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"When the affluent Lintons of Lenox Hill summon Sarah Brandt to examine their teenage daughter, their worst fear is confirmed: She is with child. The pregnancy is a mystery, however, as the young woman - mentally still a child herself - is never left on her own and denies that any man has ever hurt her." "To help her discover who is responsible, Sarah, after much prodding, enlists the aid of her friend, Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, who is reluctant to get involved, since no crime has been reported. It's a delicate investigation, casting suspicion on those close to the Lintons, including members of their local congregation - with even their beloved minister, the Reverend Oliver Upchurch." But fate deals their inquiry a harsh blow when the reverend falls dead during a service - poisoned by cyanide-laced wine in his chalice. Now, Sarah and Frank must not only uncover the truth behind the Linton girl's pregnancy, they must track down Upchurch's killer before this entire sordid affair wreaks havoc on more innocent lives.
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In Victoria Thompson's Murder on Lenox Hill: A Gaslight Mystery, the well-crafted seventh entry in this late Victorian historical series (after 2004's Murder on Marble Row), midwife Sarah Brandt and her detective friend, Frank Malloy, look into the murder of a popular New York minister, the Rev. Oliver Upchurch, who may have impregnated a lovely but mentally deficient 15-year-old girl. Good plot twists and a highly satisfactory wrapup mark this as the work of a master of the period mystery. Agent, Nancy Yost. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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It isn't enough that turn-of-the-century Manhattan midwife Sarah Brandt's physician husband was murdered; now her career is about to involve her in another crime. Sarah is called in by the Linton family to confirm their fears that their learning-disabled daughter is pregnant. Sarah is caught up in trying to find out who could be responsible for the predicament of Grace, a sweet and lovely girl of 17 who never goes anywhere alone. Sarah calls on her friend Det. Sgt. Frank Malloy, who's still working on the murder of her husband, to help her discover Grace's seducer. Although Sarah works mainly with the poor, she's not above using her parents' social connections to investigate those involved in the church Grace attends. The minister, Oliver Upchurch, seems to be doing fine work with the orphaned boys in his church group. His wife, however, is eccentric and outspoken, a fact her husband blames on her childless state. It's hard to disgorge information from clannish, snobbish Manhattan society, but Sarah, never giving up, discovers some horrifying secrets that lead to a fatality and the official involvement of Malloy (Murder on Marble Row, 2004, etc.) before an ending that isn't quite happily ever after. A convincing tale of depravity and death among the upper classes of old New York.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425202609
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: Gaslight Mystery Series , #7
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.12 (h) x 1.07 (d)

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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Ransom Notes Interview with Victoria ThompsonVictoria Thompson: I've always loved history -- not studying it in school but learning about things that happened long ago and the people who lived then. What always amazes me is how little people have changed since the beginning of time. The technology has changed drastically, but human nature remains stubbornly the same no matter what century it is.

Ransom Notes: What made you choose the turn-of-the-century New York City setting for your Gaslight mysteries?

VT: My daughter chose to attend New York University in Greenwich Village because of their highly regarded performing arts program. While she was living just a few blocks from Washington Square, I stopped in Barnes & Noble's store in the Village to pick up books on the history of New York to read for fun. I'm not making this up! I was already doing my research before I ever dreamed of writing the series!

The turn of the last century is a particularly interesting time, because the issues people were confronting then are the same ones we're still dealing with-the dangers of looking for Mr. Right, stalkers, middle-class drug abuse, the media's abuse of power, and domestic terrorism, just to name a few.

Murder on Marble Row was inspired by a front-page news story in The New York Times in October 1896. A businessman went to his office one morning, and a bomb that had been concealed there exploded, killing him. Everyone immediately suspected anarchists, but the police failed to properly investigate, so the crime was never solved. I realized this same story could have appeared in today's newspaper, so it seemed a perfect theme for my book.

Murder on Lenox Hill hinges on equally timeless issues, from simple-minded Grace Linton's pregnancy to the church-related scandal that follows, and of course the mental-health aspects of the investigation into those crimes as well as into the death of Sarah's husband.

RN: What made you decide to use young people as a major focus of the crimes in Murder on Lenox Hill?

VT: The most horrible crimes are those perpetrated against the most innocent among us. Even worse is when someone uses a position of power and trust to violate those innocents. I wanted to examine this issue more closely in Murder on Lenox Hill.

RN: Can you tell us anything about your future plans for the Gaslight mystery series?

VT: When author Catherine Coulter gave me a cover quote for the series, I had to promise that Frank and Sarah would eventually be together. I must keep that promise but, fortunately, Catherine didn't set a deadline! We're now getting very close to solving Dr. Brandt's murder. The next book in the series is set in Little Italy, and it's almost finished.

I love to hear from readers. Please email me through my web site, victoriathompson.com. I will put you on my email list and send a notice when the new book is released.

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  • Posted August 10, 2010

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    The best Gaslight Mystery of the first seven

    I've now read all of the first seven Gaslight Mystery novels, and this one is by far my favorite. The setting is once again the 1890s, shortly after the election of President McKinley, and the stars are Frank Malloy and Sarah Brandt. There are three mysteries being investigated in this novel -- the murder in its title, the rape of a retarded teenage girl, and the "cold case" murder of Sarah's husband. The investigations into these crimes aren't necessarily related, yet the story is woven together masterfully, creating a seamless and enjoyable novel.

    I particularly like how Victoria Thompson has slowly advanced the charming and wonderful relationship between Sarah and Frank, and I particularly appreciate their love of children.

    This book takes a lot of dramatic twists and turns. None of the solutions turned out the way I expected. If you enjoy historical novels or Agatha Christie style mysteries, this is definitely one for the bookshelf (or in these days, the Nook).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2005

    Great historical mystery

    Sarah Brandt is a midwife working in the tenements of New York around the turn of the 20th Century. She often helps her friend Detective Sergeant Malloy with cases. She is summoned by the wealthy Lintons to their home. Their teenaged daughter, Grace, is mentally still a child. Sarah confirms their fear that she is expecting. Since she is never left alone, no one can figure out who the father could be. Sarah does her best trying to determine who it might be, but to no avail. She asks Malloy to help. He is reluctant to do, but he does in the end. The only place Grace goes is to church. So, Malloy and Sarah both begin to investigate whether it could have happened at the church. Sarah begins to get to know quite a few people, including Mrs. Upchurch, the Reverend¿s wife. She doesn¿t have many friends. Matter of fact, her husband tells people that she is unbalanced. But Mrs. Upchurch begins to confide in Sarah. Sarah and Malloy begin to investigate deeper based on some information from Mrs. Upchurch. But can they trust the information she has given them? They do know something isn¿t right at the church. When the Reverend falls dead during a service, things begin to really get going. Sarah and Malloy have their work cut out for them. Can they figure out who is guilty of murder and who took advantage of Grace? I really enjoy this series. Sarah and Malloy are great characters. Aggie that Sarah has taken in is really adding to the storyline as well. I normally don¿t like historical mysteries, but I am really enjoying this time-period. I highly recommend this new book in this terrific series. Due to some of the subject matter, it made me wary of reading it. But the author handled it very well. And if you haven¿t read the previous books in this series, I recommend you do.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    Another Great One

    Sarah gets involved in yet another adventure -- this time her high society friends are in trouble. Believe it or not, Sarah's mother helps the investigation. Frank Malloy tries to keep his distance from Sarah, but gets drawn into the case anyway.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    highly recommended

    The characters are fascinatingly interwoven in this nineteenth century drama. This is the second in this series that Ive read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2006

    Another great story by Victoria Thompson

    I have read all in this series and have enjoyed them all. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys the historical mystery. I look forward to reading 'Murder in Little Italy' - the newest in this series.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fine character driven mystery

    Just back from delivering a baby boy, widow midwife Sarah Brandt returns home to the tenement apartment she shares with Maeve and four year old Aggie. Maeve informs her that a respectable looking older gent came by and left her note. Mr. and Mrs. Linton of the Upper East Side Manhattan neighborhood Lenox Hill would like her to visit them at her convenience.............. Sarah takes the elevated train and a street car to the Lintons¿ home where they ask her to determine whether their beloved teenage daughter Gracie, who is mentally a young child, is pregnant. Sarah confirms that the teen is six months pregnant, but neither parent can understand when it could have happened because the child is never alone. Sarah asks her friend police detective sergeant Frank Malloy to investigate. Though no crime has been committed and no payment for his services will be remitted, Frank reluctantly agrees. However, someone poisons the minister of the congregation that the Lintons belong to. Frank and Sarah believe there is a link between the homicide and the pregnancy, but everyone connected seems so respectable................ Though a Gaslight era mystery, the events of MURDER ON LENOX HILL could have come out of recent headlines. The story line is fast-paced with a strong intrepid protagonist and a powerful deep secondary cast including real figures like Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt. Readers will appreciate the ¿innocence¿ of Gracie and root for Sarah to learn who impregnated her and when since she already ruled out the obvious, fatherly incest. This is a tremendous entry in one of the best historical series on the market today and investigating her spouse¿s murder from four years ago may be next.............. Harriet Klausner

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