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Murder on Lenox Hill: A Gaslight Mystery Mass Market Paperback – June 6, 2006
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“A master of the period mystery.”—Publishers Weekly
“Ms. Thompson is skilled at dialogue…and this dialogue moves the book along quickly.”—The Washington Times
“Entertaining and well-written. The pace is very fast and the mystery is particularly rewarding.”—Roundtable Reviews
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When midwife and nurse, Sarah Brandt, is asked to go the Linton house on Lennox Hill, she thinks that she's about to be asked to take care of another well-off expectant matron and she's grateful for the opportunity to add a well paying client to her files. But the Lintons, who turn out to be a much older couple, have actually requested Sarah's help for a much more serious matter: they fear that their sweet but simple-minded daughter, Grace, may be with child, and they want Sarah to put their minds at rest by examining the child. A brief examination confirms everyone's worst fears: Grace is almost six months pregnant. But how did Grace, who was never left on her own, and who was always in the company of either her mother or her maid, become pregnant? It is a mystery that Sarah is determined to solve and to put a stop to the monster who took advantage of Grace before he strikes again. And to do that Sarah enlists the help of her friend, police detective Frank Malloy, and carefully begins to make herself part of the Linton's circle of friends.
Frank, in the meantime, has been approached by Sarah's father on another matter. Part of New York's upper class, Felix Decker had disapproved of Sarah's marriage to Dr. Thomas Brandt, and of her work as a midwife and nurse. And when Brandt was murdered, the Deckers had assumed that Sarah would come home and take her place in society again. Except that Sarah chose to continue her work and to seek justice for Brandt's murder.Read more ›
She is summoned by the wealthy Lintons to their home. Their teenaged daughter, Grace, is mentally still a child. Sarah confirms their fear that she is expecting. Since she is never left alone, no one can figure out who the father could be. Sarah does her best trying to determine who it might be, but to no avail. She asks Malloy to help. He is reluctant to do, but he does in the end.
The only place Grace goes is to church. So, Malloy and Sarah both begin to investigate whether it could have happened at the church. Sarah begins to get to know quite a few people, including Mrs. Upchurch, the Reverend's wife. She doesn't have many friends. Matter of fact, her husband tells people that she is unbalanced. But Mrs. Upchurch begins to confide in Sarah.
Sarah and Malloy begin to investigate deeper based on some information from Mrs. Upchurch. But can they trust the information she has given them? They do know something isn't right at the church.
When the Reverend falls dead during a service, things begin to really get going. Sarah and Malloy have their work cut out for them. Can they figure out who is guilty of murder and who took advantage of Grace?
I really enjoy this series. Sarah and Malloy are great characters. Aggie that Sarah has taken in is really adding to the storyline as well. I normally don't like historical mysteries, but I am really enjoying this time-period.
I highly recommend this new book in this terrific series. Due to some of the subject matter, it made me wary of reading it. But the author handled it very well. And if you haven't read the previous books in this series, I recommend you do.
There are multiple story lines in this book: the main one, the pregnancy of an innocent and simple girl without contact to males, branches out into 2 others as you will soon find out. Then there is the side plot of who killed Sarah's husband; and there is the developing friendship/romance with Frank.
Each book in the Gaslight Series introduces more characters to care about. My favorites are Frank, the cop in love with Sarah, the Knickerbocker heiress turned midwife. I adore his deaf son, as well.
Mention must be made to the period detail: descriptions of homes are vivid. You feel the homes as you enter them. Historical detail about contemporary persons adds a lot. Theodore Roosevelt and Emma Goldman have been in recent books. I like the timeliness of the subjects the author tackles, which even though they are historically correct are contemporary. Teen pregnancy, child abuse, clerical abuse of children, anarchism, civil unrest, etc.
You come to care, really care about the characters and feel as if you share their lives with them. I have had a lot on my plate for a while...this series is my main coping strategy. I read nothing else, nor am I likely to until I catch up in the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In Thompson's stories, there is comfort in what is predictable, like seeing old friends. There are always plenty of twists and surprises. Read morePublished 6 months ago by diane clavette
So many difficult life trials were covered in book seven of the Gaslight series. They were handled well and added so much to this story. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Marjory J. Alexa
Yet again I was unable to put the book down and read it in record time. Victoria Thompson is a very clever writer with compelling storylines.Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
This book was really interesting, because both good people were bad and people were bad that should have been goo. Am I confusing you? I hope so. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Patricia Maher
Great story! As always. Love the characters. And the plot was great. Can't wait to read the next one. Highly recommended.Published 11 months ago by aphrodite42