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Murder in turn-of-the-century New York
on 29 August 2011
This is a cosy murder mystery set in turn-of-the-century New York. A young girl has been murdered in a boarding house, and it's up to midwife Sarah Brandt and Sergeant Frank Malloy, to join forces and unmask the killer.
For a book that started off rather slowly, it didn't turn out half bad, and I'd definitely read more of this series. The plot was a little predictable, perhaps, but I liked Frank and Sarah, and am interested to read more of their back stories. I also thoroughly enjoyed reading - and learning - about New York during this period, which is a topic that I haven't really touched on before: The slums, the larger-than-life characters (Teddy Roosevelt being one) and, of course, the terrible police corruption.....Wikipedia was consulted on more than one occasion during the course of me reading this book!
All in all, I liked this a lot more than I thought I would when I started out with it, and although it won't win any great literary awards, it's a lovely, enjoyable, easy read.