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 Mulberry Bend (Gaslight Mystery, #5) by Victoria Thompson
Published by Berkley Pages: 343
Source: Tantor Audio
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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 Marble Row (Gaslight Mystery, #6), Murder on Lenox Hill, Murder in Little Italy,
Sarah Brandt, a midwife in turn-of-the-century New York City, has seen more than her share of joy and sorrow, birth and death. Now she will see for the first time how the squalor of the streets can breed madness and murder…
The Prodigal Son Mission on Mulberry Bend stands as a refuge for girls who otherwise would have to live by selling the only thing they have of value—themselves. The work being done there so impresses Sarah that she volunteers to help out however she can—with clothes, with medical assistance, with the organization of a benefit dinner. And when one of the girls is found dead and refused burial because of her former life, Sarah’s passion for justice is aroused.
Reluctantly, Sergeant Frank Malloy agrees to look into the death, if only to keep Sarah from endangering herself by pursuing the matter. But Sarah cannot be kept out of the investigation—and just as Malloy feared, her attempts to find the cause of the unfortunate girl’s death in the circumstances of her life put her in deadly danger—from an unexpected source…
What I thought of this book.
Okay this one had a bit of a sad ending as I felt bad for Sarah and what happened to a friend of hers.
Sarah gets mixed up in murder again when she decides that she likes the good things she is seeing at this mission for girls and decided to giveaway some of her clothing.
Her and Frank are still holding themselves at arms length when it comes to how they feel about each other. Then Frank seeing the dead woman in the park wearing Sarah’s clothing with the same colored hair he about comes unglued and even races to her house and grabs her in a hug before she even knows what is going on.
A girl from the mission has been murdered and she was wearing the cloths that Sarah had donated and Frank remembered seeing her in the exact same hat the day before. Now Sarah feels bad because someone died in her cloths and feels like she needs to find out what happened.
Nobody else really cares but Sarah about the woman who was considered a whore even though she was trying to straighten out her life. The police only solve murders that are given a reward for as that is how they supplemented their income as they didn’t get paid much. She drags Frank into the murder because he doesn’t want to see her get hurt and tries to keep her out of harms way.
Frank is also jealous because she has been going out with a banker friend Richard Dennis which we meet in the previous book. Her parents would like nothing more than her to attach herself to Dennis but they are just friends. Richard still blames himself her his wife’s death and neither of them are wanting a relationship. Sarah who is upset with Frank for telling her she should find someone like Dennis enjoys teasing him a bit with going out with Dennis.
The mystery is good and a little sad because of something that happens at the end but well you just have to read the series and find out. I kind of when back and forth on my guessing of whodunit and I did have it figure out but kept second guessing myself.
The author does great with describing the conditions of that time period. It is really sad that back then cops lived so much off of bribes and rewards. Frank doesn’t like how it is but he has a son to feed so he does what he can to feed him. Nobody cared about girls of poor status so their murders would go unsolved.
I really like this historical mystery series I am so invested in what will happen with Sarah and Frank. (Frank knows something about what happened to Sarah’s husband but now feels he can’t tell her…poor guy.) I really do hope they can put their difference in status aside and find happiness!
I recommend this series if you like historical mysteries.
Callie has grown on me in her narration so much now that I can’t see her not being Sarah and narrating this story. I feel that after I got past my thoughts of her in book one that she really does have the right tone for this series.