A Gaslight Mystery #1

By Victoria Thompson
Berkley – 1999
ISBN: 0425168964 - Paperback
Mystery / Historical

Reviewed by: Brenda Weeaks, MyShelf.Com
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A good read with a familiar feel. I think historical readers have a new series to look forward to. 

Sarah Brandt is a midwife at the turn-of -the-century. When a young girl boarding at Sara’s patients home is murdered Sarah’s lack of faith in the NYC Police Department compels her to try and solve the murder herself. Frank Malloy is a tough cop with ambitions to move up. Sarah wonders if he will consider the case worth his time and Frank wonders if she will ever go away. 

Victoria Thompson’s first historical is a hit as far as I’m concerned. The mystery was well done and the historical jargon is clear without being overwhelming. I think it helps the reader sometimes to know what certain historical terms are and Ms Thompson was successful in explaining them without distracting from the story. 


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