This is the 4th book in Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mysteries series. Midwife Sarah Brandt is shocked to learn that her mild-mannered neighbor Nelson Ellsworth may have impregnated a young woman (Anna) living in a nearby rooming house. She never figured Nelson to be one to have a secret affair. Nelson's concern over the Anna's well-being leads him to bring Sarah to check on the young woman's condition, but she refuses to allow Sarah near her. The next day, Anna is found murdered in the nearby park, and Nelson is the number 1 suspect. Sarah feels compelled to help prove Nelson's innocence because she owes her life to his elderly mother (see book #2 for that). She brings Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy in on the case. Together, they end up discovering that Anna has many secrets hiding in her closet.
From the beginning of this series, there has been an undeniable attraction between Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy and midwife Sarah Brandt and in this book we FINALLY get a small glimpse into what could be if they would just put their inhibitions aside (again, it's a SMALL glimpse, but those of us who want to see them together will be happy for it). We also see more of Malloy's relationship with his son, Brian.
Excellent mystery in a great series. Sarah's neighbor's son is accused of murdering a young woman and the investigation and character development in this book are sheer delight. A few clues were dropped too often, IMHO, but were still subtle enough to keep a bit of doubt in the mind.
Once again, Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy team up to solve a murder in turn of the century Manhattan. This series continues to interest me because the writing is quite good, the characters are fully fleshed and likable and the author continues to speak to many of the social injustices that happened, especially to women and the poor in our country in the not too distant past. These are fun and quick reads that will also teach you something if you're interested in learning. I highly recommend this series
In this excellent Victorian-era mystery, midwife Sarah Brandt and New York City Police Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy investigate the murder of a young woman who is found stabbed to death in Washington Square. Sarah gets involved in finding the murderer because her neighbor Nelson Ellsworth is considered a prime suspect by the police. (Nelson had a short, romantic involvement with the victim, Anna Blake). This is the fourth story in this great series. The plots keep getting better, and this one was a very well-thought out mystery.
A great series...In this installment Sarah Brandt seeks Frank Malloy's help in proving her next door neighbor's son innocence in the murder of his mistress.....the interaction between Sarah and Frank is hold your breath exciting ! They finally seem to realize that there is an attraction growing between them.....Cannot wait to see what develops in the future books in the series
This is #4 in the series. I just finished it and enjoyed it a great deal. The male/female interaction of the two main characters with the background of 100 years ago is really interesting, and the mysteries are good, too.
The fourth in the Gaslight series, Murder on Washington Square, brings midwife Sarah Brandt together again with Det. Frank Malloy when her neighbor's son is accused of murder. These books just get better and better. Thompson brings the 1890's New York City to life and her characters are strong, colorful and alive. The relationship between Malloy and Sarah continues to evolve and the banter between the two is classic. They are just starting to realize they may be attracted to one another, but the difference in their classes doesn't allow for feelings. The author portrays the etiquette of the day, with finesse and it's amazing to see how life was lived back then.
The story was wonderful and had a bit of a twist at the end, although I did figure out the killer before the end of the story. All told, another winner from Victoria Thompson!
The plot thickens; the policeman and the ex-socialite are finding some chemistry. No doubt you will figure out the perpetrator before the end of the book. However, there will be a surprise. Hooked on this series. Found an old map from the '70's of New York City in my stash. Now I can get a visual of where the stories take place. Recommend.
This series just gets better and better. Of course, the story is pretty obvious, all the clues are there, I had it figured out halfway into the book or sooner, but there's something about this whole premise that just keeps me reading and wanting more.
Another excellent installment in Thompson's Gaslight series. Thompson does such an excellent job of recreating the atmosphere of the times. Her character development draws you in. Each time a read one of these books, it's like visiting with old friends.
Sarah Brandt's neighbor, Nelson Ellsworth, has been accused of murder. Anna Blake was a con artist who seduced Nelson and convinced him that she was pregnant. Now her body has been found under the hanging tree in Washington Square Park. Sarah knows Nelson couldn't have killed Anna. She asks Detective Frank Malloy to help clear her neighbor's name.
Another excellent mystery in the Gaslight Mystery series. Each book in this series is better than the last. Along with the interesting setting, I love the relationship that is developing between Sarah and Frank. My rating: 4.5 Stars.