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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
Tags:mystery, 1900's

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Murder on Gramercy Park
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Called in to investigate an apparent suicide, Detective Frank Malloy arrives on scene to discover the deceased’s wife in labor. After summoning midwife Sarah Brandt, Malloy realizes that the death is suspicious and the victim’s many secrets are more than sufficient motive for murder.

Although the mystery is easy to figure out and the culprit is predictable, the details surrounding Edward Blackwell’s questionable medical practice and his wife’s surprising affliction provide a compelling backdrop to the interesting investigation and satisfying resolution.

However, as with the previous books, it is the characterization and the developing relationship between Sarah and Malloy that really grab the reader and keep the pages turning. The dynamic between Sarah and Malloy is enchanting as they grow closer and begin accepting that their lives have changed for the better since becoming acquainted.

Moreover, the scenes with Malloy’s son, Brian, are truly heart-warming as he is such a sweet and charming child. It is truly wonderful seeing Malloy’s growing attachment to the boy as well as the changes in Brian who has begun to flourish now that the true nature of his health issues has emerged.

All in all, an entertaining addition to a series that is rapidly becoming a favorite. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
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 |
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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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