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Product Details

  • Series: Gaslight Mystery
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (June 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425228371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425228371
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Victoria Thompson proves once again that she is an absolute master of first-class historical mysteries."


About the Author

Victoria Thompson is the Edgar(r) Award-nominated author of the Gaslight mystery series and 20 additional historical novels. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family.

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Edgar® Nominated author Victoria Thompson writes the Gaslight Mystery Series, set in turn-of-the-century New York City and featuring midwife Sarah Brandt. Her latest is MURDER ON FIFTH AVENUE. She also contributed to the award winning writing textbook MANY GENRES/ONE CRAFT. A popular speaker, Victoria teaches in the Seton Hill University master's program in writing popular fiction. She lives in Central PA with her husband and a very spoiled little dog.

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I love the way these characters are developing, and I love the stories.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By tregatt on June 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a fan of the Sarah Brandt Gaslight mysteries I was really pleased to discover that with "Murder on Bank Street" Victoria Thompson finally tackles the murder of Sarah's husband, Dr. Thomas Brandt, giving it the satisfying and shocking ending that we've been waiting for. It was well worth the wait.

Four years ago, Sarah's husband was brutally murdered while out on a call. Unfortunately, the police (who would only investigate a murder if they were hired to do so) never investigated the crime, leaving Sarah devastated and in search of answers. Now, however, Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, has decided to look into Thomas' murder because of his feelings for Sarah. But can Malloy discover anything after so long? And will Malloy's investigation help him give Sarah the resolution she was looking for, or will it make her push him away? For Malloy has found evidence that one of the father's of Thomas' female patients believed that Thomas was seduced his daughter, and it is very likely that the father murdered Thomas out of vengeance. Could there be any truth to this vile belief?

"Murder on Bank Street" is a good, solid entry to this series. The storyline was a good one and it was superbly developed and executed. The suspense and tension was there, as well as a nice number of suspects to keep you guessing as to who the guilty party will turn out to be. But what really made the book a worthwhile and stellar read was the last six chapters or so, when the action moves to a quiet country house, and the suspense and tension really mounts. All in all, a wonderfully satisfying read, and well worth the wait. I'm looking forward to the next installment and seeing where this series will go next, and perhaps seeing more of Maeve Smith (who played an important role in solving the murder of Thomas Brandt), Sarah's young nursemaid, in future installments.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Story Circle Book Reviews on June 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Do you know the origin of the Pinkerton Detective Agency? Do you know about public perception of the bicycle in its early days? Do you know about "Old Maid's Disease" and its various manifestations? I especially enjoy learning something new while I'm immersed in a story plot. These three things were new discoveries made while reading Murder on Bank Street, the latest title in Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mystery series.

The gripping tension and fast pace of the story, set in New York City in 1893, kept me flipping pages well past midnight. Sarah Brandt, the main character, is the widow of Dr. Tom Brandt. She is a midwife who serves the needs of the less fortunate. Along the way, she has often collaborated with Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to ensure that justice is served. Romance enters the story almost immediately, when Frank visits the home where Sarah lives with her unofficially adopted daughter Catherine, and sixteen-year-old Maeve, Catherine's nanny.

The purpose of Frank's visit is to update Sarah on his progress investigating Tom's unsolved murder, four years earlier. He is working under the auspices of Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, who is rumored to be on his way to a position in newly elected President McKinley's cabinet. Time is of the essence, because the new commissioner may consider further efforts to solve this cold case to be a waste of time.

The plot moves swiftly as Malloy investigates several suspects, all fathers of women who were treated by Tom Brandt. Sarah, and even teenage Maeve, become deeply involved in the sleuthing. As the story progresses, Frank worries that learning the truth of his discoveries could destroy Sarah and bring an end to their budding relationship.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Janlynn on June 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The 10th in the series with many more volumes to come...or at least this reader hopes! Sarah and Frank are back and Frank is continuing his attempts to put Sarah's mind at rest over the murder of her husband, Tom. The story has some plot twists and red herrings, enough to make the reader wonder if Tom could have done the wicked things he is accused of doing. Thompson wraps the murder up nicely, and keeps the saga of Frank and Sarah alive and the reader waiting impatiently for number 11.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ted Feit VINE VOICE on August 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
After four years, the latest in the Gaslight Mystery series has a follow-up to the murder of Dr. Tom Brandt. Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy of the NYPD undertakes an investigation of the cold case, with the help of the dead man's father-in-law, who funds his effort, even to the extent of providing the additional assistance of Pinkerton detectives. The New York police originally did little to look into the case, and after the lengthy interval it isn't an easy task.

Originally, the widow's rich father thought it best not to pursue the matter, since he believed any facts uncovered would upset his daughter Sarah. As the investigation progressed, revelations uncovered seemed to justify the original assumption, and Malloy, who provides a love interest for Sarah, believed that might prove to be the case. Certainly, what is discovered is shocking, to say the least.

The descriptions of Little Old New York toward the turn of the 1890's are delightful and incisive. The book is sharply written and proceeds at a brisk pace, and the interaction of the characters graphic and moving. The class distinctions between rich and poor are vivid, and the dialog is written in keeping with the times in which the story takes place. Bank Street is the 10th entry in the series, and it is recommended.
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