Regular price: $24.49

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

In this Gaslight Mystery from the national best-selling author of Murder in Murray Hill, midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy investigate foul play in the secretive high-society world of 19th-century New York City....

In the midst of Sarah and Frank's wedding preparations, Sarah accompanies her mother on a condolence call to the Upper West Side, where Charles Fairfax, the son of family friends, has died unexpectedly after suffering from a mysterious disease. It is a tragic and all too common story - or so it seems. Charles' father asks to speak with Sarah privately. He believes his son was poisoned and would like Sarah and Frank to look into the matter with the utmost discretion.

Putting their own personal affairs on hold, Sarah and Frank soon learn that not everyone wants to know more about Charles's death, particularly if he was murdered. As they unravel secrets that reach back to the War Between the States, they also discover that they are in the company of a very present danger....

©2015 Victoria Thompson (P)2015 Recorded Books

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    67
  • 4 Stars
    31
  • 3 Stars
    7
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    60
  • 4 Stars
    23
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    57
  • 4 Stars
    22
  • 3 Stars
    11
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Bunty
  • Burnaby, BC, Canada
  • 05-11-15

EXCELLENT!

Good series. The plot was very interesting. With plots and subplots which I find very intriguing indeed. Victoria Thompson is a wonderful writer and Suzanne performed the different characters giving them individual personalities and voices. I am waiting patiently for the next book which will be published in November.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

a clever murder mystery with plenty of surprises

I enjoyed reading this book, particularly the well-written murder mystery aspect of the book. It's a period piece based on a time shortly after the American civil war. Throughout this entire book, there are so many sad reminders of slavery and people's opinions of slaves, as well as other ethnic groups like those of Italian and Irish descent. I didn't realize the book would have that slant, and I can't say I would have bought and read it had I known. All that being said, I found the book well written, and a clever murder mystery. I would recommend to anyone who doesn't mind or enjoys reading from the civil war and or slavery generation.
The narrator did a good job.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great story.

Extremely good. Thank you so much. We've enjoyed it. Please continue writing about Frank and Sarah. Susan Torren was excellent as always. Thank you!!!!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

I loved it! they're finally married!

the way this whole story has developed with Frank and Sarah and all they've been through and falling in love and getting married is pure genius. I love this writing and will continue to read every one you ever write.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Murder on Amsterdam Avenue

Loved the story once again as usual! And once again, I want to finish this and get going on the next story!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Toren does another great narration

What did you love best about Murder on Amsterdam Avenue?

The plot for this book is well-done, although not as violent or "graphic'' as some in this series (esp the early ones.). As usual, author Thompson adds history and context to the period. Narrator Suzanne Toren has narrated the second half of this series's books (the 1st 8 apparently were never read for audiobooks), and really lifts the series above the ordinary. She does a great job with the voices, especially Sarah Brandt and Det Sgt Malloy, who finally are headed toward the altar.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sarah Brandt, who continues to evolve over the course of this series.

Have you listened to any of Suzanne Toren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I'm a fan of Toren's work, and VERY glad that the publishers and author have been consistent in using Toren for all the books in this series that have been given the audiobook treatment. Too many terrific book series (the late Barbara Parker's "Suspicion of" series, and the more recent Scottoline books) have been ruined, IMO by poor decisions to switch narrators. It looked like Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon series was headed down that same sorry route, but it appears that Barbara Rosenblat has been redeployed -- a good thing.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Sure.

Any additional comments?

I REALLY would like to see Toren narrate the first eight books in this series, which apparently have never had audiobook versions. I ended up reading them on my Kindle after I had finished many of the audiobooks, which only cover the last half of this enjoyable series.