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 St. Mark's Place (Gaslight Mystery, #2) by Victoria Thompson
Length: 8 hours and 11 minutes
Published by Berkley Pages: 291
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Callie Beaulieu
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Also by this author: Murder on Astor Place, 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
As a midwife in the turn-of-the-century tenements of New York City, Sarah Brandt has seen suffering and joy, birth and death-and even murder. And the crime ridden streets of the teeming city offer little relief from either.
Thinking she has been summoned by German immigrant Agnes Otto to usher a new life into the world, Sarah Brandt is greeted by the news of an untimely death instead. It seems that Agnes's beautiful younger sister, Gerda, had fallen into the life of a "Charity Girl." Caught up in the false glamour of the city's nightlife, she would trade her company - and her favors - not for money, but for lavish gifts and an evenings' entertainment. And now she was dead; victim, no doubt, of one of her "gentlemen friends."
No one cares much about the fate of girls like Gerda, but Sarah does. And she vows to find her killer. To do so, she turns to Sergeant Frank Malloy. As the two pursue an investigation that leads from the bright lights of Coney Island to the stately homes of Fifth Avenue, they find that their shared passion for justice may cost them dearly
What I thought of this book.
While the midwife Sarah is summons to deliver a baby they find out that the oldest daughter has been murdered. Since the girl was considered a flirt and troublemaker nobody really seems to care about how she was murdered. But Sarah did and so she goes to her new sort of friend, Sergeant Frank Malloy.
She ask him what was being done about the murder and he tells her not much, she isn’t high priority and he knows that Sarah is not going to leave well enough alone. So he investigates and finds out that there have been several murders done the same way, and it’s the same kind of girls. Dance hall girls looking to do anything for some pretty things.
I enjoyed this one a little bit more than the first one and the mystery is really good and I enjoyed the interesting conclusion as to who the murder was.
Sarah is growing on me as I just wasn’t real sure about her in the first one. This is also my first historical cozy mystery series and with a midwife so it’s interesting. I like that Sarah could live the life of privileged if she wanted as that is her background but has chosen to become a midwife instead. Frank comes off gruff but I think he is also warming up the Sarah. He didn’t like her profession but it doesn’t bother him so much now. He doesn’t like her meddling into his family business but she proves to him that his son is not dumb but death. I could see them maybe becoming a couple later but like that it’s sort of a slow going thing and that they are for now friends.
If you like cozy mysteries and you like historical settings then you might enjoy this series.
I think I am starting to warm up to Callie’s narration even though I still think she sounds a bit rough but it works for the time period and she is becoming Sarah.