Murder in Chinatown (Gaslight Mystery Series #9)

Murder in Chinatown (Gaslight Mystery Series #9)

by Victoria Thompson
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Murder in Chinatown (Gaslight Mystery Series #9) by Victoria Thompson

In Chinatown to deliver a baby, Sarah Brandt meets a group of women she might otherwise never have come across: Irish girls who, after alighting on Ellis Island alone, have married Chinese men in the same predicament. But with bigotry in New York from every side, their mixed-race children are often treated badly, by the Irish, the Chinese—even the police.
When the new mother’s half-Chinese, half-Irish, 15-year-old niece goes missing, Sarah knows that alerting the constables would prove futile. So she turns to Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy—and together they begin the search themselves. And after they find her, dead in an alley, Sarah and Malloy have ample suspects—from both sides of Canal Street.

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ISBN-13: 9780425215319
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/05/2007
Series: Gaslight Mystery Series , #9
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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Murder in Chinatown (Gaslight Series #9) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
As the new century brings new hope for many, there remains much of the prejudice especially towards mixed racial couples and their offspring. Perhaps the most scorned mixed couples are that of big strapping Irish females and their smaller Chinese husbands they met on Ellis Island where both impoverished groups were alone with no opposite gender available from their race.--------------------- Midwife Sarah Brandt is in Chinatown tending to pregnant Irish expatriate Cora Lee, whose labor pains prove false. Cora¿s teenage half-Chinese niece Angel rushes inside the apartment to see her. She begs for Cora to help her as her father demands she marry elderly restaurateur Mr. Wong. When she obtains no help from Cora, Angel vanishes. Although Sarah searches for the missing girl, she assumes Angel is a runaway teen. However, when Angel is found dead in a nearby alley, Sarah knows the child had an Irish lover, but not who he is. She asks her friend Detective Frank Malloy to investigate.-------------- The latest Gaslight Mystery is terrific although the whodunit comes late and enhances the deep look at early twentieth century racism in New York. The vivid story line brings home the down side of tenement living in the slums as marriages are economic necessities. The final twist will stun the audience, but it is the discerning look at life during the Gaslight era that makes Victoria Thompson¿s newest historical a must read for sub-genre fans.------------- Harriet Klausner
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This was the first book I read by Mrs. Thompson and I fell in love with the series. The plot was interesting. I was really enthralled at this part of American history that is hardly mentioned. I am certainly going to look for more books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book. Another winner from Victoria Thompson.
micdk More than 1 year ago
I loved the story. All of the Gaslight series is a must read!!!
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TinaMc More than 1 year ago
I picked this up as a bargain book at a BN store. It is the first Gaslight Mystery I have ever read. I recommend it to anyone looking for an easy, light mystery read. The characters are well developed and likeable (well, the main characters are likeable) and the historical aspect is woven into the story in a helpful, interesting way. It's not a case of the author being hellbent on exhibiting all the research she's put into the subject. (I'm not a fan of reading fiction only to feel like I'm being hit over the head with a boring lesson in history, science, etc.). It's entertaining and has enough twists and turns to keep you thinking...though I was able to figure things out on my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my interest but not one of those books that you can't put down.
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mareCA More than 1 year ago
I originally purchased this book because BnN had a sale with a lot of marked down books, of which this was one. I did not know the author but having read the synopsis, I thought what the heck. This is a great story. It tells you about different ethnic groups and how we try to stay together and don't really get to know people from other groups and when we do, we find they live, love, the same as we. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it regardless of your ethnicity. The surprise ending made it very much worth my while.
reader2 More than 1 year ago
It was very easy reading and had twists and turns to keep you interested. Characters are likable and would read more of her books. This was my second one and look forward to more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I tried to write to Ms. Thompson with the address she provides at the back of her novels each time to no avail. Her books are so entertaining and so much History is learned especially Murder in Chinatown.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great change of pace. I loved this book. I loved the time period of the late 1800's, the lead characters -- Sarah Brandt and Detective Sargeant Frank Malloy -- were intense and believeable and the story had me guessing until the very end. Now I'm ready to read the rest of the series.