Murder on Fifth Avenue (Gaslight Mystery Series #14)

Murder on Fifth Avenue (Gaslight Mystery Series #14)

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by Victoria Thompson
     
 

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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

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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 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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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Murder on Fifth Avenue and the Gaslight Mystery series:

“[A] mystery with some neat twists.”—Kirkus Reviews

“As always, Victoria Thompson has written a fast-paced, engrossing mystery full of historical accuracies so real that old New York City is brought vividly to life.”—The Mystery Reader

Sprinkled with fascinating details of turn-of-the-century New York City, Thompson's old-fashioned mystery takes the reader from the mansions of Fifth Avenue to the flophouses of the Lower East Side.  Thompson vividly re-creates the gas-lit world of old New York."—Publishers Weekly

“Victoria Thompson delivers yet another charming turn-of-the-century murder mystery...Fascinating characters with a story to tell.”—Fresh Fiction

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 Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Series:
Gaslight Mystery Series, #14
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
131,241
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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