Murder on Washington Square (Gaslight Mystery Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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Turn-of-the-century New York City midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Molloy are thrust into a twisted case of murder—when a seductress falls victim to her own charades.
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Murder on Washington Square (Gaslight Mystery Series #4)

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Overview

Turn-of-the-century New York City midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Molloy are thrust into a twisted case of murder—when a seductress falls victim to her own charades.
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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
Thompson's fourth Gaslight Mystery presents convincing characters of varied classes of a century ago, when crime flourished throughout New York. Detective sergeant Frank Malloy, a widower and Irish, finds himself forced to let midwife Sarah Brandt, a widow and Knickerbocker, assist in his investigations. A young woman who was blackmailing vulnerable men is stabbed and dies near the square's hanging tree. The owner and residents of her boarding house soon come under suspicion, and someone tries to kill an inquiring news reporter. Frank and Sarah and some nosy neighbors follow the many twists of the plot with dogged and sometimes close to foolhardy determination. There are several clever but fleeting scenes of the policeman and the midwife realizing their relationship could be more, and this reviewer suspects the author will continue this state of suspended animation between two such appealing opposites into the next book in the series. Older YAs and adults will be challenged to solve the mystery and find, as the author declares in her concluding note, that putting the victim on trial is a tactic that continues today. (A Gaslight Mystery).. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Berkley, Prime Crime, 326p., Griffin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101043592
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/2/2002
  • Series: Gaslight Mystery Series , #4
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 28,937
  • File size: 324 KB

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 7, 2010

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    Somehow charming and suspenseful at the same time

    Victoria Thompson has once again written a solid mystery novel set in the 1890s. This book is the fourth in the "Gaslight Mystery" series, and it follows on the tradition of those books. The charmingly sweet romance that has been slowly forming between Detective Malloy and Sarah Brandt moves ahead ever so slowly, in painstaking increments that are extremely enjoyable to read. Meanwhile Sarah again becomes involved in a murder case, and continues to assist Malloy as he investigates the death of a young woman in Washington Square, New York.

    The novel is well written and the pacing is excellent. The clues are all there for you to find, and I thought perhaps in this one it was a little more obvious than the previous three. I guessed who the murderer was about halfway through, although there was one twist that I didn't cotton onto until a bit farther along. I always enjoy when I can figure out at least part of the solution before the protagonist does, and I was able to here. Nevertheless I kept reading because the story was interesting and I particularly wanted to see what happened to the permanent characters -- Sarah, Malloy, and Sarah's neighbors, the Ellsworths.

    I've now read the first four books in this series, and I certainly plan to continue. Thompson is a good writer, and I enjoy the setting and time period. She's managed to make me like the main characters very much, especially dear Mrs. Ellsworth.

    If you enjoy a good mystery or a good period piece, I can recommend this novel. It's well worth a read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Wonderful series!!!

    This is one of the best series I've ever had the pleasure to read. So refreshing to find a really good mystery, with tallented writing and no SMUT whatsoever. Bravo Ms. Thompson! Have recommended this series to all my reader friends and can't wait to read the next one! (and the next...and the next...)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Recommended

    Good mystery, good historical setting, nice characters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    read this series!

    This series does not let you down. Is not predictable. the romantic spark is building. The history of New York is very interesting.

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    A Plenty Of Wits and Finest Team Since Thin Man Nora And Nick

    I got hooked to the history of NYC 1900 and I learned that Teddy Roosevelt was once a police commissioner. The classes divided and the police department was in bad shape. Frank and Sarah danced through many issues and ignorance. The characters are very good. I enjoyed reading so far as I was never disappointed.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

    Fun read

    Victoria Thompson is perfect for those like myself who enjoy a good mystery without too much gore. Her mysteries are fun and will keep you guessing who the murderer is.

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  • Posted May 25, 2009

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    Excellent mystery with a surprise ending.

    Very enjoyable for a day at the beach

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2002

    Another Solid Sarah & Frank Mystery

    Another charming turn-of-the (last) century mystery from Victoria Thompson. This is the perfect book to read for light diversion ¿ it¿s not deep, mysterious and depressing (think P D James), but it does provide some fun reading. I honestly don¿t know how accurate her portrayal of this time period is, but it rings true when you read it. For the most part, the main characters are well developed and the dialog is good. I believe we may be seeing the emergence of some additional secondary characters in this book, which would be good. In fact, one of the old standby secondary characters ¿ Sarah¿s neighbor ¿ and her son take center stage, as the son is accused of the murder of a woman of doubtful character. I¿ll be honest ¿ I figured out ¿who done it¿ before the end, and even suspected the ¿surprise twist¿. However, as always, I enjoy the banter and growing relationship between Sarah and Frank and find the time period irresistible. Oh yes ¿ Sarah and Frank¿Thompson is going to drive us batty waiting to see if they will ever get together. Significant ¿progress¿ is made in that direction (if you can call it that) in this book, but Thompson also does an admirable job of showing us the obstacles of class, religion, and social circumstances that these two have to overcome. She may have even introduced a longer-term rival for Sarah¿s affections (and surely there¿s a nice Catholic girl out there to turn Frank¿s head and make Sarah stand up and take notice!) All in all ¿ fun reading, great for the upcoming summer.

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