Magnificent - a series that continues to get better as it matures. Thompson has hit a perfect balance of mystery and history in Victorian NYC. Always strong plotting, great research, characters you care about, enough tension to keep turning the pages. Not a "cozy" by any means, this entry into the series (like earlier books) probes the social issues of the time while providing a solid mystery to keep the reader guessing.
This is the 7th Gaslight Mystery by Victoria Thompson featuring midwife Sarah Brandt and police Detective Frank Malloy. The books are set in NYC in the 1890's.
These books are wonderful and should be read in order.
The mysteries are always well plotted and the growing character development in all the characters (not just the main characters, but also the recurring "support" characters) is so much fun to be a part of.
For example, I adore Sarah's mother who is so proper and genteel, but with a common sense and no nonsense about her that is refreshing and delightful.
As an historical mystery series, I give these books a resounding 5 out of 5 rating.
While not the first in the series, this is the first that I have read, but definitely not the last. The plot never falters and the characters, even the villain, are intriguing and real. Not cozy but occassionally sordid, as befits the times and the crime. While not graphic, I found myself cringing a little from the pictures the author made me imagine. Definitely a "grabber."
This is the best of the series in my opinion.