Murder on Lenox Hill (Gaslight Mystery Series #7)

Murder on Lenox Hill (Gaslight Mystery Series #7)

by Victoria Thompson

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ISBN-13: 9780425206102
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/06/2006
Series: Gaslight Mystery Series , #7
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 73,438
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.80(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 on Lenox Hill] grabs one’s interest early, especially since the crimes seem so unsolvable.”—The Washington Times

“A master of the period mystery.”—Publishers Weekly

“Ms. Thompson is skilled at dialogue…and this dialogue moves the book along quickly.”
The Washington Times

“Entertaining and well-written. The pace is very fast and the mystery is particularly rewarding.”—Roundtable Reviews


Ransom Notes Interview with Victoria Thompson

Victoria Thompson: I've always loved history -- not studying it in school but learning about things that happened long ago and the people who lived then. What always amazes me is how little people have changed since the beginning of time. The technology has changed drastically, but human nature remains stubbornly the same no matter what century it is.

Ransom Notes: What made you choose the turn-of-the-century New York City setting for your Gaslight mysteries?

VT: My daughter chose to attend New York University in Greenwich Village because of their highly regarded performing arts program. While she was living just a few blocks from Washington Square, I stopped in Barnes & Noble's store in the Village to pick up books on the history of New York to read for fun. I'm not making this up! I was already doing my research before I ever dreamed of writing the series!

The turn of the last century is a particularly interesting time, because the issues people were confronting then are the same ones we're still dealing with-the dangers of looking for Mr. Right, stalkers, middle-class drug abuse, the media's abuse of power, and domestic terrorism, just to name a few.

Murder on Marble Row was inspired by a front-page news story in The New York Times in October 1896. A businessman went to his office one morning, and a bomb that had been concealed there exploded, killing him. Everyone immediately suspected anarchists, but the police failed to properly investigate, so the crime was never solved. I realized this same story could have appeared in today's newspaper, so it seemed a perfect theme for my book.

Murder on Lenox Hill hinges on equally timeless issues, from simple-minded Grace Linton's pregnancy to the church-related scandal that follows, and of course the mental-health aspects of the investigation into those crimes as well as into the death of Sarah's husband.

RN: What made you decide to use young people as a major focus of the crimes in Murder on Lenox Hill?

VT: The most horrible crimes are those perpetrated against the most innocent among us. Even worse is when someone uses a position of power and trust to violate those innocents. I wanted to examine this issue more closely in Murder on Lenox Hill.

RN: Can you tell us anything about your future plans for the Gaslight mystery series?

VT: When author Catherine Coulter gave me a cover quote for the series, I had to promise that Frank and Sarah would eventually be together. I must keep that promise but, fortunately, Catherine didn't set a deadline! We're now getting very close to solving Dr. Brandt's murder. The next book in the series is set in Little Italy, and it's almost finished.

I love to hear from readers. Please email me through my web site, I will put you on my email list and send a notice when the new book is released.

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Murder on Lenox Hill (Gaslight Series #7) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Fraktal More than 1 year ago
I've now read all of the first seven Gaslight Mystery novels, and this one is by far my favorite. The setting is once again the 1890s, shortly after the election of President McKinley, and the stars are Frank Malloy and Sarah Brandt. There are three mysteries being investigated in this novel -- the murder in its title, the rape of a retarded teenage girl, and the "cold case" murder of Sarah's husband. The investigations into these crimes aren't necessarily related, yet the story is woven together masterfully, creating a seamless and enjoyable novel. I particularly like how Victoria Thompson has slowly advanced the charming and wonderful relationship between Sarah and Frank, and I particularly appreciate their love of children. This book takes a lot of dramatic twists and turns. None of the solutions turned out the way I expected. If you enjoy historical novels or Agatha Christie style mysteries, this is definitely one for the bookshelf (or in these days, the Nook).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While Victoria Thompson will never reach the status of Anne Perry, her Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy interactions are always both humorous and intriguing. Lenox Hill is a puzzling story and keeps the reader wondering until the very end. Fun read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sarah Brandt is a midwife working in the tenements of New York around the turn of the 20th Century. She often helps her friend Detective Sergeant Malloy with cases. She is summoned by the wealthy Lintons to their home. Their teenaged daughter, Grace, is mentally still a child. Sarah confirms their fear that she is expecting. Since she is never left alone, no one can figure out who the father could be. Sarah does her best trying to determine who it might be, but to no avail. She asks Malloy to help. He is reluctant to do, but he does in the end. The only place Grace goes is to church. So, Malloy and Sarah both begin to investigate whether it could have happened at the church. Sarah begins to get to know quite a few people, including Mrs. Upchurch, the Reverend¿s wife. She doesn¿t have many friends. Matter of fact, her husband tells people that she is unbalanced. But Mrs. Upchurch begins to confide in Sarah. Sarah and Malloy begin to investigate deeper based on some information from Mrs. Upchurch. But can they trust the information she has given them? They do know something isn¿t right at the church. When the Reverend falls dead during a service, things begin to really get going. Sarah and Malloy have their work cut out for them. Can they figure out who is guilty of murder and who took advantage of Grace? I really enjoy this series. Sarah and Malloy are great characters. Aggie that Sarah has taken in is really adding to the storyline as well. I normally don¿t like historical mysteries, but I am really enjoying this time-period. I highly recommend this new book in this terrific series. Due to some of the subject matter, it made me wary of reading it. But the author handled it very well. And if you haven¿t read the previous books in this series, I recommend you do.
Anntstobbs on LibraryThing 27 days ago
I love the Gaslight series. In this story, Sarah Brandt is called on to examine a young girl who is mentally challenged. She finds out that the girl is pregnant but her parents insist that she is never alone. Her investigation brings her in contact, once again, with Detective Frank Malloy. When she attends church services with the young girl's family, she finds the answers she seeks to part of the mystery but not all. The minister is guilty of inappropriate behavior but not with the young girls in his congregation, the boys. When the minister is poisoned, more questions arise.
lgondelman on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Sarah Brandt is a midwife to the poor. So imagine her surprise when she gets called to the home of the Linton's in the affluent section of Lenox Hill. She can't image what it is they want to see her for. Soon enough she finds out that their impaired daughter is pregnant - and they have no clue how it could happen. She is never out of their sight. With their permission, Sarah contacts Frank and together they try and find out how this young girl became in the family way. Little did they know the horrible truth they would come to find out about a beloved minister. What turns into a case of rape quickly becomes a quest to find a murderer. Once again the tension exists between Sarah & Frank. Frank's mother still can't stand Sarah. He also continues on in search of Sarah's husbands killer. Brian has entered a school for the deaf and is learning sign language. And Sarah has "adopted" Aggie from the mission as well as hired Maeve as her nanny. I love this series. I enjoy watching the characters grow as the story progresses and hope one day Sarah and Frank can find their way to one another :)
ugagirl on LibraryThing 27 days ago
I hated this book. It started out promising, but I quickly guessed the plot, which I found disturbing. I was disappointed because I was hoping to have found a new mystery series. Perhaps I should try another from her.
Kathy89 on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Widowed mid-wife and policeman friend investigate the pregnancy of 15 yr old wealthy sheltered mentally challenged girl. This leads them to a church run by a morally corrupt minister who has fooled his congregation. Interesting characterization between the two main characters. I've become a fan of these period genteel murder mysteries.
delphimo on LibraryThing 27 days ago
The story begins with Sarah determining that a 17-year old girl is pregnant. The mystery rests in how this could have happened, as the girl is "simple-minded" and always under the scrutiny of her parents. The mystery leads to the minister of the local church as even Frank Mallory assists Sarah in her search for the father of the baby. Frank is still investigating the death of Sarah's husband, Tom Brandt. Frank¿s search leads him to the new field of psychology and Dr. Freud. Dr. Brandt was studying four women diagnosed with hysteria. The medical discussion in the book is interesting when compared to what is known today. I feel that the characters could have been better developed, and missed the meddling hands of Mrs. Ellsworth.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Victoria Thompson has become one of my favorite series writers. This installment in her series with Sarah Brandt and Det. Sgt. Frank Malloy finds Sarah trying to find the person responsible for impregnating a mentally challenged young woman while Frank is trying to find the person responsible for killing Sarah's husband. The second mystery will be stretched over at least another book, but the mystery of the girl's pregnancy is uncovered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Lindamysteries More than 1 year ago
Sarah gets involved in yet another adventure -- this time her high society friends are in trouble. Believe it or not, Sarah's mother helps the investigation. Frank Malloy tries to keep his distance from Sarah, but gets drawn into the case anyway.
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The characters are fascinatingly interwoven in this nineteenth century drama. This is the second in this series that Ive read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all in this series and have enjoyed them all. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys the historical mystery. I look forward to reading 'Murder in Little Italy' - the newest in this series.