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I did enjoy this latest Sarah Brandt mystery, but I have to admit that I figured out the murderer(s)? early on in the book. But that did not spoil the book for me as I so enjoy Ms. Thompson's writing and her fast-paced plotting. And the ending was a wonderful surprise too. Ms. Thompson's sense of time and place is spot on and she portrays her era (New York City-late 19 century very convincingly. I really like Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy. They make a formidable crime-fighting team. This book delves into the life of Sarah's ward - 4 year old Catherine, and we find out how she ended up as a foundling on the settlement home for women where Sarah Brandt volunteers. Unfortunately, Catherine's resurfacing past puts her in grave danger and Sarah and Frank must protect her from thos who want to harm her. We are also treated to a closer look at Sarah's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Felix Decker. It was nice to see a bit more of them in this book. This is an excellent historical mystery series.