Murder on Sisters' Row (Gaslight Mystery Series #13)

Murder on Sisters' Row (Gaslight Mystery Series #13)

by Victoria Thompson

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Midwife Sarah Brandt braves the dangers of the tenements in nineteenth-century New York to help the impoverished and, with Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, bring the guilty that prey on them to justice. Now, the latest novel in the Edgar®-nominated series finds Sarah compelled to save an expectant mother from a fate worse than death…

Summoned to an elegant house to deliver a baby, Sarah finds her patient is actually in a brothel. The young woman in labor reveals she is being held against her will and forced to prostitute herself—and that the madam intends to get rid of the baby.  

To rescue the new mother and her infant, Sarah secures the assistance of Mrs. Vivian Van Orner, a woman of means known for her charitable work. But their success comes at a high price when Mrs.Van Orner is found murdered.

With Malloy’s help, Sarah’s investigation uncovers some unpleasant truths about the victim and her charity—as well as the woman and child Sarah risked her own life to save…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425248003
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Series: Gaslight Mystery Series , #13
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 126,597
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(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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“A cleverly written Victorian mystery with a bombshell ending.”—Fresh Fiction

“Enjoyable.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Engaging…A wonderful read.”—Genre Go Round Reviews

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Murder on Sisters' Row (Gaslight Series #13) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Jay-Fer More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Gaslight books as soon as they came out, and re-read each before the release of the next. In the earlier books there was mystery, usually enough to keep one interested to the end or very near. In the later books, however, with the drama of the murder of Sarah's husband no longer looming, the series has lost something. This latest book does not offer much in the way of mystery; just pay attention to the character interaction and you're there. Further, the bit of romantic tension (these characters are far too proper to call it sexual tension) between Sarah and Malloy has all but dissipated. Being an honorable sort, Malloy would have long ago declared himself or gone away to leave Sarah to a more suitable match. The series needs an infusion of plot twists and character developments to remain interesting.
rockymtnwoman More than 1 year ago
Every book in the series is a great mystery. Can't wait for #14.
Romonko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I too used to enjoy this series, but nothing seems to change from book to book. I found the plot for this book tiresome and it was easy to figure out who the killer actually was. That tells me that this series is getting too predictable. The characters don't seem to grow and change much either. I love the idea of this series, late 1800's in New York City. You can't get much more potential for history than that, but I find that the era isn't ever expanded on. I would love to know more human interest stories from this era and from this place, but I never seem to get any. They even seem to converse like present-day people, and I'm sure that that is not authentic either. I love historical mysteries for the insight that they give me into the era in which the story was written, but these books do not offer much insight at all. I still like the characters, so hope that Ms. Thompson can do something more with them.
QuiltVA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have been enjoying this series over the last few years. This latest volume is good!
delphimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Victoria Thompson settles on the plight of women during the late 1890's in New York. A workingwoman needed to be single and needed to be living with her parents and giving her wages to her parents. An honest job might consist of working in a sweatshop for extremely low wages. But life as a prostitute in an established house allowed better wages and a better lifestyle. The story also comments on the plight of the married woman, especially the wealthy woman. The story revolves around a young "mistress" and the death of the woman who rescues the mistress. Again, Thompson points to the work of the police department. Rich people could pay for justice, but poor people suffered. If a criminal were a rich individual, justice would be ignored. An interesting look at early American justice.
Beamis12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love the historical elements to her mysteries. They are always easy to read but intersting, this one highlighted the plight of the many woman who had to survive by themselves and the many who turned to prostitution.
Kathy89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Sarah and Frank! She promises him she won't be involved in anymore of his cases and, of course, it happens again. Sarah delivers a baby to a prostitute in a brothel who begs for help in escaping. Sarah can't refuse and enlists the aid of a woman who runs a charity that helps "fallen women." She's murdered and the prostitute disappears and the case begins.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books in this series and I can't wait til the next one. The only fault is once I start I can't put it down.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a GREAT, fast, fun, well-plotted, well-written read! It always amazes me the trouble Sarah can get herself and her family and neighbors into with so many babies she delivers! I have yet to read one of this author’s Gaslight Mysteries that hasn’t been entertaining! I would recommend to anyone enjoy mysteries, good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book, very interesting and never got bored. I Hope he writes another book sometime.
marinemomPR More than 1 year ago
I love these mysteries! I've read the whole series. I'm waiting for the next enstallment.
c-39 More than 1 year ago
I so really enjoy the series. It brings the early 1900's to life.
omniverousreader More than 1 year ago
Interesting book. Different twists in the plot. Will read more by this author.
TexasGrandmaKK More than 1 year ago
Victoria Thompson did not disappoint me in Sarah Brandt's latest adventure. Twists and turns kept me guessing about the villain. As always Sarah was constantly on the edge of danger with Frank waiting in the wings to protect her!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best murder series I have ever read. Can't put it down and cannot wait for the next one in the series. I have read all of them up to #15. These books are page turners.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable series that manages to be comfortable & familiar in it's characters, yet still maintains a mystery with a not-usual suspect.
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