Thursday, May 15, 2014

Murder in Murray Hill (A Gaslight Mystery #16) by Victoria Thompson

Historical Mystery

From Goodreads: 

When facing injustice, the residents of nineteenth-century New York City’s tenements turn to midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to protect their rights. Now, as the Edgar® and Agatha Award–nominated series continues, the two must track down a cruel criminal preying on the hopes and dreams of innocent women…

A Gaslight Mystery

Frank Malloy has never known any life other than that of a cop, but his newfound inheritance threatens his position within his department. While trying to keep both his relationship with Sarah and his fortune under wraps, he’s assigned to a new case—finding a missing young woman for her worried father, Henry Livingston.

It seems the girl had been responding to “lonely hearts” ads in the paper for months before she disappeared. Her father thinks that she’s eloped with a deceptive stranger, but Malloy fears the worst, knowing that the grifters who place such ads often do much more than simply abscond with their victims. But as Sarah and Malloy delve deeper into a twisted plot targeting the city’s single women, it’s their partnership—both professional and private—that winds up in the greatest peril…

The Gaslight Mystery Series is one of my favorites.  I have to wait a year for each new book and I have to say Murder in Murray Hill was worth the wait.

I love Frank and Sarah.  They are such a mix-matched couple and it has been fun watching their relationship develop.  Murder in Murray Hill has the two looking for a killer and helping woman who have been kidnapped.

 Mixed into the story are some of the issues they have to resolve before they marry.  One major issue is how to tell Frank’s Mother about their upcoming marriage and the money Frank has inherited.  .  I loved the scene and have gone back to re-read several times.  Then there is Frank’s job or the lack of job once the news of his new wealth comes out.  Added to all of that is the issue of where they will live.  Look for Mrs. Ellsworth’s hand in that issue.

The plot is great, the writing smooth and the action kept the story moving.  A additional plus to the series is how  the history of  New York at the turn of the century is worked into the story line.  Murder in Murray Hill can be read as a stand-alone but if you are a new start from the beginning. 

Berkley Crime published Murder in Murray Hill by Victoria Thompson in 2014.

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