Murder on Waverly Place (Gaslight Mystery Series #11) [NOOK Book]

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Turn-of-the-century New York City shines in the Gaslight mystery series.

Midwife and sleuth Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy must protect Sarah's mother from scandal after she tries to contact her dead daughter during a séance that sends one of the attendees into the afterlife. But first, ...
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Overview

Turn-of-the-century New York City shines in the Gaslight mystery series.

Midwife and sleuth Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy must protect Sarah's mother from scandal after she tries to contact her dead daughter during a séance that sends one of the attendees into the afterlife. But first, they have to determine how the woman was murdered in the pitch dark when all the suspects were holding hands.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Thompson's 11th gaslight mystery to feature midwife Sarah Brandt (after 2008's Murder on Bank Street) fails to bring to life late 19th-century New York City as well as, say, Caleb Carr does in his period fiction, but series fans should be satisfied. Sarah's mother, Elizabeth Decker, who's feeling guilt-ridden over the death of her pregnant oldest daughter, decides to seek supernatural help from a local medium, Madame Serafina. At a séance, someone uses the cloak of darkness to stab to death Mrs. Gittings, a woman also hoping to contact a deceased family member. Since the séance participants were all holding each others' hands throughout the ritual, suspicion focuses on the medium's accomplice. Sarah helps her policeman friend, Det. Sgt. Frank Malloy, investigate. Solid prose in part compensates for a mundane solution to the crime. (June)

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Kirkus Reviews
The rebellious daughter of a wealthy family joins an Irish cop to investigate murder at a seance. Widowed Sarah Brandt (Murder on Bank Street, 2008, etc.) has spurned life as a socialite in favor of serving as a midwife to the poor. When her mother, Mrs. Decker, asks Sarah to accompany her to a seance, the skeptical young woman goes along to protect her mother's interests. Years earlier, Sarah's sister Maggie had run off with an unsuitable young man; later she and her child died in childbirth. Now Mrs. Decker, led by a friend who's already attending the sessions where beautiful young medium Madame Serafina holds audiences in thrall, hopes to speak with Maggie and ask forgiveness. Sarah thinks her mother's unsatisfactory initial experience is quite enough. So when there's a murder at another seance, and Sarah's friend Det. Sgt. Malloy calls Sarah to the scene, she's amazed to find her mother among the participants. The two sleuths quickly learn that the murdered woman was running duplicitous seances with help from a shady professor who joined her in fleecing wealthy participants. Because police have little authority over the rich in 1890s New York, Malloy and Sarah must proceed with caution. Serafina's lover, a young Italian boy, seems to be the guilty party, but no crime committed in the pitch-dark is easy to solve. Though sometimes melodramatic, Thompson's Gaslight Mystery series provides a fascinating window into a bygone era.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101057384
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/2/2009
  • Series: Gaslight Mystery Series , #11
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 26,777
  • File size: 232 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 3, 2009

    So disappointing

    I always look forward to these books each time a new one is released, but I found this one very disappointing. The plot was thin and obvious, and the spark between Brandt and her aloof police officer was hardly touched on, even though the previous book ended with her demanding that he state his feelings on the subject. You can't end a book with, 'Come over here and tell me how you feel,' and then act as if the conversation never happened in the next book. Readers do expect continuity, that's why we read series. And there was no mystery; anyone paying attention could predict the ending.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

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    Another Great Mystery

    Victoria Thompson rarely fails to disappoint, and her newest novel Murder on Waverly Place, follows in those footsteps. The mystery that ensues is solid, and it is evident that Ms. Thompson did her research on psychics during that time frame. One rather disappointing aspect is the lack of interaction between Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy. After the end of Murder on Bank Street, I was expecting a little more development in the burgeoning romance that the two have going on. However, it is understandable given the times and the behavior standards for the era that this wouldn't be flaunted. Overall, I was very pleased with this book and am looking forward to the next!

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  • Posted July 29, 2009

    What Happened?

    Anyone who has read this series in order will be so dissapointed. I agree with the reviewer that stated you can't end the last book with Sarah and Malloy all flirty and open and then not address those feelings in the next. Sarah and Malloy had a strong growing relationship, where did that go? Where did they go? The last books are putting too much emphasis on Maeve, she's a great sidekick but Murder on Bank St and Murder on Waverly Place has her as a much more principal character than Sarah who's the Series Heroine. Sarah was barely present on this last two books.Maeve practically solved the last two mysteries. And where is Malloy's family? I waited all year eager to read this book and then It took me only two hours to finish the book. Malloy doesnt even show up until page 90 or so. This has been a great series of books , I have re read them so much I had to buy a new copy of Murder in Astor Place. I hope a new book comes soon with SARAH and MALLOY solving another great Mystery and their Relationship, actually I will love a Christmas Mystery. Is it too late to ask for that?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

    Old New York

    I loved the setting and sequence of events. It was interesting about the things that happened and I didn't know about some things.

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  • Posted July 2, 2009

    Author, did you miss your deadline?

    Very disappointing insatllation in this series. Almost too short to be called a novel, certainly too short to pay hardback price for, and too short, transparent, and predictable to be a good mystery. The redeeming feature of most of the books in this series is the budding relationship between the midwife and the cop and their interactions, but even that is woefully missing in this book, hardly even mentioned. Plot seemed rushed, oversimplified, obvious. Chemistry between Sarah and the Irish detective is MIA.

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

    Another Great Mystery...

    Victoria Thompson does not disappoint. This latest installment was just as interesting and captivating as the others in the Gaslight series. It was interesting to see the love bloom between Sarah and Frank, even though I was hoping to see more. I can not wait for the next installment.

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  • Posted April 16, 2009

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    Victoria Thompson's latest "Gaslight mystery" brings back a bygone era

    At the turn of the twentieth century, Mr. and Mrs. Decker are one of the wealthiest couples in high society New York City, but their daughter Sarah Brandt chose to work as a midwife in the rundown tenement neighborhoods. Sarah's mother asks her to accompany her to a medium's house on Waverly Place because she is desperate to contact the spirit of her dead older daughter Maggie; she wants to ask forgiveness for what she and her spouse did to Maggie and her husband.----------

    Sarah understands though she believes contacting spirits is a hoax; she goes with her mother to Madame Serafina's séance. While the room is totally dark, the customers hold hands in a circle around a table; the medium speaks. A baby cries and Mrs. Decker believes it is her dead granddaughter. They leave, but Mrs. Decker returns several times praying Maggie will forgive her. At another séance, someone kills client Mrs. Gittings. Mrs. Decker calls Sarah's "special friend" Police Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy. He and Sarah catch Serafina's lover trying to sneak away. Frank assumes he is the killer, but Sarah and the medium think otherwise. The two feisty females need to figure out who amongst the guests is the killer; the problem is everyone universally detested the victim.----------

    Victoria Thompson's latest "Gaslight mystery" brings back a bygone era so vividly readers will believe they attended séances during the first decade of the twentieth century. Fans of the series will relish knowing why Sarah became a midwife and more about why her parents' didn't disown her for her work amidst the city poor. Newcomers as well as readers of the previous murders on Manhattan streets novels will enjoy this well constructed mystery with plenty of viable suspects who have motives and opportunity. Sarah is her usual independent resolute self as she scrutinizes the people in the room where the homicide occurred. MURDER ON WAVERLY PLACE is another fabulous historical whodunit.-------

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted January 27, 2014

    Wonderful

    Characters develop nicely under Victoria's deft pen. Love the pace of these historical pieces.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    Pretty standard

    Not a super difficult case to figure out but a good enough installment. All the primary characters are here except for Brian and his grandmother. Not as much of the Sarah/Frank "aren't meant to be together' baloney but not much of a progrssion of the relationship....more a resignation.

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  • Posted May 23, 2010

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    Too short for my liking but still a decent story

    While I enjoyed Ms. Thompson's novel I must admit I was disappointed at its length. The overview indicated 304 pages but it turned out to be a mere 191 on my Nook (medium font). I enjoyed the story itself but I must admit I had figured out "whodunit" well before the final chapter. I was even able to figure out how the murder was committed. I think Ms. Thompson has written some great entries in her Gaslight series but unfortunately this wasn't one of the better ones. However one minor disappointment hasn't put me off the series and Ms. Thompson remains one of my favorite authors.

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  • Posted January 17, 2010

    Great Rainy Day Book

    I have now read all 11 books in the Gaslight Series. I really enjoyed this one. Even though some of the plot is predictable, it makes for a fun read. I highly recommend this book for a rainy day. Each book the reader learns something new about the time period. It is shame that this series is not as popular as other mystery series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2009

    I did not care for this 11th book in the series.

    I have read all 10 of Victoria Thompson's other books and loved each of them. What happenen with #11? Too many pages spent on the description of seances and not much suspense. It took until the middle of the book before it got remotely interesting. I will not be so eager to purchase #12 when it comes out.

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