Murder on Marble Row (Gaslight Mystery Series #6)

Murder on Marble Row (Gaslight Mystery Series #6)

by Victoria Thompson

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ISBN-13: 9780425198704
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Series: Gaslight Mystery Series , #6
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 84,098
Product dimensions: 6.74(w) x 4.12(h) x 0.87(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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"Cleverly plotted...plenty of convincing period detail."—Publishers Weekly

"An excellent historical mystery."—Best Reviews

"An entertaining mix of history and mystery."—Booklist

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Murder on Marble Row (Gaslight Series #6) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Fraktal More than 1 year ago
Victoria Thompson has done it again with another installment of her Gaslight mystery series. We continue to follow the unlikely detective duo of Frank Malloy and Sarah Brandt as one of the wealthiest men in the city is killed by a bomb. Teddy Roosevelt, who makes a cameo appearance in this novel for the first time, personally assigns Frank to find out whether "anarchists" -- the terrorists of the 1890s -- are behind it, and Frank finds himself caught up in the intrigue of the wealthy Van Dyke family. Only Sarah Brandt and her parents can help him solve the case, as they know better than he does how to navigate the social circles of New York's upper crust. This was a good mystery. Victoria Thompson kept me guessing about the killer. I intuited the solution early, but then dismissed it as new, confounding evidence came to light, and I absolutely didn't expect the ending to work out the way it did. All the clues are there, like a good Agatha Christie novel, but you have to read carefully to figure it all out. The returning characters are a treat in this series. I've always liked Frank and Sarah but I've grown quite fond of Mrs Decker (Sarah's mother) as well. If you like a good period piece or a good mystery -- or if, like me, you like both -- I can highly recommend this novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up the first in the series that the publishers are calling, 'Gaslight Mysteries' on a whim and now I find myself hooked. I just finished the 6th in the series and can't wait to read the next one. The plots are clever and well thought out, but it is the setting, New York in 1896, and the wonderfully drawn characters that make the books 'must reads.' Start with book one, MURDER ON ASTOR PLACE and read them in order to get the most enjoyment from them. I think you will find them to be delightful page turners and well worth your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author is extremely good at drawing you into the early 1900 an the life style back at that time. Her characters are very good and it is great how she brings the real history for that time period into her story. I recommend this book to any one who likes reading period mysteries.
angela37 More than 1 year ago
In her Gaslight Mystery Series, author Victoria Thompson has a wonderful gift as a writer. Starting with MURDER ON ASTOR PLACE, the first in the series, Victoria Thompson combines an interesting as well as historical look at life in New York City in the late 1990's, as the main characters solve, against all odds, difficult murder crimes. Of course, the relationship between the main characters..Midwife Sarah Brandt, who's family is one of the socially prominent elite of New York City and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy of NYPD makes one look forward to the next book in the series. Everyone that I have recommended this mystery series to seems to feel the same way about the series. Highly recommend this WONDERFUL historical mystery series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy all of the books in this series and can't wait for the next one. I especially find interesting the details of life in the urban community of New York City during the days of Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt. I do wish the romance between the two lead characters would progress. Yet, it is probably more realistic to show how the social norms of the day would have not made this romance acceptable. Excellent character development. Plot moves along well and there is always the unexpected twist. Good reading.
denverbroncosgirl More than 1 year ago
What a great read! Interesting, entertaining, descriptive, loved the style. Great characters, great story line. This was my first Victoria Thompson novel & I will definitely be reading more! Awesome book cover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sarah Brandt is a midwife in New York City at the turn of the century. An explosion kills Gregory Van Dyke, a wealthy industrialist, in his office. Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt wants Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to find the anarchists he believes are responsible. When Malloy arrives at the Van Dyke home, he finds Sarah and her mother paying condolence calls on them. He doesn¿t want her to know his true feelings and he doesn¿t want her to get involved in this investigation. This is hard to do since she can talk to them in ways he can¿t. Creighton Van Dyke, Gregory¿s eldest son, is living with anarchists and his step-mother quickly blames him. Only his sister, Alberta, believes he is innocent. The other son, Tad, worked in his father¿s business and was present during the explosion. Unfortunately he found what was left of his father. Malloy must find Creighton. Sarah got the information from Alberta but won¿t tell him where he is, she must show him. Malloy is not happy, but lets her go along. Sarah¿s mother has never been supportive of the work Sarah does, but she goes along with Sarah when she goes to the Lower East Side while investigating. I normally don¿t like books set back in time, but this series has really captured my attention. Ms. Thompson has recreated New York so realistically. It really comes alive for me. It¿s hard to believe people once lived like this and that the police treated people like this. I find it to be a wake-up call and make me appreciate all we have. The characters are constructed so well. They seem so life-like. I like the friendship but yet tension between Mallow and Sarah. I do hope that some day they will get together. Only the author knows! I think if you give this series a try, you¿ll like it. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most recent release in Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mystery series and it's sure not to disappoint her loyal fans. I read her first book, Murder on Astor Place 10 days ago and was hooked. I've read all of the books in the series in the past week and they are the perfect summertime reading. The author's knowledge of the historical time period transports the reader to such an extent that it's almost a surprise to find oneself reading on the subway instead of the El. Ms. Thompson paints a portrait of a similar city in a different century without imbuing her tale with the dust of history. The narrative is spellbinding and the plot twists are so seductive I can't imagine anyone putting the book down till they've reached the end. However, I would recommend that someone who is interested in this book begin by reading Murder on Astor Place, Murder on St. Mark's Place, Murder on Grammercy Place & Murder on Mulberry Bend-- this book can stand on its own, but the reader will find it a much more pleasurable experience if she/he knows the history of the main characters. But either way, anyone looking for a completely engrossing tale needs search no further than Murder on Marble Row.
Kathy89 on LibraryThing 27 days ago
I really like this series and reading about a time when the courtesies between the sexes were forefront . Detective Malloy is called to investigate the murder of a wealthy businessman and friend of Sarah Brandt's family. The family believes the bomb was the work of the oldest brother's anarchists friends. There's more background information in this book about Frank's personal life and the introduction of Sarah's mother, Mrs. Decker, to Frank. Surprise ending.
delphimo on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Teddy Roosevelt selects Frank Mallory to investigate and solve the death of a wealthy New Yorker. A bomb detonated in his office kills the man, Gregory Van Dyke. Of course, Sarah Brandt must assist Mallory since Sarah knows the families and can ask questions that Mallory cannot ask. Mallory is also investigating the murder of Sarah's husband, Tom Brandt. Mallory believes that Sarah's father, Felix Decker, is responsible for Tom Brandt's death. Thompson shows the confines of society, especially for women. As usual, Thompson throws into the story, many historic episodes such as anarchist, Emma Goldman, the use of bombs, medical advances, and the plight of the poor. In this novel, Sarah is trying to make a decision about the young girl, Aggie.
lgondelman on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Once again Sarah and Frank are thrown together to solve a murder. This time Frank is investigating by special request of Teddy (Roosevelt that is). When a wealthy friend of the family is murdered, it's up to Sarah and Frank to figure out who is responsible. Is it the prodigal son who left the home? The daughter who is secretly pregnant? The younger wife who cheated? Or none of the above? Ms. Thompson does a terrific job of making you feel like you're right there in 19th Century New York with Sarah, Frank and the rest of the regular characters. I've always been a huge fan of this series and I think this is the best one to date. A+
Carstairs38 7 months ago
When a bomb goes off in the office of millionaire Gregory Van Dyke, everyone assumes it is anarchists. Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy is assigned to the case at the specific request of Felix Decker, Sarah Brandt's father. Frank fears this means he is being set up for failure. Meanwhile, Sarah worms her way into the investigation thanks to her friendship with the Van Dyke family. Are anarchists really behind it? If not, who set the bomb? Once again, we have a wonderfully plotted mystery. I was usually only one or two pages ahead of Frank and Sarah as they pieced everything together, and I was surprised once they figured everything out. The characters are strong as always, with both the series regulars and new characters coming across as real. Sarah's mother plays a larger role in what happens here, and I really enjoyed her scenes. There was always something happening, and I had a hard time putting it down. In fact, I decided to stay up late to finish the book. I just didn't want to put the last 60 pages off until the next day.
Kathlingram More than 1 year ago
"In turn-of-the-century New York City midwife Sarah Brandt is again helping police Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy. This time, an arsonist is presumed to have murdered a wealthy industrialist in an explosion." 5 stars and down to just a two books of this series. One is available to me on digital loan and one is not out yet. I am hoping the publisher lets me have it and have messaged them. Book #6 has a lot going for it, Sarah and Frank end up closer than they were and it is quite an unusual sequence of events. It begins when Teddy Roosevelt, Police Commissioner, contacts Malloy to investigate a murder committed with a bomb on a wealthy society member. The victim, well known to known to the Deckers and is assumed to be "Anarchists" that committed the murder because a bomb was used. The son of the victim, Creighton Van Dyke, had left his father's home and his employ, because of serious philosophical class differences. In fact he was currently living in a common law relationship with Katya, an immigrant who had ties to this criminal element.One murder led to another but happily eventually it resolves that the deceased died partly because of their own efforts or actions. Sarah's parents both get involved in this situation and give advice and seem to begin to approve of Frank and Sarah's budding relationship with him. Additionally in this happier ending Frank's little boy Brian is to attend school for the deaf and Sarah and little "Aggie" will be visiting him at his home. A very fine read and a strong historical precedent for this type of murder
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