"Murder in Chelsea," the latest Gaslight Mystery and probably one of the most anticipated due to Ms. Thompson's promise of our heroes, Frank and Sarah, finally overcoming their differences and finding a way to be together, was everything I could have hoped for and more.
As usual, Ms. Thompson weaves a thrilling and exciting mystery, perhaps one that is slightly more anxiety inducing than the previous novels, if my rapid pulse and held breath while reading was any indication. I highly enjoyed the plot, especially the interaction between the many characters. I only had two complaints; however, neither of them being bothersome enough to assign anything lower than a 5 star rating. First, I found myself guessing the culprit almost immediately, and secondly, I felt the pacing of the novel was off; it felt almost rushed. That being said, the pacing issues could have stemmed from my own eagerness to reach the end and find out how Sarah and Frank will live happily ever after.
Now to Frank and Sarah's relationship, one of the most enjoyable aspect of the series. I, like most readers have been dying for the two to get together since Frank was trying to peek at Sarah's ankles in "Murder on Astor Place." I positively squealed when I read months ago that Frank and Sarah would finally get together, even participating in the contest to guess how it would be accomplished. I was terribly off the mark, but I am thrilled that I was! I melted at how they got together and will be swooning all day. It was a perfect happy ending.
With all that said, I highly recommend "Murder in Chelsea." Not only to the old fans (who need little encouragement) but to the new readers as well! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and I cannot wait for the next installment!