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Murder on Lexington Avenue (Gaslight Mystery) (edition 2010)

by Victoria Thompson

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Title:Murder on Lexington Avenue (Gaslight Mystery)
Authors:Victoria Thompson
Info:Berkley Hardcover (2010), Hardcover, 336 pages
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This is the 12th book in the Gaslight Mystery series featuring midwife Sarah Brandt and NYPD detective Frank Malloy. The story begins when Frank is called to the office of Nehemiah Wooten who has been found bludgeoned to death. After talking to witnesses he discovers one of the suspects was involved with Wooten's 16-year-old deaf daughter, Electra. While questioning her at home, Mrs Wooten she suddenly goes into labor. This comes as a shock to everyone since no one even knew she was pregnant, including Wooten who was definitely not the father. He sends for Sarah and after the birth she stays a few days to help him with his investigation. There are numerous suspects, both inside and outside the family.

This is a very interesting book. Wooten followed the teachings of Alexander Graham Bell who believed the deaf shouldn't marry each other because they would produce deaf children. The tension between the lipreading" deaf and the "finger moving" deaf provided an interesting storyline. This author always does a great job of making Victorian New York realistic. The characters are interesting and the secondary characters are some of the best. It's not a cozy series but it's not a gritty crime story either. It's one I enjoy and I'm looking forward to reading the next book, Murder on Sister's Row." ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jun 16, 2016 |
When the wealthy Mr. Wooten is murdered in his office, Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy is asked for specifically by the man who found the body. Mr. Higginbotham works at the school for the deaf where Malloy’s son is a student. Mr. Wooten’s daughter Electra attends a different school for the deaf in New York City. It seems Mr. Wooten is a great believer in eugenics and, therefore, isn’t happy that his 16-year-old daughter Electra is planning to marry a deaf man who teaches sign language at Mr. Higginbotham’s school.

While Malloy is at the Wooten home informing the family of their husband’s and father’s death, Mrs. Wooten goes into labor. Thing is, no one appears to have known that she was pregnant. And it would have been a great surprise to Mr. Wooten, had he been alive, seeing that he deserted the marriage bed after the birth of an imperfect child. Mrs. Wooten doesn’t want to call in the family doctor, a horrid gossip, so Frank calls for his friend, nurse/midwife Sarah Brandt to help Mrs. Wooten deliver. This, of course, means that Sarah will be involved with another of Malloy’s murder cases … something he hoped to avoid. Sarah is an oasis of calm and rationality within a truly dysfunctional household.

Murder on Lexington Avenue is another page-turner … taking readers into the world of the wealthy in 1890s New York. I only have a few left to read in this series, and I’ll be sorry when the job is done. ( )
  NewsieQ | Apr 25, 2016 |
I love this series, on to number 13! ( )
  crazeedi73 | Jan 30, 2016 |
I love this series, on to number 13! ( )
  crazeedi73 | Jan 30, 2016 |
I love this series, on to number 13! ( )
  crazeedi73 | Jan 30, 2016 |
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After an influential man in the deaf community is murdered, Frank Malloy is assigned the case, presumably because his son attends the New York Institution for the Deaf and Dumb. Malloy suspects the murderer is tied to the school, and turns to midwife Sarah Brandt for help.… (more)

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