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Murder on Waverly Place

by Victoria Thompson

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    The William Monk Mysteries: The First Three Novels by Anne Perry (safeman)
    safeman: Anne Perry writes in the 1860's in the UK but the character development is very similar. In the Gaslight Series, written in the 1890s and located in New York City, Victoria Thompson creates two main characters. An established detective, Frank Malloy, and his midwife friend Sarah Brandt. In Anne Perry's William Monk series, you have an established detective, William Monk, and his wife Hester who is a nurse. Hester and Sarah both help their partners solve the mystery using their own skills of sleuthing. Both of them are in the health field and use their warm personality to help unlock clues from unsuspecting people.… (more)
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Sarah's mother (Mrs. Decker) talks Sarah into accompanying her to a seance to try to talk to Sarah's deceased sister. Her mother returns for a second one which ends up with one of the attendees being murdered. She insists on calling Detective Frank Malloy to the scene because she knows he will find the truth. Malloy calls Sarah to try to get her mother out without being seen. They end up taking "Madame Serafina" to Sarah's house to prevent her being taken to the Tombs while the murder is investigated. All the participants at the seance were holding one another's wrists, yet someone in that room had to have committed the act of murder. It was an interesting puzzle. I'm a bit uncomfortable with seances and other occultic practices in books, but this one at least showed that it was fraudulent. ( )
  thornton37814 | Sep 9, 2013 |
Light reading enjoyable as well ( )
  issy05 | Aug 31, 2013 |
I have read another of Thompson's Gaslight Mysteries and thought it was a good book. So I bought this one. Poorly written and except for wanting to know who the murderer is, can't hold my attention. ( )
  bogopea | May 21, 2013 |
Been awhile since I've picked up one of these books, nothing much has changed. Interesting glimpse of life in New York at that time period, simmering feelings between Sarah and Malloy, no substantial change in the status quo. ( )
  Capnrandm | Apr 15, 2013 |
This wasn't my favorite of all the series but it was good. Sarah is invited by her mother to attend a seance. Her mother still feels guilty for the death of Sarah's sister. When one of the attendees is murdered Sarah calls in Frank Malloy to assist in solving the mystery and to keep her mother's name from being scandalized. Sarah invites the medium to come and stay with her until the case is solved. ( )
  Anntstobbs | Apr 14, 2012 |
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In late 19th-century New York City, midwife Sarah Brandt helps her policeman friend Detective Sgt. Frank Malloy investigate the murder of a woman at a ritual sťance.

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