Audiobook review of Murder on Astor Place

December 1, 2015 Audiobook Reviews, Book Reviews 6

Audiobook review of Murder on Astor Place

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 on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson
Length: 8 hours and 30 minutes
Genres: Historical
Published by Berkley Prime Crime Pages: 278
Format: Audiobook
Source: Tantor Audio

Narrator: Callie Beaulieu
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As a midwife in turn-of-the-century New York, Sarah Brandt has seen pain and joy. Now she will work for something more--a search for justice--in a case of murder involving one of New York's richest families.

Also by this author: 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, Murder in Little Italy

First book in the Gaslight Mysteries, it’s a historical cozy mystery series. 🙂

What I thought of this book.

Sarah is a midwife and while she is out at a call she finds a dead woman. Sergeant Frank Malloy is put on the case and he can tell that Sarah is going to be trouble. It turns out that Sarah knows the deceased and it’s strange that she would have been in such a poor neighborhood, as she comes from a rich family. She was also pregnant.

Although Frank tries to keep Sarah from looking into things it seems like Sarah doesn’t give up that easily. Then when Malloy’s boss tells him he is off the case because they don’t want him pursue the case. The deceased father is very rich and they don’t want things getting out about what happened.

He can’t look into the case any more but  that doesn’t mean that Sarah can’t, so she goes about looking into thing and seeking Malloy’s advice. Things in the Van Dam household are not all balls and pretty thing as Sarah puts things together about what happened.

This was a little different than most cozies that I read it is set in a historical setting (can’t remember hearing exactly when it was), and it was a time period when midwifes was a big thing. Sarah is from a wealthy family but after what happened to her sister she turns to becoming a midwife to help mothers who need help with birthing their babies. Her mother doesn’t like that she does it and it caused a bit of a rift between them. Sarah is a strong and some what stubborn character and I liked her.

Malloy thinks that Sarah should stay out of his way. He is the officer and she is not, you can tell there is a reason behind his gruffness with her and you get to find out towards the end. Although he thinks she needs to quiet nosing around and doesn’t want to like her, he starts to kind of find her interesting. I can see maybe a bit of a budding romance in the future, at least I hope. 🙂 They bicker a lot at each other and it’s fun.

The mystery surrounding who killed the woman was pretty solid as I didn’t figure out who might have done it until about the same time everyone else did. I like it when I can’t figure it out right away.

Overall, I enjoyed this novel and I will be continuing the series and have book two on my audio review queue just waiting it’s turn. 🙂 This cozy is not the fun, humorous ones that I really enjoy but I still liked it and if you like historical settings and cozies you might give it a try.

The Narrator:

This was my first time listening to narrator Callie Beaulieu and I am not sure really what I thought about her. In a way I liked her but in a way I felt like she mad the MC should a bit harsh. I got use to it after a while but I also wonder what I would have thought of this if it had a different sound. 🙂

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