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Murder in Chinatown by Victoria Thompson

Murder in Chinatown

by Victoria Thompson

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  anglophile65 | May 23, 2017 |
First time to read this author. The story was about a young Irish/Chinese girl being killed for marrying a boy in opposition to her father's wishes. Main characters are a midwife (Sarah) and a policeman working together. Set in the 1890's. ( )
  Pmaurer | Apr 20, 2017 |
After our heroine, nurse/midwife Sarah Brandt, delivers a baby in Chinatown, to a mother who is of Irish heritage and married to a Chinese man, she learns that the new mother’s 15-year-old niece has gone missing. Knowing that most police officers in New York City will not bother to look for the young woman without a bribe, she asks her friend Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to take on the case.

After a little sleuthing of her own, Sarah learns that the girl, Angel, has gone off and married a young Irish lad. His family does not approve and neither does hers. Not much later, Angel is dead, strangled outside her new home. Both families blame the other for the girl’s death.

Murder in Chinatown brings readers in the world of 1890s New York, and into the houses of immigrant families – Chinese and Irish – who do what they can to survive on the rough streets. I didn’t find this book to be the page-turner I expect from this series. But with a great hero and heroine -- plus strong secondary characters – it was still a pleasant-enough read. ( )
  NewsieQ | Apr 23, 2016 |
The Gaslight series featuring midwife Sarah Brandt never disappoints. Thompson has evolved her characters in a natural progression of life and Sarah's just keeps getting more interesting. ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
Midwife Sarah Brandt is called to Chinatown to deliver the baby of an Irish mother and Chinese father. This was a common occurrence in turn of the century New York, where the immigration laws prohibited any Chinese women from coming to America. Chinese men would marry Irish women, who wanted to leave the slums they lived in for kinder men and a more affluent way of life. But Chinese-Irish-American children were looked down on and tormented on a daily basis.

When Sarah returns to check on the new baby, she discovers that Angel, the fifteen year old daughter of the family, has been murdered. She had recently run away from home and eloped with a handsome Irish man. Sarah asks New York police detective Frank Malloy to look into the murder. Was it done by Angel's family, by her new Irish in-laws who hated her, or by a complete stranger?

This isn't a gritty mystery so the author brings a sanitized glimpse into the brutality of the times. I think she does brings a turn of the century atmosphere into this series, with interesting characters that an average person can identify with. This is the ninth book in the series but most of the backstory is explained in case this is the first of the series you've read.

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  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
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The ninth in the Edgar(r) Award-nominated series featuring midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Malloy in turn-of-the-century New York City.

Sarah Brandt has made her uneasy way to Chinatown to deliver a baby. There she meets a group of Irish women who, completely alone at Ellis Island, married Chinese men in the same predicament. But even as a new century dawns, New Yorkers still cling to their own kind, scorning children of mixed races.

When the new mother's half-Chinese, half-Irish niece goes missing, Sarah knows that alerting the police will accomplish nothing, and seeks the one person she can turn to-Detective Sergeant Malloy.

And when the missing girl is found dead in a Chinatown alley, Sarah and Malloy have ample suspects in her murder-from both sides of Canal Street.

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"In Chinatown to deliver a baby, Shara Brandt meets a group of women she might otherwise never have come across: Irish girls who, after alighting on Ellis Island alone, have married Chinese men in the same predicament. But faced with bigotry in New York from every side, their mixed-race children are often treated badly, by the Irish, the Chinese--even the police..." --Cover, p. 4.… (more)

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