Called to Chinatown to deliver a baby, midwife Sarah Brandt soon helps search for a missing girl. But nobody seems to know where she is. Has she been sold to a brothel, or has she run off with a secret love?
©2007 Victoria Thompson; (P)2008 Recorded Books
"Vividly recreates the gaslit world of Old New York." (Publishers Weekly)
This book is one of the later books in a series, but this is the first audiobook. If you haven’t read the first books I can’t imagine too many people liking this book. If this is the first book in the series that you've read then I think it would be boring to some since you wouldn't have the background of the character. If you like the other books then you’ll like this one. I enjoy her books but they aren’t for everyone. In each book it’s been very easy to determine who committed the crime long before the characters in the book figure it out. What I enjoy about the book is the interaction between the two characters. There’s no sex or language in her books, I think it’s what some people call a “cozy mystery”.
I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!
A new mystery writer to follow! Not only did I get to learn more about the Chinese/American experience in early New York, I got involved in a good mystery about a young Chinese/Irish girl's murder. I did figure out who done it but not until almost the end. I want more! More mystery! More info on a detective who works under Teddy Roosevelt! More about the midwife who seems to get involved in his cases!
I really love the way Victoria Thompson takes her time to develop the various relationships among characters in this series. The murder mystery stories are just as well developed. Excellent reading is reliable in these books.
Narrative makes the world go round.
I do not like "edge-of-seat" thrillers, but this was positively edge-of-sleep material.
The basic mystery was good, but too obvious to all except the sleuths. A good period cozy compensates by richness of period detail. While the author provides some information on the period, it's not woven well into the text. The characters and especially dialogue were very modern day, not turn of the century. The narration somehow reinforced that modern feel.
I'll give the author credit for not relying on gratutitous violence or sex to tell her tale, though. I'd try a mystery written by her set in modern day but will not download any more of her period mysteries -- She doesn't have that touch, at least not in this installment in her series.
Good story. All of the books in the series have been good. Entertaining. Great history. Very enjoyable.
Everything! I LOVED this series until this first book with the new narrator. It is amazing how the narrator changes the character of a book. Sadly, I don't like Frank Malloy anymore. Sara Brant has aged 20 years. The next door neighbor is now irritating. I am so sad because I have 10? more books in the series, but I won't listen to them. I really have not had such an extreme reaction to a narrator before.
I'm sure she is a fine narrator, I just don't like her for these books. Especially since I had gotten used to the earlier narrator, who molded my expectations of the characters and my relationship to them. The expectations were shattered with the new narrator. I don't know these characters any more! Probably good advice, don't change narrators mid series if possible.
Tries to imagine voices in stereotypical fashion. I skipped about 7 chapters to find out who did it. Unfortunately the next book has the same narrator so I will skip it.
Tell us about yourself! I am retired. I was born January 27, 1945. I enjoy listening and read books. Mystery/thrillers are my favorite.
Barbara Rosenblat is my favorite female narrator. Suzanne is horrible. I returned
the books, could not listen to her!
I loved listening to this series. Victoria Thompson writes a fun, interesting, entertaining
story. But Suzanne Toren is horrible as narrator. Why did you change narrators?
Callie was not great, but she was much better that Suzanne.
I had to stop listening to this book about 7 pages in - I just couldn't stand it anymore. The woman who narrates is so pretentious and affected that I could have been listening to a snooty woman describing the proper way to hold high tea, not a book about people who live in the grittier sections of New York.
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