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Turn-of-the-century New York City midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Molloy are thrust into a twisted case of murder—when a seductress falls victim to her own charades.


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Turn-of-the-century New York City midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Molloy are thrust into a twisted case of murder—when a seductress falls victim to her own charades.

30 review for Murder on Washington Square

  1. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Another delightful episode in this excellent series! Notable this time for a sudden jump in the progress of Frank and Sarah's relationship. Even though neither of them is prepared to acknowledge this to the other yet, we know they are falling in love! Little Brian did not get enough pages in this book - hopefully in the next one and please let him be able to walk. He has so many problems my heart goes out to him! The murder mystery was well done and although I guessed who dunnit quite early on ( ( Another delightful episode in this excellent series! Notable this time for a sudden jump in the progress of Frank and Sarah's relationship. Even though neither of them is prepared to acknowledge this to the other yet, we know they are falling in love! Little Brian did not get enough pages in this book - hopefully in the next one and please let him be able to walk. He has so many problems my heart goes out to him! The murder mystery was well done and although I guessed who dunnit quite early on ( (view spoiler)["look in the cellar! look in the cellar!" (hide spoiler)] ) there was a trick at the end which I had not guessed. Sometimes I get quite agitated when the two main characters do not communicate all they know but these are the days before cell phones and the internet. The pace was slower then:) This is a beautifully written series full of well researched historical detail. Love it and I am already looking forward to the next one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Sarah Brandt comes to the aid of her neighbor Mrs. Ellsworth’s son, Nelson. He’s become involved with a young woman but after meeting her, Sarah is skeptical of her innocence and motives. Things go haywire soon after their meeting. The case was really interesting but the developing relationship between Sarah and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy was what captured my attention. There was an easiness between them in the last book and now that’s gained some heat. It was engaging and the banter was be Sarah Brandt comes to the aid of her neighbor Mrs. Ellsworth’s son, Nelson. He’s become involved with a young woman but after meeting her, Sarah is skeptical of her innocence and motives. Things go haywire soon after their meeting. The case was really interesting but the developing relationship between Sarah and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy was what captured my attention. There was an easiness between them in the last book and now that’s gained some heat. It was engaging and the banter was better than ever. His behavior with son Brian is equally heartwarming. The murder mystery had quite a few bends and turns but I clued in on the probable suspects early on, though that didn’t take away from my enjoyment as the why was important. The journey very much held my interest and the ending was a wonderful teaser. I’m also appreciative of the historical aspects, this time shining light on journalism in that era, which was eye opening. This continues to be one of my favorite series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I enjoy this series mainly for the way Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy are becoming more important to each other. The mysteries themselves are pretty simple and yet the discovery of the perpetrator seems quite convoluted. Pretty good, but I agree with another reviewer that the Anne Perry books have more depth to them.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ed

    I've now read three titles in the Gaslight Mystery Cozy Mystery Series. Sarah Brandt is a likeable sleuth as she works as a midwife in New York City. Her ongoing romance with Frank Malloy is fun to see developing as both are reluctant suitors. I like reading about the historical time period. I'll try to return to the series in awhile. I don't want it to grow tiresome or repetitive for me. Now I'm off to read an Agatha Christie title. I've now read three titles in the Gaslight Mystery Cozy Mystery Series. Sarah Brandt is a likeable sleuth as she works as a midwife in New York City. Her ongoing romance with Frank Malloy is fun to see developing as both are reluctant suitors. I like reading about the historical time period. I'll try to return to the series in awhile. I don't want it to grow tiresome or repetitive for me. Now I'm off to read an Agatha Christie title.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melisa

    The most predictable whodunnit of the series thus far, however the details were all a surprise. The author continues to astound me with her atmospheric and detailed accounts of turn of the century New York City. She even mentions in her author's note that she included an actual, factual historical character into this book after doing some research. The character development continues to be very good and I really like where the two main characters' story is FINALLY headed! The conclusion is a cli The most predictable whodunnit of the series thus far, however the details were all a surprise. The author continues to astound me with her atmospheric and detailed accounts of turn of the century New York City. She even mentions in her author's note that she included an actual, factual historical character into this book after doing some research. The character development continues to be very good and I really like where the two main characters' story is FINALLY headed! The conclusion is a cliffhanger, and I have to admit I'm very happy that I picked up the next 3 books in this series so I can see what happens next...and fast!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Piyangie

    After sometime I decided to return to Gaslight mystery series. I have read the first two of the series and few more at random. So I felt I would like to return to the series and read them in order (at least as much as I can find). This is a good story by Victoria Thompson. Although the murder-mystery is pretty simple and easy to figure out, it was still interesting read. As always I enjoyed the historical touch to the story where it paints a colourful picture of early 20th century New York life. After sometime I decided to return to Gaslight mystery series. I have read the first two of the series and few more at random. So I felt I would like to return to the series and read them in order (at least as much as I can find). This is a good story by Victoria Thompson. Although the murder-mystery is pretty simple and easy to figure out, it was still interesting read. As always I enjoyed the historical touch to the story where it paints a colourful picture of early 20th century New York life. Perhaps this is the foremost reason of my liking the series. The characters are always diverse and selected from a wide variety. I felt the main two characters of Sarah and Malloy are more developed and mature. And I enjoyed the budding chemistry between the two and the jealous feelings of Malloy against potential suitors of Sarah. Except for a little repetitive writing I have no other complaints against the book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christina/ The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!

    Murder on Washington Square By: Victoria Thompson Series: Gaslight Mystery #4 Publisher/Year: Berkley Prime Crime, 2003 Setting: New York, (turn of the century) Historical Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Fiction Adult themes and content Plus(es): Multiple suspects kept me guessing to the end Courageous heroine Sarah Brandt is gaining notoriety as being able to solve murders. Therefore, it was no surprise to readers when her dear friend/neighbor (Mrs. Ellsworth) lassoes her into helping clear her son’s (N Murder on Washington Square By: Victoria Thompson Series: Gaslight Mystery #4 Publisher/Year: Berkley Prime Crime, 2003 Setting: New York, (turn of the century) Historical Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Fiction Adult themes and content Plus(es): Multiple suspects kept me guessing to the end Courageous heroine Sarah Brandt is gaining notoriety as being able to solve murders. Therefore, it was no surprise to readers when her dear friend/neighbor (Mrs. Ellsworth) lassoes her into helping clear her son’s (Nelson) name of murdering his girlfriend. Nelson describes the woman as being young and naive. Sarah is skeptical of his “lady friend’s” character and is determined to find out the truth. Mrs. Brandt and Detective Malloy work feverishly with Nelson’s life and reputation in the balance. With multiple intriguing characters, effective pacing, and plot twists, this book has all the elements of a fantastic read! *5 stars

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Anothe instalment of the Gaslight mystery series I enjoyed reading! This time the murder hits close to home so Sarah and Malloy have an extra good reason to want this case solved! The plot of the crime was very interesting and I enjoyed the who dunnit part! Had three suspects in mind and I was greatly surprised when the case was solved and the killer revealed! Once again the banters between Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy were great and can I say just... He cooked for her and I love him even more!!! Anothe instalment of the Gaslight mystery series I enjoyed reading! This time the murder hits close to home so Sarah and Malloy have an extra good reason to want this case solved! The plot of the crime was very interesting and I enjoyed the who dunnit part! Had three suspects in mind and I was greatly surprised when the case was solved and the killer revealed! Once again the banters between Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy were great and can I say just... He cooked for her and I love him even more!!!! He kissed her!!!! As for the addition of Frank's rival for the heart of Sarah I would appreciate it more if he wasn't such a dull character and also very unsympathetic at least for my taste! And now let's see what the next story will bring for my favorite characters!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cathy DuPont

    Ahhhh. Some progress on the Mrs. Brant and the Detective Malloy romantic front. And I'm not sure how Malloy could solve these murders without mid-wife Brant's keen eye and ability to encourage people to open up with critical information. This cozy mystery series is better than good with a strong storyline and it's relaxing to me by my not having to constantly think about every little tidbit of information. Also, I do enjoy reading about NYC around 1895 when President Theodore Roosevelt was the p Ahhhh. Some progress on the Mrs. Brant and the Detective Malloy romantic front. And I'm not sure how Malloy could solve these murders without mid-wife Brant's keen eye and ability to encourage people to open up with critical information. This cozy mystery series is better than good with a strong storyline and it's relaxing to me by my not having to constantly think about every little tidbit of information. Also, I do enjoy reading about NYC around 1895 when President Theodore Roosevelt was the police commissioner. Apparently police corruption was rampant during the time. From Wiki: New York City Police Commissioner Roosevelt became president of the board of New York City Police Commissioners in 1895. During his two years in this post, Roosevelt radically reformed the police department. The police force was reputed as one of the most corrupt in America. The NYPD's history division records that Roosevelt was "an iron-willed leader of unimpeachable honesty, (who) brought a reforming zeal to the New York City Police Commission in 1895."[40] Roosevelt and his fellow commissioners established new disciplinary rules, created a bicycle squad to enforce New York's traffic laws, and standardized the use of pistols by officers.[41] He selected the Colt New Police Revolver in .32 Colt Caliber as the first standard issue pistol for the NYPD. Roosevelt implemented regular inspections of firearms and annual physical exams, appointed 1,600 recruits based on their physical and mental qualifications and not on political affiliation, established Meritorious Service Medals, and closed corrupt police hostelries. During his tenure, a Municipal Lodging House was established by the Board of Charities, and Roosevelt required officers to register with the Board. He also had telephones installed in station houses. What are hostelries and Municipal Lodging Houses though? On my list of things to look up. It appears to me that Thompson did her research on the city before beginning the series which makes reading the books more authentic which I really like. A fun mystery series and gives me a reprieve from some more heavier reads I've had my nose in recently.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    When midwife Sarah Brandt gets a note form Nelson Ellsworth, her neighbor’s son, she is intrigued. She agrees to their meeting only to learn that Nelson has gotten a woman pregnant, a woman who doesn’t seem to want to marry him. Nelson asks Sarah to examine the woman, but something about their encounter seems off. Sarah doesn’t give it much thought until the woman is murdered and Nelson is arrested for the crime. With the help of NYC detective Frank Malloy, she begins to investigate. What is hap When midwife Sarah Brandt gets a note form Nelson Ellsworth, her neighbor’s son, she is intrigued. She agrees to their meeting only to learn that Nelson has gotten a woman pregnant, a woman who doesn’t seem to want to marry him. Nelson asks Sarah to examine the woman, but something about their encounter seems off. Sarah doesn’t give it much thought until the woman is murdered and Nelson is arrested for the crime. With the help of NYC detective Frank Malloy, she begins to investigate. What is happening? I hadn’t realized how much I’ve come to enjoy this series until I picked up the book. I was immediately lost in the world of 1890’s New York City, and Sarah and Frank are outstanding guides. They lead a cast of strong characters, and I love watching them interact and their slow burn romance. I did figure some things out early, but I was still glued to the page as there were twists and complications I didn’t see coming. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leona

    Not only do I love the characters, the mystery, and the budding romance between protagonists, I'm really enjoying how the author captures the essence of New York City at the turn of the last century. We get to see the political genre that defined, and still defines, New York City; the contrast of high society to abject poverty, the corruption of the police force, the injustices to immigrants, and even the stench in the city (garbage, horses). New York emerges as its own special character and ste Not only do I love the characters, the mystery, and the budding romance between protagonists, I'm really enjoying how the author captures the essence of New York City at the turn of the last century. We get to see the political genre that defined, and still defines, New York City; the contrast of high society to abject poverty, the corruption of the police force, the injustices to immigrants, and even the stench in the city (garbage, horses). New York emerges as its own special character and steals the show. On the surface this is just another cozy mystery, but when you peel back the layers, it is so much more. I love, love, love this series. I'm off to read #5.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mei

    Oh, I just knew that the delightful Ms. Ellsworth’s son Nelson would have been implicated in something like this! He seemed so upright and naive!!! LOL Another great mystery! We gat to see how the relationship between Frank and Sarah is growing and I just know that something will come out of it! ;-) Also the small moments with Frank and his son Brian are precious! :)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tammie

    Turn-of-the-century New York City midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Molloy are thrust into a twisted case of murder—when a seductress falls victim to her own charades. Murder on Washington Square was another enjoyable installment in the Gaslight series. One thing I have noticed is that the mysteries in these books are pretty easy to figure out. I do wish Sarah and Malloy weren't so slow sometimes. Maybe I feel this way because I'm comparing it to Anne Perry's books. I really thi Turn-of-the-century New York City midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Molloy are thrust into a twisted case of murder—when a seductress falls victim to her own charades. Murder on Washington Square was another enjoyable installment in the Gaslight series. One thing I have noticed is that the mysteries in these books are pretty easy to figure out. I do wish Sarah and Malloy weren't so slow sometimes. Maybe I feel this way because I'm comparing it to Anne Perry's books. I really think her books are a step above most mysteries in their cleverness. The most enjoyable aspects of this series are the developing relationship between Sarah and Malloy, and Malloy's ongoing investigation into the death of Sarah's husband. I like that there is that one ongoing thread that keeps me coming back for more while also trying to figure out the single mystery to solve in each book. And Frank's grumpiness with Sarah involving herself in his cases always makes me smile. I enjoy this series a lot so I will keep reading. Review also posted at Writings of a Reader

  14. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This time around Sarah Brandt needed to help her neighbor, Mrs. Ellsworth, when her son got himself innocently involved with a devious woman and blackmail. And we finally start to see some odd development with the Irish-Catholic widower and father, Detective Sergeant Francis Malloy and Mrs. Brandt, a widow and midwife. Malloy, with his crusty attitude, and Sarah with, most of the times, the patience of a saint, searched for some clues to resolve Nelson Ellsworth's innocence. The camaraderie, che This time around Sarah Brandt needed to help her neighbor, Mrs. Ellsworth, when her son got himself innocently involved with a devious woman and blackmail. And we finally start to see some odd development with the Irish-Catholic widower and father, Detective Sergeant Francis Malloy and Mrs. Brandt, a widow and midwife. Malloy, with his crusty attitude, and Sarah with, most of the times, the patience of a saint, searched for some clues to resolve Nelson Ellsworth's innocence. The camaraderie, chemistry and comebacks add charm to this wonderful historical story of suspense.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tamar overwhelmed by work - on temporary hiatus

    Okay...so I said I would step away and give the gaslight mysteries a rest....but Sarah and Frank are so darned cute, I just had to steal back for more. This time Sarah's neighbour is accused of murder and the unlikely pair of police detective and amateur sleuth midwife leave no stone unturned in their efforts to clear his name, discovering nefarious plots and tripping over a few more dead bodies before book ends.. delicious! Okay...so I said I would step away and give the gaslight mysteries a rest....but Sarah and Frank are so darned cute, I just had to steal back for more. This time Sarah's neighbour is accused of murder and the unlikely pair of police detective and amateur sleuth midwife leave no stone unturned in their efforts to clear his name, discovering nefarious plots and tripping over a few more dead bodies before book ends.. delicious!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lata

    A strange case this time, with Sarah’s neighbour Nelson Ellsworth (son of kind, superstitious and frying pan wielding Mrs. Ellsworth) being accused of murdering a young woman with whom he was secretly involved. Sarah’s dragged into the situation by Nelson himself, and Malloy grabs the case from a fellow policeman to make sure the investigation actually happens. The case is convoluted with little making sense about the young woman. I liked this instalment, and like a GR friend find this series addi A strange case this time, with Sarah’s neighbour Nelson Ellsworth (son of kind, superstitious and frying pan wielding Mrs. Ellsworth) being accused of murdering a young woman with whom he was secretly involved. Sarah’s dragged into the situation by Nelson himself, and Malloy grabs the case from a fellow policeman to make sure the investigation actually happens. The case is convoluted with little making sense about the young woman. I liked this instalment, and like a GR friend find this series addictive, as Sarah and Malloy employ their respective talents to find the killer. And become closer and more important to each other. And enjoy secondary character become more fleshed out and prominent in the lives of the two main characters. On to book 5.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Murder in Washington Square 4 Stars When Nelson Ellsworth, the mild-mannered son of her nosy next-door neighbor, is accused of murder, Sarah Brandt enlists the aid of Detective Frank Malloy to help her clear Nelson's name and find the real killer. As in the previous installments, the mystery is simple and easy to figure out. Nevertheless, the historical background, and growing attraction between Sarah and Frank make this a fun read. Thompson's research and attention to detail is excellent. The his Murder in Washington Square 4 Stars When Nelson Ellsworth, the mild-mannered son of her nosy next-door neighbor, is accused of murder, Sarah Brandt enlists the aid of Detective Frank Malloy to help her clear Nelson's name and find the real killer. As in the previous installments, the mystery is simple and easy to figure out. Nevertheless, the historical background, and growing attraction between Sarah and Frank make this a fun read. Thompson's research and attention to detail is excellent. The history of the Hanging Tree in Washington Square is very interesting as is the story of Maria Barbella, and the portrayal of yellow journalism at the turn of the century is realistic and believable. Sarah and Frank's relationship is progressing slowly, but surely as they both come to realize that there is more between them than friendship (although neither is willing to admit it to themselves let alone each other). All in all, another engaging addition to Thompson's historical cozy mystery series and it looks like the investigation into the death of Sarah's husband is about to heat up.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Sarah Brandt's neighbor, Nelson Ellsworth, has been accused of murder. Anna Blake was a con artist who seduced Nelson and convinced him that she was pregnant. Now her body has been found under the hanging tree in Washington Square Park. Sarah knows Nelson couldn't have killed Anna. She asks Detective Frank Malloy to help clear her neighbor's name. Another excellent mystery in the Gaslight Mystery series. Each book in this series is better than the last. Along with the interesting setting, I love Sarah Brandt's neighbor, Nelson Ellsworth, has been accused of murder. Anna Blake was a con artist who seduced Nelson and convinced him that she was pregnant. Now her body has been found under the hanging tree in Washington Square Park. Sarah knows Nelson couldn't have killed Anna. She asks Detective Frank Malloy to help clear her neighbor's name. Another excellent mystery in the Gaslight Mystery series. Each book in this series is better than the last. Along with the interesting setting, I love the relationship that is developing between Sarah and Frank. My rating: 4.5 Stars.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    The mysteries in this series are always interesting though they are not usually difficult to figure out by at least the half-way mark. That's okay though because it's fun to follow Sarah and Frank through the process of solving the case and there are still usually one or two surprises thrown in. I can't help but think how much faster they could solve the case if they just had cell phones, lol. At this point however, I am definitely reading this series as much for Sarah and Frank's evolving relat The mysteries in this series are always interesting though they are not usually difficult to figure out by at least the half-way mark. That's okay though because it's fun to follow Sarah and Frank through the process of solving the case and there are still usually one or two surprises thrown in. I can't help but think how much faster they could solve the case if they just had cell phones, lol. At this point however, I am definitely reading this series as much for Sarah and Frank's evolving relationship as to see what happens with Brian, and Sarah's cold case. Plus, Mrs. Ellingsworth is always good for a chuckle. I also liked learning about Maria Barberi (Barbella) - and yes, I googled her. Those extra little nods to the time period are like historical easter eggs.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sherri

    Enjoying the growing relationship between Frank and Sarah in the B storyline. What a mystery Thompson can write. Just when you think you might have it figured out...not.

  21. 4 out of 5

    William Richardson

    Another very good mystery, taking place in New York in the late 1800's. Love the setting and the characters. One of the things I like reading about is the way of life in that era and the different ways people where treated from the beggars all the way to up the line to the ultra rich. How little was know of medicine and the treatment of the sick and injured leaves on with the sense of the hopelessness the people had and their distrust of doctors. In this story women are blackmailing men after cla Another very good mystery, taking place in New York in the late 1800's. Love the setting and the characters. One of the things I like reading about is the way of life in that era and the different ways people where treated from the beggars all the way to up the line to the ultra rich. How little was know of medicine and the treatment of the sick and injured leaves on with the sense of the hopelessness the people had and their distrust of doctors. In this story women are blackmailing men after claiming they have been gotten pregnant by them. The women are supposedly helpless and have no jobs but come from good family's but when one is murdered and found not to be with child Sarah and Malloy set out to find out the truth behind the whole scheme. It seems that Molloy is starting to have serious feelings for Sarah and she seems to also. Will be interesting to see how this works out going forward.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    I don't know where to begin with this. The characters seem to finally be breaking into themselves, no longer just one dimensional. The plot is thickening, and I'm very eager to see where we go from here. Thompson just keeps getting better and better as the books go on. I didn't see any of this coming. I have to be up for work in four and a half hours, but I'm starting book five tonight. A more detailed review to come after my morning coffee... I don't know where to begin with this. The characters seem to finally be breaking into themselves, no longer just one dimensional. The plot is thickening, and I'm very eager to see where we go from here. Thompson just keeps getting better and better as the books go on. I didn't see any of this coming. I have to be up for work in four and a half hours, but I'm starting book five tonight. A more detailed review to come after my morning coffee...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    In Murder on Washington Square, Sarah Brandt's next door neighbour, Nelson Ellsworth, asks for her help with a woman he's been seeing. Sarah quickly deduces that something is amiss in this relationship. When a murder occurs, she and Detective Frank Malloy have another puzzle to decipher. I quite enjoy this light mystery series which brings New York in another era to life. My suspicions on who the murderer was were correct, but that didn't detract from my reading pleasure. 3.5 bumped up to 4 becau In Murder on Washington Square, Sarah Brandt's next door neighbour, Nelson Ellsworth, asks for her help with a woman he's been seeing. Sarah quickly deduces that something is amiss in this relationship. When a murder occurs, she and Detective Frank Malloy have another puzzle to decipher. I quite enjoy this light mystery series which brings New York in another era to life. My suspicions on who the murderer was were correct, but that didn't detract from my reading pleasure. 3.5 bumped up to 4 because it was great to spend time with Sarah and Malloy again.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    Murder on Washington Square is the 4th book in the Gaslight mystery series by Victoria Thompson. The series stars New York midwife, Sarah Brandt who finds herself involved in various mysteries over the course of her travels and who partners with, albeit not always voluntarily, with Police Detective, Frank Malloy. In this 4th book, the son of Sarah's neighbour, Mrs. Ellsworth, is arrested for the murder of a young woman. It seems she has been blackmailing him, after he got her pregnant, and her de Murder on Washington Square is the 4th book in the Gaslight mystery series by Victoria Thompson. The series stars New York midwife, Sarah Brandt who finds herself involved in various mysteries over the course of her travels and who partners with, albeit not always voluntarily, with Police Detective, Frank Malloy. In this 4th book, the son of Sarah's neighbour, Mrs. Ellsworth, is arrested for the murder of a young woman. It seems she has been blackmailing him, after he got her pregnant, and her dead body is discovered in Washington Square. Prior to this event, Mr. Ellsworth has asked for Sarah's help in determining if the woman is in fact pregnant only to have their efforts rebuffed. The woman is found shortly thereafter, hence the suspicion that Mr. Ellsworth is guilty. Sarah asks her friend Malloy to help in the investigation as she can't believe the young man is capable of murder. This starts an interesting chain of events as the investigation progresses. Malloy's relationship with Sarah becomes somewhat more friendly, Sarah's relationship with her parents is improved; the press hounds Mrs. Ellsworth and her son, and many interesting clues and facts are unearthed, including another attempted murder. The story moves along very nicely and the characters as always are very enjoyable. The mystery, while not necessarily too complex, keeps you thinking and the whole story and setting, early 1900 NY City, adds to the interest. As well, there are clues dropped for future stories, that will make you want to continue reading. I've found that the stories and character development have improved a bit with each story. I'm looking forward to starting #5. (4 stars)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The 4th in the Gaslight Mystery series. Sarah's midwife skills are called on once again when her neighbour's son, Nelson Ellsworth, fears his mistress may be carrying his child. Sarah goes to talk to the woman but finds her attitudes strange and confusing. The meeting turns into the mistress (Anna) accusing Sarah of being an abortionist and Sarah can't seem to convince her otherwise. The next day Anna is brutaly murdered and the police are convinced Nelson is to blame. Sarah once again teams up The 4th in the Gaslight Mystery series. Sarah's midwife skills are called on once again when her neighbour's son, Nelson Ellsworth, fears his mistress may be carrying his child. Sarah goes to talk to the woman but finds her attitudes strange and confusing. The meeting turns into the mistress (Anna) accusing Sarah of being an abortionist and Sarah can't seem to convince her otherwise. The next day Anna is brutaly murdered and the police are convinced Nelson is to blame. Sarah once again teams up with detective Frank Malloy to try and prove that Nelson is not guilty and to uncover the true culprits. (I love saying culprits. How often do you get to write that word?!?) Another good read! I really like this series and I really need to get back into reading them.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amanda McGill

    The Gaslight mystery series is the perfect blend between historical fiction and mystery. I'm loving it! You may remember Sarah's nosy neighbour, Mrs. Ellsworth. In the 4th novel of the series, it is her son that is in trouble. Nelson Ellsworth is in love. However, the woman that he wants to marry wants to quietly take their unborn child away and needs Nelson to give her money. Nelson can't afford to pay her and becomes the number one suspect once she is found murdered. I loved the relationship bet The Gaslight mystery series is the perfect blend between historical fiction and mystery. I'm loving it! You may remember Sarah's nosy neighbour, Mrs. Ellsworth. In the 4th novel of the series, it is her son that is in trouble. Nelson Ellsworth is in love. However, the woman that he wants to marry wants to quietly take their unborn child away and needs Nelson to give her money. Nelson can't afford to pay her and becomes the number one suspect once she is found murdered. I loved the relationship between mid wife Sarah and police detective Frank Malloy. It's really interesting to read about the two of them and how different relationships are in the 1890s/1900s. The mystery was excellent as well with there being a twist that I didn't see coming until the very end!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mo

    I read several of the Gaslight books years ago, and unfortunately, I read them out of sequence. This time I am going to read them all in order. This one was new one to me. I'm enjoying the deepening relationship between the two main characters. I read several of the Gaslight books years ago, and unfortunately, I read them out of sequence. This time I am going to read them all in order. This one was new one to me. I'm enjoying the deepening relationship between the two main characters.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shorty

    Things are -finally- starting to get interesting between the two lead characters. And Malloy finally has a lead on her husband's death........and the library doesn't have anymore of this series. Things are -finally- starting to get interesting between the two lead characters. And Malloy finally has a lead on her husband's death........and the library doesn't have anymore of this series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    D. Wickles

    Love this series! Each and every one.

  30. 4 out of 5

    A.M.G. ☮Hippie/Fantasia☮

    Rating: 5 / 5 Maybe it's the writing style. Maybe it's the time and place. Maybe it's the characters. Maybe it's the mystery. Maybe it's just tasteful and intriguing. I don't know what it is, but I LOVE this series. After a shocking ending to the first book of this series, and then a so-so mystery element for books two and three, in book four, once again, I had no idea how it was going to end and what was going to happen. Whodunnit this time really had me surprised, with an extra twist that I quite Rating: 5 / 5 Maybe it's the writing style. Maybe it's the time and place. Maybe it's the characters. Maybe it's the mystery. Maybe it's just tasteful and intriguing. I don't know what it is, but I LOVE this series. After a shocking ending to the first book of this series, and then a so-so mystery element for books two and three, in book four, once again, I had no idea how it was going to end and what was going to happen. Whodunnit this time really had me surprised, with an extra twist that I quite did not expect. Wonderful job, Ms. Thompson! In this book, Frank and Sarah are drawn together yet again by a murder, this time in the very public Washington Square, a public dividing line between the rich on one end and the poor on the other end. Here, they find yet another questionable person murdered ("questionable" in that they're not of a dignified background and have obviously done something wrong before) and get right on the case. What was interesting was that this time, Frank really is getting involved just to stay on Sarah's good side, because the fact of the matter if that this isn't his case at all, so he shouldn't have any reason to get involved--not that Sarah ever has any reason to get involved, but that's never stopped her now, has it? In this book, Thompson also focuses more on the relationship between Sarah and Frank than in the previous books, which I think is a great step forward. Not only is their relationship developing gradually, but it's also developing in ways that make sense. Nothing's straightforward or easy, but then, it's more interesting that way. ALSO, the kind-of cliffhanger at the end of this book really made me excited for the next one, as it hints at a new mystery--or, rather, digging up an old one, so to speak. I don't know when or if it'll be solved, but it's great to see that things are progressing in that direction, as that indicates that Ms. Thompson doesn't want to leave any loose ends. All things considered, I really really liked this one, and, yet again, am nowhere near satisfied of having gotten my fill of this series yet. On to the next one!

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