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Murder on Fifth Avenue (Gaslight Mystery) Hardcover – May 1, 2012

117 customer reviews
Book 14 of 17 in the Gaslight Mysteries Series

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Editorial Reviews


“Thompson vividly re-creates the gaslit world of old New York.”

 "Victoria Thompson SHINES...Anne Perry and Caleb Carr fans, rejoice!"

 "Thompson's Gaslight Mystery series provides a fascinating window into a bygone era."

 "Victoria Thompson has a knack for putting the reader inside her characters' heads and...[brings] the setting vividly to life."

About the Author

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

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Product Details

  • Series: Gaslight Mystery (Book 14)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425247414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425247419
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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 ST. NICHOLAS 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.

"Engaging enjoyable read."
--Margaret Frazer, author of The Hunter's Tale

"Turn-of-the-century New York, a courageous midwife-sleuth, a fast-paced plot, and plenty of authentic period atmosphere. Victoria Thompson has crafted another Victorian page-turner!"
--Robin Paige, author of Death in Hyde Park: A Victorian Mystery

"Victoria Thompson has a knack for putting the reader inside her character's heads, and her detailed descriptions of New York at the turn of the century bring the setting vividly to life. An intriguing plot and a surprise ending add up to a very enjoyable read."
--Kate Kingsbury, author of Paint By Murder

"Victoria Thompson is off to a blazing start"
--Catherine Coulter

"A marvelous debut mystery with compelling characters, a fascinating setting, and a stunning resolution."
--Jill Churchill, author of The Merchant of Menace

"Victoria Thompson shines...Anne Perry and Caleb Carr fans rejoice!"
-Tamar Myers, author of The Hand that Rocks the Ladle

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Devra Goldberg on May 2, 2012
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ms. thompson has announced on her website that she has finally decided how to approach the way her midwife and detective can interact and be together, and it shows in the sheer delight and fun rampant in this latest addition to the "gaslight" series. a sense of humor and lightheartedness, not to mention direction, that has been missing from the past several adventures returns with a vengeance, and it becomes, quite literally, a mystery for the entire family to enjoy. i really admire the way ms. thompson has evolved, not just frank and sarah, but the people in their lives as the story has progressed, and mr. and mrs. decker definitely get a chance to shine in this one.

the case itself is twisty and compelling, just the way we like it, and involves more of the "swells" that frank has learned to tolerate in his years of friendship with sarah brandt. i can't say the whodunit was much of a stumper, but it ambled along quite amiably until the end and never got too bogged down in itself. more importantly, it created many wonderful character beats that felt natural and, more importantly, well-earned after all of these years. memorable moments between frank and the deckers, frank and sarah, frank and the children and, of course, mrs. ellsworth, populate the story and kept me turning pages until i had finished the entire novel in one sitting. next may cannot come quickly enough for this long-time fan!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was so fustrated with the last book as you can tell from my last review but Victoria Thompson has made me very happy this time. I was not dissapointed. This book reminded me of the Frank and Sarah that I used to love. More so, I loved that Malloy is actually partnering with not one Decker but all three! It was a joy to read this book and to see Sarah and her family helping out Malloy. The interaction between Malloy and Mr. Decker was priceless and very enjoyable. I love the dialogues between Sarah and Malloy. The humor and affection is back. More so It felt like they are already accepting of the way they feel about each other without making it so obvious. Ms Thompson did a really great job in giving us a story with a dynamic that is reminiscence of the earlier books. I did not gave it 5 stars because she's making me wait till next year for a kiss and I wanted it in this book. Hope you enjoy the book as much as I did. Ms Thompson is back!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mystery Reader Walpole, MA on June 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
i believe this is the 14th book on this series but it was the first one for me. i don't read many cozy historical mysteries because they tend to be depressing, have a slower pace &/or too many unlikeable characters. none of those applied here. the story captured you then it clipped along at a good pace to the conclusion. will definitely look for her next book & read the reviews on the previous ones to select another one to read in this series.
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I can't tell you exactly why Victoria Thompson's series about Sarah Brandt, the 19th century midwife in New York City, is so remarkable. All I know is that I was in the middle of a really excellent novel when I picked up this book from the library; I opened Murder on Fifth Avenue while I was waiting for my husband to pick something up; I haven't cracked the covers on the _other_ novel since. Now that I'm done with this book, I can get back to the other....

Perhaps the reason that this series is so un-put-down-able is that the author creates believable characters who manage to cross class boundaries in a time when that Just Wasn't Done. Sarah is a midwife now, but she was brought up among the Knickerbocker families -- the uber-rich who run New York -- and for the last several novels has been helping Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy solve murders. This takes them into every neighborhood and among every immigrant community, from tenement houses to the most exclusive clubs, and Thompson does a fabulous job of bringing all of them to life.

In this novel, Sarah's father Felix Decker discovers that a member of his club has been murdered. He brings in Malloy to investigate, and makes it clear that if the perpetrator is among the upper class it won't be necessary to arrest the culprit; the community will take care of it themselves. On the other hand, if the murderer is lower-class... well, we certainly can't let them get away with that! This time, Decker encourages Sarah (and even her mother) to help investigate, since the family of the victim -- someone who apparently is despised by everyone -- requires some delicate handling.

The end result is, obviously, excellent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Schwartz on May 24, 2012
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This was an excellent historical New York mystery. I have been enjoying the Gaslight series for some time now, but this book was even more enjoyable. Actually seeing some movement in Sarah's parents narrow-mindedness helped a great deal, and it certainly makes things easier between Sarah and Frank. Also, the motives behind the murders are motives that are still apparent today. Things have not changed that much really in the extent of peoples' depravity. In this book, a friend of Sarah's father is found dead in a chair at their mutual mens' club. Mr. Decker calls Frank in to investigate what happened to Chilton Devries. As Sarah and Frank investigate they find that the list of possible suspects is a very long one as Mr. Devries has made a lot of enemies in his life. The book is a lot of fun because of the change in the relationship between Sarah and Frank, and it's nice to see them work so well together. A very good effort on Ms. Thompson's part.
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