Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue ~~ Victoria Thompson

Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue by Victoria Thompson
The author of Murder on Amsterdam Avenue returns to nineteenth-century New York City to find Christmas in the air, a police detective and a midwife with love in their hearts, and a wealthy newlywed with blood on her hands…

Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy and Sarah Brandt are not the only ones who have recently tied the knot. Family friend Mrs. O’Neill was delighted when her daughter Una wed the seemingly wealthy and charming Randolph Pollock. She didn’t wonder why such an affluent man would want to marry a poor Irish girl, no matter how pretty she was. But now Mrs. O’Neill has a problem.

Pollock’s servants have found their employer bludgeoned to death with Una cradling his body. Rendered mute by the horror of her husband’s death, Una cannot explain what happened, so the police have charged her with murder and locked her away in the Tombs to await trial.

Mrs. O’Neill would like Frank to investigate the case and save Una, yet with Frank and Sarah still on their honeymoon, it’s up to the other members of their newly formed household to do some detective work. But solving the mystery behind Pollock’s death means first discovering the truth about who he really is…
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  • Published:
    Nov-2015 (Hardcover)
    Nov-2016 (Paperback)
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I was looking forward to this Christmas themed book which was also supposed to highlight the secondary characters in the Gaslight series. I must admit I enjoyed seeing Sarah's nursemaid Maeve and Gino, a police officer who used to work with Frank get together. I also enjoyed the fresh look at Sarah's parents, Felix and Elizabeth Decker. Sarah and Frank are on their honeymoon when the book opens, and when a distraught woman comes to their house, Maeve feels that she must try to help her clear her daughter's name. She had been arrested for the murder of her husband. Maeve enlists Gino and the Deckers to help her. During the course of the investigation the amateur detectives must first research the history of the victim and his young wife. They uncover quite few unsavoury details that only help to widen the suspect pool. Unfortunately, I had figured out the killer and the reasoning and planning behind the murder very early in the book. That took away a lot of the excitement and with no Frank and Sarah there, the book just didn't grab me like others in this series have done. I look forward to the next book, which will hopefully have Frank and Sarah in it.
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