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Murder in Murray Hill (Gaslight Mystery Series #16)

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When facing injustice, the residents of nineteenth-century New York City’s tenements turn to midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to protect their rights. Now, as the Edgar® and Agatha Award–nominated series continues, the two must track down a cruel criminal preying on the hopes and dreams of innocent women…

A Gaslight Mystery

Frank Malloy has never known any life other than that of a cop, but his newfound inheritance ...

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Overview


When facing injustice, the residents of nineteenth-century New York City’s tenements turn to midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to protect their rights. Now, as the Edgar® and Agatha Award–nominated series continues, the two must track down a cruel criminal preying on the hopes and dreams of innocent women…

A Gaslight Mystery

Frank Malloy has never known any life other than that of a cop, but his newfound inheritance threatens his position within his department. While trying to keep both his relationship with Sarah and his fortune under wraps, he’s assigned to a new case—finding a missing young woman for her worried father, Henry Livingston.

It seems the girl had been responding to “lonely hearts” ads in the paper for months before she disappeared. Her father thinks that she’s eloped with a deceptive stranger, but Malloy fears the worst, knowing that the grifters who place such ads often do much more than simply abscond with their victims. But as Sarah and Malloy delve deeper into a twisted plot targeting the city’s single women, it’s their partnership—both professional and private—that winds up in the greatest peril…

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/10/2014
Thompson convincingly portrays late-19th-century New York City in her 16th Gaslight mystery, but she has put her male lead, NYPD Det. Sgt. Frank Malloy, into an awkward spot. Toward the end of the previous entry, 2013’s Murder in Chelsea, Malloy learned that he was going to inherit a fortune. Once word reaches Malloy’s police colleagues of his imminent windfall, he realizes his job is on the line. At police headquarters, Chief O’Brien fires him, saying, “You’re a good man, but millionaires aren’t cops.” Malloy, who was in the midst of a missing-persons case involving women who answered a personal ad in the newspaper, manages to keep his hand in as a private investigator. While Malloy may be on track to follow this new career path in future installments, Thompson will have some work to do to make this scenario plausible. Agent: Nancy Yost, Nancy Yost Literary Agency. (May)
Library Journal
05/01/2014
Sarah Brandt, midwife, and Frank Malloy, police detective, may have grown up in different worlds in late 19th-century New York City, but their love has developed through this series. Now, as they plan their upcoming marriage, they are at a crossroads. Frank is dismissed from the NYPD because of his new status as a millionaire (see Murder in Chelsea). But he is involved in a final case—a distraught father has reported his spinster daughter missing. Frank learns that the young woman had been lured into meeting a man through a newspaper's personal ads (think online dating gone bad). He asks Sarah to help him track this stranger down, and signs of despicable sex crimes soon confront them. The ringleader of the sex ring is killed, but evidence in the house suggests many young women may have been murder victims, too. Ever determined, Frank and Sarah meet the challenge. VERDICT The horrors of the modern-day Cleveland abduction case will come to mind in this disturbing entry in Thompson's long-running historical procedural series. Partner with Stefanie Pintoff and Rhys Bowen (Molly Murphy series).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425260425
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Series: Gaslight Mystery Series , #16
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 78,042
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Victoria Thompson is the Edgar® and Agatha Award–nominated author of the Gaslight Mysteries, including Murder in ChelseaMurder on Fifth Avenue, and Murder on St. Mark's Place, and numerous historical novels. She lives in Western Pennsylvania with her family.
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  • Posted July 8, 2014

    In early April I got the ad for this book's upcoming May release

    In early April I got the ad for this book's upcoming May release and I decided I would read all the prior 15 books before I bought this one! I am so glad I did! I really enjoy the mysterious who-done-its, but the secondary stories about the main characters and the social issues from 1897 NYC (many still problems today) add so much! I love historical fiction and like that Thompson adds touches here and there to remind us about different markers in time or even inventions that came to be at the turn of the century. There is obviously much research done to make the books accurate and place the reader right in the moment! The books are always fast paced and real page turners. You can read any one and enjoy each of them alone, but do yourself a favor and read the entire series! This one was most compelling and timely although set over a 100 years ago. I'm only sad it took me two days to read and now I have to wait another year for the next one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2014

    The Best so Far

    I hope the next one is when they move into their new home and get married please.......

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  • Posted October 3, 2014

    One of the best so far, but then I always say that about these G

    One of the best so far, but then I always say that about these Gaslight Mysteries, having read every one! We are getting into a different mode for the next one I suspect, Frank will be a private investigator and Sarah will help him, possibly with Maeve as assistant.

    We should look for a wedding in the next mystery, with a newly combined family. It is just like visiting old friends, with a mystery thrown in. The period detail is always excellent, with believable characters and a fast moving story.

    Get your copy now..4.5 Stars!

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  • Posted August 29, 2014

    It was an enjoyable read. I think the subject matter of women be

    It was an enjoyable read. I think the subject matter of women being criminally abused both physically and psychologically did and still does happen made this story more believable. I love the window into a different era that the series provides.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    enjoyed as much as the very first book

    I thought this book was very good. It is nice that time moves forward with each book. Can't wait for the nest one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2014

    Great Mystery Series

    This book has been my favorite. I would suggest you start with the first book in the series. Each book leads up to this book. Sarah and malloy are great together. Dont want to give anything away. But read the first book and then the next ones in the series. You will be hooked just like I was.

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  • Posted August 7, 2014

    Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Series is not only very good storyt

    Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Series is not only very good storytelling but an accurate portrayal of women's lives. In telling her stories, Thompson does not drive the reader crazy reviewing every twist and turn in each relationship or old case, but moves on in the moment. (That said, I had to skim back through Murder in Chelsea to remember exactly how Malloy came by money!)

    Two men are murdered after having used and abused a number of women. The depth of their depravity is ugly. Frank Malloy is no longer a police detective and the detective in charge of the case is just looking for an easy answer. I thought I "knew" Sarah and Frank, but I didn't expect the solution.

    Sarah and Frank, in the meantime, have to reshape their lives. And it all comes together in a great story.

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  • Posted July 24, 2014

    This has been my favorite in this series.  It is all coming toge

    This has been my favorite in this series.  It is all coming together and I think will just keep getting better.  This story was wonderful.  I do hope that she will remain a midwife in the long run but in those days that may be a long stretch for the writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Good one

    Love Victoria Thompson and enjoying her Gaslight series. Good light reading.

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    Very Satisfying Mystery

    I have read every book in this series and they are always a pleasure. In this entry the mystery is timeless. This is based on love lorn letters i n the paper but it could happen today with the singles sights in the internet. The change in Malloy's life and the relationship between him and Sarah has been a long time coming and a good reward for a faithful reader like me. I have enjoyed every one of these books and look forward to more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    Murder in Murray Hill

    I couldn't put it down. I can hardly wait for the next book. I am glad that they will stay in the neighborhood.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    Do not recommend this one

    I kept losing interest in the story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2014

    The Gaslight series by Victoria Thompson shows New York at the t

    The Gaslight series by Victoria Thompson shows New York at the turn of the century with the vivid gamut between the rich and the poor.  In this mystery, a young, unmarried woman disappears and her father wants to find her.  The case involves the "lonely hearts" advertising in the newspaper, and what can happen.  Mallory no longer needs to work as a policeman, due to a beneficial twist of fate, but he continues to aid the police department as a private investigator.  Mallory and Susan are planning to marry and combine their families into one group.  Thompson does an excellent job in depicting both the good and the bad characters.  I missed having Susan's mother involved in the story, but not all the characters can appear in every book.  The story moves quickly and the book finishes easily.  

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  • Posted June 13, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    Loved this book, was not disappointed at all, she is still at her best in writing mysteries. A little more graphic but not too bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Great Series

    Victoria Thompson creates a story that holds your attention from page 1 to the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    Spoiler alert for the review posted by KRingelCA

    Spoiler alert for the review posted by KRingelCA

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    Love this series.

    Can't wait to read the next one. I hope Sarah can continue her work after she's married.

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    Highly recommended series

    Victorian mystery at its best and finally we get to see
    Sarah and Malloy make plans together. I have read
    all this series and can't wait for the next one.

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  • Posted May 23, 2014

    I think it would help to have read the preceding books in the se

    I think it would help to have read the preceding books in the series to appreciate what happens in this one. The story is a combination of nasty and nice. Nice includes the advancing relationship between Frank and Sarah and their families; nasty involves the cruelty and degradation endured by the kidnapped women.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2014

    The Gaslight Mystery Series is one of my favorites.  I have





    The Gaslight Mystery Series is one of my favorites.  I have to wait a year for each new book and I have to say Murder in Murray Hill was worth the wait.




    I love Frank and Sarah.  They are such a mix-matched couple and it has been fun watching their relationship develop.  Murder in Murray Hill has the two looking for a killer and helping woman who have been kidnapped.




     Mixed into the story are some of the issues they have to resolve before they marry.  One major issue is how to tell Frank’s Mother about their upcoming marriage and the money Frank has inherited.  .  I loved the scene and have gone back to re-read several times.  Then there is Frank’s job or the lack of job once the news of his new wealth comes out.  Added to all of that is the issue of where they will live.  Look for Mrs. Ellsworth’s hand in that issue.




    The plot is great, the writing smooth and the action kept the story moving.  A additional plus to the series is how  the history of  New York at the turn of the century is worked into the story line.  Murder in Murray Hill can be read as a stand-alone but if you are a new start from the beginning. 

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