Murder on Astor Place: A Gaslight Mystery (Mass Market)

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This is book number 1 in the A Gaslight Mystery series.

Staff Reviews

Rarely do I stick with a series for more than 5 or 6 books.  The Gaslight Mysteries by Victoria Thompson are an exception to that.  The series is set in turn of the century New York City.  The main character, Sarah Brandt, is a midwife which enables her to travel through various sections of Manhattan.  When the series begins, she is a widow and estranged from her wealthy parents.  There are currently 17 books in the series.  Start with #1, Murder on Astor Place.  This is by far, one of my favorite mystery series.  In many of the books, it is fairly easy to figure out the murderer, but I keep coming back to it because of the characters and setting.  Lovers of historical fiction and cozy mysteries should give this a try.

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The first novel in the national bestselling Gaslight Mystery series introduces Sarah Brandt, a midwife in the turn-of-the-century tenements of Manhattan who refuses to turn a blind eye to the injustices of the crime-ridden city…

After a routine delivery, Sarah visits her patient in a rooming house—and discovers that another boarder, a young girl, has been killed. At the request of Sergeant Frank Malloy, she searches the girl’s room. She discovers that the victim is from one of the most prominent families in New York—and the sister of an old friend. The powerful family, fearful of scandal, refuses to permit an investigation. But with Malloy’s help, Sarah begins a dangerous quest to bring the killer to justice—before death claims another victim...

About the Author

Victoria Thompson is the Edgar® and Agatha award–nominated author of the Gaslight Mysteries and twenty additional historical novels. She lives in Illinois with her family and a very spoiled little dog.

Praise For…

Praise for the Edgar® and Agatha Award-nominated Gaslight Mysteries

“TANTALIZING.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter

“SARAH BRANDT makes an intriguing sleuth, and [Thompson’s] Gaslight series is a consistent winner.”—Booklist

“Victoria Thompson SHINES...Anne Perry and Caleb Carr fans, rejoice!”—National bestselling author Tamar Myers

“THOMPSON'S COMMAND OF PERIOD DETAIL...put[s] her in the forefront of historical mystery writers.”—Publishers Weekly

“[A] FASCINATING window into a bygone era.”—Kirkus Reviews

“ENTHRALLING...Fascinating characters with a story to tell.”—Fresh Fiction

“FRESH AND FABULOUS. [Thompson’s] eye for detail adds rich colors and shadows to the sweeping landscape of 1899 New York City.”—Open Book Society

Product Details
ISBN: 9780425168967
ISBN-10: 0425168964
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: May 1st, 1999
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: A Gaslight Mystery