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3 1/2! This Gaslight mystery series set in late 19 century New York City, is one of my favourite historical mystery series. I like the recurring characters and Ms. Thompson’s plotting is usually tightly paced and the mystery is usually tricky. In this book, Sarah and Frank are in the midst of getting their new home ready and planning their upcoming wedding when Frank is asked by one of Sarah’s father’s friends to find out how his son died. He had taken sick suddenly and had been sick for a few days and then died. His son was newly married with a new job. As Sarah and Frank try to determine what happened to Charles Oakes, they uncover some old and long buried family secrets in the Oakes family. These secrets date back to the American Civil War and it soon becomes apparent that these secrets, though buried, still have the power to inflame someone to murder, someone who doesn’t care how many others are killed in the process. Unfortunately, I didn’t find this book as compelling as others in the series have been. I had determined almost immediately who the killer was, and I had also figured out what the big secret was that caused the string of murders. I still enjoyed the characters, and it was nice to see Sarah and Frank finally get married. Their marriage will change the structure of future books and investigations, but I am looking forward to reading more in the series.