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Murder on Marble Row : a gaslight mystery
Thompson, Victoria (Victoria E.)
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2004.
Physical Description:
313 pages ; 22 cm
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In turn-of-the-century New York City midwife Sarah Brandt is again helping police Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy. This time, an arsonist is presumed to have murdered a wealthy industrialist in an explosion. But Sarah and Frank clash over whether the murder was politically motivated because-as she knows and he is about to discover-the marble facades of Fifth Avenue hide as many dark and twisted secrets as any tenement on the Lower East Side...

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Booklist Review

Edgar-nominated author Thompson transports readers back to New York City at the turn of the century in her sixth Gaslight Mystery. Wealthy industrialist Gregory Van Dyke dies when a bomb explodes in his office. When Detective Sergeant Frank Molloy arrives at Van Dyke's home to investigate, he finds Sarah Brandt, a widowed midwife from an upper-class family, already there. The two have worked together on other cases, but Molloy swore that he would never see her again because he knows that the rigid social hierarchy prevents the expression of his true feelings. Sarah, on the other hand, is delighted to be involved in another investigation and puts her social connections to good use. As Molloy learns, there are plenty of dark secrets and as many suspects on Fifth Avenue as there are in the tenements. An entertaining mix of history and mystery, complete with cameos from Teddy Roosevelt and Emma Goldman. --Barbara Bibel Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Set in late 19th-century New York, Victoria Thompson's cleverly plotted Murder on Marble Row: A Gaslight Mystery, the sixth in the series (Murder on Astor Place, etc.), provides abundant fair play and plenty of convincing period detail. At the request of Teddy Roosevelt, one of the city's three police commissioners, Det. Sergeant Frank Malloy and midwife and do-gooder Sarah Brandt pursue a bomber whose infernal device has killed an influential industrialist. This light, quick read engages the readers' emotions. Agent, Nancy Yost. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In their sixth adventure the first of Thompson's "Gaslight" series to appear in hardcover Sarah Brandt, the nurse-trained daughter of wealthy New York City parents, and Det. Sgt. Frank Malloy tackle the bombing murder of a rich factory owner. Owing to the method used, suspicion falls immediately on the "anarchists," who recently enlisted the victim's disinherited son. Other suspects include the victim's much younger second wife, his alienated business partner, and perhaps even the younger son, who likes his step-mom a little too much. Fans of Anne Perry will certainly enjoy this Americanized look at class differences in turn-of-the-century New York and superior sleuthing. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.