Murder on Sister's Row (Gaslight Mystery Series #13)

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Midwife Sarah Brandt braves the dangers of the tenements in nineteenth-century New York to help the impoverished and, with Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, bring the guilty that prey on them to justice. Now, the latest novel in the Edgar®-nominated series finds Sarah compelled to save an expectant mother from a fate worse than death…
 
Summoned to an elegant house to deliver a baby, Sarah finds her patient is actually in a brothel. The ...

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Overview

Midwife Sarah Brandt braves the dangers of the tenements in nineteenth-century New York to help the impoverished and, with Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, bring the guilty that prey on them to justice. Now, the latest novel in the Edgar®-nominated series finds Sarah compelled to save an expectant mother from a fate worse than death…
 
Summoned to an elegant house to deliver a baby, Sarah finds her patient is actually in a brothel. The young woman in labor reveals she is being held against her will and forced to prostitute herself—and that the madam intends to get rid of the baby.  
 
To rescue the new mother and her infant, Sarah secures the assistance of Mrs. Vivian Van Orner, a woman of means known for her charitable work. But their success comes at a high price when Mrs.Van Orner is found murdered.
 
With Malloy’s help, Sarah’s investigation uncovers some unpleasant truths about the victim and her charity—as well as the woman and child Sarah risked her own life to save…

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Thompson's otherwise solid 13th whodunit set at the end of the 19th century in New York City (after 2010's Murder on Lexington Avenue) lags a bit until the appearance of a corpse. Sarah Brandt, an heiress who works by choice as a midwife, gets an urgent summons on behalf of a Mrs. Walker to assist a woman in labor at a house that Sarah belatedly learns is a brothel. After Sarah successfully delivers a baby boy, the terrified mother, Amy Cunningham, begs Sarah to help her escape the clutches of her madam, Rowena Walker. The midwife reaches out to a charitable organization, Rahab's Daughters, which specializes in rescuing fallen women in Amy's straits. When the charity's involvement leads to murder, Sarah's significant other, Det. Sgt. Frank Malloy, can't prevent her from investigating. Thompson does her usual persuasive job in recreating the past. (June)
VOYA - Jeanine Fox
Midwife and amateur sleuth, Sarah Brandt is transported by carriage to a stately home to assist in the delivery of a baby. Assuming the home is for girls in delicate conditions, Sarah is soon enlightened by her patient Amy that she is, in fact, in a brothel. Amy begs Sarah to contact a Mrs. Van Orner, whose organization rescues girls from prostitution, to save her and her baby. Away from the house, Sarah sends word to her friend and colleague, Sergeant Detective Frank Malloy. Learning of her plans, Malloy warns her not to tangle with the madam, Mrs. Walker, and her house of ill repute. With Sarah's assistance, Rahab's Daughters charity rescues Amy and her son and hides them at a secret location. Murder and mystery follow with a large cast of interesting and complex characters, and Sarah finds her life in danger. Set in Victorian New York, Murder on Sister's Row is the thirteenth title in Thompson's popular Gaslight Mystery series. This adult cozy mystery deals with mature themes, but is written in a style true to its time period and sensibilities. A blend of historical fact and fiction, it is a fascinating read. Thompson deftly keeps the reader guessing as to who the murderer is and leads readers to a surprising and satisfying end. Fans of Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart (Dell, 1989-1996) series will enjoy the similar qualities of strong independent young women working in a time when women were to be seen, but not heard. Reviewer: Jeanine Fox
Kirkus Reviews

A midwife's latest delivery involves her in murder.

Despite being the daughter of a wealthy and socially prominent New York family, widowed Sarah Brandt continues to work as a midwife. Called out to deliver a baby, she does not immediately realize that Amy, the lovely and spoiled young woman about to give birth, is a prostitute. When Sarah, who has finally realized where she is working, returns to check on the baby boy, Amy begs her to contact Mrs. Van Orner, a wealthy woman who devotes herself to rescuing prostitutes. Impressed by Mrs. Van Orner's charitable work, Sarah helps Amy escape to a safe house. Amy turns out to be a demanding and calculating young woman who hints that her son was fathered by Mrs. Van Orner's husband. When Mrs. Van Orner is found dead in her carriage after leaving the safe house, Sarah's friend, Detective Frank Malloy, gets the case. In turn-of-the-century New York, the police are so completely controlled by the powers that be that Malloy can investigate only if Van Orner asks for an investigation. Coaxed by Mrs. Van Orner's secretary, Miss Yingling, however, Van Orner agrees. The only suspects in his wife's laudanum poisoning are members of his own household and the women who live or work at the safe house. Sarah has her work cut out for her in helping Malloy solve the disagreeable and dangerous case.

Thompson's enjoyable historical series (Murder on Lexington Avenue, 2010, etc.) continues to highlight the social injustices of the time, some of which continue to this day.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425248003
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Series: Gaslight Mystery Series , #13
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 166,231
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.90 (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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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    Where's the mystery and is the Irishman ever going to make his move?

    I have read all of the Gaslight books as soon as they came out, and re-read each before the release of the next. In the earlier books there was mystery, usually enough to keep one interested to the end or very near. In the later books, however, with the drama of the murder of Sarah's husband no longer looming, the series has lost something. This latest book does not offer much in the way of mystery; just pay attention to the character interaction and you're there. Further, the bit of romantic tension (these characters are far too proper to call it sexual tension) between Sarah and Malloy has all but dissipated. Being an honorable sort, Malloy would have long ago declared himself or gone away to leave Sarah to a more suitable match. The series needs an infusion of plot twists and character developments to remain interesting.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    Excellent series

    Every book in the series is a great mystery. Can't wait for #14.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    This was a GREAT, fast, fun, well-plotted, well-written read! It

    This was a GREAT, fast, fun, well-plotted, well-written read! It always amazes me the trouble Sarah can get herself and her family and neighbors into with so many babies she delivers! I have yet to read one of this author’s Gaslight Mysteries that hasn’t been entertaining! I would recommend to anyone enjoy mysteries, good read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    great book

    It was a great book, very interesting and never got bored. I Hope he writes another book sometime.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    They are a joy to read

    I love these mysteries! I've read the whole series. I'm waiting for the next enstallment.

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

    Highly recommeneded

    I so really enjoy the series. It brings the early 1900's to life.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    Good read

    Interesting book. Different twists in the plot. Will read more by this author.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    Fast paced and exciting!

    Victoria Thompson did not disappoint me in Sarah Brandt's latest adventure. Twists and turns kept me guessing about the villain. As always Sarah was constantly on the edge of danger with Frank waiting in the wings to protect her!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    Extraordinary

    Best murder series I have ever read. Can't put it down and cannot wait for the next one in the series. I have read all of them up to #15. These books are page turners.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Another great entry in the Gaslight Series.

    An enjoyable series that manages to be comfortable & familiar in it's characters, yet still maintains a mystery with a not-usual suspect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2011

    Excellent!

    Victoria Thompson just keeps getting better! Her characters are rich & well-written & she makes you understand the quirks of society at the turn of the 20th century.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

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    This is an engaging Gaslight Mystery

    In Manhattan Mrs. Walker asks affluent midwife Sarah Brandt to help a pregnant woman about to give birth. Sarah rushes over to assist frightened Amy Cunningham give birth to a boy. Afterward the still scared new mom asks Sarah to help her leave the brothel as she is fearful of her madam, Rowena Walker.

    Sarah turns to Mrs. Vivian Van Orner of the charity organization Rahab's Daughters that helps the mother and her newborn; as she and her group assist fallen women. However, soon after Rahab's Daughters' involvement in the Cunningham mother and baby assistance, someone murders Van Orner. Sarah's lover NYPD Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy investigates as does Brandt. They soon move from the brothel to the charity as inconvenient truths begin to arise.

    This is an engaging Gaslight Mystery (see Murder on Waverly Place and Murder on Lexington Avenue) that transports armchair travelers to late nineteenth century Manhattan. The story line initially focuses on the Cunningham duo, but accelerates into a fast-paced investigation once Van Orner's body is found. As is the case with this terrific historical, the cast and the New York setting make for a wonderful read.

    Harriet Klausner

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