Possibly the best yet in this series. Frank and Sarah investigate a bombing in NYC high society while Mrs. Decker takes a trip to the Lower East Side. The seamier side of the elite mixes with the better side of the poor. Well plotted, well executed and entirely satisfying.
Pol. Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt asks Sgt. Malloy to investigate an explosion, suspects anarchists. Naturally midwife, Sarah Brandt is going to help Sgt. Malloy whether he wants her to or not. This is my favorite series set in this era (Gaslight period)
"When an explosion kills wealthy industrialist Gregory Van Dyke, Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt presumes that anarchists are responsible and personally asks Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to track them down. Malloy is up to the challenge - but he faces a different kind of challenge when he encounters Sarah Brandt paying a condolence call on the Van Dykes. Faced with the impossibility of ever expressing his true feelings for Sarah, Frank had vowed never to see or work with her again." For her part, Sarah is glad to be working with Malloy once again in his hunt for a dangerous killer - though they clash over his conviction that the murder was politically motivated."
This was a pure delight to read! Sarah's mother gets drawn into the mysteries deaths in helping her daughter and not only shows how daughter and mother are much alike but her delightful sense of humor comes across, giving me a chuckle even! This was a more complicated mystery than the other ones in the series but also as good, quick moving, well written! So glad I've found Victoria Thompson's stories!
This was a really good read, as Thompson further develops the characters. I am enjoying the whole series, but particularly liked this one and would rate it in the top three.