Murder on Union Square (Gaslight Mystery Series #21)

Murder on Union Square (Gaslight Mystery Series #21)

by Victoria Thompson

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ISBN-13: 9780399586606
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Series: Gaslight Mystery Series , #21
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 32,260
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Victoria Thompson is the Edgar® and Agatha award-nominated author of the Gaslight mysteries--including Murder in the Bowery, Murder in Morningside Heights, Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue, and Murder on Amsterdam Avenue--as well as numerous historical novels. She lives in the Chicago area with her family.

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Murder on Union Square 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointed in the number of times we went over and over who might have done it vice having the usual ongoing fast paced story. Not up to par with previous books. Wasn't least surprised about who did it!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Never disappointed. Another enjoyable book.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I love this series and this was my favorite one for a long time. All of my favorite characters were back in this installment. I love Sarah and Frank but it is great to have the minor characters also. I did not want to put this book down. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I received a copy of this book from Firsttoread for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read.
MonnieR More than 1 year ago
It took me a while to get into this book, mostly because I haven't read any others in the series (and since there have been more than 20, clearly I've missed a lot) and also because for whatever reason I didn't realize that it's a turn-of-the-century setting. Once I figured that out, though, the dialog and interactions among the characters made total sense; from then on, reading it was quite an enjoyable experience. At the beginning, New York married couple Sarah (nee Brandt) and Frank Malloy (she a midwife and he a private detective) are hoping to adopt Catherine, a child Sarah apparently has been raising (how that came to be was, I suppose, the subject of an earlier book). They learn that the man Catherine's mother was married to isn't her birth father; and under the law, only the real father has parental rights and can sign over his daughter to the Malloys. Turns out he's Parnell Vaughn, an actor in a small, independent theater company, and he's more than willing to give up the child he neither knew nor wants anything to do with. His actress fiancee, though, isn't about to let him give something for nothing; ante up, she demands, or she'll put the kabosh on the deal. Even though the real dad doesn't care about the money and such payments are illegal, Frank agrees; but when he returns to the theater with cash in hand, he finds that Parnell has been brutally murdered. Worse, since Frank gets covered with Parnell's blood when he inspected the body and nobody else seems to be around, Frank becomes the No. 1 suspect. Needless to say, he didn't do it - so he and his partner Gino, with help from Sarah, set out to prove his innocence. There's no shortage of other suspects, including the aforementioned fiancee, a long-in-the-tooth actress who refuses to give up ingenue roles and act her age, her producer husband who would do anything to keep her happy and an agent who may have motives that are not in his clients' best interests. Helping to sort things out is Serafina, another character from an earlier book or books; as a medium, she just may be able to conjure up insights that will help get to the truth. The action moves along quickly (although it does get a bit bogged down here and there by too-lengthy "what if" discussions among the characters). The writing is interesting and true to the period, and once in a while there's a touch of humor. The only thing I was never able to figure out, though, is why Frank is referred to by his first name in some instances and his last name in others (for a while, I actually thought they were two different people). Still, I'm happy to find this series, a delightful combination of historical fiction and murder mystery. For sure, I'll be watching for the next installment. Meantime, I thank the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read an advance review copy.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Victoria Thompson’s Murder on Union Square This is a creatively, complex and thought provoking historical fiction cozy mystery. This book takes the reader in the theater during this time period. You will meet the cast of well crafted actors and actresses. You will meet managers and learn of the syndicate of the acting world at that time. All the characters are well rounded, well developed, three dimensional and interesting characters. Murders, dark secrets, affairs, ghosts, danger, false arrest, adoption laws, adoption papers all combine to make an interesting read. Sarah Brandt Malloy is midwife and Frank Malloy is a retired policeman who does private investigating. Maeve Smith is cares for their children and Frank's mother helps her. Maeve also is runs the supervision of the clinic’s refurbishment. Maeve along with Gino Donatelli, a former policeman who worked with Frank are part of Frank private investigation service. In the process of Sarah and Frank adoption of the child Sarah saved and has been raising, there is a hitch. At he time of Catherine’s birth, her birth mother was not married to the birth father but was legally married to an actor. Although the birth mother is dead, her husband the actor is living and legally considered the father. The adoption can only take place if he signs the adoption papers. Frank takes the papers to the theater for the actor who agreed to sign them. What a shock to discover the actor dead in his dressing room!! What a shock to have another cast member accuse Frank of the murder!! What a tragedy that Frank is arrested for murder!! The story was intriguing with deceit, a second murder, a seance, thrills, chills and who can you believe problem. This is book # 21 in the Gaslight Mystery series. It can be read as a stand alone. I volunteered to read Murder at Union Square. Thanks to the Penguin First-to-Read Program got the opportunity. My opinion is my own.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Victoria Thompson’s Murder on Union Square This is a creatively, complex and thought provoking historical fiction cozy mystery. This book takes the reader in the theater during this time period. You will meet the cast of well crafted actors and actresses. You will meet managers and learn of the syndicate of the acting world at that time. All the characters are well rounded, well developed, three dimensional and interesting characters. Murders, dark secrets, affairs, ghosts, danger, false arrest, adoption laws, adoption papers all combine to make an interesting read. Sarah Brandt Malloy is midwife and Frank Malloy is a retired policeman who does private investigating. Maeve Smith is cares for their children and Frank's mother helps her. Maeve also is runs the supervision of the clinic’s refurbishment. Maeve along with Gino Donatelli, a former policeman who worked with Frank are part of Frank private investigation service. In the process of Sarah and Frank adoption of the child Sarah saved and has been raising, there is a hitch. At he time of Catherine’s birth, her birth mother was not married to the birth father but was legally married to an actor. Although the birth mother is dead, her husband the actor is living and legally considered the father. The adoption can only take place if he signs the adoption papers. Frank takes the papers to the theater for the actor who agreed to sign them. What a shock to discover the actor dead in his dressing room!! What a shock to have another cast member accuse Frank of the murder!! What a tragedy that Frank is arrested for murder!! The story was intriguing with deceit, a second murder, a seance, thrills, chills and who can you believe problem. This is book # 21 in the Gaslight Mystery series. It can be read as a stand alone. I volunteered to read Murder at Union Square. Thanks to the Penguin First-to-Read Program got the opportunity. My opinion is my own.