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5.0 out of 5 starsNOT HAPPY WITH ENDING
Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2017
It was great to get back with the loveable characters of the Gaslight Series, and as usual Victoria Thompson writes an excellent mystery. However, I am not happy with the ending. Frank Malloy was the exception that proves the rule as a policeman. He was highly moral and could not be corrupted. The fact that he accepts a gangster taking the law into his own hands is simply a violation of Frank's character, not to speak of the fact that a compassionate ethical person like Sara Brandt would never stand for such goings on. I think Victoria Thompson made a big mistake in misrepresenting her characters' character.
I've read every book in this series and enjoyed them all. I like the historically accurate settings and the way the characters have changed as they've moved through time in the books. One of my big complaints about JD Robb's "In Death" series is that after 30+ books, the characters are all still essentially the same as they were in book one.
If this is the first book in the series you plan to read, you'll enjoy it. The murder was well plotted, and I didn't know the guilty party until the end. The portrayal of the Bowery was interesting - an entirely different New York City from that experienced by The Gilded Age rich folks uptown. Then, when you're done with this book, go back to book one, and read the entire series in chronological order. You'll like it!
I have read all of the books in this Gaslight Mystery series and enjoyed them. Unfortunately, this one was my least favorite, thus far. Here, Frank Malloy, the ex-police officer turned millionaire private detective, gets involved in the search for a newsboy, supposedly the long lost brother of his latest client, who claims they were separated on the Orphan Train years ago. Frank's search for the newsboy leads to the discovery of a young, but dead, society woman, who had been involved in some questionable behavior. Frank, together with his wife Sarah, and his sidekick Gino, unravels the mystery that binds his client with the newsboy, and the dead woman.
I have to say that, other than the interjection of some historic interesting detail, such as the Orphan Train, the Bowery tours, and the newsboy strike, this was a pretty mediocre mystery. It was very cookie cutter and the characters pretty two dimensional. Even the mainstay characters, such as Frank and Sarah Malloy, were not quite up to snuff. Usually the characters are richly delineated and the plot more interesting. So, I found this latest book in the series to have fallen below expectation.
This is such an interesting series of mysteries and I eagerly wait for each new addition. This one did not disappoint. I have enjoyed seeing the characters develop. While each book could stand on its own I would certainly recommend reading all in order. The mysteries are always well crafted. I appreciate learning more about the time period, society and women's issues. This series is perfect for anyone who enjoys an intelligent cozy mystery.
4.0 out of 5 starsNewspaper boys and life in the Bowery
Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2018
Frank Malloy is sitting in his office, hoping for someone who is swilling to hire him to solve a crime. Then a young man enters and wants to hire him to find his younger brother so he can share in his new money. Meanwhile, Sarah, his wife, is planning for a hospital for pregnant young women that she has purchased in the Bowery. But life is never that simple, and soon Malloy and Gino are busy searching for “two toes” and soon after that that Sarah joins the search for the young woman who may have been murdered by boy, or his boss—a kingpin in the Bowery. This is a fine mystery, with lots of interesting facts about early New York.
The story line was interesting but I must admit that the books after Sarah and Frank married that affected the depth and grittiness of Sarah’s persona and Frank’s toughness on cases. Which was intriguing and her persistence and guile are gone. This made the reading of each book in the series so engaging as with her background of historical points. I respect the marriage that was lovely...but taking the other characters and willowing them out (Mrs. Ellsworth, Maeve, Gino the children, the tombs, the police department, rescuing Sarah from herself and delivering at least a couple babies, run ins with police department and lets not forget her mother and high muckety muck father and the inherent nobility....they are part of the great novels). I’ve read books with way more pages than this series of her stories. But when I’m finished with her books I am exhausted. Victoria keeps me so wound up with intrigue that I can not put it down nor do I want to. I then left with an emptiness of longing for the next book.
Because the narratives of last book “Morningside Heights I was disappointed and the wait for “Murder in the Bowery” that I fell a way and I just got this book and it was good and just purchased her latest and I can only hope for the areas of my desire and concern can be put back into as only Victoria can.... this a challenge to her cause she got the skills...like Nike says “do it”. I say just do it.i found my way back.
As I’ve always done I start over and re-read the series...is there any way the police department of can bring him in on a case that’s politically motivated but pressure to solve is of the utmost importance yet needs to be handled delicately.... and Sarah has to get involved behind Frank’s back (mother and father are attached somehow.... ooh looks there I’m helping with a story line...just funning.... but it’s yours if you can use it) just give me a “shoutout” if you do🙏🏽😉sincerely Trish
Ich liebe die Gaslight Mystery Serie, aber dieses Buch erreichte nicht den Standard der vorangegangenen Bücher von Vicky Thompson. Die Handlung ist schleppend, keine Höhepunkte, das Ergebnis voraussehbar. Ich hoffe auf das nächste Buch.