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Murder on Marble Row : a gaslight mystery (edition 2004)

by Victoria Thompson

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Title:Murder on Marble Row : a gaslight mystery
Authors:Victoria Thompson
Info:New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2004.
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Tags:read 2013, historical mystery, midwife, ebook

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When wealthy industrialist Gregory Van Dyke dies in an explosion in his office, everyone is quick to point fingers at his oldest son Creighton, who has affiliated himself with an anarchist group in New York. Our heroine, nurse/midwife Sarah Decker Brandt, has known Creighton since childhood, and doesn’t believe he could kill his own father.

In the meantime, Teddy Roosevelt, NYC police commissioner, taps Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to head the investigation. He and Sarah have collaborated to solve several murders, and he knows that Sarah will want to interfere with his case. Of course, she will! What Sarah and Frank find in the VanDyke household is a family that’s dysfunctional at best. But Sarah has a natural “in” with the vipers in the VanDyke mansion.

I love this series and am binge-reading them at a fast clip. I love that Elizabeth Decker, Sarah’s formidable mother, is getting into this murder investigation as much as her daughter is. Elizabeth is a hoot! ( )
  NewsieQ | Apr 13, 2016 |
The plot of the sixth book in the Gaslight mystery series centers on the murder of wealthy industrialist Gregory Van Dyke who dies when a bomb explodes in his office. Was this the act of an anarchist group, those 19th century terrorists who were well known for both targeting rich business owners and using bombs, or was this a crime with a more personal nature? When Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy arrives at Van Dyke's home to investigate, he finds Sarah Brandt, a widowed midwife from an upper-class family, already there. Sarah becomes involved due to her family's association with the Van Dykes. She and Malloy have worked together on other cases, but Malloy swore that he would never see her again because he knows that the rigid social hierarchy prevents the expression of his burgeoning feelings. Sarah's mother gets drawn into investigating the deaths along with her daughter and not only shows how much they are alike but her wicked sense of humor comes across and adds so much to the story. I hope she joins Sarah in future books.

I admit to being addicted to Victoria Thompson's Gaslight series. She has developed the characters carefully and provided rich descriptions of the city and the various groups of people who inhabited it. I love that the mystery is set in turn of the century New York and the social barriers the characters must face are very realistic for the time. The interchanges between Sarah and Frank Malloy, as they weave their way through each mystery, is a high point in each story. The characters and their personalities are strong and well written. This is not a series for those who enjoy gritty thrillers but I wouldn't call it a cozy mystery series either. The themes are adult and the crimes are often quite vicious. I definitely plan to read the rest of the series.
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  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
An explosion kills one of Sarah Brandt's father's contemporaries. Sarah rushes to assist the family in their time of grief. The young wife of the deceased doesn't seem very upset by his death but tries everything in her power to place the blame on her youngest stepson, who has joined a group of anarchists. Sarah and Frank Malloy join up again and solve the mystery. Very good
1 vote Anntstobbs | Feb 26, 2012 |
Teddy Roosevelt selects Frank Mallory to investigate and solve the death of a wealthy New Yorker. A bomb detonated in his office kills the man, Gregory Van Dyke. Of course, Sarah Brandt must assist Mallory since Sarah knows the families and can ask questions that Mallory cannot ask. Mallory is also investigating the murder of Sarah's husband, Tom Brandt. Mallory believes that Sarah's father, Felix Decker, is responsible for Tom Brandt's death. Thompson shows the confines of society, especially for women. As usual, Thompson throws into the story, many historic episodes such as anarchist, Emma Goldman, the use of bombs, medical advances, and the plight of the poor. In this novel, Sarah is trying to make a decision about the young girl, Aggie. ( )
1 vote delphimo | Apr 2, 2011 |
I really like this series and reading about a time when the courtesies between the sexes were a priority. Detective Malloy is called to investigate the murder of a wealthy businessman and friend of Sarah Brandt's family. The family believes the bomb was the work of the oldest brother's anarchists friends. There's more background information in this book about Frank's personal life and the introduction of Sarah's mother, Mrs. Decker, to Frank. Surprise ending. ( )
1 vote Kathy89 | Jul 18, 2010 |
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When an explosion kills wealthy industrialist Gregory Van Dyke, Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt presumes that anarchists are responsible and personally asks Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to track them down. Malloy is up to the challenge - but he faces a different kind of challenge when he encounters Sarah Brandt paying a condolence call on the Van Dykes. Faced with the impossibility of ever expressing his true feelings for Sarah, Frank had vowed never to see or work with her again...For her part, Sarah is glad to be working with Malloy again - though they clash over his conviction that the murder was politically motivated. Frank would like to dismiss her concerns, but whether he likes it or not he needs Sarah's help, because she knows the marble facades of Fifth Avenue hide as many dark and twisted secrets as any tenement of the Lower East Side...
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When an explosion kills wealthy industrialist Gregory Van Dyke, Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt presumes that anarchists are responsible and personally asks Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to track them down. Malloy is up to the challenge - but he faces a different kind of challenge when he encounters Sarah Brandt paying a condolence call on the Van Dykes. Faced with the impossibility of ever expressing his true feelings for Sarah, Frank had vowed never to see or work with her again." For her part, Sarah is glad to be working with Malloy once again in his hunt for a dangerous killer - though they clash over his conviction that the murder was politically motivated.

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"When an explosion kills wealthy industrialist Gregory Van Dyke, Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt presumes that anarchists are responsible and personally asks Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to track them down. Malloy is up to the challenge - but he faces a different kind of challenge when he encounters Sarah Brandt paying a condolence call on the Van Dykes. Faced with the impossibility of ever expressing his true feelings for Sarah, Frank had vowed never to see or work with her again." "For her part, Sarah is glad to be working with Malloy once again in his hunt for a dangerous killer - though they clash over his conviction that the murder was politically motivated."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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