No. The reader made a period piece seem like a modern book. There is no distinction in her voices - no giving the things that MAKE it a period piece -..Show More » the hero sounds like the heroine, who sounds like the bad guys. The only time there's a obvious distinction, there's a note in the file saying the person talked in an obvious way. Even the CHILDREN sounded like the adults.
I’m glad I decided to keep going with this series, I can honestly say I liked book 2 much more than book 1!
I like the relationship between S..Show More »arah and Frank along with their respective back-stories, and the fact that the books are set in turn-of-the-century New York City; these are the elements that will keep me going with the series.
As for the actual crime / murder plots: I remain underwhelmed. The set-ups are simplistic and solving them feels like a series of lucky coincidences… however based on the way book 2 ended I am hopeful that things will become more interesting in future instalments.
It’s official: I like this series and I’ve added all future instalments onto my “to read” list. I can’t wait to dig into Book 4!
This third “..Show More »interval” in the lives of Frank and Sarah didn’t cover as much of their personal lives as I would have liked, but after 3 books I am still interested and I still really want to know what happens next! I’m hooked.
The murder story line in this instalment was good too. It kept me interested and guessing (or rather: guessing then re-guessing, and then changing my mind back again, then guessing again, then changing my mind back to my first suspect, then wondering if that was too obvious so I changed my mind again…) until the very end.
This series is up to 19 books so I’ll be entertained for quite a while to come. YEAH!
I have enjoyed listening to this series. There is an interesting combination of history, interesting characters, and always a good mystery. But I beli..Show More »eve this is the best one in the series so far. I think Victoria Thompson has hit her stride here, with this being a really good balance of characters' stories with action.
This particular episode involves the death of a wealthy man, and then-police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt asks detective Frank Malloy to handle this case personally. Naturally, he can't manage that without his friend Sarah Brandt finding ways to be where he is, and help him solve the crime. What I love about this particular book is the details. The history--of the Anarchists who terrorized wealthy people at that time, and the insights into the early movement for teaching deaf children to sign and lip read, are interesting. And I like that the author has expanded the characters somewhat to include seeing more of Sarah Brandt's mother, and little Aggie, a child she loves who lives in a mission. I see this as a good move for the books in the future (or at least I hope we'll see [hear] more of them in future stories.
A word about the narration. I have not felt until now that Callie Beaulieu has been the best narrator for these books. But I am happy to say that I felt her narration of this book was quite good. I'm not sure what's different, but the entire listening experience was very nicely done. I really enjoyed this whole book, and recommend it!
I find myself looking more and more forward to listening to the books in this series. At first, I was not keen on Callie Beaulieu's narration, but I'l..Show More »l have to say that both the stories themselves, and especially the narration have just steadily gotten better. Sadly, looking forward, I am seeing that the narrator will be changing in some of the books ahead. Too bad--just when this one is getting to be quite good.
This entire series is excellent. It opens a window to life around the turn of the 19th to the 20th century in New York. It offers a vivid contrast between the ultra-wealthy and those who live in a great deal of poverty--and attitudes of the times. There are also glimpses into social issues that were foremost in people's minds. This book tackles what must have been a very difficult subject to write about. The abuse of children. Though common enough these days, it would have been either unnoticed or unspoken then. So that gave the author a great challenge--to give her characters the ability to look at a situation trying to employ mindsets that would have been appropriate for the times, and not retroactively give them a 21st century social attitude. I think she did a good job of taking this on from that perspective.
If you like a good mystery series, that has elements of history and well-drawn characters that grow with the episodes, I'd sure recommend this one. So far, I have liked each story better than the one before.
I have believed that this series was getting progressively better with each new book. While this one was still good, I just could not get as enthusias..Show More »tic about it as some past ones. In this story, Sarah Brandt is called to the Little Italy neighborhood in NYC to deliver a baby. However, the child's birth quickly opens up a family crisis and murder, and Sarah is drawn in, along with her friend Frank Malloy of the police department, in having to try to sort out what has happened.
I will say that this narrator has greatly improved, so that helped the book move along at a good pace. But even that did not make up for what was missing. This book had a lot of good focus on the characters involved in the crime, but there was little--almost no-- interaction with the characters I have come to enjoy in the other books. I especially missed the interactions with Frank's son and mother. The story if a good one--if you have never listened to a book in this series you would not miss much by starting here, at the 8th one. But I guess I'll just say that it was not my favorite in the series. I hope future ones will return to the more usual mix of Sarah and Frank's personal lives mixing in more with the rest of the story.
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..Show More » 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”.
The story could have been so much better but it was bogged down by too much sitting and talking. The narriator also didn't help. She spoke very fast a..Show More »t odd times, had a cliche Italian accent and child's voice and for some reason, one of the older characters talked with a high-pitched trill. Not cerebrial, not exciting, not well-narriated, not worth it.
I like this series about Sarah Brandt, who is a midwife in early 1900's New York City, and her friend, detective Frank Malloy. It is well written, usu..Show More »ally historically informative and always has a good mystery.
This time, Victoria Thompson took on a controversial issue at the time, whether it was more helpful to teach deaf children to sign or read lips and speak. I do not know very much about it, except to say it evokes a great deal of compassion in me, trying to think through what I would want for my own child or family member. Thompson has handled this topic in a way that provided a lot of information about the issues concerned, or at least how it might have been viewed then, and combined it with some insight into the very ugly topic of of eugenics. The story and mystery are good, as usual, but I was fascinated by the topic. It really left me with a lot of things to think about.
Sadly, I felt the narration detracted from the otherwise very good story. Often reading too slowly, sometimes just the voice quality was off-putting. Since I liked the book so much, I would tell others to get it and listen to it. It is worth the credit despite the less than stellar narration.
I found the premise of this story very intriguing and I loved the setting. But I found the main character quite unevenly written. As a midwife working..Show More » with the poor at that particular time, I found her naivety pretty hard to swallow.
The murder mystery structure itself was competent, but I found that most of the characters were, like the main one, conveniently changeable to fit the plot.
It wasn't truly awful. It wasn't great. But the narration is excellent and makes the best of a mediocre story.
Sweetness is nice, but it needs a bit of tartness to be really tasty. Victoria Thompson, in her Gaslight Series, has always offered the mildest of co..Show More »zy experiences. I have enjoyed the concept of her independent heroine with a social conscience. In later entries, however, I find myself longing for Sarah Brandt's perfect little daughter to have a temper tantrum, or for Sarah and her policeman Malloy to share a feisty argument or a steamy kiss - some evidence of sexual tension! Sarah has become coy, and the innocence of the series has become a cloying sweetness. In this, the narrator shares responsibility. Her voices are varied, but overly syrupy. If the author and narrator continue to offer no touch of spice, I'm giving up on this series.
It's not just facebook. So timely and so upsetting as we are told about how social media (newspaper lonely hearts ads) trapped women into sexual s..Show More »lavery in Victorian times. At the same time Malloy and Sarah's relationship moves ahead with the potential blending of family and homes. Well paced, well told, well narrated. Looking forward to the next episode as things are set up for Malloy and Sarah to now be openly working together.
Good series. The plot was very interesting. With plots and subplots which I find very intriguing indeed. Victoria Thompson is a wonderful writer and S..Show More »uzanne performed the different characters giving them individual personalities and voices. I am waiting patiently for the next book which will be published in November.
Victoria Thompson did it again. Very well written. Good plot. Kept me glued to the book. I could not guess the murderer. Very well performed by Suzann..Show More »e Toren. I hope the next book will come out ASAP.