The latest Gaslight Mystery from the bestselling author of Murder in Morningside Heights finds Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy searching for a connection between a murdered newsie and a high society woman with dangerous habits.
Frank Malloy's latest client is the well-dressed Will Bert. He's searching for his brother, a newsboy named Freddie, so he can share his new financial good fortune. Frank makes quick work of the case and locates Freddie, but a happy reunion between brothers is not in the cards.
When Will's name is mentioned, Freddie runs off -- only to be found dead a short time later. Suspicious, Frank tracks down Will who spins a tale of lust and deceit involving a young society woman, Estelle Longacre, also recently deceased. Frank can't be sure if Estelle's risky behavior and the company she kept was to blame, or if her own ruthless family had a hand in her death.
Frank will need Sarah's help to unearth the dark secrets of the wealthy Longacres and to discover if there is a connection between Estelle and Freddie's death. Together they must navigate a perilous underground web of treachery to find the truth.
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I really enjoyed this newest book in the gaslight mystery series. Sarah and Frank Malloy are asked to find a young newspaper salesmen on the streets of late 19 century New York because his brother wants to find him in order that he might share some of his good fortune with him. But as they start searching they discover a much darker ulterior motive for finding the boy.. They start delving into some old and grotesque family secrets from a New York society family, and a few bodies start showing up. This was a very enjoyable mystery that touched on the lives of the "newsies" found all over the city in 19 century New York, and also on the orphan trains that moved homeless children around the country to families in the west that wanted to adopt them.