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Midwife and sleuth Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy must protect Sarah's mother from scandal after she tries to contact her dead daughter during a séance that sends one of the attendees into the afterlife. But first, they have to determine how the woman was murdered in the pitch dark when all the suspects were holding hands.
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About the Author
Victoria Thompson is the Edgar-nominated author of the popular Gaslight Mystery series. She has written more than twenty historical romances, including Fortunes Lady, Murder on Bank Street, Sweet Texas Surrender, and many others. Thompson is a popular speaker and has given seminars to writers all over the country; she also teaches at Seton Hall University, where she earned her MFA. Thompson is the founder of Novelists, Inc., a national organization of published writers of popular fiction. She has also served on the board of directors of the Romance Writers of America and was cofounder of the New Jersey Romance Writers. She lives in central Pennsylvania.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
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- ASIN : B0027Z5MEU
- Publisher : Berkley; 1st edition (April 28, 2009)
- Publication date : April 28, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 4248 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 316 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0425227758
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #145,623 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Between the how and the who, I was pulled into this story and couldn’t put it down. There are some great twists along the way, and the climax is logical, although one part bothered me. It’s a very minor complaint. Sarah and Frank continue to be strong leads, ably sharing the view point of the story in a way that is easy to follow. They even made me laugh a few times as I was reading. While we don’t see Frank’s family, we do get to see more of the people in Sarah’s life, and I love spending time with them. The new characters are fantastic, and help bring New York City of 1897 to life. I always get lost in Sarah and Frank’s world, and this book was no exception. If you are looking for a historical mystery, I highly recommend this book.
I enjoyed this story and the series. The primary focus is the case and Mrs. Decker. There is very little advancing Frank and Sarah’s relationship. Elizabeth’s pain is palpable in parts of the story. She shares the many ways she failed Maggie before her death. Her, if only, remembrances reveal a lot about her heart and love for her children.
It is fun to see how Frank and Sarah are gradually bringing Maeve into their investigations. Her life before Sarah is a little shady. She worked with her grifter grandfather learning skills that Frank can use to reveal the killer. Maeve isn’t afraid. She is symbolic of the changes that women are gradually experiencing through young women’s determination.
Murder on Waverly Place is a fast-paced, fun addition to Victory Thompson’s Gaslight Mystery series. She remains true to the times while sharing inventions (flashlight) and customs of the era. I am so hooked on this series; I can’t get enough. A must read!
I had high hopes for this novel because we get to see a lot of Mrs. Decker, who cracks me up, and because the plot line is very different for the series. I love learning about this time period and Murder on Waverly Place describes entertainments such as seances and fortune tellers as well as con games. I will say that the info is interesting. However, this is the one book in the series that I found certain things to be unbelievable. First, as soon as Malloy came onto the scene I figured out that the cabinet and false wall were important, and even though the beat cop pointed out the storage space, Malloy pretty much ignored all of it--not characteristic of him and way too obvious clues to the reader to be surprising later. Also, the way the people were told to clasp wrists around the table implies that they extended their arms from their sides, and I assumed it was a large enough table that they were not pressed up against each other since both men and women were present. However, for them to be able to free one or two hands, as described later, means they must have extended arms straight ahead to the center of the table and clasped wrists or else would need to lean to one side to find the "missing" hand or wrist. Also, for the spiritualist to have been successful at her work (and as a former street-corner fortune-teller) I found it completely unbelievable that she'd accidentally let important facts "slip" while talking to the police. If anything, she'd be even more guarded. She also willingly, almost eagerly, shares secrets of the con game she was involved in, apparantly instantly trusting Sarah and her mother to never spread the info. And Sarah's and Mrs. Decker's instant trust in a professional con artist? Inviting her to Sarah's home? Really? And why is it that, after Sarah learns that Catherine and Maeve can overhear anything said in the kitchen through the ceiling grate, she continues to discuss cases there? Doesn't she have other places to sit and talk?
Hopefully the rest of the series will be as excellent as the first 10 books. This is the only one I did not enjoy.
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It makes for a light and easy read, but keeps one interested up to the very last word. Please keep them coming.
Although the murder and the solution of the case are well conceived, numerous details were repeated too many times. There was too much dialogue over one and the same thing. It felt like a certain number of pages had to be written and that the story had to be dragged on in order to meet that requirement.
One reason I like this series so much are the protagonists, their character development, their interactions and last but not least Sarah's and Malloy's romantic interest. Unfortunately there is not any character development in this 11th installment of the Gaslight Mystery and virtually no romance. Both were a major let-down for me.
Nevertheless "Murder at Waverly Place" was an entertaining read - just not as good as I was hoping it to be. I do hope, though, that No. 12 in this series " Murder on Lexington Avenue (Gaslight Mystery) " will bring Sarah and Malloy back on track ;-).