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Murder on Bank Street: A Gaslight Mystery Mass Market Paperback – June 2, 2009
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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I am a fan of Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mysteries and I just could not drop this book as the story evolved. I cannot wait to start reading the next!Published 4 days ago by Lilly Roth
It drug out a little too long but oh my gosh. The ending was really good. I can't wait to read the next one.Published 1 month ago by Cacee Reynolds
Murder on Bank Street by Victoria Thompson.
Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy is a steadfast investigator who moves and speaks at his own pace. Read more
Wonderful story ... not what you would guess :) Keep reading :)Published 2 months ago by Gwyn Lundy
Another exciting mystery with the characters I have come to like so very much. The revelation of Dr. Brandt's killer was sad, complex and a relief!Published 2 months ago by Eudora Welty
Lots of loose ends tied up here. One of the best of an excellent series.Published 3 months ago by TLDavies
I have enjoyed all the books in Gaslight series. They are fast reads, but always have a good story line. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm glad we got closure on a long standing mystery. I like these two together. In fact I want to them solve some other issues together too. Soon!Published 5 months ago by Vivian Ward