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Murder on Gramercy Park (Gaslight Mystery) (edition 2001)

by Victoria Thompson

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Title:Murder on Gramercy Park (Gaslight Mystery)
Authors:Victoria Thompson
Info:Berkley (2001), Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:mystery, 1900's

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The victim is a doctor who has very unorthodox methods of treating his patients. Sarah Brandt is called to the bedside of the victim's wife who is about to deliver her baby. Detective Malloy has made himself a promise to stay out of Sarah's life but finds himself once again working alongside her to solve the mystery. ( )
  Anntstobbs | Feb 26, 2012 |
I bought this book at a used book sale because I'm fond of mysteries set in the late 19th Century. This is part of the author's "Gaslight Mystery" series and features a hard-boiled Irish cop and an upper-class WASP woman who has turned her back on the pretensions of her class to become a nnurse/midwife and the Irish cop's fe, this feisty female sidekick (and, I presume, developing love interest).

While not ass intelligently written as Anne Perry's mysteries are this was a fun summer read and I quickly became very fond of the character of Sarah Brandt. I'll be looking for other volumes in this series for some fun, escapist reads. ( )
  etxgardener | Aug 20, 2011 |
This is the third installment of the Gaslight Mysteries with Sarah Brandt, midwife, and Frank Malloy, Detective Sergeant of the NYC police as the central characters. In this book, Malloy is called to the scene of the apparent suicide of Edmund Blackwell, hypnotic healer, after his pregnant wife returns to their home after an afternoon out to find him dead. Startled into labor, Malloy sends for Sarah to help with the delivery. While labor proceeds upstairs, Malloy determines that the suicide is really murder downstairs.

As usual Sarah gets involved in the investigation and helps Malloy in different ways resolve the twists and turns that lead to the unexpected solution.

It's great to see the interaction between the two main characters especially when they try to remain consistent with the time periods social restrictions. Their relationship is moving forward, or so it seems but do they know? ( )
1 vote cyderry | Apr 7, 2011 |
This is another solid story in a good mystery series, There's lots of local colour about NYC at the turn of the century (19th to 20th), Aside from the mystery, there's a good story in the life and times of Sarah - her relationships with Malloy (and his son) and her neighbour. I look forward to future developments with her reconciliation with her mother and father. ( )
  BrianEWilliams | Mar 13, 2011 |
I very much enjoy this series set in New York in the 1890's. In this installment, Sarah Brandt must help Mallory discover who killed a notable healer. At first, the police think that the "doctor" has committed suicide, but Mallory notices too many clues. The chief suspect is a son of Dr Blackwell's from his first marriage, until this lad is poisoned. Sarah takes the reader behind the scenes and into the secrets on the wealthy that live sordid lives. As usual, Thompson presents the innovations in medicine with the talk of x-rays. The noisy neighbor, Mrs. Ellsworth, provides a look into the world of superstition and seems to provide comic relief throughout the story. ( )
  delphimo | Feb 27, 2011 |
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With thanks to Julie and Georgia and all the members of the Vicious Circle, past and future, for helping me keep my head on straight, my feet on the ground, and my sanity intact (not to mention all the plotting, character analysis, and general advice you've provided through the years). Couldn't have made it without you!
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425178862, Mass Market Paperback)

As a midwife in the turn-of-the-century tenements of New York City, Sarah Brandt has seen her share of suffering and joy, birth and death. Now, she learns that crime doesn’t discriminate, when the highest echelons of society are rocked by murder…

A Gaslight Mystery

At a summons from Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, Sarah arrives at the elegant home of famed magnetic healer Edmund Blackwell to find his wife in labor—and the good doctor dead from an apparent suicide. Only Malloy sees what no one else wants to: that Blackwell was murdered in his own home…

After a successful delivery, the Blackwell baby falls mysteriously ill. Relying on her nurse’s training and woman’s intuition, Sarah discovers the source of the baby’s sickness—and discovers a scandal that leads Malloy’s investigation down a gilded path paved with greed, deception, and desire…

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Turn-of-the-century New York City midwife Sarah Brandt arrives at the elegant home of a famed magnetic healer to deliver a baby and finds the healer dead of an apparent suicide--and soon the baby turns mysteriously ill, leading Sarah to dig deeper into the happenings surrounding her.… (more)

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