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Murder on Union Square (A Gaslight Mystery) Hardcover – May 1, 2018
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Sarah and Frank Malloy are enjoying married life and looking to make their family official by adopting Catherine, the child whom Sarah rescued and has been raising as her daughter. The process seems fairly straightforward, but at the last minute, the newlyweds discover that Parnell Vaughn, Catherine's legal father, has a claim on the child, and his grasping fiancée is demanding a financial settlement to relinquish parental rights. Even though exchanging money for a child is illegal, Frank and Sarah's love for Catherine drives them to comply.
When Frank returns with the money and finds Vaughn beaten to death, all evidence points to Frank as the culprit. A not-quite-famous actor with modest means, Vaughn seems an unlikely candidate for murder, particularly such a violent crime of passion. But Frank soon uncovers real-life intrigue as dramatic as any that appears on stage.
Sarah and Frank enlist those closest to them to help hunt for Vaughn's killer as Frank's own life--and the future of their family--hang in the balance.
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"Tantalizing."--Catherine Coulter, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"[Thompson's] Gaslight series is a consistent winner."--Booklist
"Thompson vividly re-creates the gaslit world of old New York."--Publishers Weekly
"Victoria Thompson shines...Anne Perry and Caleb Carr fans, rejoice!"--Tamar Myers, national bestselling author of the Pennsylvania Dutch Mysteries
"A fascinating window into a bygone era."--Kirkus Reviews
"Gangs of New York, eat your heart out--this book is the real thing."--Mystery Scene
"Enthralling...Fascinating characters with a story to tell."--Fresh Fiction
About the Author
- Publisher : Berkley (May 1, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399586601
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399586606
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.29 x 1.13 x 8.29 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,183,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have loved this series--as it really allows you to see what it was like for women in the early 1900s. And to see what a midwife had to see and help in such sad conditions.
This book-I am finding is not in keeping with past ones. As hard as it must be to allow these characters to move forward--the key figures had interesting vocations--and this just tries to bunch all of them together and not really let them do what they do.
I hope more books will come--and they will regain their personas.
I’m looking forward to a couple of bookstore appearances with Victoria Thompson in Chicago next week, and I think we share an interest in surprising women like Sarah Brandt who resisted the upper class world of Edith Wharton and Henry James to live lives that opened doors for those of us who came later. Also, this particular time period was a time of great changes in society, including the melting pot, that formed the world we grew up in. I like the way Sarah a widow from a wealthy background and Malloy a detective from a poor background with his deaf son manage to blend together to form a very American family.
Top reviews from other countries
If this is your first book in the gaslight series you’re reading you are missing out.
The character development over the different books in the series is what gives it the five star rating, as a stand-alone just based on the story it would be a three star rating.