I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Murder in Little Italy by Victoria Thompson
Length: 7 hours and 15 minutes
Published by Berkley Pages: 293
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Callie Beaulieu
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Also by this author: Murder on Astor Place, Murder on St. Mark's Place (Gaslight Mystery, #2), Murder on Gramercy Park (Gaslight Mystery, #3), Murder on Washington Square, Murder on Mulberry Bend (Gaslight Mystery, #5), Murder on Marble Row (Gaslight Mystery, #6), Murder on Lenox Hill
When midwife Sarah Brandt visits Little Italy to check up on a new mother who delivered her baby just the day before, she finds the young woman dead. The family insists that the death was from complications of childbirth. Sarah thinks not. Neither does the woman's own mother, an Irishwoman who spreads the story that the girl was murdered by her Italian in-laws, the Ruoccos-an accusation that inflames tensions between the two immigrant groups.
A second death in the tenements nearly leads to riots in the streets as political factions and organized crime take sides and square off over wild rumors and newspaper accusations.
Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy is going to need Sarah's help to unravel the secrets of these troubled families, bring a killer to justice-and restore order to the volatile community.
What I thought of this book.
Sarah is brought to a home in Little Italy where a young woman is about to give birth. Everyone suspects it to be a premature birth because the couple hasn’t been together that long, but when the baby is born big and healthy, the mother suspects it’s not her son’s baby.
She wants to kick the woman out of her house baby and all but some others in the family don’t want that. Maria wants to keep the baby in the home and Nancy the babies mother is pretty sure she will be staying in the home. Then the Nancy ends up dead.
This puts Sarah in the middle of another one of Detective Frank Malloys murder investigations, but this time, they need some quick answers before there is a war between the Irish and the Italians. Who would have wanted to kill the young woman? Is it someone from the household or someone a bit more powerful.
Frank doesn’t like to admit that he needs Sarah’s help in solving this one, but he has Police Commissioner Roosevelt on his back to get it solved.
So I will admit that I really thought it was someone else, though the real killer was in my sights as well. I just wasn’t sure…and I love it when I am not sure till it’s revealed. I really like this mystery series. I love the historical setting of early New York where there was a lot of upheaval and turmoil.
Sarah is a headstrong character and it does get her into trouble a lot. It’s a good thing that she has Detective Frank Malloy to get there just in the nick of time to bail her out. I love Frank Malloy, he is a good cop (as good as he could be for the time period), and he will do what he has too to take care of his son who is deaf.
I like the side stories that continue throughout the series. Frank is trying to find out who killed Sarah’s husband but is afraid of what he might find. Sarah is growing close to a young orphaned girl and has now brought her into her home.
Right now I have caught up on all the ones I actually have in my possession but can’t wait to continue in the future.
This is just a really good cozy mystery series and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery.
This narrator has now become Sarah and this series and I couldn’t see anyone else every doing it so I hope she continues to do this series.