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
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.
Fourth book in the series its just has good as other books in the series please check them out if you like historical mysteries !