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E powerful family fearful of scandal refuses to permit an investigation But with Malloy's help Sarah begins a dangerous uest to bring the killer to justice before death claims another victi. Sarah Brandt a widow ex socialite and midwife was drawn into a murder mystery when she glimpsed a young lady she thought she knew in the wrong place at the wrong time She went head to head with the commoner Sergeant Detective Frank Mallory when he arrived at the scene of the crime Over a period of weeks these two morph into a most unusual friendship if I can use that word loosely He doesn t appreciate her interference and she does not care for his bossiness yet they help each otherI enjoyed the darker seamier side of New York City in the late 1890 s It was such a refreshing change of pace from most stories that I have read recently I really loved Sarah s strength and honesty and her byplay with Frank He wasn t the easiest person to get along with The author did a first rate job of showing the disturbing and sualid side of NYC during this era It was nothing to be proud of Regarding the mystery I thought I had everything figured out midway but Ms Thompson threw in some twists This was NOT what I would consider a cozy mystery and it may turn off some readers The crux of the puzzle was very somber and caused much anguish But I am still giving it five stars because it was intriguing It served the purpose of what a good mystery should be it pulled me in from the beginning and didn t let me go until I finished the book Just be sure and have the second story MURDER ON ST MARK s PLACE ready to read

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D At the reuest of Sergeant Frank Malloy she searches the girl's room and discovers that the victim is from one of the most prominent families in New York and the sister of an old friend Th. I am a big fan of Jacueline Winspear s Maisie Dobbs series about a female private investigatorpsychologist in post WWI London having read all of the books Chelsea Clinton is also a fan posting on Facebook about her memories of reading the books with her grandmother Chelsea asked if anyone had recommendations for books like Maisie and someone posted about Victoria Thompson s Gaslight Mystery series about Sarah Brandt a midwife living in New York City around the turn of the 20th centuryI kept that in mind and when I was waiting for a book signing at Barnes Noble 86th St store in NYC recently I found myself in the Mystery section and remembered the books I found the first one Murder on Astor Place and picked it to read while waitingOnce I started it I knew I had found a companion for Maisie across the pond Sarah was a widow who lost her husband a doctor to a violent crime She served her community as a midwife and one night while helping a boardinghouse owner deliver her baby she sees a teenage girl who looks very much like a woman she knew as a teen The girl looks frightened but Sarah had other duties at handThe next day she discovers that the scared teen had died and Sarah met Sergeant Frank Malloy of the NYPD who was investigating the case Sarah gives Malloy some help with the case and they discover that the girl was pregnant when she diedSarah becomes curious and finds out that the girl Mina was the younger sister of the woman she knew She entangles herself in the police case at first to the consternation then at the reuest of Sgt Malloy Sarah came from a prominent New York society family although she has been estranged from her family since her younger sister died tragicallyShe uses her connections to insinuate herself in the middle of the case Mina s family does not want to help the police find their daughter s killer which only makes Malloy and Sarah suspiciousThe mystery of who killed Mina is a puzzler and there a few red herrings to throw the reader off the track This is a fine mystery series and I especially liked the setting of NYC at the turn of the century You get a real sense of time and place in this book and others in the series include Murder on Lenox Hill and Murder in Gramercy Park so I imagine that working your way through the series would be a real snapshot of New York at that timeIf you are a history buff you would enjoy learning about Teddy Roosevelt and the NYPD reforms he put in place and the medical aspects and the society angle of the book fascinated me as well And for those going through Downton Abbey withdrawal there is a bit in here about the merits of marrying off wealthy American girls to poverty stricken English noblemen just to have a titled lady in the family a practice that had become so widespread it had a name AnglomaniaThe author has a sturdy honorable heroine in Sarah Brandt and her budding relationship with Sgt Malloy is one I look forward to discovering in future books If you are a Maisie Dobbs fan looking for a new series give Victoria Thompson s Gaslight Mysteries a try

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The first Gaslight mystery newly repackagedAfter a routine delivery midwife Sarah Brandt visits her patient in a rooming house and discovers that another boarder a young girl has been kille. Widow Sarah Brandt is a midwife in 1896 New York City which is unusual in that she was well born but is estranged from her wealthy family When she is called to attend to a woman in labor she recognizes one of the young boarders in the home When that girl is discovered murdered two days later she becomes involved in the investigation with the prickly New York Police Detective Sergeant Frank MalloyI was hoping to find another historical fictionmystery series to sink into and have found it in this one It s also compelling that it is set in turn of the century 1896 New York City as opposed to Regency or Victorian England There is a sense of authenticity as the author has embedded historical facts and true characters into the story which provides the educational component I m always seeking in this genre The mystery is interesting and puzzling the characters flawed but redeemable though not always likable and the history aspect enlightening However there are noble ualities to all of them at some level While I figured out most of the mystery before it was revealed there was an element that caught me off guard and I liked how the story got to the climax I enjoyed this first book in what promises to be a really good series and am looking forward to our group discussion

  • Paperback
  • 278
  • Murder on Astor Place
  • Victoria Thompson
  • English
  • 08 June 2018
  • 9780425229729

About the Author: Victoria Thompson

Victoria Thompson is the USA Today bestselling author of the Edgar® and Agatha nominated Gaslight Mystery series and the Sue Grafton Memorial Award nominated Counterfeit Lady Series She was nominated for an Edgar Award from Mystery Writers of America in 2001 and in 2012 she received a Career Achievement Award in Mystery Writing from RT Magazine Six of her Gaslight Mysteries were nominated for a



10 thoughts on “Murder on Astor Place

  1. says:

    Widow Sarah Brandt is a midwife in 1896 New York City which is unusual in that she was well born but is estranged from her wealthy family When she is called to attend to a woman in labor she recognizes one of the young boarders in the home When that girl is discovered murdered two days later she becomes involved in the investigation with th

  2. says:

    45 stars I’ve been meaning to get to this series for a long time and I’ve finally arrived One of my favourite genres is the his

  3. says:

    I guessed this series would be a good one for me historical mystery is always my thing and here we have Maisie Dobb's American cousin joking detecting her way around New York instead of London Our main character Sarah Brandt is a daughter of one of New York's top families but is estranged for marrying 'beneath' her and now works as a midwi

  4. says:

    I am a big fan of Jacueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series about a female private investigatorpsychologist in post WWI Lond

  5. says:

    Midwife Sarah Brandt is at a boarding house to deliver a baby when she sees a teenage girl who reminds her of someone she knew years before When that teenager Alice VanDamm is murdered Sarah is determined to see

  6. says:

    I love this While it provides a vivid picture of the general feeling of class upbringing and poverty in a new New York of 1

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    Review to follow

  8. says:

    I loved it It is a historical mystery and its a page turner The story is really good straight from the beginning to the end I loved the characters Its an excellent story

  9. says:

    Sarah Brandt a widow ex socialite and midwife was drawn into a murder mystery when she glimpsed a young lady she thought she knew in the wrong place at the wrong time She went head to head with the commoner Sergeant Detective Frank Mallory when he arrived at the scene of the crime Over a period of weeks these two morph into a most unusual 'f

  10. says:

    This was sitting on my TBR for ages and was worth the wait The historical details are great with he author givin

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