy for help even though he disapproves of the sleuthing that places her in harm's way (Murder On Lenox Hill, 2005, etc.). Angel was being pressured to marry John Wong, a wealthy but much older Chinese friend of her father. Sarah's snooping reveals she has eloped instead with Quinn O'Neal, a poor Irish boy she had been secretly meeting. When she's found strangled in the backyard of the family's tenement, there is no dearth of suspects. The O'Neals despised the bride, and the Lee family was dishonored by her lack of obedience. To add to the confusion, Malloy, who's learned that Quinn's sister has taken up residence with John Wong, receives a number of false confessions from the Lee family. Despite his warnings to leave the case alone, Sarah keeps digging and putting herself in danger before the killer is revealed. A suspenseful tale of casual racism and corrupt police.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425222058
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/03/2008
Series:
Gaslight Mystery Series , #9
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
83,170
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Victoria Thompson is the Edgar(r) Award-nominated author of the Gaslight mystery series and 20 additional historical novels. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family.

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Murder in Chinatown (Gaslight Series #9) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
As the new century brings new hope for many, there remains much of the prejudice especially towards mixed racial couples and their offspring. Perhaps the most scorned mixed couples are that of big strapping Irish females and their smaller Chinese husbands they met on Ellis Island where both impoverished groups were alone with no opposite gender available from their race.--------------------- Midwife Sarah Brandt is in Chinatown tending to pregnant Irish expatriate Cora Lee, whose labor pains prove false. Cora¿s teenage half-Chinese niece Angel rushes inside the apartment to see her. She begs for Cora to help her as her father demands she marry elderly restaurateur Mr. Wong. When she obtains no help from Cora, Angel vanishes. Although Sarah searches for the missing girl, she assumes Angel is a runaway teen. However, when Angel is found dead in a nearby alley, Sarah knows the child had an Irish lover, but not who he is. She asks her friend Detective Frank Malloy to investigate.-------------- The latest Gaslight Mystery is terrific although the whodunit comes late and enhances the deep look at early twentieth century racism in New York. The vivid story line brings home the down side of tenement living in the slums as marriages are economic necessities. The final twist will stun the audience, but it is the discerning look at life during the Gaslight era that makes Victoria Thompson¿s newest historical a must read for sub-genre fans.------------- Harriet Klausner
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This was the first book I read by Mrs. Thompson and I fell in love with the series. The plot was interesting. I was really enthralled at this part of American history that is hardly mentioned. I am certainly going to look for more books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book. Another winner from Victoria Thompson.
micdk More than 1 year ago
I loved the story. All of the Gaslight series is a must read!!!
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TinaMc More than 1 year ago
I picked this up as a bargain book at a BN store. It is the first Gaslight Mystery I have ever read. I recommend it to anyone looking for an easy, light mystery read. The characters are well developed and likeable (well, the main characters are likeable) and the historical aspect is woven into the story in a helpful, interesting way. It's not a case of the author being hellbent on exhibiting all the research she's put into the subject. (I'm not a fan of reading fiction only to feel like I'm being hit over the head with a boring lesson in history, science, etc.). It's entertaining and has enough twists and turns to keep you thinking...though I was able to figure things out on my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my interest but not one of those books that you can't put down.
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mareCA More than 1 year ago
I originally purchased this book because BnN had a sale with a lot of marked down books, of which this was one. I did not know the author but having read the synopsis, I thought what the heck. This is a great story. It tells you about different ethnic groups and how we try to stay together and don't really get to know people from other groups and when we do, we find they live, love, the same as we. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it regardless of your ethnicity. The surprise ending made it very much worth my while.
reader2 More than 1 year ago
It was very easy reading and had twists and turns to keep you interested. Characters are likable and would read more of her books. This was my second one and look forward to more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I tried to write to Ms. Thompson with the address she provides at the back of her novels each time to no avail. Her books are so entertaining and so much History is learned especially Murder in Chinatown.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great change of pace. I loved this book. I loved the time period of the late 1800's, the lead characters -- Sarah Brandt and Detective Sargeant Frank Malloy -- were intense and believeable and the story had me guessing until the very end. Now I'm ready to read the rest of the series.