Murder on Lenox Hill (Gaslight Mystery Series #7)

Murder on Lenox Hill (Gaslight Mystery Series #7)

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by Victoria Thompson
     
 

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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. It’s a delicate situation, casting suspicion on

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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. It’s a delicate situation, casting suspicion on those close to the Lintons, including their beloved minister, the Reverend Oliver Upchurch.

But as Sarah and a reluctant Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy investigate, fate deals their inquiry a harsh blow. The reverend falls dead during a service—poisoned by cyanide-laced wine in his chalice. Now, they 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…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.
Kirkus Reviews
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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"A convincing tale of depravity and death among the upper classes of old New York." —Kirkus

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440622588
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/06/2006
Series:
Gaslight Mystery Series , #7
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
21,925
File size:
307 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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“[Murder on Lenox Hill] grabs one’s interest early, especially since the crimes seem so unsolvable.”—The Washington Times

“A master of the period mystery.”—Publishers Weekly

“Ms. Thompson is skilled at dialogue…and this dialogue moves the book along quickly.”
The Washington Times

“Entertaining and well-written. The pace is very fast and the mystery is particularly rewarding.”—Roundtable Reviews

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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Murder on Lenox Hill (Gaslight Series #7) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Fraktal More than 1 year ago
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).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While Victoria Thompson will never reach the status of Anne Perry, her Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy interactions are always both humorous and intriguing. Lenox Hill is a puzzling story and keeps the reader wondering until the very end. Fun read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Great read
Lindamysteries More than 1 year ago
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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The characters are fascinatingly interwoven in this nineteenth century drama. This is the second in this series that Ive read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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