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Murder on Mulberry Bend (Gaslight Mysteries) [Mass Market Paperback]

Victoria Thompson
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books (Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425189104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425189108
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 508,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MURDER SHE WROTE... 23 Aug 2010
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is the fifth book in the Gaslight Mystery series by this author. Once again, it features the two main characters in the series, midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy. Those who follow the series know that Sarah is the daughter of one of the prominent Knickerbocker families of New York City, and Frank is a member of the New York City Police Department. Set in the very late eighteen-nineties, around the turn of the twentieth century, the book is rife with period details, and the actions of most of the characters are governed by the social mores and politics of the times.

After her husband Tom was murdered, Sarah Brandt, having turned her back on her former life as a socialite, has chosen to work as a midwife and lead an independent life, much to the consternation of her wealthy and socially prominent family. Frank Malloy works in the corrupt New York City Police Department, which is undergoing reforms under the leadership of Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt. Frank, too, is widowed, his wife having died giving birth to their only child, Brian, who was born deaf. Sarah and Frank have recently gotten to know each other through a series of murders that have taken place in which they have both collaborated in finding the murderers.

In this book, Sarah finds herself volunteering her time to work at the Prodigal Son Mission on Mulberry Bend, which is a refuge for young women who would otherwise find themselves living on the streets and surviving by whatever means necessary. When one of the girls is discovered dead on the streets of New York City, Sarah will not rest till justice is done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent mystery 5 Oct 2013
By winnieg
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I loved the storyline. the characters are expanding; the romance between Sarah Brandt and Molloy is simmering along nicely, and I just don't want to put these books down. Victoria Thompson is my favourite historical mystery writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars murder on mulberry bend 8 Mar 2013
By Lillian
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collecting a few of the gaslight murder books very enjoyable reading would use the sellar again the price and the condition of the book very good
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who killed the girl from the mission and why 16 Aug 2003
By Dawn Dowdle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The time is the turn-of-the-century. Sarah Brandt, a New York midwife, accompanies her friend Richard Dennis to The Prodigal Son Mission. He wants to find out more about the work his late wife Helen did there. Sarah donates clothing to the mission.
Sergeant Frank Malloy is called to the scene of a dead woman in City Hall Park. He recognizes the hat as Sarah's and is convinced she is dead. He is quite relieved to find it was not her and agrees to investigate the death. Sarah is able to identify the woman as Emilia, a girl she met at the mission.
Sarah is so impressed with the work of the mission that she decides to volunteer her time and agrees to help host a dinner at her parents' house to raise money for the mission. She is also looking into Emilia's death. Frank has forbidden her to do this, but it doesn't seem to stop her.
Emilia's family is no help. Sarah begins to get an uneasy feeling at the mission. Could one of the girls killed Emilia out of jealousy? Could someone in Emilia's former life have caused her death? The Catholic church refuses to bury her due to her past. So many questions but as Sarah gets closer to the truth, she is put into danger just as Frank feared.
There are very few mysteries set back in history that I enjoy reading. This series is one. The characters and settings are so real and the lack of conveniences only enhances the story.
I really enjoy the relationship between Frank and Sarah, although I hope in the future that they get together. The tension does add to the story. Her neighbor Mrs. Ellsworth is a great character as well. She really adds character to the story.
I am always amazed by the immense poverty. This book brings a lot of that forward as the mission is a dangerous area of town as is Emilia's parents' apartment. Frank constantly travels through dangerous parts of town looking for Danny to get information.
I highly recommend this book and series.
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A murder, a romance, and a clue 12 Sep 2003
By Rocco Dormarunno - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
19th Century New York City, with its desperate poverty, dazzling excesses, corrupt administrations, and flood of immigrants has long been fertile ground for crime fiction. Like Caleb Carr and Jack Finney, Victoria Thompson is one of the few writers to successfully utilize and represent this world without imposing our 21st Century values on it.
Murder on Mulberry Bend, specifically, best captures this fascinating cityscape. The unlikely team of midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy is a pleasure to watch interact. The tensions between them--romantic and professional--really come to a crisis point here. The murder mystery element of the book is what we've come to expect from Ms. Thompson: twisting, suspenseful, and completely satisfying. But this story gives us an added bonus: we get a very compelling hint as to who may have murdered Sarah's beloved husband, Tom. Read it and enjoy!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Entry 14 Mar 2004
By Louis M. Perdue - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of my favorite mystery series that is currently being published. While the mysteries themselves are interesting (although the culprit in this particular book was easier to figure out than usual), the relationships between the recurring characters is what makes me look forward to reading each book. The main characters, midwife Sarah Brandt and policeman Frank Malloy, are both likeable and the banter between them is fun without being obnoxious and adds some romance and lightness to the darker side of the books.
And there is indeed a dark side to this book. In addition to the murder of a young lady, there are vivid descriptions of what it was like to live in turn-of-the-century New York, particularly if you were an immigrant and/or poor. The lives of the immigrants was not a pleasant one and I have to wonder if the life in New York was better than what they had escaped.
There is also a big clue to the unsolved murder of Sarah Brandt's husband from three years previous and that clue is not going to lead to much happiness for anyone if it plays out the way it looks to be headed. Really looking forward to the next book, Murder on Marble Row.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars engaging amateur sleuth tale 6 Mar 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Around 1900, midwife Sarah Brandt escorts Richard Dennis through the lower Manhattan slums to the Prodigal Son Mission where his deceased wife voluntarily worked before dying because he needs to understand why Hazel found solace at this safe place for girls. The wealthy Richard is overwhelmed with what he sees on his "hellish" tour, but at the mission, Mrs. Wells provides kindness to the guilt laden Richard. Sarah gifts clothing for the misfortunate.
Not long afterward, Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy is stunned when he recognizes the ugly hat of a murder victim. He thinks Sarah, who he cares deeply for, is dead. However, the corpse is someone else who later Sarah identifies as Emilia, a person she met at the Prodigal Son Mission. Over Frank's objections, Sarah begins her own inquiries that will place her in danger from a serial killer whose previous homicides have been ignored because the victims were humanity's forgotten.
The fifth Brand gaslight mystery is an engaging amateur sleuth tale though the killer seems somewhat obvious early on even with clever twists and turns to obscure the culprit's identity. The story line is loaded with action and strong characters, but what makes the tale is the vivid description of Manhattan at the turn of the century. Readers feel the awe and fear of Dennis making his first sojourn on the train and into the slums; the audience senses the miracle of the successful surgery performed on the foot of Frank's son (commonplace today). Victoria Thompson writes another delectable historical mystery that will provide plenty of pleasure for her fans and send newcomers seeking the previous "Murder on..." novels.
Harriet Klausner
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5th entry in Gaslight Mystery series best yet! 2 Sep 2006
By Christina Lockstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Murder on Mulberry Bend by Victoria Thompson is the fifth book in the Gaslight Mystery series starring New York midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy. Unlike many long term series that lose their steam after the first book, the Gaslight series just seems to get better with each entry. After Sarah becomes involved in a mission for young girls, one of them is found murdered. Sarah is determined to bring the killer to justice, and Frank is just as determined to keep Sarah safe. Thompson does an amazing job of leaving clues and laying the groundwork for the reader to figure out who the murderer is without giving the whole show away. The real power in this series is the relationship between Sarah and Frank. Thompson has a way of capturing the emotion between the two of them that draws the reader right into the scene: Brian's visit to the doctor, Frank's insult to Sarah on the street, and Frank's sudden appearance at Sarah's after he thought she was dead are just a few of these scenes. Few writers have the power to convey the depth of emotion Thompson does with just a few simple words. The ending isn't wrapped up too tightly, giving hope for many more to come in this series.
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