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Murder on Lexington Avenue: A Gaslight Mystery | [Victoria Thompson]

Murder on Lexington Avenue: A Gaslight Mystery

After Nehemiah Wooten, a polarizing figure among the hearing impaired, turns up dead, NYPD Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy begins to investigate. While interviewing Nehemiah’s wife Valora, he’s surprised when the not-so-grieving widow—hiding a secret pregnancy—goes into labor. Summoning his midwife friend Sarah Brandt, Frank learns from her of the eugenics views that kept Nehemiah from Valora’s bed ever since the birth of their deaf daughter Electra—now suspiciously joyful at her dad’s death.
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With her Gaslight Mysteries, Edgar Award finalist Victoria Thompson colorfully evokes the crowded, lamp-lit world of turn-of-the century New York City. In this 12th entry, philosophical conflicts within the deaf community reap a tragic harvest.

After Nehemiah Wooten, a polarizing figure among the hearing impaired, turns up dead, NYPD Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy begins to investigate. While interviewing Nehemiah’s wife Valora, he’s surprised when the not-so-grieving widow—hiding a secret pregnancy—goes into labor. Summoning his midwife friend Sarah Brandt, Frank learns from her of the eugenics views that kept Nehemiah from Valora’s bed ever since the birth of their deaf daughter Electra—now suspiciously joyful at her dad’s death. As more information comes to light, Frank and Sarah must ferret out the killer from a growing list of suspects. In this revealing portrait of a bygone day, Suzanne Toren’s splendid narration brilliantly distinguishes each character and helps build tension through the novel’s stunning conclusion.

©2010 Victoria Thompson (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator was god-awful. Half the time, she sounded like she was doing Munchkin impressions. Frank talked painfully slow and came off as sleazy. And the vocal fries!!!!! Terrible.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    About as impressed as the beginning.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Suzanne Toren?

    Most any other professional voice talent would probably suffice.


    Could you see Murder on Lexington Avenue being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not without heavy rewrite. Most of the book takes place in a couple of rooms. The stars should be actors trying to branch out from sitcoms.


    Any additional comments?

    A man who faints upon learning that his mother had an affair. A detective who speculates to a family member who the culprit might be. A midwife and a mother who abandons her practice and her child to spend days with a pampered rich woman. What's not to like?

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