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As a midwife in the turn-of-the-century tenements of New York City, Sarah Brandt has seen suffering and joy, birth and death-and even murder. And the crime ridden streets of the teeming city offer little relief from either. Thinking she has been summoned by German immigrant Agnes Otto to usher a new life into the world, Sarah Brandt is greeted by the news of an untimely dea As a midwife in the turn-of-the-century tenements of New York City, Sarah Brandt has seen suffering and joy, birth and death-and even murder. And the crime ridden streets of the teeming city offer little relief from either. Thinking she has been summoned by German immigrant Agnes Otto to usher a new life into the world, Sarah Brandt is greeted by the news of an untimely death instead. It seems that Agnes's beautiful younger sister, Gerda, had fallen into the life of a "Charity Girl." Caught up in the false glamour of the city's nightlife, she would trade her company - and her favors - not for money, but for lavish gifts and an evenings' entertainment. And now she was dead; victim, no doubt, of one of her "gentlemen friends." No one cares much about the fate of girls like Gerda, but Sarah does. And she vows to find her killer. To do so, she turns to Sergeant Frank Malloy. As the two pursue an investigation that leads from the bright lights of Coney Island to the stately homes of Fifth Avenue, they find that their shared passion for justice may cost them dearly...


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As a midwife in the turn-of-the-century tenements of New York City, Sarah Brandt has seen suffering and joy, birth and death-and even murder. And the crime ridden streets of the teeming city offer little relief from either. Thinking she has been summoned by German immigrant Agnes Otto to usher a new life into the world, Sarah Brandt is greeted by the news of an untimely dea As a midwife in the turn-of-the-century tenements of New York City, Sarah Brandt has seen suffering and joy, birth and death-and even murder. And the crime ridden streets of the teeming city offer little relief from either. Thinking she has been summoned by German immigrant Agnes Otto to usher a new life into the world, Sarah Brandt is greeted by the news of an untimely death instead. It seems that Agnes's beautiful younger sister, Gerda, had fallen into the life of a "Charity Girl." Caught up in the false glamour of the city's nightlife, she would trade her company - and her favors - not for money, but for lavish gifts and an evenings' entertainment. And now she was dead; victim, no doubt, of one of her "gentlemen friends." No one cares much about the fate of girls like Gerda, but Sarah does. And she vows to find her killer. To do so, she turns to Sergeant Frank Malloy. As the two pursue an investigation that leads from the bright lights of Coney Island to the stately homes of Fifth Avenue, they find that their shared passion for justice may cost them dearly...

30 review for Murder on St. Mark's Place

  1. 5 out of 5

    C.

    Victoria Thompson, Anne Perry, and Rhys Bowen share a lot in common in my personal reading experience. I loved all their débuts right off the hop. Anne teaches us in great detail, the ins & outs of a lady living outside her class. Victoria’s and Rhys’s settings are the same. Victoria gives us a born New Yorker in 1893. Rhys explains the climate for an Irish immigrant in 1901. Reading Anne and Rhys alongside her, enhances our appreciation of Victoria’s subtler intricacies. I enjoyed returning to S Victoria Thompson, Anne Perry, and Rhys Bowen share a lot in common in my personal reading experience. I loved all their débuts right off the hop. Anne teaches us in great detail, the ins & outs of a lady living outside her class. Victoria’s and Rhys’s settings are the same. Victoria gives us a born New Yorker in 1893. Rhys explains the climate for an Irish immigrant in 1901. Reading Anne and Rhys alongside her, enhances our appreciation of Victoria’s subtler intricacies. I enjoyed returning to Sarah & Frank in “Murder On St. Mark’s Place”, 2000. I anticipated five stars again; if contents were not fumbled. Unbelievably, they were. I could not dispute spiralling to three stars. The achievements and warmth are the stars of this book. It would have been better without the crimes. Sarah agrees to solve the murder of her patient’s sister, because the police in 1893 only do the work for a pay-out. In this novel, there is a compassionate depiction, showing us why it was nearly insurmountable for the poor to get ahead. Women endured abusive husbands, girls entertained rich men; who treated them to a few new garments that their paycheques couldn’t have supported. Exploring the amusement park, Coney Island, was fun. It must have been über famous, because an ice-cream shop here in Canada bore that name. Sarah’s elite Father trying to reconcile his idea of women, with Sarah's outlook, was aptly-shown. It’s a pity the two potential villains were so plain; there was no point making a mystery out of them. I retracted a second star for not one but two forced scenes, in which the author plunked our heroine into stereotyped peril. The mystery seems to have been phoned-in, amid meticulous depictions everywhere else. However, onto her third novel unhesitatingly, with pleasure.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    The second book in this series and it was every bit as good as the first. There was some great historical detail about Coney Island which was really fun to read. It was very pleasant to watch the character development of the two main characters, Sarah and Frank. I like the way they are developing a relationship and I really hope they do eventually get together especially for little Brian's sake! The story was good although there was very little mystery. I did wonder why the author made things so o The second book in this series and it was every bit as good as the first. There was some great historical detail about Coney Island which was really fun to read. It was very pleasant to watch the character development of the two main characters, Sarah and Frank. I like the way they are developing a relationship and I really hope they do eventually get together especially for little Brian's sake! The story was good although there was very little mystery. I did wonder why the author made things so obvious but she did provide a slight twist at the end. It was all very enjoyable and I am looking forward to moving onto the next book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Midwife Sarah Brandt is summoned to see her patient Agnes Otto, thinking it’s time to deliver her baby but finds her dangerously overwhelmed by grief after learning of the brutal murder of her 16-year old sister, Gerda. As Sarah delves deeper, she discovers that Gerda was a “Charity Girl,” the name given to the young girls who frequent dance halls and accept “gifts” and give “favors” in return. Despite the horrendous crime, no one is inclined to investigate as the common attitude is that the vic Midwife Sarah Brandt is summoned to see her patient Agnes Otto, thinking it’s time to deliver her baby but finds her dangerously overwhelmed by grief after learning of the brutal murder of her 16-year old sister, Gerda. As Sarah delves deeper, she discovers that Gerda was a “Charity Girl,” the name given to the young girls who frequent dance halls and accept “gifts” and give “favors” in return. Despite the horrendous crime, no one is inclined to investigate as the common attitude is that the victim brought this upon herself. Of course, Sarah feels a responsibility to pursue it on her own. I found this a fascinating story, learning so much about the plight of impoverished young women in this era who were struggling to survive and have some fun in their lives. It was also illuminating to see how some attitudes towards women haven’t evolved very much. There are some disturbing themes that provide a darker aspect. The investigation was also highly interesting, especially the interplay between Sarah and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy. They have definitely developed an easier rhythm and combine their strengths to solve the crimes. While I figured out the who early on, it didn’t diminish my enjoyment. I liked this story just as much as the first book and am excited about continuing the series. The personal aspects, historical elements and the investigations combine to make the stories relevant and compelling.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Since I read These shallow graves by Jennifer Donnelly which I greatly enjoyed I hoped to come across to a similar themed book and I'm very pleased that I did not only found a book but a whole series! I liked the mystery of this book and although I suspected who did it at the end I was surprised by the last twist! I like very much the two main characters when the investigate together and apart! Their banter is refresing and very enjoyable! I very much like their dynamic! The setting of the books i Since I read These shallow graves by Jennifer Donnelly which I greatly enjoyed I hoped to come across to a similar themed book and I'm very pleased that I did not only found a book but a whole series! I liked the mystery of this book and although I suspected who did it at the end I was surprised by the last twist! I like very much the two main characters when the investigate together and apart! Their banter is refresing and very enjoyable! I very much like their dynamic! The setting of the books is very intriguing also! I'm happy that this time I have the next instalments at home so I can continue with the next murder mystery Sarah and Frank are going to investigate!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ed

    I enjoyed the following things in this second title of the series: 1. Romance between Sarah and Frank 2. Sarah is a resourceful, good-hearted soul 3. Setting for the scenes on Coney Island 4. Stratified society found in New York City I'll probably read the next title. I enjoyed the following things in this second title of the series: 1. Romance between Sarah and Frank 2. Sarah is a resourceful, good-hearted soul 3. Setting for the scenes on Coney Island 4. Stratified society found in New York City I'll probably read the next title.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I suspected early on who the killer was but it in no way spoilt my enjoyment of the story. I enjoyed learning about the history of deaf schools and the differences between them.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This is a story you want to have on hand when you finish the first book in the Gaslight Mystery series, MURDER ON ASTOR PLACE. Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy have returned to the seamy side of late nineteenth century New York City with all its grime, decay and corruption. This time around Sarah was in search of the killer of the sister of one her patients whom frequented dance halls. She headed underground where, in the dark of night, drinks flourished and gifts were given to working girls. It wa This is a story you want to have on hand when you finish the first book in the Gaslight Mystery series, MURDER ON ASTOR PLACE. Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy have returned to the seamy side of late nineteenth century New York City with all its grime, decay and corruption. This time around Sarah was in search of the killer of the sister of one her patients whom frequented dance halls. She headed underground where, in the dark of night, drinks flourished and gifts were given to working girls. It was a stifling time for women; it was definitely a man's world. Only this time, a sinister evil in the disguise of a beau, was cruising for his victims. While reading the story, I warmed up to Sarah's superstitious and elderly neighbor, Mrs. Elsworth, that I first 'met' in MURDER ON ASTOR'S PLACE. Like Frank's aging mother, she thought Sarah and Malloy were attracted to each other. At this point, nothing could be further from the truth but the two opposing characters needed each other. I smiled every time I read one of the older woman's puzzling thoughts. "I guess I should've expected Mr. Malloy. I broke a needle today, you know. And yesterday I saw three crows together." Frank was called upon when Sarah realized she was going to need one of 'New York's Finest'. He was the only one she trusted. Still uncertain about their unusual friendship, their interest of each other's past life built slowly. Frank's wife had died from complications brought on by a midwife. And Sarah had lost her physician-husband by murder and whose case was now a cold file. And then their was Frank's three-year-old son with all of his problems. Like in the first book, we witnessed Sarah's trust in her fellow man. She was still having issues with her naivety. She wanted to believe everyone had some semblance of goodness no matter how small. Unlike Malloy, who had no problem seeing good and bad. Well, plenty of bad but then he had committed himself to a career in law enforcement. *I think this series is addictive. I enjoyed when the two lead characters were working together but I had no problem with their individual searches. There were enough twists and turns with a gothic-like background to have me scrambling to find MURDER ON GRAMERCY PARK. And I am certainly learning enough about NYC at the turn of the century! It makes me happy I didn't live back then.* 4.5 STARS

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mei

    Another great book! I think I got addicted to historical/crime/mystery genere! LOL What I like here is that it give us an insight to how rich vs poor people lived in NY at the end of 19th century! It is very illuminating and gives us a very bleak picture about the poor, especially women! I like Sarah's naviete, even if she does have an understanding much more profund about the life of poor families than other women of her class. And I liked also Frank's POV about the same which was the opposite of Another great book! I think I got addicted to historical/crime/mystery genere! LOL What I like here is that it give us an insight to how rich vs poor people lived in NY at the end of 19th century! It is very illuminating and gives us a very bleak picture about the poor, especially women! I like Sarah's naviete, even if she does have an understanding much more profund about the life of poor families than other women of her class. And I liked also Frank's POV about the same which was the opposite of Sarah's! On to the next! :)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Judith

    I have to say that even though I enjoy these nice little mysteries, what has me hooked is the NYC turn-of-the century setting. I do not know enough NYC history to vouch for how accurate the author is but she makes the early 20th century city come alive for me.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melisa

    This author excels at writing about Victorian New York City - a very well researched series. I especially enjoyed the details about Coney Island. The mystery is predictable, but the development of the relationship between the two main characters will keep me reading this series. 3.5 stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Midwife Sarah Brandt is called to the home of Agnes Otto. The heavily pregnant woman is in distress after learning that her sixteen-year-old sister, Gerda, has been murdered. Gerda and her friends are known as "Charity Girls", young women who like the city's nightlife and accept gifts from men in exchange for favors. It looks like one of these men may have killed Gerda. Since many people believe that Gerda got what she deserved, and the Otto family can't afford to pay the police to investigate, Midwife Sarah Brandt is called to the home of Agnes Otto. The heavily pregnant woman is in distress after learning that her sixteen-year-old sister, Gerda, has been murdered. Gerda and her friends are known as "Charity Girls", young women who like the city's nightlife and accept gifts from men in exchange for favors. It looks like one of these men may have killed Gerda. Since many people believe that Gerda got what she deserved, and the Otto family can't afford to pay the police to investigate, Sarah turns to Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy for help. The second book in the Gaslight Mysteries series is another winner. Though it was pretty easy to figure out who murdered Gerda, it was still a good book. Victoria Thompson does an excellent job making us feel we are right there in New York City circa 1896. I'm also enjoying learning more and more about Sarah and Frank with each page. My rating: 4.5 Stars.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dagny

    Even better than the first book in the series! A lovely twist near the end with the elderly, nosy neighbor.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tamar overwhelmed by work - on temporary hiatus

    I couldn't resist taking Murder at St. Mark’s Place, book two of Victoria Thompson’s Gaslight Mystery series, from Hoopla this month. If book one was 3 1/2 bumped up to 4 stars – I found this one to be a solid 4+ stars. Reading/listening to this book was like slipping into a pair of flannel pajamas, warm fuzzy socks and climbing under the duvet in the middle of the afternoon, on a freezing winter day, to read just for the fun of it..you get it? (right?) I figured out whodunnit right at the begin I couldn't resist taking Murder at St. Mark’s Place, book two of Victoria Thompson’s Gaslight Mystery series, from Hoopla this month. If book one was 3 1/2 bumped up to 4 stars – I found this one to be a solid 4+ stars. Reading/listening to this book was like slipping into a pair of flannel pajamas, warm fuzzy socks and climbing under the duvet in the middle of the afternoon, on a freezing winter day, to read just for the fun of it..you get it? (right?) I figured out whodunnit right at the beginning of the novel but I still enjoyed watching Sarah Bryant and Frank Malloy turn over every stone and examine every clue till they discovered who was murdering poor young girls trying to scrape by and improve their miserable existences in any way that they could. Sarah and Malloy are now familiar characters, doing what they do best, alternately sparring and agreeing with other (kind of Moonlighting/Remington Steele combos but at the turn of the century). I’m even falling in love with Sarah’s nosy neighbor. I love Mrs. Bryant for her independent spirit and moral code, for not being judgmental and for championing the rights of women without forfeiting her own humility while doing so, for always being willing to help no matter what the cost (sounds a little like Kipling’s “If”). “….What right did she have to try to convince (xxx) to leave her home? Many would condemn her actions. She had, after all, tried to break up a marriage. Not many people would consider the fact that (xxx) had beaten his wife savagely as grounds for desertion. Many men beat their wives and consider it their right. The law in most cases supported them too. A man might go to jail for beating up a total stranger but if he did the same thing to his wife, the law would turn a blind eye, even if she died from her injuries. Just one more injustice to feel outraged about in an unjust world….” Oh Sarah, what ageless truth you speak. Nary a week goes by without hearing a news report about a woman who was murdered by her partner or scorned lover. The reporting generally is accompanied by a description of multiple complaints to the police by the victim PRIOR to the final brutal act. Just one more injustice to feel outraged about in an unjust world. I’m currently finishing (and enjoying) book three, but I will give myself a break from Sarah and Frank for a while thereafter … I don’t want to spoil the pleasure by overdosing and becoming immune to their charms.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sherri

    The 2nd in the Gaslight Mystery series. Does not disappoint. This takes you to the famous Coney Island, shows desperate tenement living, and a building friendship of Sarah and Frank. I'm curious to see how their relationship develops around his son Brian and that story line. Even two books in, it feels like each story has enough to stand on its own but yet there's enough of a story line to carry you through to the next installment. The 2nd in the Gaslight Mystery series. Does not disappoint. This takes you to the famous Coney Island, shows desperate tenement living, and a building friendship of Sarah and Frank. I'm curious to see how their relationship develops around his son Brian and that story line. Even two books in, it feels like each story has enough to stand on its own but yet there's enough of a story line to carry you through to the next installment.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Leona

    I enjoyed this even more than the first. The relationship with the protagonists developed nicely and the mystery grabbed me from the first page. Looking for #3 in the series!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Murder on St. Mark's Place 4 Stars Attending to a routine delivery, midwife Sarah Brandt learns that the pregnant woman’s younger sister has been murdered. The victim, Gerda Reinhard, had been supplementing her seamstress salary by “working” as a “charity girl” - a young woman who exchanges her “company” for trinkets and an evening’s entertainment. With little police interest in the case, Sarah enlists the aid of Detective Frank Malloy and the two uncover a trail of death that leads from Coney Isl Murder on St. Mark's Place 4 Stars Attending to a routine delivery, midwife Sarah Brandt learns that the pregnant woman’s younger sister has been murdered. The victim, Gerda Reinhard, had been supplementing her seamstress salary by “working” as a “charity girl” - a young woman who exchanges her “company” for trinkets and an evening’s entertainment. With little police interest in the case, Sarah enlists the aid of Detective Frank Malloy and the two uncover a trail of death that leads from Coney Island to the drawing rooms of Fifth Avenue. As with the first book in the series, the mystery is straightforward and predictable, but the historical setting and character development shine through. Frank and Sarah's slow burn romance is the highlight of the story as the two begin opening up to one another albeit reluctantly. Readers also learn more about Frank’s son, Brian and his physical impairments, and about Sarah’s strained relationship with her father. The details on the social conditions of women at the turn of the 20th century are absorbing. Whether it be the young girls using their feminine wiles to stretch the social and financial boundaries that constrain them, or the married women forced to cope with multiple pregnancies and often times abusive husbands, the lives of the women of the time were harsh and cruel. The mystery is well-developed despite its simplicity and there are some gripping moments in which Sarah must struggle for her very life. That said, the ultimate culprit and explanation are quite obvious mainly due to the fact that there are few worthy suspects. All in all, a well-written and entertaining historical mystery and I will be reading the next book sooner rather than later.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Piyangie

    This is the second in the series and I did enjoy it as much as I did the first. The two characters becomes more close and they are at better understanding. There is also a developing chemistry between Sarah and Malloy which was very sweet. The story line is a little disturbing. I was really shocked reading how the poor and helpless girls had to reduce to "charity girls" to taste a bit of luxuries in life. I wonder this was the real case at that time period. It is pathetic. Author, through the cha This is the second in the series and I did enjoy it as much as I did the first. The two characters becomes more close and they are at better understanding. There is also a developing chemistry between Sarah and Malloy which was very sweet. The story line is a little disturbing. I was really shocked reading how the poor and helpless girls had to reduce to "charity girls" to taste a bit of luxuries in life. I wonder this was the real case at that time period. It is pathetic. Author, through the character Sarah, has shown such sympathy towards these poor girls and it was heart wrenching to read their plights at the hands of rich "gentleman" friends.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    What did I think? Even though I figured out who the killers were about half way through the story, I very much enjoyed seeing how Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy worked together to establish who the real culprits were. Besides the setting of these stories which is the 1890's in New York City and the fact that I enjoy novels set in this time frame. The author spends some time descriptively describing the various environs of "Gaslight Era" NYC and tackles some of the problems facing women of that era What did I think? Even though I figured out who the killers were about half way through the story, I very much enjoyed seeing how Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy worked together to establish who the real culprits were. Besides the setting of these stories which is the 1890's in New York City and the fact that I enjoy novels set in this time frame. The author spends some time descriptively describing the various environs of "Gaslight Era" NYC and tackles some of the problems facing women of that era. Then there is Sarah and Malloy. I am enjoying how these two relate to one another. Each of them brings the best parts of the disparate social class they come from to their slowly developing relationship. In this installment Sarah and Malloy search out the party/parties responsible for the beating deaths of five young working girls labeled, "Charity Girls". If you like murder mysteries based in an historical setting, I think I can promise that you will enjoy your encounter with Sarah and Frank.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lata

    I figured out who committed the murder fairly early on, but I still enjoyed Sarah Brandt's efforts as she interviewed the young women involved in this case of the beating death of their friend. Frank Malloy was difficult, as usual, but the more time he spent with Sarah, the more I was willing to say there might be a decent man underneath his anger. I liked this second book in this long series; Sarah's an interesting woman, and I like the historical details. Next: book three. I figured out who committed the murder fairly early on, but I still enjoyed Sarah Brandt's efforts as she interviewed the young women involved in this case of the beating death of their friend. Frank Malloy was difficult, as usual, but the more time he spent with Sarah, the more I was willing to say there might be a decent man underneath his anger. I liked this second book in this long series; Sarah's an interesting woman, and I like the historical details. Next: book three.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lesa Divine

    2nd book in this series. After a while I kind of predicted who could be the killer. But the author hits the reader with a bang twist. Sarah has growth. Frank has issues but he's figuring out what to do to fix it with Sarah help. I wish they would just hook up lol. Sarah neighbor gotta love her and her superstitions smh. Will continue on with this series. 2nd book in this series. After a while I kind of predicted who could be the killer. But the author hits the reader with a bang twist. Sarah has growth. Frank has issues but he's figuring out what to do to fix it with Sarah help. I wish they would just hook up lol. Sarah neighbor gotta love her and her superstitions smh. Will continue on with this series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Veronique

    Book 2 in this long murder mystery series. Another enjoyable read with a decent mystery, even if the culprit is easily determined by the reader. I was much more interested in the characters’ development, however, and in particular the child Brian.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    I am just eating this series up. They are just so quick and easy to read, I requested the next three from the library. Okay...maybe I bought them. Frank Malloy and Sarah Brandt are once again crossing paths to solve yet another murder, one that appears to be part of a pattern. After the sister of one of Sarah's patients is found dead in an alley, Sarah recruits the help of Malloy to find the perpetrator. This leads them down a rabbit hole of clues, none of which seem to add up. I will say that in I am just eating this series up. They are just so quick and easy to read, I requested the next three from the library. Okay...maybe I bought them. Frank Malloy and Sarah Brandt are once again crossing paths to solve yet another murder, one that appears to be part of a pattern. After the sister of one of Sarah's patients is found dead in an alley, Sarah recruits the help of Malloy to find the perpetrator. This leads them down a rabbit hole of clues, none of which seem to add up. I will say that in this book, Thompson really shocked me with the ending. While I kind of predicted the first book up to a point, this kept me guessing until the end. I was left guessing on the relationship between Malloy and Sarah, rooting for something more to happen. Who isn't? But I also fell more in love with Sarah's nosy neighbor and Malloy's son. Thompson really connects the reader with these characters here, and I can't wait to see more of both of them. Thompson does admit in her author's note that not all the history in this book is fairly accurate, but she still does an amazing job in setting the scene. I can picture the clothes and the streets during the late nineteenth century in New York City. It just goes to show that New York is the place to be, no matter what century. I have not been wandering around Manhattan since picking up the first book, but all I want to do is go to these places. I want to stand on St. Mark's Place looking for these corners and alleys. I want to find what would have been old school police headquarters. I love these books, and I love the history it teaches me about my wonderful city. Accurate or not. What a ride this book was. I can't wait to start book three!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    I don’t mind authors including overbearing, loud mouthed, bigoted, men in their novels, especially when they are the victim of some violent crime, but what I do object to is that they feel we should have some regard for them and I certainly don’t want them to be one of the main characters. I am obviously out of step with most reviewers because I really don’t like Frank Malloy, he thinks women should do as they are told, be seen and not heard and any women who speaks up for themselves must be a pr I don’t mind authors including overbearing, loud mouthed, bigoted, men in their novels, especially when they are the victim of some violent crime, but what I do object to is that they feel we should have some regard for them and I certainly don’t want them to be one of the main characters. I am obviously out of step with most reviewers because I really don’t like Frank Malloy, he thinks women should do as they are told, be seen and not heard and any women who speaks up for themselves must be a prostitute. He improved during the book and the author is obviously trying to get us to consider him as the romantic entanglement for Sarah, but even though the very end of the book is meant to show us his softer side I still don’t like him. As far as Sarah is concerned, I still enjoyed her part in the story, but as in the last book I thought she was very naïve. She didn’t pick up on fairly obvious clues and I couldn’t believe she was so stupidly trusting with Dirk. The author isn’t very good at deciding if Sarah is intelligent or not, because she doesn’t seem to be learning from previous mistakes. I probably will not be continuing with this series even though I think Sarah is still potentially a very interesting heroine, its just a pity the author doesn’t think so.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tammie

    As a midwife in the turn-of-the-century tenements of New York City, Sarah Brandt has seen suffering and joy, birth and death-and even murder. And the crime ridden streets of the teeming city offer little relief from either. Murder on St. Mark’s Place was a satisfying second book in the Gaslight Series. I'm enjoying this series almost as much as Anne Perry's books. There are many similar elements to her Pitt series and her Monk series. I especially liked the progress of the relationship between As a midwife in the turn-of-the-century tenements of New York City, Sarah Brandt has seen suffering and joy, birth and death-and even murder. And the crime ridden streets of the teeming city offer little relief from either. Murder on St. Mark’s Place was a satisfying second book in the Gaslight Series. I'm enjoying this series almost as much as Anne Perry's books. There are many similar elements to her Pitt series and her Monk series. I especially liked the progress of the relationship between Malloy and his son. There was one scene there that actually had me tearing up. Also Malloy and Sarah have begun to warm up to each other, which was nice. The only negatives would be that although I wasn't expecting the slight twist, it was very obvious who the killer was. And Sarah was just too slow at figuring out the obvious about a few things. Review also posted at Writings of a Reader

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anita Reads

    This was another fun book in this series. I enjoy the setting and the characters a lot. I like that we got to see some character development from Sarah and Frank. I was happy to see how their relationship is slowly developing over the books. I enjoyed the mystery for the most part, though I did guess some of the things that happened in this book, I still enjoyed the process of finding out. It also takes some part of this book discussing what option you had as a deaf/mute - which didn't have anythi This was another fun book in this series. I enjoy the setting and the characters a lot. I like that we got to see some character development from Sarah and Frank. I was happy to see how their relationship is slowly developing over the books. I enjoyed the mystery for the most part, though I did guess some of the things that happened in this book, I still enjoyed the process of finding out. It also takes some part of this book discussing what option you had as a deaf/mute - which didn't have anything to do with the mystery, so that was a nice touch. Overall still really enjoying this series, and look forward to read the next book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Kallenberger Marzola

    I don't remember who recommended this series to me, but I'm grateful. Murder on St. Mark's Place is set in NYC at the end of 1800s. In addition to the good mystery, it is interesting to see how difficult life was for the poor or middle class. Women didn't have any options except find a husband. The main characters Sarah Brandt and Detective Malloy are captivating. There isn't a romance but a growing respect between two very different people. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series. I don't remember who recommended this series to me, but I'm grateful. Murder on St. Mark's Place is set in NYC at the end of 1800s. In addition to the good mystery, it is interesting to see how difficult life was for the poor or middle class. Women didn't have any options except find a husband. The main characters Sarah Brandt and Detective Malloy are captivating. There isn't a romance but a growing respect between two very different people. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    4.5 hearts I'm really enjoying these historical mysteries. They are a bit grittier than cozies. I really hope Sarah does develop the skills Miss Marple has for understanding more of human nature. I feared for her more than once in this book. 4.5 hearts I'm really enjoying these historical mysteries. They are a bit grittier than cozies. I really hope Sarah does develop the skills Miss Marple has for understanding more of human nature. I feared for her more than once in this book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This is the 2nd book in Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mystery series. It is set in turn of the century New York City, where Sarah Brandt, a widowed midwife, and Frank Malloy, a widowed Irish cop, end up , one way or another, being involved in solving murder cases. I like the details given about everyday life in turn of the century NYC, where all 4 of my grandparents lived, as well as the details about obstetrical practice at that time. This story, which involves a serial murderer of working class This is the 2nd book in Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mystery series. It is set in turn of the century New York City, where Sarah Brandt, a widowed midwife, and Frank Malloy, a widowed Irish cop, end up , one way or another, being involved in solving murder cases. I like the details given about everyday life in turn of the century NYC, where all 4 of my grandparents lived, as well as the details about obstetrical practice at that time. This story, which involves a serial murderer of working class girls, also offers a picture of what it was like to be a women at this period in time. The story also offers a view of Coney Island in its early days. It was not a place where so called decent folks went. It was cheap and tawdry. And that's exactly what my grandmother told me too! Looking forward to the 3rd book in the series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I'm really enjoying the atmosphere and period detail of these books. They're well written and the characters are well-rounded and enjoyable. I'm also liking the slow development of the relationship between the heroine, Sarah Brandt, and the police detective, Malloy. However, the mystery in this book is quite disappointing. There's really only one or two suspects from the beginning, leaving the reader in little doubt of "who-done-it." Luckily, the book is enjoyable enough to read that the total l I'm really enjoying the atmosphere and period detail of these books. They're well written and the characters are well-rounded and enjoyable. I'm also liking the slow development of the relationship between the heroine, Sarah Brandt, and the police detective, Malloy. However, the mystery in this book is quite disappointing. There's really only one or two suspects from the beginning, leaving the reader in little doubt of "who-done-it." Luckily, the book is enjoyable enough to read that the total lack of suspense didn't kill it for me, but I certainly hope the author's skill at plotting mysteries improves.

  30. 4 out of 5

    ☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎

    Sarah is a midwife that happens to find herself in the middle of a murder. It seems that even though she tries to help the women in the area but always finds more in her travels. I do enjoy that she not only helps that women and children but also when she helps Malloy as well. The problem is that she sometimes gets caught in the middle of it. The helpful neighbor is sweet and fun especially with her pan but her son claims she's a feeble woman but damn she is good with a pan. LOL Sarah is a midwife that happens to find herself in the middle of a murder. It seems that even though she tries to help the women in the area but always finds more in her travels. I do enjoy that she not only helps that women and children but also when she helps Malloy as well. The problem is that she sometimes gets caught in the middle of it. The helpful neighbor is sweet and fun especially with her pan but her son claims she's a feeble woman but damn she is good with a pan. LOL

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