Triple Threat Reviews ~ The Gaslight Mysteries #9, #10 & #11

Posted April 20, 2021 by Stormi in Audiobook Reviews, Book Reviews / 4 Comments

by Victoria Thompson
Genres: Mystery
Published by Berkley Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Narrator: Suzanne Toren
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, Murder in Little Italy

TripleThreatReviewThree short reviews from one of my favorite historical cozy mystery series! Giving an overall rating of the three instead of individual ratings since I am doing three at once. 🙂

Murder in Chinatown by Victoria Thompson

Sarah Brandt has made her uneasy way to Chinatown to deliver a baby. There she meets a group of Irish women who, completely alone at Ellis Island, married Chinese men in the same predicament. But even as a new century dawns, New Yorkers still cling to their own kind, scorning children of mixed races.

When the new mother’s half-Chinese, half-Irish niece goes missing, Sarah knows that alerting the police will accomplish nothing, and seeks the one person she can turn to-Detective Sergeant Malloy.

And when the missing girl is found dead in a Chinatown alley, Sarah and Malloy have ample suspects in her murder-from both sides of Canal Street.

Sarah can’t help but get herself involved when the niece of the lady she just met, when she delivered the ladies baby, goes missing and then is found dead. Detective Malloy wants her to stay out of things but Sarah is to inquisitive for her own good sometimes and can’t help but wonder what happened. The young lady was seen with a young Irish man, but she was suppose to marry an older Chinese man, but she refused. When another person died that could have had something to do with things, Sarah is baffled.

I must say that I didn’t figure this one out until Sarah though I had figured out a few things. I just don’t think this one was as easy to figure out or not enough info leading me to that particular person.

I love all the characters in this series! Sarah is a very self reliant woman as her husband was murdered four years ago and even though she could go back home to her wealthy parents, she prefers to make it on her own as a midwife.  Detective Frank Malloy is a cop in an era where they are not always seen as the good guys. That most of the time if you want one to find out what happened you have to pay them. He is a decent guy though and a good cop and I think knowing Sarah has changed his perspective on a lot of things.

Murder on Bank Street by Victoria Thompson

In the four years since her husband’s death, midwife Sarah Brandt has become an angel of mercy in the tenements of turn-of-the-century New York. Now, Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy has taken up the task of solving the murder of Dr. Tom Brandt. But the shocking revelation he discovers may destroy Sarah—and Malloy’s hopes for any future with her.

I think this is probably one of my favorite ones of the series because you finally get to know who killed Tom Brandt. Reading the series you know that Sarah’s husband had been murdered four years ago, but the killer was never caught. We have seen learned that a lot of crimes during this time period didn’t get solved unless you paid the police to investigate. Sarah didn’t know this when her husband died she just figured that they couldn’t find the killer. Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy has become good friends with Sarah and he wants to find Tom’s killer for her. He has a short time frame in which to do so because of some new things happening within the police force.

Frank finds out that it might have been the father of one of Tom’s patience and that Tom might have done things to some of the women in his care. Frank has to be careful about this because he doesn’t want to ruin what Sarah thought of her husband. Sarah doesn’t believe what is being said and that just makes her want to prove it wrong and what they find out is very surprising a bit sad.

It’s also maybe the pivoting point in the relationship between Sarah and Frank. They like each other but they come from very different backgrounds. She comes from wealth and he is a lowly detective and everyone else knows how they feel but they have not yet tipped their friendship into anything else but I have hopes!

Murder at Waverly Place by Victoria Thompson

Sarah Brandt is not completely surprised when her very proper mother asks her to attend a séance. She knows that Mrs. Decker still carries great guilt over the death of her older daughter, Maggie. So Sarah accompanies her and the spiritualist does seem to contact Maggie-convincing Mrs. Decker to attend another séance.

Only this time, one of the attendees doesn’t succeed in speaking to the dead-she joins them. Now, it’s up to Sarah and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to protect Mrs. Decker from scandal-by determining how a woman was murdered in the pitch dark when every suspect was holding the hand of the person next to them.

This one was a lot of fun because we get to learn more about the Decker’s. I would never have thought that Mrs. Decker would ever want to go to a séance as she is so prim and proper. Learning though that she is feeling the guilt over the death of her oldest daughter though I can see her wanting to have hope that a spiritualist could maybe contact Maggie. She ask Sarah to go with her and Sarah knows it’s all a scam but some things that happen convinces Mrs. Decker to go back but without Sarah and while there one of the ladies is murdered.

Mrs. Decker ask them to call Detective Frank Malloy and when he learns that it’s Sarah’s mom that is there he does his best to try and keep her name out of things so the newspapers don’t learn that Mrs. Decker a wealthy woman was at a séance! He does this mainly for Sarah who he is very fond of. Sarah comes to collect her mother and of course gets involved in things because the young spiritualist woman is upset because they suspect her boyfriend and she swears he didn’t do it and Mrs. Decker and Sarah both feel bad for her and want to help.

It was a fun mystery because there was all these suspects and I really had to think about who might be the killer. The woman that was killed had made a lot of people mad. It was sort of easy to figure out but still enjoyable. I also liked that we are learning a bit more about Maeve from the previous book and this one and she gets to get involved a bit.

I really love this series and think that if you like historical mysteries then you would really enjoy these and should give them a try!

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4 responses to “Triple Threat Reviews ~ The Gaslight Mysteries #9, #10 & #11

  1. I really need to go back and read the older books in this series. I have absolutely loved the most recent books and am reading the newest book now and really enjoying it.

  2. Angela

    I have read all of Victoria Thompson book and they need to make them into a movie. They are a great read with lots of suspense and drama. Frank and Sarah was made for each other.

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