Murder on Gramercy Park (Gaslight Mystery Series #3) [NOOK Book]

Overview

As a midwife in the turn-of-the-century tenements of New York City, Sarah Brandt has seen her share of suffering and joy, birth and death. Now, she learns that crime doesn?t discriminate, when the highest echelons of society are rocked by murder?
A Gaslight Mystery
At a summons from Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, Sarah arrives at the elegant home of famed magnetic healer Edmund Blackwell to find his wife in labor?and the good doctor dead from...
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Murder on Gramercy Park (Gaslight Mystery Series #3)

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Overview

As a midwife in the turn-of-the-century tenements of New York City, Sarah Brandt has seen her share of suffering and joy, birth and death. Now, she learns that crime doesn’t discriminate, when the highest echelons of society are rocked by murder…
A Gaslight Mystery
At a summons from Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, Sarah arrives at the elegant home of famed magnetic healer Edmund Blackwell to find his wife in labor—and the good doctor dead from an apparent suicide. Only Malloy sees what no one else wants to: that Blackwell was murdered in his own home…

After a successful delivery, the Blackwell baby falls mysteriously ill. Relying on her nurse’s training and woman’s intuition, Sarah discovers the source of the baby’s sickness—and discovers a scandal that leads Malloy’s investigation down a gilded path paved with greed, deception, and desire…







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Editorial Reviews

Tamar Myers
Victoria Thompson shines...Anne Perry and Caleb Carr fans rejoice!
KLIATT
This is the third in Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mystery series, following Murder on Astor Place and Murder on St. Mark's Place. The Prologue sets the scene in old New York as Edmund Blackwell, styled as a "magnetic healer," is called to see an ailing Letitia Symington: "He knew the name of the beast, and he put his hands on her and strangled it, choking it and killing it, and setting her free." Soon Letitia is Mrs. Blackwell, who testifies publicly to her husband's therapeutic powers and must continue to do so despite his coolness to her. Letitia is about to give birth when her husband is found dead, an apparent suicide. Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy is sent to the scene, where the "rich swells" live in splendid isolation. He rapidly assesses the situation and is forced to send for Sarah Brandt, a midwife who had assisted him in solving an earlier murder in the very same house. Sarah manages to assist Letitia and to return to the house often as a complicated mystery unfolds and more murders occur. The youth and the varied servants of the Gramercy Park household, the father of Letitia, and her suitor whose red hair is mirrored in the new baby play their parts in this complicated but gripping story. Frank and Sarah find romance in subtle ways, and Frank's young son receives medical treatment through her concern. In the Author's Note, we are reminded that technology may be new but human nature has changed little. This story is satisfying in its twists and turns under gaslight. (A Gaslight Mystery) KLIATT Codes: A—Recommended for advanced students, and adults. 2001, Berkley, 329p. 18cm., $5.99. Ages 17 to adult. Reviewer: Maureen K. Griffin; Teacher & Libn., WilliamsM.S., Chelsea, MA , July 2001 (Vol. 35, No. 4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440673412
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Series: Gaslight Mystery Series , #3
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 27,028
  • File size: 293 KB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    Highly Recommend

    Mystery at the turn of the century in New York, presents interesting insights into New York at that time. A glimpse into the social expectations of different social classes during the era is almost as interesting as the mystery itself. It make me want to read the entire series of Gaslight Mysteries.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2005

    Please get an editor

    While I had issues with predictability in the first novel, I found myself jumping to read the second, which I liked much better. This third installment is very good, although I found 5 spelling and/or grammar errors in the first 14 pages - you need to get a better editor. It is very distracting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2003

    Was the famed magnetic healer killed and if so, why?

    New York Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy summons Sarah Brandt, a midwife, to the elegant home of famed magnetic healer Edmund Blackwell. Mrs. Blackwell has gone into labor after finding her husband dead in their home. Frank determines that Mr. Blackwell was murdered although it appears the killer tried to make it look like suicide. As he begins investigating, Sarah, who has helped him with previous investigations, has to keep returning to the Blackwell's since their new son has become ill. In her many trips to their home, she begins to find out some important information regarding his death. Frank does not want her helping with the investigation, but realizes his wishes will not be heeded. Frank and Sarah find that things were not as happy in the Blackwell household as first thought. Then there are all Mr. Blackwell's female clients who seem overly upset over his death. And there is a scandal that was about to be made known in Blackwell's past. Is his assistant too eager to take over? Who killed him and why? Could it have been regarding one of these issues or is there another issue they don't know about yet. Normally I don't like mysteries set back in time, but this is one of the few series that are the exception. This series is so well written. The characters are so real and the time-period laid out so well. I often find myself amazed that the police back then were so brutal and so many people were living well below poverty. The darkness of New York really adds to this series. Her writing of the time and the way she lays out the story without giving the killer away is terrific. You never know until the killer is revealed who did it. This cozy mystery is great. I highly recommend this book as well as the whole series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Meh

    I found Sarah's job quite unbelievable for a supposedly gently bred girl of that time; it could necer have happened. That and her offensive nosiness and insolence really put me off the story, which was otherwise well written. I don't enjoy reading about characters I didlike, however, so won't read more in this series. I absolutely hate it when writers take a time period where wtomen have few choices about profession and deportment and then plop into it a female protagonist withentirely modern sensibilities and decorum. Hey, if you want your heroine to be feisty and fearless, fine, bit put them in a setting more plausible than Victorian or Edwardian times.

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  • Posted December 15, 2013

    I loved this book!! It's a great era in our country to read abo

    I loved this book!! It's a great era in our country to read about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Fun Read

    Always a good choice for bedtime reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Excellent Series

    Have enjoyed reading Victoria Thompson's book about and Irish Policemen in New York and a Socialite who married a doctor not of her societyl. The beginings of a romance that should not be.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Great Book!!

    If you haven't read Victoria Thompson's gaslight series, you are truly missing out. I am currently reading them in order, and one is better than the next. I highly recommend the entire series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Nice

    A nice cozy mystery.

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  • Posted July 4, 2010

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    A satisfying historical mystery

    Midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy return in this third installment of the Gaslight Mystery series. This series is charming and enjoyable to read. The novels are set in the late 1890s, during a time when the NYPD was incredibly corrupt, and Teddy Roosevelt was trying to turn things around (though T.R. only rates the occasional mention and does not appear in the novels).

    In this installment, Sarah and Malloy have slowly become friends, and it's clear there is a slow attraction starting to form between them. However, Thompson is careful to subordinate this ongoing thread to the main story, which is about the murder of a famous, newly wealthy "faith healer" named Edmund Blackwell. There are plenty of suspects and like any good mystery, the first few guesses one has will probably be wrong.

    I like these novels because, like most Agatha Christie novels, Thompson "plays fair" with the reader. She does not hold back facts or clues and spring them on you like a Deus Ex Machina. All the clues are there if you are reading carefully, and you can figure it out (and I did -- sort of... I guessed the murderer about 2/3 of the way through the book, though I was wrong about some details).

    To me, a good mystery is one where it is a challenge for me, as the reader, to guess the solution, but not impossible, and that's exactly what Murder on Gramercy Park is like. On top of that, I like reading about other times and places, and Ms. Thompson does an outstanding job of bringing the 1890s to life.

    You can technically read this book without having read the first two in the series, but I wouldn't. I highly recommend starting with the first book, since it explains the complicated and interesting relationship between Sarah Brandt and Malloy.

    Overall, if you are a mystery fan and particularly if you like Agatha Christie's style of novels, I can recommend Murder on Gramercy Park.

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