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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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When Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy is called to the home of a “healer,” Dr. Edmund Blackwell, he finds the doctor dead, apparently by his own hand, and the man’s wife about to into labor. Malloy calls in the only nurse/midwife he knows, Sarah Brandt, to attend Letitia Blackwell. Soon Malloy figures out that Dr. Blackwell’s death was not suicide but a murder. He hopes he can keep that fact secret so Sarah doesn’t find out there’s a murder to be solved and then want to be involved with his latest case.

But involved she certainly is. Having gained the trust of the young widow, and being privy to Letitia’s secrets, she becomes a regular visitor to the house and soon is feeding information to Malloy – information Malloy would never have obtained by himself. The more Sarah and Frank learn, the more complicated the case becomes. And the more complicated it becomes, the more dangerous.

I’m eating up these “gaslight mysteries like popcorn. The books have intricate plots and great characters – and I get a fascinating glimpse into 1890s New York City. Plus they’re quick yet satisfying reads. ( )
  NewsieQ | Apr 4, 2016 |
In the third book of the Gaslight Mystery series Frank Malloy has been called to the home of Edmund Blackwell, famous “magnetic healer”, where he has been found dead in an apparent suicide. As soon as he arrives he's told that Blackwell's wife is in labor so he sends for midwife Sarah Brandt.

The baby is born with bright red hair which Sarah finds odd since neither parent is red-headed. Physically sound, he also seems to be very ill and Sarah is able to trace this to his mother's opium addiction. As Frank continues his investigation he starts to believe Blackwell was murdered and the suicide staged. Using the sick child as an excuse, Sarah returns to the house on Gramercy Park to help Malloy with his investigation.

The following day a mysterious young man arrives at the door claiming to be Blackwell's son. Blackwell's assistant seems eager to step into the dead man's life, taking over his clients as well as his wife. Things don't add up and before very long Malloy discovers there are plenty of murder suspects.

I really enjoy this series. Victoria Thompson weaves together both the historical and social details of turn of the century New York. I like the way the relationship between Frank and Sarah is developing but never at the expense of a good story. My only complaint for this particular book is most of the action takes place inside instead of the “sidewalks of New York”. I plan to continue to read this enjoyable series. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
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? ( )
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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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