Murder in Chinatown,
This review is from: Murder in Chinatown (Gaslight Mysteries) (Mass Market Paperback)
This is set in New York around the turn of the nineteenth/twentieth century. A midwife called Sarah is called out to deliver a baby from an Irish woman married to a Chinese man. Only men from China were allowed to immigrate to America, the Americans wrongly assuming that they would have to go home when they wanted to marry. The hardworking Chinese invested in businesses and became comparatively wealthy, so poor Irish women found this a good inducement to marry them. However the families then tried to marry their daughters to other Chinese men, keeping businesses in the family. One young girl is rebelling against this fate and disappears, so Sarah tries to find her. But she turns up strangled. Sarah knows that even apart from prejudice among the police, a 'reward' needs to be offered before the underpaid police will investigate killings. However she has a friend who is a detective and can't resist her pleas for aid.
This is ninth in the Gaslight Mystery series but while the progression of the lives of the main characters and their children is followed through the series, the mystery itself is easily read as a standalone, so don't feel you need to read all the others first. The atmosphere of teeming New York is well brought to life and we see culture contrast as well as differences in wealth among differing populations.
I did enjoy this which is very informative as well as entertaining.