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Murder on Astor Place: A Gaslight Mystery (Gaslight Mysteries) Paperback – September 1, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
I had put off reading this series for several years even though it came highly recommended to me. Normally, I do not read many "historical" cozies, except the Mrs. Jeffries series (which is no comparison to this fascinating series). But these books kept catching my eye, and finally, I gave in and picked up this book. I loved it, and am annoyed with myself for waiting so long to delve into this superb series! I couldn't put the book down, and loved the vivid setting and fascinating characters. The ending to the mystery was haunting, and I could not stop thinking about it for several days.Read more ›
Sarah Brandt is a midwife at the turn-of -the-century. When a young girl boarding at Sara's patients home is murdered Sarah's lack of faith in the NYC Police Department compels her to try and solve the murder herself. Frank Malloy is a tough cop with ambitions to move up. Sarah wonders if he will consider the case worth his time and Frank wonders if she will ever go away.
Victoria Thompson's first historical is a hit as far as I'm concerned. The mystery was well done and the historical jargon is clear without being overwhelming. I think it helps the reader sometimes to know what certain historical terms are and Ms Thompson was successful in explaining them without distracting from the story.
Rocco Dormarunno, author of The Five Points
Sarah is a delightful character and I think the bit of mystery about her is wonderful. She is exciting, certainly smart, independent person that's very refreshing and her dealings with Det. MAlloy are fun and exciting. I am looking forward to buying the next book in this series and hope that she writes more quickly.
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This was a tough read at first, but I ended up liking it more than I thought I would. The author didn't give us much information for the first half of the book. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amy Slager
Very mundane....a bit predictable....but I gave this author a second try. It's just ok--until I find my next captivating mystery series like the Louise Penny Gamache mysteries or... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Dances with Dogs
I want to start by saying that I was floored by this book and already ordered next one. This book was very nearly a 5/5 for me though there were a few issues, which I will explain... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Author Jane B Night
I like historical novels and murder mysteries and can take a little romance mixed in. Victoria Thompson does a great job of giving me all three of these in this book and I... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Cindy
this was her first but I had already read some out of order but it did not stop my enjoyment. I was able to understand the characters beginningsPublished 25 days ago by Bobbie Harper
The author kept me guessing right up to the finale! I love how she takes us back to the turn of the century.Published 28 days ago by S. Velazquez
Tight with twists and decent characterization. Setting lends to the story and details help create a good period piece. Reads quickly.Published 1 month ago by Raphael O. Rose
good mysteries and a good story. It is nice to read a good mystery without explicit sex and violence. That is merely a distraction when an author does not know how to write.Published 1 month ago by LORELEE
First of a long series of crime fiction set in New York about 1895 by Victoria Thompson.
The writing was passable and I warmed up to our protagonists, widowed midwife,... Read more