Murder on Bank Street (Gaslight Mystery Series #10)

Murder on Bank Street (Gaslight Mystery Series #10)

by Victoria Thompson

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ISBN-13: 9780425228371
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/02/2009
Series: Gaslight Mystery Series , #10
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 90,072
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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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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"Victoria Thompson proves once again that she is an absolute master of first-class historical mysteries."


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Murder on Bank Street (Gaslight Series #10) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Fraktal More than 1 year ago
This 10th novel in the Gaslight Mystery series is the best one of the set to date. The star of the Gaslight Mysteries is Sarah Brandt, a midwife who gets tangled up in murder mysteries far too often. Sarah is a widow whose husband was murdered 3 years before the first Gaslight book, and whose murder was never solved. This is one of the main reasons why Sarah injects herself into murder investigations. During the nine books leading up to this one, little by little Sarah and her friend and reluctant mystery-solving partner, Sergeant Frank Malloy, have learned about the murder, which by the time of the books is what we'd call a cold case, bit by bit. Frank starts by looking at the murdered doctor's files in an earlier book, and works with Sarah's father and some private detectives in later books, to slowly narrow down the suspect list to four. That's the way the stage is set when this novel begins. Murder on Bank Street finally concludes the story, solving the now-four-year-old mystery for the reader. There are many ups and downs, twists and turns, as you come to believe first one suspect, then another, must be the guilty party. I must have changed my mind at least as many times as there are murder suspects, and at one point I guessed right, only to be convinced by new evidence that I had been wrong, and change my mind. Victoria Thompson kept me guessing until the end, as she has in most of the Gaslight novels. If you enjoy a good period piece and a novel with strong and likable characters, then the Gaslight Mysteries are for you, and especially, Murder on Bank Street is for you. I strongly encourage people to read the books in order, however. You will have a hard time keeping up with the facts of the case and the character interactions otherwise. (Plus, they're all good books.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a Victoria Thompson fan, but until this book, I was frustrated with the "Who Killed Dr. Brandt?" storyline that was pervasive throughout her most recent books in this series. MURDER ON BANK STREET finally brings a believable conclusion to that story, bringing it full-circle. Now readers can immerse themselves in the relationship between Sarah and Malloy and see where the next murder leads them.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1893 New York City, widow Sarah Brandt still hopes to learn who murdered her husband Dr. Tom Brandt four years ago although she knows the case is cold as so much time has elapsed. Back when Tom was killed, the police refused to investigate because they only handled cases when they were paid to do so. However, with Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt¿s approval, Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy has conducted some inquiries mostly because he is attracted to Sarah and admires her courage and intelligence she has worked with him on his investigations.------------- Frank visits Sarah to allegedly update her on his investigation, but he knows he just wants to see her even with her two ¿chaperones¿, her ¿adopted¿ daughter Catherine and teenage nanny Maeve Smith. He thinks the motive has to do with Dr. Brandt treating young women but hides the fact that one of their fathers believes the saintly doctor seduced his offspring he probably killed Tom in a rage. He fears his progress will emotionally hurt Sarah, who has the late Tom standing on a pedestal and devastate his hopes for a romantic relationship with her. However, he also knows if she learns the truth from another source, he will be kicked to the curb.--------------- Fans of the Gaslight Mystery series have waited a long time to learn who killed Dr. Tom and why MURDER ON BANK STREET answers these questions and much more as readers will agree the wait was worth it. The story line is fast-paced especially the last quarter while also providing insight to 1890s New York. Fascinatingly Maeve plays a much greater role in this novel and brings youthful freshness to the mix. A terrific entry, fans will want to know if Frank solves the case as to who and why and if so will he tell Sarah.------------- Harriet Klausner
NUmom More than 1 year ago
I've been working on reading this series and this is number 10. I'm currently reading number 14 so I can get to the 16th which was released in May, 2014. You can enjoy any one of these novels by themselves BUT I have really enjoyed the background stories that you get from reading them in order! If you like historical fiction (lots of well researched tidbits) and crime and mystery, this series set in 1897 NYC is for you! These are quick reads and I find myself wanting to do nothing but reading and getting my hands on the next one!
reader53CD More than 1 year ago
Thompson makes each book in the series fresh, yet she slowly tells the tale of two unlikely lovers. You need to read and find out how Frank grows to feel worthy of Sarah and how Sarah realizes he is the man for her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love her books.
Exotic_TeaLady More than 1 year ago
I have read all entries in Ms. Thompson's gaslight series and this one is right up to par. Even though it took 10 installments, we finally discover who killed Sarah Brandt's beloved Tom and I have to admit the killer and motive did not disappoint. The storyline was heartbreaking in more than one way. And the introduction of Maeve as an investigator was refreshing. Is it possible she may get a series of her own?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sarah Brandt, Malloy, her neighbors, and her wealthy family during the late 1800's make for VERY interesting and enjoyable mysteries. I am completely hooked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this latest in the series of a middle wife and policeman set in the Teddy Rosevelt era. Fast reading but should start with first in series.
Kathy89 on LibraryThing 21 days ago
I love this series! This book has Malloy working to solve the murder of Sarah's husband. It's a difficult case since Dr. Brandt was killed 4 years previously. As the investigation moves along, bits and pieces about the cases that Dr. Brandt come out and that he was taking advantage of the women that he treated. Mr. Decker helps Malloy by hiring Pinkerton investigators and Maeve strikes out to help in the investigation by getting hired as a nanny in the home of one of victimized women. Sara doesn't believe the information that is coming out of the investigation and swears it's all lies.
SBates on LibraryThing 27 days ago
This was one of my favorites so far.
Anntstobbs on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Sarah is not as involved in this book as in others. The story revolves around Frank Mallory trying to find out who murdered Sarah's husband 4 years earlier. The mystery is solved in part by Sarah's ward, Meave, who gets a position as the governess in the home of one of the suspects. The romance between Frank and Sarah is also beginning to blossom. A good read.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing 27 days ago
It's been over 4 years Sarah Brandt's husband Tom was murdered. Detective Malloy decides to reopen the case before Roosevelt accepts an appointment in Washington. An eye witness has told him that the father of one of Brandt's patients murdered him with a silver-headed cane. Malloy accepts help from a couple of Pinkerton detectives on his terms. Sarah mainly sits on the sidelines, but Maeve, the girl from the mission who helps her care for Catherine decides that she wants to join the investigation. I really enjoy this series. While I missed the involvement of Sarah in the investigation, it was fitting that she should not be in this one. While I don't think it's my series favorite, I did like having the mystery surrounding Tom Brandt's death resolved. A fun and enjoyable read!
delphimo on LibraryThing 27 days ago
This story is very compelling, and stirs the emotions. The Gaslight series set in New York in the 1890's centers on the midwife, Sarah Brandt. This installment does not feature a new murder, but on the past murder of Dr Tom Brandt, Sarah's husband. Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy has been asked by Sarah's father, Felix Decker, and Teddy Roosevelt to investigate the murder. Malloy involves two Pinkerton detectives in his search, and one of the detectives is a female. Mauve, Sarah's ward, also jumps into the investigation. Malloy has narrowed the search to four men. In this quest for a murderer, Thompson explores the unbalanced mind of females in the "Old Maid's" illness where the female becomes fixated on a male and turns to stalking. As usual, Thompson presents this dilemma well. The ending disturbed me. Two of the criminals are sent to prison, but both are ill or injured. Neither will be charged with their crimes, instead justice will prevail when the criminals die from disease or starvation.
corglacier7 on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Ever since "Murder on Astor Place", the first book in the Gaslight Mysteries, readers have been left wondering what exactly happened to Dr. Thomas Brandt, the beloved husband of protagonist Sarah Brandt. Subsequent books in the series have slowly built towards discovering the reality of his death--and that it's no senseless street murder as Sarah had believed for years.Frank Malloy's taken the case for Sarah's sake, out of gratitude and out of love, and for the past several books we've seen him slowly closing in on some answers, all the while dreading what he might discover. Was Tom Brandt as good a man as Sarah thinks? Will his digging in the case hurt her more than it helps, and what will a woman he cares for think of him if he turns all her precious memories to dust? That question is finally answered here, and without resorting to a nice, neat solution that doesn't touch anyone enough to matter. Closure is found and healing can begin, but it's not without pain and grief.With this series, the cases are usually interesting, the historical detail and perspective well-drawn. "Bank Street" is no exception, with a satisfying mystery and a great sense of a bygone time and place, and the ideals and views that made life, death, and crime so very different in some ways from the modern era, all while highlighting that some things have never changed. There's no simple black-hearted criminal mastermind here; the motive and reasoning behind the crime is painfully understandable. The killer, and many around him, are well qualified as victims in their own right, and it seems only fitting that something so personal and affecting to a main character should get a realistic answer that's more than a glib solution with a cackling villain.The richness of character is one thing that really shines, though. While the mysteries are a wonderful read, it's the story of Frank and Sarah in particular that keeps us coming back for more. We care about Sarah, who really hasn't gotten over the death of Tom yet. We care about Frank, finally coming to terms with losing his wife, Kathleen, and his deaf son Brian, whose future seems so much brighter than when we first met him. They've come a long way from being the common, rude Irish copper and snooty woman-butchering midwife they thought each other on their first meeting. In a way, Tom Brandt's fate was a plot arc that (along with the progress of Brian) has given the series a solid backbone that makes it more than just one self-contained procedural after another. With the final solution of the case in this volume, it opens up a lot of potential for subsequent entries to continue other character threads, and possibly present new ones. Tom's unresolved death is something that's been keeping their romance a little distant, so with some closure there, it'll be interesting to see how Frank and Sarah relate in the next book.
Romonko on LibraryThing 27 days ago
This 10th entry in Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Series is indeed a winner. I have noted how each book in the series seems to get stronger and this is no exception. We also get a resolution to Sarah Brandt's husband's murder which occurred three or four years before the timing of the first book in the series. We also get a keen insight into Sarah's nursemaid Maeve and her intelligence and quickness. We learn that she is a girl that is used to living by her wits, and this stands her in good stead when she offers to help Malloy and Sarah track down the killer of Sarah's husband. I love the way these characters are developing, and I love the stories. The plots are tight and very fast-moving. I truly look forward to the next book in this series.
mandolin on LibraryThing 27 days ago
With Malloy and Maeve's help, Sarah is finally able to get the answers she's been seeking about her husband's murder. She struggles with wanting to know the truth, or being afraid that she might find out that her husband wasn't who she thought he was. By the book's end, all is revealed, for better or worse. Another winner in this series from Victoria Thompson.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Regular readers of Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mysteries have been wondering for years if we would ever learn who murdered Dr. Tom Brandt, the husband of midwife Sarah Brandt. The wait is over! Police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt has given permission for Detective Frank Malloy to investigate this 4-year-old case. Even though the case is cold, Malloy feels an urgent need to solve it quickly. Roosevelt seems destined to become a part of the new McKinley administration, and as soon as Roosevelt leaves the police force, Malloy will have to resume his regular duties. Since he is racing against the clock, Malloy reluctantly accepts assistance from a couple of detectives from the Pinkerton agency.This book is very different from the others in the series. Sarah is on the sidelines rather than in the middle of the investigation. The ending seems rushed and somewhat awkward, perhaps because it is a departure from the usual formula for this series. I would recommend that those new to the series read several of the previous novels in the series before picking up this one, especially Murder on Lenox Hill. The suspense surrounding Tom Brandt's unsolved murder has been building throughout the series, and readers need to experience some of the build-up in order to fully appreciate its resolution. It's really a 3 1/2 star book, but I'm giving it 4 stars just because I'm happy that the case has finally been solved!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept you in suspense through out the book all the way to the end
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A new series for me and a nice surprise .
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