Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue (Gaslight Mystery Series #18)

Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue (Gaslight Mystery Series #18)

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by Victoria Thompson
     
 

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The author of Murder on Amsterdam Avenue returns to nineteenth-century New York City to find Christmas in the air, a police detective and a midwife with love in their hearts, and a wealthy newlywed with blood on her hands…

Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy and Sarah Brandt are not the only ones who have recently tied the knot. Family friend Mrs

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The author of Murder on Amsterdam Avenue returns to nineteenth-century New York City to find Christmas in the air, a police detective and a midwife with love in their hearts, and a wealthy newlywed with blood on her hands…

Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy and Sarah Brandt are not the only ones who have recently tied the knot. Family friend Mrs. O’Neill was delighted when her daughter Una wed the seemingly wealthy and charming Randolph Pollock. She didn’t wonder why such an affluent man would want to marry a poor Irish girl, no matter how pretty she was. But now Mrs. O’Neill has a problem.

Pollock’s servants have found their employer bludgeoned to death with Una cradling his body. Rendered mute by the horror of her husband’s death, Una cannot explain what happened, so the police have charged her with murder and locked her away in the Tombs to await trial.

Mrs. O’Neill would like Frank to investigate the case and save Una, yet with Frank and Sarah still on their honeymoon, it’s up to the other members of their newly formed household to do some detective work. But solving the mystery behind Pollock’s death means first discovering the truth about who he really is…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/21/2015
Characters who previously played supporting roles take center stage in Thompson’s workmanlike 18th mystery set in gaslight-era New York City (after 2015’s Murder on Amsterdam Avenue). With series leads Frank and Sarah Malloy away on their honeymoon, their nursemaid, Maeve Smith, agrees to help Mrs. O’Neill, a friend of Frank’s mother. Mrs. O’Neill’s married daughter, Una, has been charged with killing her husband, Mr. Pollack, after she was found cradling his bludgeoned corpse in their Harlem home. Of course, Mrs. O’Neill is sure her daughter is innocent. When Maeve goes to the Pollacks’ home to see if there are any resources to pay for Una’s defense, she’s dumbfounded to find thousands of dollars in cash in a hidden safe. Police officer Gino Donatelli, who’s sweet on Maeve, provides some welcome assistance. Series fans will enjoy seeing Maeve and Gino in action, though others should be prepared for routine plotting. Agent: Nancy Yost, Nancy Yost Literary Agency. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
Praise for the Edgar® and Agatha award–nominated Gaslight Mysteries

“Tantalizing.”—Catherine Coulter, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Victoria Thompson shines…Anne Perry and Caleb Carr fans, rejoice!”—Tamar Myers, national bestselling author

“A fascinating window into a bygone era.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Vividly re-creates the gaslit world of old New York.”—Publishers Weekly

“Gangs of New York, eat your heart out—this book is the real thing.”—Mystery Scene

“Enthralling…Fascinating characters with a story to tell.”—Fresh Fiction

Library Journal
10/15/2015
Thompson (Murder on Amsterdam Avenue) rewards fans of her long-running 19th-century-set series with an "extra" Christmas story filled with some of the secondary characters. Since Frank and Sarah Malloy are away on their honeymoon in Europe, nanny Maeve offers to aid Mrs. O'Neill, who shows up at the Malloy residence seeking help for her daughter Una, who has been arrested for killing her husband. With some assistance from policeman Gino and Sarah's parents, Maeve investigates the murder and soon unearths more of the victim's secrets. VERDICT This is a fantastic historical with a wonderfully plucky amateur female sleuth. Fans of Rhys Bowen's "Molly Murphy" mysteries and Anne Perry's "Thomas Pitt" books will especially enjoy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425278970
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/03/2015
Series:
Gaslight Mystery Series , #18
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
51,923
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.38(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for the Edgar® and Agatha award–nominated Gaslight Mysteries

“Tantalizing.”—Catherine Coulter, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Victoria Thompson shines…Anne Perry and Caleb Carr fans, rejoice!”—Tamar Myers, national bestselling author

“A fascinating window into a bygone era.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Vividly re-creates the gaslit world of old New York.”—Publishers Weekly

Gangs of New York, eat your heart out—this book is the real thing.”—Mystery Scene

“Enthralling…Fascinating characters with a story to tell.”—Fresh Fiction

Meet the Author

Victoria Thompson is the Edgar® and Agatha Award–nominated author of the national bestselling Gaslight Mysteries—including Murder on Amsterdam Avenue, Murder in Murray Hill, and Murder in Chelsea—as well as numerous historical novels. She lives in Western Pennsylvania with her family.

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Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful chance for all the dupporting characters to really shine.Loved it!
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is a fun book. It was great to get a book that concentrated on the secondary characters rather than the main ones. While Frank Malloy and Sarah Brandt are on their honeymoon, Maeve( the nursemaid) decides to help solve a murder. There are a lot of twists and turns in the story. It is a fun book. I really look forward to the next one with everyone working together.
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
Victoria Thompson takes a precarious step away from her central characters in this latest novel. The minor characters are given an opportunity to run with the story in the absence of the lead actors. Sarah Brandt, now Mrs. Frank Malloy, and Frank Mallory are on their honeymoon in Europe, and as the saying goes "while the cat is away, the mice will play", minor characters run with the story. What a delightful time with Maeve, Dino, Felix Decker, and Elizabeth Decker! A friend of Frank's mother runs crying to the new Malloy house with a terrible story concerning her daughter. The daughter has married a Mr. Randolph Pollock, a seemingly wealthy man, but after a few months, Mr. Pollock is murdered and Una Pollock sits in a stupor, cradling his head. Una is thrown into prison, and all believe her murdered her husband. Maeve and Dino, with the assistance of Mr. and Mrs. Decker, rush to find the actual killer. The story reads very quickly, as these four new detectives race around town gathering information. I thoroughly enjoyed this quartet of detectives, and hope to see them more often.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is such fun to experience each adventure and now that I am current I look forward to the next episode. Merry Christmas!
silverjo More than 1 year ago
Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue is a bonus book in the Gaslight Mystery series and it is a very good bonus. Thank you Victoria Thompson for this great Christmas gift. Frank and Sarah are off on their honeymoon but that does not stop the mysteries that arrive on their door step. Maeve and Gino join forces with Mr. and Mrs. Decker to solve what turns out to be more than a murder. This book is great fun. I loved the scenes between Mr . and Mrs. Decker. She thinks she is keeping her involvement in this and previous cases from him but it turns out he has his suspicions. There are some really laugh out loud moments when reading the dialog between the two. This is a great set up for furture books. We know more Maeve, Gino, Mrs. Decker and of course Mr. Decker. A great side note. Mr Decker did not realize his life was boring until he started helping solve some of the cases. I look forward to these four have a more important role in future books. It will add a new dimension to one of my favorite series.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
i love the gaslight mysteries ms thompson writes. once you start the story, you can't put the book down until you finish. the characters draw you into the story and keep you there. these are must read stories!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love rhis series. I joyed her bringing into the story the secondarycharacfw