Murder on Washington Square (Gaslight Mystery Series #4)

Murder on Washington Square (Gaslight Mystery Series #4)

by Victoria Thompson

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ISBN-13: 9780425184301
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/02/2002
Series: Gaslight Mystery Series , #4
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 94,687
Product dimensions: 4.20(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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Murder on Washington Square (Gaslight Series #4) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Fraktal More than 1 year ago
Victoria Thompson has once again written a solid mystery novel set in the 1890s. This book is the fourth in the "Gaslight Mystery" series, and it follows on the tradition of those books. The charmingly sweet romance that has been slowly forming between Detective Malloy and Sarah Brandt moves ahead ever so slowly, in painstaking increments that are extremely enjoyable to read. Meanwhile Sarah again becomes involved in a murder case, and continues to assist Malloy as he investigates the death of a young woman in Washington Square, New York. The novel is well written and the pacing is excellent. The clues are all there for you to find, and I thought perhaps in this one it was a little more obvious than the previous three. I guessed who the murderer was about halfway through, although there was one twist that I didn't cotton onto until a bit farther along. I always enjoy when I can figure out at least part of the solution before the protagonist does, and I was able to here. Nevertheless I kept reading because the story was interesting and I particularly wanted to see what happened to the permanent characters -- Sarah, Malloy, and Sarah's neighbors, the Ellsworths. I've now read the first four books in this series, and I certainly plan to continue. Thompson is a good writer, and I enjoy the setting and time period. She's managed to make me like the main characters very much, especially dear Mrs. Ellsworth. If you enjoy a good mystery or a good period piece, I can recommend this novel. It's well worth a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best series I've ever had the pleasure to read. So refreshing to find a really good mystery, with tallented writing and no SMUT whatsoever. Bravo Ms. Thompson! Have recommended this series to all my reader friends and can't wait to read the next one! (and the next...and the next...)
JulyE44 More than 1 year ago
I got hooked to the history of NYC 1900 and I learned that Teddy Roosevelt was once a police commissioner. The classes divided and the police department was in bad shape. Frank and Sarah danced through many issues and ignorance. The characters are very good. I enjoyed reading so far as I was never disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good mystery, good historical setting, nice characters
Anntstobbs on LibraryThing 30 days ago
The son of Sarah Brandt's neighbor has been arrested for the murder of his mistress. Sarah and Frank Malloy are once again on the trail of the killer. When it is discovered that the victim was not what she seemed to be Sarah must keep his reputation from being ruined by the tabloid newspapers and the unscrupulous reporters that are dogging her every step.
BrianEWilliams on LibraryThing 30 days ago
Another good murder mystery and the series is great.
delphimo on LibraryThing 30 days ago
I thoroughly enjoy this Gaslight series set in New York in the 1890's. In this story a young woman, Anna Blake, is murdered, and Sarah Brandt's neighbor, Nelson Ellsworth, is accused of the murder. Anna has been keeping company with Nelson Ellsworth, but on closer inspection, the woman also has a second boyfriend, Gilbert Giddings. Giddings loses everything due to his liaison with Anna: his job, his family, and his financial security. Sarah and Frank Mallory learn that Anna ran a trap for married men in which she blackmailed them. The story has twists and turns before the final mystery is solved. Of course, Victoria Thompson interweaves a little history of New York into the story.
cmbohn on LibraryThing 30 days ago
Sarah Brandt's next door neighbor comes to her for help. He is entangled with a young woman, and now she is pregnant, but he doesn't want his mother to find out. Sarah is a midwife and he wants her to check on the girl, find out if she really is pregnant, and convince her to marry him. She agrees to help, but finds that the girl is not the innocent Nelson thinks her to be, and can't help.Then the girl turns up dead, and Nelson is arrested. He is young and idealistic, but he isn't a murderer. Sarah starts to ask questions. Detective Frank Malloy, for reasons of his own, agrees to help. It seems that Nelson is not the only candidate for the father of this baby. Or is there a baby? The more they dig, the more lies they uncover. If only the press would leave them alone to investigate, but the reporters smell a nice juicy sex scandal, and that sells papers.This was not a bad story. I like Frank and Sarah. But honestly, if you are investigating a murder and someone comments on the horrible smell coming from the cellar, shouldn't you check that out right away? I admit to being surprised in places, but the characters really were kind of dumb. 2.5 stars.
Kathy89 on LibraryThing 30 days ago
I love this series! Sarah¿s next door neighbor¿s son is accused of murdering a young woman and for embezzlement at his employer¿s bank. Sarah insists that Malloy help them prove his innocence. She also enlists her mother and father into using their influence and they arrange for her to meet a young widower of their social set. Lots of twists and danger. That¿s the only drawback -- Sarah is oblivious to the danger that she places herself into.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This wasn't a bad story even if I did see the plot points drop on top of me as they were revealed. There were no real surprises here for me in the story the only surprise was how the main characters managed to miss some of the clues.Sarah Brandt is a cool character. A midwife widow, whose doctor husband died before this story, and who has an ongoing relationship with the widower Detective Frank Malloy. The two of them work at investigating a murder of a woman, whose obvious murderer is her next-door neighbour Nelson Ellsworth, because she was pregnant. There are a lot of well drawn period details and it does take place at about the same time as Caleb Carr's books. Still I did get some of the more obvious clues so the story didn't really surprise but the journey was interesting.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
When midwife Sarah Brandt gets a note form Nelson Ellsworth, her neighbor’s son, she is intrigued. She agrees to their meeting only to learn that Nelson has gotten a woman pregnant, a woman who doesn’t seem to want to marry him. Nelson asks Sarah to examine the woman, but something about their encounter seems off. Sarah doesn’t give it much thought until the woman is murdered and Nelson is arrested for the crime. With the help of NYC detective Frank Malloy, she begins to investigate. What is happening? I hadn’t realized how much I’ve come to enjoy this series until I picked up the book. I was immediately lost in the world of 1890’s New York City, and Sarah and Frank are outstanding guides. They lead a cast of strong characters, and I love watching them interact and their slow burn romance. I did figure some things out early, but I was still glued to the page as there were twists and complications I didn’t see coming.
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Really enjoyed this read
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This series does not let you down. Is not predictable. the romantic spark is building. The history of New York is very interesting.
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ms77 More than 1 year ago
Victoria Thompson is perfect for those like myself who enjoy a good mystery without too much gore. Her mysteries are fun and will keep you guessing who the murderer is.
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LouannVA More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable for a day at the beach