Murder in Midtown

Murder in Midtown

by Liz Freeland


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In 1913, while the women’s suffrage movement gains momentum in the nation’s capital, the thought of a woman joining the New York City police force is downright radical, even if recent transplant Louise Faulk has already solved a murder . . .
Louise has finally gathered the courage to take the police civil service exam, but when she returns to her secretary job at the midtown publishing house of Van Hooten and McChesney, she’s shocked to find the offices smoldering from a deadly, early morning fire. Huddled on the sidewalk, her coworkers inform her that Guy Van Hooten’s body has been found in the charred ruins. Rumors of foul play are already circulating, and the firm’s surviving partner asks Louise to investigate the matter.
Despite a number of possible suspects, the last person Louise expects to be arrested is Ogden McChesney, an old friend and mentor to her aunt Irene. Louise will have to search high and low, from the tenements in the Lower East Side to the very clouds above the tallest skyscrapers, to get to the bottom of an increasingly complex case . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496714268
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Series: Louise Faulk Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 190,884
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Liz Freeland lives with her husband in Montreal, where she writes and astounds the locals with her makeshift French. An elderly cat or dog (or two . . . or four) can typically be found in her apartment, and during the busiest day, Liz usually finds time to sneak in an old movie.

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Murder in Midtown 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadingIsMyCardioBookClub 6 months ago
"During all my months of preparation for this moment, I'd assumed I was exceptional. An original. Yet the sound of a hundred pencils scritching against paper filled the hall, and all those pencils were pushed by the hands of women with the same dream." I started this book not realizing it was the second in a series but enjoyed it so much, I'm going back to read the first one! Set in 1913 New York City, Louise Faulk (who assisted in solving a murder in book 1) takes the police civil service exam, a radical move at a time when the women's suffrage movement is just getting off the ground. When she returns to her job as a secretary for a publishing house later that day, she finds the building has gone up in flames, killing one of her bosses. Louise takes it upon herself to investigate the crime, much the chagrin of her "friend" Detective Muldoon, chasing down suspects that run the gamut from her co-workers to the local crime boss. Liz Freeland peppers this murder mystery with lots of fun details and colorful characters, like Louise's chorus girl roommate, her novelist aunt, the deceased's aviation-obsessed brother as well as real historical figures like Al Jolson. It's a fast, fun read and I'm excited to revisit Louise in the first in the series, "Murder in Greenwich Village." I received an ARC of this novel from NetGalley and Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Abacus1234 7 months ago
Murder in Midtown presents a new heroine called Louise Faulk. Louise has a secret in her past which affects the way she sees the world. In 1913, Louise took the police civil service exam to fulfill a dream she has of becoming a policewoman. Earlier Louise was involved in a murder investigation and had aided Detective Frank Muldoon in the arrest of a violent criminal which was the start of her ambition. Agatha Christie was 23 years old in 1913 which fact might be of interest because Murder in Midtown takes place across the Atlantic in New York and is of the same ilk as an Agatha Christie cozy mystery. Louise’s current job at a publishing house came through her Aunt’s connection with one of the partners, Ogden Chesney. Louise is Guy Van Hooten's secretary; Guy, the son of the other partner, is found dead in his office after a fire burned down the building. It's not long before rumors begin. "Could Guy have been murdered?" I like the exciting cast of many, many characters and thus many suspects. Guy Van Hooten’s mother Edith is the equivalent of privilege and aristocracy in England. She will do anything to prevent the sullying of the family name with a scandal. Guy’s brother Hugh has a vested interest in the publishing house business as do various employees of the publishing house. Louise has good friends with intricate relationships. Aunt Irene has amazing connections and convenes weekly social gatherings attended by a host of people. Aunt Irene’s Thursday evening get-togethers provide a convenient venue for some of the characters. I admire Louise’s character also; in common, with other female investigator’s she is fearless in tracking down each suspect and frequently places herself at risk. She is spirited, witty and occasionally foolhardy. She is empathetic towards many of the characters in the story, and they respond readily to her. As a result, she makes progress in tracking down each suspect, weeding out the ones that do not feel right, and making intuitive leaps as to whom to pursue next. We follow right along because the book is easy to read, and we never seem to run out of villains. The book lightly touches on some of the social issues of the period by including a mixed marriage couple. The husband has never introduced his wife to anyone at the publishing house. A surprise famous entertainer who was born in 1886 gets embroiled in the story. The plot includes a nightclub owner who is a money lender, operates a gambling caper, and has people killed if they run afoul of him. Will Louise retain the upper hand with this unpleasant character? Murder in Midtown accurately depicts the pitfalls of Louise’s first few weeks as a new police officer. She gets to look after the thieves, the crazies and the prostitutes from the streets of New York, in the claustrophobic basement of the police station. Louise finds out that her duty roster includes making coffee for the policemen who come in after their beat. All the guys try making fun of her, but she quickly learns how to stand up for herself, and her investigative talents come to her aid. Murder in Midtown is professionally edited, I found no errors in grammar or spelling. I rate the book 4 out 5 stars based on a good plot, with well-drawn characters and a cozy appeal. I did not find anything to dislike. I recommend the book to mystery lovers, people who like the 1920s era, people who love easy reading, and young adults. It might not suit people who like international thrillers, blo
Tangen 7 months ago
Start with: I Loved It! In 1913 New York City things were different, but not people. Louise was lucky that she skipped work that morning or she would have been the one to find the body of her boss in the fire ravaged building. Although her job no longer exists, her novelist aunt wants a typist and the other owner of the business wants her to find out who caused the fire and death. She is naturally motivated to do both, but things rapidly become very complicated. Just when things couldn't seem to get more muddled, she finds out that she passed the Civil Service exam and is now a fledgling policewoman assigned to the night shift at the jail! A decidedly convoluted tale with an abundance of red herrings and plot twists as well as some fascinating characters. This one is a winner! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
Vesper1931 7 months ago
October 1913 and Louise Faulk has just sat the civil examination to become a Police Constable. Only to discover that her place of employment, publishers Van Hooten and McChesney, has gone up in flames. While friend Detective Frank Muldroon officially investigates the fire and the killer of the body discovered inside, Louise is employed to do her own investigation. Easily read as a standalone story this was an enjoyable well-written cosy mystery with a varied cast of mainly likeable characters, obviously there are always villains.