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

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

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by Victoria Thompson
     
 

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It's no mystery why readers love Victoria Thompson's Edgar Award- nominated series.

With the help of a charitable lady of means, midwife Sarah Brandt rescues a young woman and her newborn from the brothel where the mother was forced to prostitute herself. But their success comes at a high price when their benefactor is found murdered.

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It's no mystery why readers love Victoria Thompson's Edgar Award- nominated series.

With the help of a charitable lady of means, midwife Sarah Brandt rescues a young woman and her newborn from the brothel where the mother was forced to prostitute herself. But their success comes at a high price when their benefactor is found murdered.

Though the brothel's madam is immediately considered a suspect, Sarah and Sergeant Frank Malloy investigate, uncovering some unpleasant truths about the victim and her charity-and the woman and child Sarah risked her own life to save.

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)
From the Publisher
“A cleverly written Victorian mystery with a bombshell ending.”—Fresh Fiction
“Enjoyable.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Engaging…A wonderful read.”—Genre Go Round Reviews

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:
9781101515556
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/07/2011
Series:
Gaslight Mystery Series , #13
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
29,212
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“A cleverly written Victorian mystery with a bombshell ending.”—Fresh Fiction

“Enjoyable.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Engaging…A wonderful read.”—Genre Go Round Reviews

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