Murder in Little Italy (Gaslight Mystery Series #8)

Murder in Little Italy (Gaslight Mystery Series #8)

by Victoria Thompson

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ISBN-13: 9780425216064
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/05/2007
Series: Gaslight Mystery Series , #8
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 69,151
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(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 Little Italy (Gaslight Series #8) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Fraktal More than 1 year ago
This novel is the 8th installment in the Gaslight mystery series. The Gaslight series is set in New York in the mid-1890s, and they are all excellent "period pieces." This one is no exception. The characters are believable and the historical aspects of the book are great. Once again Sarah Brandt the midwife teams up with Frank Malloy the detective to find a murderer -- this time, of a girl for whom Sarah has just delivered a baby. This novel shares many strengths with its predecessors, but it is a bit more predictable. I figured out who the murderer was, and why, by about the third or fourth chapter, if not sooner. I've predicted it early in other Gaslight novels but here it was simply too obvious to a reader in the year 2010. The author had to walk a fine line here: situation in which the characters find themselves is very modern, but would have been unthinkable to people in 1896. The trick, which Ms. Thompson usually pulls off wonderfully, is to make it a mystery for both 1890s and 21st century people. This time it was really only shocking and mysterious to the people of the past; you could see a story much like it on almost any soap opera of today. That said, although I knew who did it, watching Frank Malloy and Sarah Brandt struggle with the problem and figure it out was entertaining as always. I enjoyed the cameo appearances by Teddy Roosevelt (she writes him much as I imagine him acting), and I very much liked Officer Donatelli, who assists Frank for the entire time in this novel. I haven't read the later books (9 and up) yet but I sincerely hope Donatelli is brought back in the future -- he's a great character. This is a solid installment to the Gaslight series, if not quite as mysterious as the rest have been. I strongly recommend it to anyone who likes the other novels in the series, or who likes historical novels, and also to anyone who likes strong, well-written characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because it was on the bargain list and am so happy that I did. I loved Victoria Thompson's writing style and found this book to be thoroughly engaging. The characters were well thought out and the plot interesting. I am thrilled to find another historical fiction mystery writer! I have read all of Anne Perry's novels and will now begin the journey through Ms. Thompsons!
thornton37814 on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Victoria Thompson has become one of my favorite authors. Her mysteries are well-written and have depth. In this installment, a young pregnant Irish girl marries an Italian boy. When the girl gives birth "prematurely," it becomes obvious to his family that her husband is not the father of the child. When she ends up dead by the next morning, the entire family is under suspicion of murder and the custody battle lends itself to Irish-Italian rioting. Midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Malloy once again team up to solve the case. Thompson does a superb job in developing her characters. Her research into the time period lends authenticity to the setting.
Kathy89 on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Another great book in this series. Sarah is called to deliver a 7 month baby to a young Irish girl married to Italian boy. The baby is obviously full term and this starts a war between the families and riots occur outside of the family Restaurant in Little Italy. The young mother is murdered, the baby cries and won't sleep and they send for Sarah. The oldest son's wife who can't have children wants to keep the baby amid all this turmoil.
Anntstobbs on LibraryThing 23 days ago
When a woman is murdered right after Sarah Brandt delivers her baby, the issues of hatred between Irish and Italian immigrants shows it's ugly face. The woman was Irish and she had married an Italian man. When the baby is delivered it is obvious it is not the father's child. When the baby is claimed by the Irish woman's mother, the Italians decide to keep it. Then riots begin when tabloids proclaim the child kidnapped and the mother murdered. Sarah and Frank need to act quickly to figure out who did what to whom and soon before more riots take over the city.
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Love this deries
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This is yet another great mystery with a twist. You might think you know who the killer is but do not be so sure Ms. Thompson always has something up her sleeve.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE the Gaslight Mysteries and Thompson's new book is no exception. I couldnt put it down and I eagerly await her next installment!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What you get