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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After a routine delivery, midwife Sarah Brandt visits her patient in a rooming house and finds that another boarder, a young girl, has been killed. At the request of sergeant Frank Malloy, she searches the girl's room and 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.