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Product Details

  • Series: Gaslight Mystery (Book 6)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (June 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425198707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425198704
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edgar-nominated author Thompson transports readers back to New York City at the turn of the century in her sixth Gaslight Mystery. Wealthy industrialist Gregory Van Dyke dies when a bomb explodes in his office. When Detective Sergeant Frank Molloy arrives at Van Dyke's home to investigate, he finds Sarah Brandt, a widowed midwife from an upper-class family, already there. The two have worked together on other cases, but Molloy swore that he would never see her again because he knows that the rigid social hierarchy prevents the expression of his true feelings. Sarah, on the other hand, is delighted to be involved in another investigation and puts her social connections to good use. As Molloy learns, there are plenty of dark secrets and as many suspects on Fifth Avenue as there are in the tenements. An entertaining mix of history and mystery, complete with cameos from Teddy Roosevelt and Emma Goldman. Barbara Bibel
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"Cleverly plotted...plenty of convincing period detail."—Publishers Weekly

"An excellent historical mystery."—Best Reviews

"An entertaining mix of history and mystery."—Booklist

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 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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This series,Gaslight Mystery, is one of my favorites.
One of a series of interesting views of turn-of the 20th century New York City featuring the highs and lows of society and prevailing attitudes.
Merle J Salkin
This series is very entertaining, and the characters are well developed.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By tregatt on June 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The least dark of Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mystery novels to date, "Murder on Marble Row" nevertheless still was a compelling and absorbing read.
Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy of the New York Police is in a bind. Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt has hand-picked him to investigate the murder of wealthy businessman Gregory Van Dyke (Gregory was blown up when a bomb went off in his office); the Commissioner strongly suspects that anarchists are behind the murder, but Van Dyke was also a businessman who had his share of enemies and angry rivals, and the guilty party could lie within that group. And so Malloy, once again, ventures into the world of the rich and the powerful in New York City, thinking that this time, he won't have the able assistance of midwife, Sarah Brandt, because he has resolved to have as little to do with Sarah as possible because of the strong feelings he has for her. Except that the very first person he meets at the Van Dyke house turns out to be Sarah! Sarah, the daughter of the rich and socially prominent Deckers, grew up with the Van Dyke children, and knows that family intimately; and she's determined to help Malloy whether he likes it or not. Almost at once Sarah and Malloy clash when it comes to light that the eldest Van Dyke son, Creighton, has joined the anarchist party. Malloy thinks that Creighton had a hand in his father's death, but Sarah is equally sure that Creighton is innocent, and she manages to persuade Malloy to dig deeper. Together, Malloy and Sarah uncover every secret and scandal that the Van Dyke family have, and come face to face with a very devious and ruthless mind...
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Rocco Dormarunno on December 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"Murder on Marble Row" has to be the best in Victoria Thompson's series. I have enjoyed each of these Gaslight Mysteries to varying degrees, but this one is flawless. The pacing is perfect; the complex relationship between Frank Malloy and Sarah Brandt continues to intrigue; and, most important, the resolution to the mystery is nothing less than brilliant. As another reviewer said, it's frustrating to wait for what seems to be a long time between each book. On the other hand, Victoria Thompson makes the wait worth it. "Murder on Marble Row" is really showing her at the height of her talents, and I can't wait for the next installment. But I know I won't be disappointed.

Rocco Dormarunno, author of "The Five Points"
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2004
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The only thing bad about the Gaslight series is that they cannot come out fast enough. Every one leaves one wanting more. Marble Row was no exception.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
New York City Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt is trying to clean up the corruption on the force. When an explosion kills Mr. Gregory Van Dyke, a wealthy and powerful businessman, the commissioner asks Detective Frank Malone to lead the investigation because he won?t be bought by the influential citizens who have policemen on their payroll. At the Van Dyke mansion, the trophy widow blames the eldest son for her husband?s death because Creighton has joined a group of anarchists and ?everyone? knows they make bombs to kill the leaders of high society.
Sarah Brandt, a family friend of the Van Dykes, pays a condolence call. She forces Malone to take her to his interview with Creighton. She comes away from the interview convinced that he isn?t the killer. Sarah and Malone, separately and together discover that every member of Gregory?s family as well as his business partner have a reason to want him dead. Finding out who the perpetrator is proves quite difficult since nobody wants to cooperate with the police.
Each novel in the ?Gaslight Mystery? series just keeps getting better as the audience learns more about the era and the lead characters. Malone won?t admit his love for Sarah because he is an Irish cop and she is a descendant of the Knickerbockers. Even though her parents are wealthy, Sarah works as a midwife and nurse while living on her own income. She loves her parents but doesn?t look to them for approval. The duo makes a good team professionally and if they allow themselves personally. The mystery is well executed and the ending will come as a complete surprise to the audience.
Harriet Klausner
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Schwartz on August 22, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ms. Thompson is bringing in the world of the late 19th century anarchists which I can't help but compare to our idea of modern-day terrorists. In this book a wealthy businessman is blown up by a bomb planted in his office. Frank Malloy is told by his superior, Teddy Roosevelt that it was probably anarchists. Frank tries to find out the truth, and he enlists the aid of his friend Sarah Brandt and surprisingly, Sarah Brandt's mother, Elizabeth Decker. On the way these three find more suspects and motives than they can believe, and they are thrust into the middle of a truly disfunctional family. There are anarchists on the fringes of this family, but Frank and Sarah start looking closer to home to find their murderer. This series is entertaining, and I like the setting - late 19th century New York City. I also like Frank and Sarah, and the mysteries are always intriguing, and a little difficult to figure out. Fans of historical mysteries will like this series.
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