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Murder on Fifth Avenue (Gaslight Mystery) Hardcover – May 1, 2012
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“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."
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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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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!
As always, Thompson does a good job of describing New York in the early 1900s, the huge gap between the upper and lower classes, and the limitations perspectives of the Victorian mind. She populates the book with a number of viable suspects including Devries' mistress and her unusually assertive servant, and Devries' son, wife, daughter-in-law, and business rivals. The manner of the murder is fairly unique, and some of the characters have secrets that are shocking for the historical period.
I like the way Thompson has increased Mrs. Decker's participation in Malloy's cases and expanded on aspects of Felix Decker's character that might set him apart from his peers. Sarah and Malloy's children, however, appear only briefly in the novel, and these scenes seem little more than a nod to the formula established in previous entries in the series.
Good plot, good development of Sarah's parents. Interesting suspects. Shocking secrets.
Characters: I keep wanting more development in the relationship between Sarah and Malloy. I did not see much but it seems that there is a set up for something in the next book. We continue to see Sarah's Mother in a new light and this time we see Sarah's Father in a new light. He is more human in this book and that seems to be a set up for the next installment in the Gaslight Mysteries.
Plot: The reason for the murder was well developed. There were several red herrings before we find out who actually did the deed. There was also another murder before anything was solved.
History: This is set at the turn of the century and Victoria Thompson does a great job of capturing the flavor of the time. There are several really interesting side characters that add to the history of the time.
Tension: In several books Sarah and Mallory have been in danger. This time neither were in actually physical danger. The tension came for the pressure on Mallory and the difficulty in dealing with the upper class when any member of that class is involved in a crime.
I have to wait another year for the next book. There was a bit of a cliffhanger at the end. I want to find out what is going to happen so I will be among the first to buy the next book. (I was among the first for this one too.)
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Looking forward to reading rest of series.