Murder on Union Square ~~ Victoria Thompson



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Murder on Union Square by Victoria Thompson
When a murder hits close to home, Frank finds himself in an unusual position--the prime suspect in the latest installment of the national bestselling Gaslight Mystery series...

Sarah and Frank Malloy are enjoying married life and looking to make their family official by adopting Catherine, the child whom Sarah rescued and has been raising as her daughter. The process seems fairly straightforward, but at the last minute, the newlyweds discover that Parnell Vaughn, Catherine's legal father, has a claim on the child, and his grasping fiancée is demanding a financial settlement to relinquish parental rights. Even though exchanging money for a child is illegal, Frank and Sarah's love for Catherine drives them to comply.

When Frank returns with the money and finds Vaughn beaten to death, all evidence points to Frank as the culprit. A not-quite-famous actor with modest means, Vaughn seems an unlikely candidate for murder, particularly such a violent crime of passion. But Frank soon uncovers real-life intrigue as dramatic as any that appears on stage.

Sarah and Frank enlist those closest to them to help hunt for Vaughn's killer as Frank's own life--and the future of their family--hang in the balance.
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I have been disappointed with this series for the last two or three books. I found this one exceptionally so. I had the mystery figured out about 1/2 way through and I found the story repetitive and the story dragged from the beginning. Let me be frank. I am a long-term follower of this series and I really enjoyed the midwife Sarah Brandt. But since she and Frank Malloy have been married, it has gotten quite boring and I don't enjoy it nearly as much. This look at early 20 century theatre was interesting though. But I think it is time to say goodbye to Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy. I don't think I'll continue with this series. I will miss the characters though.
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