From the tenements to the town houses of nineteenth-century New York, midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy never waiver in their mission to aid the innocent and apprehend the guilty. Now, the latest novel in the Edgar-nominated series finds Sarah and Malloy investigating the murder of a Knickerbocker club member who was made to pay his dues...
A Gaslight Mystery
Sarah Brandt's family is one of the oldest in New York City, and her father, Felix Decker, takes his position in society very seriously. He still refuses to resign himself to his daughter being involved with an Irish Catholic police detective. But when a member of his private club -- the very exclusive Knickerbocker -- is murdered, Decker forms an uneasy alliance with Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to solve the crime as discreetly as possible.
Malloy soon discovers that despite his social standing, the deceased -- Chilton Devries -- was no gentleman. In fact, he's left behind his own unofficial club of sorts, populated by everyone who despised him. As he and Sarah sort through the suspects, it becomes clear to her that her father is evaluating more than the detective's investigative abilities, and that, on a personal level, there is much more at stake for Malloy than discovering who revoked Devries' membership -- permanently.
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This was an excellent historical New York mystery. I have been enjoying the Gaslight series for some time now, but this book was even more enjoyable. Actually seeing some movement in Sarah's parents narrow-mindedness helped a great deal, and it certainly makes things easier between Sarah and Frank. Also, the motives behind the murders are motives that are still apparent today. Things have not changed that much really in the extent of peoples' depravity. In this book, a friend of Sarah's father is found dead in a chair at their mutual mens' club. Mr. Decker calls Frank in to investigate what happened to Chilton Devries. As Sarah and Frank investigate they find that the list of possible suspects is a very long one as Mr. Devries has made a lot of enemies in his life. The book is a lot of fun because of the change in the relationship between Sarah and Frank, and it's nice to see them work so well together. A very good effort on Ms. Thompson's part.