Murder in Little Italy



As a midwife working in the tenements of turn-of-the-century New York, Sarah Brandt has witnessed her share of joy and misery, birth and death. Now Sarah suffers the heartbreak of losing a patient--but not from natural causes...

Called to attend a birth in Little Italy, Sarah finds an anxious family: Young Nainsi Ruocco's baby is being born too early. But when he proves to be a fat, lusty lad, their concern turns to fury--the child was obviously conceived before the girl and her husband had even met. The next morning, Sarah returns to check on the new mother, and finds Nainsi dead in her bed.

The family insists that the death was from complications of childbirth. Sarah thinks not. Soon the mystery has inflamed the tensions between the Italian and Irish immigrants, and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy must find out the truth before a full-scale street war develops. Once again, he's going to need Sarah's help to unravel the secrets of this troubled family, bring a killer to justice--and restore order to the volatile community.
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