Murder on Marble Row (Gaslight Mystery Series #6)

Murder on Marble Row (Gaslight Mystery Series #6)

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by Victoria Thompson

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When an explosion kills wealthy industrialist Gregory Van Dyke, Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt presumes that anarchists are responsible and personally asks Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to track them down. Malloy is up to the challenge - but he faces a different kind of challenge when he encounters Sarah Brandt paying a condolence call on the Van Dykes. Faced


When an explosion kills wealthy industrialist Gregory Van Dyke, Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt presumes that anarchists are responsible and personally asks Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to track them down. Malloy is up to the challenge - but he faces a different kind of challenge when he encounters Sarah Brandt paying a condolence call on the Van Dykes. Faced with the impossibility of ever expressing his true feelings for Sarah, Frank had vowed never to see or work with her again." For her part, Sarah is glad to be working with Malloy once again in his hunt for a dangerous killer - though they clash over his conviction that the murder was politically motivated.

Editorial Reviews
The Barnes & Noble Review
Victoria Thompson's Gaslight mystery series is an intriguing look at society and crime in turn-of-the-century New York City. With previous bestsellers in paperback, this captivating series makes its hardcover debut with Murder on Marble Row --- a story filled with fascinating characters from all walks of life. This time out, Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt calls Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy into his office for an especially difficult assignment. A wealthy factory owner has been killed by a bomb in his office, and anarchists are high on the list of suspects. Malloy isn't so sure that the easy answer is the right one…but Roosevelt wants justice done, whoever the culprits are. That could be tricky, when the other suspects include not only disgruntled employees but also the victim's friends and relatives -- people adept at wielding money and power to get what they want…and at hiding their secrets behind marble-walled Fifth Avenue mansions. Malloy is distressed to once again find Sarah Brandt involved in one of his cases. He wants the lovely society heiress-turned-midwife out of the line of fire. But he cannot afford to refuse when Sarah insists on using both her connections among to New York's elite and her experience in New York's seamy underside to bring the evidence Malloy needs to light. Sue Stone
Publishers Weekly
Set in late 19th-century New York, Victoria Thompson's cleverly plotted Murder on Marble Row: A Gaslight Mystery, the sixth in the series (Murder on Astor Place, etc.), provides abundant fair play and plenty of convincing period detail. At the request of Teddy Roosevelt, one of the city's three police commissioners, Det. Sergeant Frank Malloy and midwife and do-gooder Sarah Brandt pursue a bomber whose infernal device has killed an influential industrialist. This light, quick read engages the readers' emotions. Agent, Nancy Yost. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In their sixth adventure the first of Thompson's "Gaslight" series to appear in hardcover Sarah Brandt, the nurse-trained daughter of wealthy New York City parents, and Det. Sgt. Frank Malloy tackle the bombing murder of a rich factory owner. Owing to the method used, suspicion falls immediately on the "anarchists," who recently enlisted the victim's disinherited son. Other suspects include the victim's much younger second wife, his alienated business partner, and perhaps even the younger son, who likes his step-mom a little too much. Fans of Anne Perry will certainly enjoy this Americanized look at class differences in turn-of-the-century New York and superior sleuthing. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An Irish-American cop is allowed into a Victorian drawing room, though nobody offers him a seat. When the bomb detonated, it spewed nails, wires, and brandy-soaked bits of glass all over Gregory Van Dyke's office and person. Who wanted the well-to-do Victorian gentleman dead? His feuding business partner, Allen Snowberger, had seduced Van Dyke's greedy wife Lilly. Lilly had seduced Van Dyke's younger son Tad and, according to the besotted wastrel, suggested they marry. Daughter Alberta, in the family way, has been forbidden to marry her beloved Lewis because papa considered his private secretary socially unacceptable. But the most obvious culprit is older son Creighton, an anarchist who'd left the family fold. So when Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, a widower enamored of family friend Sarah Brandt, is assigned the case, he's eager to chat up Creighton. First, however, Sarah, a midwife, must wheedle Creighton's address from Alberta. Apparently determined to meddle in Frank's case, Sarah is soon traipsing about the Lower East Side and the Van Dyke mansion searching for clues. The killer will strike again before clever Frank and pesky Sarah figure out whodunit and gaze longingly into each other's eyes. Just what you'd expect from a Victorian melodrama: hysterical females, pompous males, class snobbery, and boudoir secrets-plus, in this sixth Gaslight Mystery (Murder on Mulberry Bend, not reviewed, etc.), a bit part for Emma Goldman.
From the Publisher
"An entertaining mix of history and mystery..." —Booklist

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Gaslight Mystery Series , #6
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"Cleverly plotted...plenty of convincing period detail."—Publishers Weekly

"An excellent historical mystery."—Best Reviews

"An entertaining mix of history and mystery."—Booklist

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 Marble Row (Gaslight Series #6) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Fraktal More than 1 year ago
Victoria Thompson has done it again with another installment of her Gaslight mystery series. We continue to follow the unlikely detective duo of Frank Malloy and Sarah Brandt as one of the wealthiest men in the city is killed by a bomb. Teddy Roosevelt, who makes a cameo appearance in this novel for the first time, personally assigns Frank to find out whether "anarchists" -- the terrorists of the 1890s -- are behind it, and Frank finds himself caught up in the intrigue of the wealthy Van Dyke family. Only Sarah Brandt and her parents can help him solve the case, as they know better than he does how to navigate the social circles of New York's upper crust. This was a good mystery. Victoria Thompson kept me guessing about the killer. I intuited the solution early, but then dismissed it as new, confounding evidence came to light, and I absolutely didn't expect the ending to work out the way it did. All the clues are there, like a good Agatha Christie novel, but you have to read carefully to figure it all out. The returning characters are a treat in this series. I've always liked Frank and Sarah but I've grown quite fond of Mrs Decker (Sarah's mother) as well. If you like a good period piece or a good mystery -- or if, like me, you like both -- I can highly recommend this novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up the first in the series that the publishers are calling, 'Gaslight Mysteries' on a whim and now I find myself hooked. I just finished the 6th in the series and can't wait to read the next one. The plots are clever and well thought out, but it is the setting, New York in 1896, and the wonderfully drawn characters that make the books 'must reads.' Start with book one, MURDER ON ASTOR PLACE and read them in order to get the most enjoyment from them. I think you will find them to be delightful page turners and well worth your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author is extremely good at drawing you into the early 1900 an the life style back at that time. Her characters are very good and it is great how she brings the real history for that time period into her story. I recommend this book to any one who likes reading period mysteries.
angela37 More than 1 year ago
In her Gaslight Mystery Series, author Victoria Thompson has a wonderful gift as a writer. Starting with MURDER ON ASTOR PLACE, the first in the series, Victoria Thompson combines an interesting as well as historical look at life in New York City in the late 1990's, as the main characters solve, against all odds, difficult murder crimes. Of course, the relationship between the main characters..Midwife Sarah Brandt, who's family is one of the socially prominent elite of New York City and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy of NYPD makes one look forward to the next book in the series. Everyone that I have recommended this mystery series to seems to feel the same way about the series. Highly recommend this WONDERFUL historical mystery series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy all of the books in this series and can't wait for the next one. I especially find interesting the details of life in the urban community of New York City during the days of Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt. I do wish the romance between the two lead characters would progress. Yet, it is probably more realistic to show how the social norms of the day would have not made this romance acceptable. Excellent character development. Plot moves along well and there is always the unexpected twist. Good reading.
denverbroncosgirl More than 1 year ago
What a great read! Interesting, entertaining, descriptive, loved the style. Great characters, great story line. This was my first Victoria Thompson novel & I will definitely be reading more! Awesome book cover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sarah Brandt is a midwife in New York City at the turn of the century. An explosion kills Gregory Van Dyke, a wealthy industrialist, in his office. Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt wants Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to find the anarchists he believes are responsible. When Malloy arrives at the Van Dyke home, he finds Sarah and her mother paying condolence calls on them. He doesn¿t want her to know his true feelings and he doesn¿t want her to get involved in this investigation. This is hard to do since she can talk to them in ways he can¿t. Creighton Van Dyke, Gregory¿s eldest son, is living with anarchists and his step-mother quickly blames him. Only his sister, Alberta, believes he is innocent. The other son, Tad, worked in his father¿s business and was present during the explosion. Unfortunately he found what was left of his father. Malloy must find Creighton. Sarah got the information from Alberta but won¿t tell him where he is, she must show him. Malloy is not happy, but lets her go along. Sarah¿s mother has never been supportive of the work Sarah does, but she goes along with Sarah when she goes to the Lower East Side while investigating. I normally don¿t like books set back in time, but this series has really captured my attention. Ms. Thompson has recreated New York so realistically. It really comes alive for me. It¿s hard to believe people once lived like this and that the police treated people like this. I find it to be a wake-up call and make me appreciate all we have. The characters are constructed so well. They seem so life-like. I like the friendship but yet tension between Mallow and Sarah. I do hope that some day they will get together. Only the author knows! I think if you give this series a try, you¿ll like it. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most recent release in Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mystery series and it's sure not to disappoint her loyal fans. I read her first book, Murder on Astor Place 10 days ago and was hooked. I've read all of the books in the series in the past week and they are the perfect summertime reading. The author's knowledge of the historical time period transports the reader to such an extent that it's almost a surprise to find oneself reading on the subway instead of the El. Ms. Thompson paints a portrait of a similar city in a different century without imbuing her tale with the dust of history. The narrative is spellbinding and the plot twists are so seductive I can't imagine anyone putting the book down till they've reached the end. However, I would recommend that someone who is interested in this book begin by reading Murder on Astor Place, Murder on St. Mark's Place, Murder on Grammercy Place & Murder on Mulberry Bend-- this book can stand on its own, but the reader will find it a much more pleasurable experience if she/he knows the history of the main characters. But either way, anyone looking for a completely engrossing tale needs search no further than Murder on Marble Row.
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Loved it
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I comfess that I started reading Ms. Thompson's books because I have made her acquaintance. Once I started, I had to read all of them. This book is one of the few books I have gotten in hard cover. She is wonderful and her knowledge of NYC is great! Anne Perry is the Vickie Thompson of Great Britian.