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Murder on Amsterdam Avenue

by Victoria Thompson

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What I love about these Gaslight Mysteries is that the stories are really about solving the murders. There is romance but it is secondary and doesn't overshadow Sarah and Frank's work on the case. Ms. Thompson also does a good job connecting us to the characters, helping us to understand the motives behind the actions and while I may not always agree with the motives of the murders.

Frank is supervising the work done on the house he and Sarah will be living in after the are married. Sarah and her mother have paid a condolence call on a family who just lost their son. While there they had a request for Frank - would he be willing to investigate the death of his son. Two more people are murdered in the same way and Frank and Sarah wonder if these cases are related or are they two separate cases?

This accurately portrayed book talks about how people felt after the Civil War, how immigrants were treated and reminds us that the distinction between rich and poor/black and white is not new and has not gotten better. Each side has valid arguments for feeling the way they do, but until more people begin to act like Frank and Sarah by doing what is right rather than follow the paths laid out nothing will get better. ( )
  mmoj | Mar 2, 2017 |
This is the seventeenth book in the Gaslight Mystery series by Victoria Thompson set in New York City in the late 1890s. Former City detective, Frank Malloy, and widowed midwife, Sarah Brandt, are engaged now and waiting for their new house to be renovated before they marry. Sarah and her mother have just come back from a condolence call to an old friend where she is asked by the dead man's family if Frank would be willing to investigate the circumstances. Frank is at loose ends now and eagerly takes on the job. As always, there are plenty of suspects.

One of the best things about this series are the interesting secondary characters, especially Maeve and Gino Donatelli. This entry dealt with some of the rules of society and obstacles members may face. The mystery moved along quickly and was well crafted. It could easily be read as a standalone even though I always recommend reading them in order.

Unlike many series where the characters never change, Victoria Thompson has done a great job of continuing to make them fresh. I look forward to continuing the series in the future. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jan 10, 2017 |
Murder On Amsterdam Avenue is the seventeenth book in the A Gaslight Mystery series.

Sarah Brandt and her mother, Elizabeth, go to pay their respects to the Oakes family after the mysterious death of their son, Charles. As they are about to leave, Gearld Oakes, Charles's father, asks Sarah if she and Frank Malloy will look into his son's death, as he thinks Charles might have been murdered.

Sarah and Frank soon find out that Charles had indeed been poisoned, but learning who was able to poison him proves to be a lot harder to solve. They learn that the reason for Charles being killed may go back as far as the Civil War. About the time they think they have the killer in their sights, they also suffer a similar death.

I love a well developed historical mystery with interesting characters and The Gaslight Series is one of my favorite series.

Looking forward to the next book in the series, as Sarah and Frank will begin their life as a married couple. ( )
  FredYoder | May 3, 2016 |
Amateur sleuth Sarah Brandt’s life is in flux. She’s engaged to Frank Malloy former NYPD detective turned instant millionaire – and they’re awaiting the completion of their newly purchased home’s renovation before they marry. She’s slowly getting out of the business of midwifery and, so, has time on her hands. While on a condolence call to friends of her wealthy parents, the father of the deceased asks if she and Frank can investigate the death of his son Charles Oakes, who he believes was poisoned.

The more our detectives learn about the family, the more dysfunctional a picture they paint. Once it’s determined that Charles Oakes WAS poisoned, it appears that someone within the household is the perpetrator. They quickly zoom in on Charles’s mother, a southern belle who came north and married a Yankee. But could she murder her own son? Then there’s more deaths, again by poisoning.

All of the “Gaslight Mysteries,” set 1890s New York, have proven to be page turners. Sarah and Frank are great characters, and the author has created a secondary cast that is incredibly strong, all with their own backstories. I’ve been pretty much binge-reading the series for weeks now, and have really enjoyed all of them. These are easy reads that anyone who likes historical mysteries will love. ( )
  NewsieQ | Apr 7, 2016 |

★ ★ ★ 1/2

Charles Oakes, the son of a wealthy family has been poisoned by one of his family members.... Soon to be married; Sarah Brandt & Frank Malloy are asked to look into the case by Sarah's mother & Charles's father.

While interviewing the family, several other people die of poisoning: the "negro" maid, Daisy & a few of her church friends.
The "negro" part was significant, as the Oakes were the only family at that time to have negro employees and this played a major part in the plot line.

Charles's mother was saved from poverty by marrying his father during the Civil War, she was young & beautiful and her home & family had been destroyed..... Leaving her "slave" Daisy behind to one day catch-up w/ her....

Meanwhile, the new house is not coming along beautifully, until Sarah's ward, Maeve (the well taught daughter of a con-man) steps in to oversee the project....

I liked the story, I figured out who did it and partially why, and I like the characters.... ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
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In this Gaslight Mystery from the national bestselling author of Murder in Murray Hill, midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy investigate foul play in the secretive high-society world of nineteenth-century New York City…
In the midst of Sarah and Frank’s wedding preparations, Sarah accompanies her mother on a condolence call to the Upper West Side, where Charles Fairfax, the son of family friends, has died unexpectedly after suffering from a mysterious disease. It is a tragic and all too common story—or so it seems. Charles’s father asks to speak with Sarah privately. He believes his son was poisoned and would like Sarah and Frank to look into the matter with the utmost discretion.  
Putting their own personal affairs on hold, Sarah and Frank soon learn that not everyone wants to know more about Charles’s death, particularly if he was murdered. As they unravel secrets that reach back to the War Between the States, they also discover that they are in the company of a very present danger…


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