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Title:
Murder on Fifth Avenue
Author:
Thompson, Victoria (Victoria E.)
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, [2012]

©2012
Physical Description:
296 pages ; 21 cm.
Summary:
High society member Felix Decker, who belongs to one of New York's oldest families, resigns himself to partnering up with Irish Catholic police detective Frank Malloy when a member of his private club is murdered in nineteenth-century Manhattan.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780425247419
Format :
Book

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Summary

From the tenements to the town houses of nineteenth-century New York, midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy never waiver in their mission to aid the innocent and apprehend the guilty. Now, the latest novel in the Edgar®-nominated series finds Sarah and Malloy investigating the murder of a Knickerbocker club member who was made to pay his dues...

Sarah Brandt's family is one of the oldest in New York City, and her father, Felix Decker, takes his position in society very seriously. He still refuses to resign himself to his daughter being involved with an Irish Catholic police detective. But when a member of his private club--the very exclusive Knickerbocker--is murdered, Decker forms an uneasy alliance with Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to solve the crime as discreetly as possible.

Malloy soon discovers that despite his social standing, the deceased--Chilton Devries--was no gentleman. In fact, he's left behind his own unofficial club of sorts, populated by everyone who despised him. As he and Sarah sort through the suspects, it becomes clear to her that her father is evaluating more than the detective's investigative abilities, and that, on a personal level, there is much more at stake for Malloy than discovering who revoked Devries' membership--permanently.



Author Notes

Victoria Thompson is the Edgar® Award-nominated author of the Gaslight mystery series and 20 additional historical novels. She lives in Western Pennsylvania with her family.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Midwife Sarah Brandt comes from one of New York's oldest families. Her father, Felix Decker, who is very conscious of his position in nineteenth-century society, finds it hard to accept the fact that Sarah has chosen to live independently and become friends with an Irish Catholic police detective. When a member of his club, the exclusive Knickerbocker, is found dead in the building, Felix does not hesitate to call Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to find out what happened as discreetly as possible. Malloy soon learns that the deceased, Chilton Devries, was no gentleman, despite his club membership. His dysfunctional family, business associates who were cheated, and a few other interesting characters all despised him. Of course, Sarah ends up helping Malloy because of her access to the upper crust, but the two soon discover that Felix Decker is evaluating more than Malloy's investigative abilities. This is a strong series that deals with topics that are as timely now as they were at the end of the nineteenth century. Sarah's fans will eagerly await the next case to see what develops between her and Malloy.--Bibel, Barbara Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

At the outset of Thompson's fine 14th mystery set in late 19th-century New York City (after 2011's Murder on Sisters Row), NYPD Det. Sgt. Frank Malloy receives a summons to Manhattan's exclusive Knickerbocker Club, where member Chilton Devries has been found stabbed to death in a chair. Most of the victim's surviving family members treat the news of his demise with indifference, save Devries's daughter-in-law, who laughs exultantly. While Felix Decker, a high-ranking officer of the Knickerbocker, wants the truth, if the guilty party is a fellow club member, he'll handle things discreetly, permitting an arrest only if the murderer is not from the upper class. As always, the detective is aided by Thompson's most impressive creation, Decker's fiercely independent and capable daughter, Sarah Brandt, who supports herself as a midwife. Newcomers as well as old fans will find this an intelligent and engrossing look at society and its hypocrisy. Agent: Nancy Yost, Nancy Yost Literary Agency. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.