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Murder on St. Mark's Place (Gaslight Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – Mar 2000

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books; Reissue edition (Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425173615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425173619
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Oct 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This stand alone mystery continues the story of midwife Sarah Brandt in turn-of-the-century America. A light and fun read which keeps you reading from beginning to end it also offers an interesting look at New York and the shortcomings of its police force at the time. The somewhat gruesome problem of a murderer that beats young women to death is treated in the style of a whodunnit with an exciting plot finish.Sarah's relationship with Sergeant Frank Malloy develops at a satisfactory pace. If, like me, you like a cosy mystery with the flavour of history thrown in, I can highly recommend this wonderful second offering from Victoria Thompson.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Aug 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having read the first book, "Murder on Astor Place", in this series of turn-of-the-twentieth century mysteries that take place in New York City, I was sufficiently intrigued to read others in the series. In this second book, the author does not disappoint. In fact, I enjoyed this one even more than the first. It is well-written and fast-paced with an interesting plot.

Sarah Brandt, society girl turned midwife, and New York City Police Department Detective Sergeant, Frank Malloy, are once again teamed up. When Sarah is summoned to the home of German immigrant, Agnes Otto, she goes, thinking that Agnes is about to have her baby. When she arrives she discovers Frank Malloy at the Otto home, because Gerda, Agnes's sixteen year old sister, caught up in a life of fast living, has met a most untimely end.

Since Gerda is no more than a recent immigrant, and the police department is still rife with corruption, despite Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt's ongoing efforts to root it out, no one really seems to care much about what has happened to Gerda except Sarah. What she discovers, however, is sufficient to persuade Frank Malloy into seeing that justice is done. Once again they join forces, and the two find themselves traversing the great social divide that exists in the city, from the teeming tenements of the poor to the magnificent mansions of the socially elite in pursuit of justice.

The two main characters continue to be fleshed out, as are the cast of reoccurring secondary characters. While the mystery is important to the book, so is the evolution of the characters. Once again, the author draws the reader in with her finely spun web of period details and the social mores of the times. The author captures the sights, sounds, and smells of a bygone era.
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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful
strong characters, great series 5 Oct 2000
By Brenda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Murder on St. Mark's Place is the second mystery in the Gaslight Mystery Series. I have read and enjoyed both, but if I were to be honest, I would have to say this one reaches deep into the heart of the series' characters. Having read the first mystery where Sara the midwife and Malloy the detective are introduced, I am familiar with them and their families. I was already impressed and pleased with the new series, but in this mystery, I am doubly pleased by how well Ms. Thompson pulls the best and worst out of the main characters. This isn't an easy read, nor is it a cozy. The author delves deep in to the turn-of-the-century way of live, and it's not all pretty. There are some light moments, and the main character, Sara, does her best to lift others up during moments of hopelessness, but the better part of the story is pretty serious. The twist and turns used to keep readers guessing do just that, but what impressed me the most was the storyline as a whole.
When Sarah heads over to St. Mark's Place in New York, she is expecting to deliver another baby into Little Germany. She arrives to find a policeman and neighbors gathering at Agnes Otto's door, but not for the delivery of a baby. Instead it's bad news. Agnes' sixteen-year-old sister, recently brought over from Germany, was found beaten to death. Sarah tells Agnes that it may take a reward to get the police to work on the case. Unable to pay, Agnes gives up all hope of finding her sister's killer and overcoming the shame it has brought. It seems Gerda found some new friends at her job that introduced her to a dance hall and a way to get things that they as young women in life could not afford. Gerda becomes what is known as a Charity Girl. Sarah, being the kind person that she is, decides to take the case to Malloy in hopes of getting him to join her in investigating it together as they had the last case. Back for a return engagement with Sara and Malloy are Malloy's mother and his son, Sara's neighbor Mrs. Elsworth, and Sara's parents. The story line with Malloy and his handicap son is very touching; I hope the storyline grows as the series does.
The author gets into the mystery right away, and although the main characters lives are ongoing in the series, they don't interfere or take away from the mystery. So, if you like historical mysteries, especially series mysteries, this one is well worth looking into. It's a stirring mystery with characters that will touch you.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Another almost-perfect Sarah Brandt mystery 5 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Victoria Thompson has done it again in this follow up to her Murder on Astor Place. Set in the turn of the century New York city, her heroine, Sarah Brandt is an upper class young woman that has turned her back on her priviledged upbringing and has chosen instead to work as a midwife. Although it's not necessary to read Murder on Astor Place first, it's a great way to understand how Sarah has also become a detective and how she and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy teamed up initially. Thompson's ability to bring her characters and that particular period in American history to life is wonderful. She manages to capture sights, sounds, smells and the mores of the era. My only disappointment--(I had it with the first book also) is that the villains in each book were way too obvious for a true mystery novel. In spite of this, I recommend this book without reservation and am looking forward to Brandt and Malloy's next adventure.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Nicely Paced Historical Mystery 16 Mar 2000
By Mass Consumer of Fiction in Arizona - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Yes, this is a mass market mystery, but it's a very nicely paced one, and tells a compelling story - with a good mystery to propell the supporting stories. While not feminist per se, this book does a good job of showing what few choices were open to women - regardless of class - 100 years ago. Ms. Thompson does a better job with the mystery side of this story than she did with her first Gaslight Mystery, the story has a good twist at the end, yet is totally plausible. The developing subplot of the relationship between Sarah and Malloy doesn't take away from the mystery, but provides additional interest (for me!) I look forward to the next book - Ms. Thompson drops some interesting hints at the end of the book!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A good historical mystery for Americana fans 11 Mar 2000
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sarah Brandt is a descendent of the original Dutch settlers, the Knickerbockers, who founded New Amsterdam, later renamed by the English as New York. Her heritage provides Sarah with entrance into the world of wealth and privilege, but she rejects that lifestyle preferring to reside in Manhattan's tenements. She serves as midwife to many of the poorer immigrants. Many children of that time work in factories in order to assist their impoverished families. Some of the young women become "charity girls" who give their bodies to strange men in exchange for attention and pretty baubles.

Sarah is called to the apartment of Agnes Otto, a pregnant patient. There she learns that someone killed Agnes's sister, a charity girl. The shock sends Agnes goes into labor and a healthy baby is delivered. An irate Sarah starts sleuthing with the help of her friend, Police Sergeant Frank Malloy. They soon discover that an unknown assailant has murdered several charity girls. Sarah risks her life to see that the culprit is caught.

As Victoria Thompson colorfully demonstrates in her latest "Gaslight Mystery," New York City at the beginning of the twentieth century is a dangerous place for its melting pot immigrants. This aspect of urban dwellers along with the distinct class structure brings life to a vibrant historical novel. The romantic subplot reduces the tension level without slowing down the story line of MURDER ON ST. MARK'S PLACE. Inside the portrait, Ms. Thompson weaves a fine mystery for readers who enjoy solving a difficult puzzler.

Harriet Klausner
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Delightful series 27 Jan 2004
By D. Reiser - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a historian I am most familiar with British history of the last few hundred years and tend to favor fiction reflective of the times or written during this period of time. I was desperate for a new series, however, and gave the Gaslight series a chance. I was not disappointed. Midwife and only child of the wealthy Decker family, Sarah Brandt and Irish Catholic Detective Sergaent Francis "Frank" Malloy are wonderful creations, their interaction is humourous and interesting. Brandt, like Peter's creation, Amelia Peabody Emerson, tends to put herself in jeopardy...repeatedly. While the Gaslight series is set during the same period as Perry's William and Charlotte Pitt series (though countries apart) the mood is lighter. Brandt is a bit on the polictically correct side...she scolds her mother's prejudices and associates with an Irish Catholic cop! I love their interaction, though, and eagerly await the next in the series; I'm constantly rereading the series in its entirety.
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