Murder on Fifth Avenue (Gaslight Mystery Series #14)

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From the tenements to the town houses of nineteenth-century New York, midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy never waiver in their mission to aid the innocent and apprehend the guilty. Now, the latest novel in the Edgar®-nominated Gaslight Mystery series finds Sarah and Malloy investigating the murder of a Knickerbocker club member who was made to pay his dues…

Sarah’s father, Felix Decker, takes his position in society seriously. He refuses to accept his ...

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Overview


From the tenements to the town houses of nineteenth-century New York, midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy never waiver in their mission to aid the innocent and apprehend the guilty. Now, the latest novel in the Edgar®-nominated Gaslight Mystery series finds Sarah and Malloy investigating the murder of a Knickerbocker club member who was made to pay his dues…

Sarah’s father, Felix Decker, takes his position in society seriously. He refuses to accept his daughter’s involvement with an Irish Catholic police detective. But when a member of his private club—the exclusive Knickerbocker—is murdered, Decker forms an uneasy alliance with Frank Malloy to solve the crime as discreetly as possible.

Malloy discovers that the deceased—Chilton Devries—was no gentleman. He’s left behind his own unofficial club of sorts, populated by everyone who despised him. As Malloy and Sarah sort through the suspects, it becomes clear to her that her father is evaluating more than the detective’s investigative abilities, and that, on a personal level, there is much more at stake for Malloy than discovering who revoked Devries’ membership—permanently.

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Publishers Weekly
At the outset of Thompson’s fine 14th mystery set in late 19th-century New York City (after 2011’s Murder on Sisters Row), NYPD Det. Sgt. Frank Malloy receives a summons to Manhattan’s exclusive Knickerbocker Club, where member Chilton Devries has been found stabbed to death in a chair. Most of the victim’s surviving family members treat the news of his demise with indifference, save Devries’s daughter-in-law, who laughs exultantly. While Felix Decker, a high-ranking officer of the Knickerbocker, wants the truth, if the guilty party is a fellow club member, he’ll handle things discreetly, permitting an arrest only if the murderer is not from the upper class. As always, the detective is aided by Thompson’s most impressive creation, Decker’s fiercely independent and capable daughter, Sarah Brandt, who supports herself as a midwife. Newcomers as well as old fans will find this an intelligent and engrossing look at society and its hypocrisy. Agent: Nancy Yost, Nancy Yost Literary Agency. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
An upper-class midwife and an Irish Catholic police detective continue their unlikely alliance in a seventh murder investigation. Sarah Brandt defied her wealthy family to marry a doctor and become a midwife. Now a self-supporting widow, she has good relations with her parents but is still very surprised when her father, Felix Decker, calls upon her friend Detective Sgt. Frank Malloy to solve the murder of a fellow Knickerbocker Club member. When Chilton Devries was found dead at the club, his death first seemed to be by natural causes. But a small stab wound in his back proves that he was murdered. Malloy is not welcomed at the Devries mansion, but between his talks with the servants and the calls Sarah and her mother pay on the not overly sad widow, they manage to dig up some promising leads. Devries had a mistress; he spent the night before his death with her; his son and daughter-in-law hated him; and he had a number of business enemies. As if all of that weren't enough, he tried to get a Mafia Don to murder his daughter-in-law's mother. Behind the facade of wealth and high society lurk some very nasty secrets. In turn-of-the-century New York, where police have little interest in arresting the wealthy and well-connected, it will be up to Malloy, Sarah and her father to find the killer and decide how to discreetly punish the perpetrator. Thompson (Murder on Sisters' Row, 2011, etc.) once more weaves the class differences and casual bigotry of the period into a mystery with some neat twists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425255377
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Series: Gaslight Mystery Series , #14
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 98,015
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Victoria Thompson is the Edgar® Award–nominated author of the Gaslight Mysteries including such titles as Murder on Sisters' Row, Murder on Lexington Avenue, and Murder on Bank Street, and numerous historical novels. She lives in western Pennsylvania with her family.
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  • Posted May 5, 2012

    this series is one i never want to miss a story of. the author

    this series is one i never want to miss a story of. the author has a very good understanding of the way life was in the 'gaslight' era. the settings are well described, the manner in which people conducted themselves is written so you cannot misunderstand the way life was in the early days of America. sarah brandt is a midwife, but also the daughter of a leading family of new york. she married a doctor and her family was horrified. there was a period of estrangement. she met frank malloy, a new york detective sergeant, and has helped him in the past with solving murders. this story deals with a murder in the uppercrust of new york. her father asks frank to investigate which is not the norm. not to necessarily to bring the person to justice if they are of the uppercrust, just to see who did it. adding to the fact that asking frank to investigate, he also asks his daughter to help. no one can figure out why, because this just isn't done. maybe it's a kind of test? or is her father mellowing becaujse she has feelings for frank and vice versa? these stories are intelligently written and the knowledge of the era outstanding. the characters are described so clearly. when i see victoria has a new story out i put stars all around the news so i can be sure to get it and be first in line to do so. love this series!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Ms. Thompson is a wonderful writer. It is hard not to read her

    Ms. Thompson is a wonderful writer. It is hard not to read her book as fast as possible in order to go onto the next one. Have really enjoyed the Gaslight Series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    Good, as always

    I love the settings of Ms Thompson's books and the detail that she gives lets us know of an earlier time.

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  • Posted June 5, 2013

    This book was removed from my nook because of a page numbering problem

    I hope to find my refund on my next statement. I took my nook to the nook store. They told me about the numbering problem, I am getting the full books now even though the pages are not numbered correctly.

    What I read of Murder on Fifth Avenue was four stars.

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  • Posted June 2, 2013

    Splendid read!

    Murder on Fifth Avenue did not disappoint! Enjoyed Sarah Brandt and her adventures once again--enjoyed the expanded role of her mother and father in this book. Great plot which keeps you guessing at every turn. Perfect for all who are new to the series--good explanation of how the characters intermesh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2012

    i read one of them out of order and thought it was a great read.

    i read one of them out of order and thought it was a great read. i went back and ordered all of them in order. it was wonderful. cant wait for the next one.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    These are guilty pleasures

    Thin on plot depth but fun nonetheless these books are super quick reads and very superficial. But the characters are likeable and the story moves along well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Love the whole series!!!!

    Love the whole series!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Nick furys quarters

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  • Posted June 21, 2012

    Surprise ending

    I'm always so glad when the bad guy gets what he deserves. However, the book was not predictable, and it was worth the reading.

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

    A must read!!!

    I enjoyed this book so much....I couldn't put it down and finished it in 3 days!!

    The story- A gentleman is found dead at his club. It seems as if he died in his sleep. But once the body is moved, it is realized that he had been stabbed in the back and slowly bled to death.

    This is a great story/mystery about how one wealthy man can have many enemies ....

    This story builds well and quickly. The characters have all developed well throughout this series and finally all come together to solve this mystery! So many twists and turns...it keeps you guessing!

    Very enjoyable! If you haven't read this series before, I would recommend you start! I believe this is one of the best mysteries that I have read this year!

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  • Posted May 21, 2012

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    Great read! Start at the beginning of series!

    As usual, Victoria has written a very interesting and colorful new mystery. Always love to see just where Sara and Frank go in solving crime. Nice to see the focus more on Frank this time around and how he is beginning to become better acquainted with Mr. Decker. Can't wait to the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Highly recommended

    As with the other books in the series I enjoyed this one just as much. Can't wait to read the next one.

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