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Murder in Chinatown (Gaslight Mystery #9)

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The ninth in the Edgar(r) Award-nominated series featuring midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Malloy in turn-of-the-century New York City.

Sarah Brandt has made her uneasy way to Chinatown to deliver a baby. There she meets a group of Irish women who, completely alone at Ellis Island, married Chinese men in the same predicament. But even as a new century dawns, N
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 5th 2007 by Berkley Hardcover (first published 2007)
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Helen
I don't think Victoria Thompson intended to create reverse stereotypes, but I think that's almost what she did in this Gaslight Mystery. It's good to get away from the evil Chinese lurking in dark alleys, but the Chinese in this are all simple immigrants, with only one slightly tainted with criminality. The men are politely spoken, decent, hard-working, and kind. On the other side are the Irish women who are usually portrayed as hard working, religious young women grateful for every chance they' ...more
Elizabeth
Another excellent story about the team of Sarah Brandt, midwife, and Frank Malloy, cop. This story is set in Chinatown in New York City. Many Irish immigrant women married Chinese men because most of the Chinese who came here were men, not women. The Irish women often preferred marrying the Chinese because it gave them a higher standard of living. All those Chinese laundries we see in movies were actually very lucrative businesses. Such marriages were win/win for both parties: the Chinese men te ...more
Mary
This is the 9th book in the Gaslight Mystery series, set in turn-of-the-century New York. Sarah, a midwife, left her upper class life for one is more meaningful teams up with detective sergeant Frank Malloy (much to his dismay) in solving murders. This murder victim was a very young new bride, who was 1/2 Irish and 1/2 Chinese, and married a poor Irish lad instead of the older (30), Chinese man her father had chosen. Sarah is midwife to the young girls aunt, calls in Malloy to solve the crime, e ...more
Talia
The latest addition the Gaslight Mystery series, this book was enjoyable. I felt like the author balanced the murder plot and her character development quite well. It was nice to see more of Maeve and Catherine and follow how they have fared under Sarah's care. I think those two characters were an excellent addition to her world.

I would like to see more development between Sarah and Frank. I realize, though, that in the timeline of the stories, they've only known each other for little more than
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Sarah Lawrence
Not totally sure how to feel about this one. There's a fair bit of racism, but I'm not 100% sure that it's all in the spirit of historical accuracy. It was a decent little mystery and I didn't have trouble following along despite the fact that it was the ninth in a series, but I can't say I'm eager to read the others.

I picked this up somewhere, for free, mostly because it's set in New York City at the turn of the nineteenth century. You get a taste of tenements, the "mixed salad" of American im
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CJ - let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater
Though Sarah has promised that she would stay out of detecting, she finds herself once again in a murder case, though I'd say she is more in the outer parameters versus smack dab in the middle.

This is the first book in which Sarah takes more of a backseat and Frank is shown a bit more doing his job. Catherine has a nice little surprise for us by the end and Sarah and Frank's relationship is gradually moving but it is slow as molasses so it's frustrating me to no end.
Jobiska (Cindy)
I have picked up many murder mystery series in the middle, so I recognize the balance an author has to tread between updating newbies on underlying threads and relationships and keeping the interest of longtime readers. Even though I hadn't read any of the several previous works in this series, I felt the author erred too much on continuing to remind readers of the motivations of the protagonists, etc. I really felt nothing for either the female or male protagonist, and felt their interactions w ...more
Spuddie
This review refers to the audio version.

#9 "Gaslight" historical mystery featuring midwife Sarah Brandt and Det. Sgt. Frank Molloy in turn of the century New York. Sarah has a patient in Chinatown, an Irish woman who's married a Chinese man, and becomes involved with their family when the daughter of one of her relatives disappears, believed to have run away to avoid an arranged marriage to an older Chinese man. When Angel turns up dead some time later, Sarah helps the Lees navigate the police i
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Sarah Brandt, Mid-Wife, and Frank Molloy, Detective Sergeant of the NYC police, are brought together in this 9th novel as a new baby is born to an Irish American Wife and Chinese Man. The Mother's niece goes missing when her Father demands her marriage to a man in his 40's. The girl is fifteen. We learn in this insightful novel that the Chinese were not allowed to immigrate with their wives or any women. So, nature being nature, the Irish girls were attracted to the men, who were hard workers, e ...more
Tammie
Loved this one like the others. I'm not sure if I've just read too many mysteries now or what, but like most of the others in this series I figured this one out early on. As I've said before, I really think that Sarah and Malloy are written to be a bit dense sometimes. It was pretty obvious who the killer was based on the fact that there was unexplained blood on the person. But neither of them questioned how it got there? Things like that keep me from giving these books 5 stars. I give them 4 st ...more
Debbie Maskus
I seem to be alternating between the West coast of Shirley Tallman and the East coast of Victoria Thompson. Both writers portray the United States during the 1890's. I am amazed to learn tidbits of information from both women. In this novel, Thompson brings up the immigration quota for the Chinese. Supposedly, only Chinese men were allowed into New York, and then the restriction was that only men that had fathers already in the United States could immigrate. This caused many "paper sons" or men ...more
Patti Ashley
I have read most of this series

I have read most of this series

I just got the last two books in this series so I am going back to re-read a few. This series is still as good as I remember and this period of history is fascinating. The author portrays the turmoil of immigrants and women superbly. I pick up any book in this series without question.
Beckiezra
3.5, I liked it more than average but it wasn't such a great quality to warrant higher stars when I was at times a bit annoyed while reading. I liked the characters and the feel of the plot and setting, but I felt like it was a little too obvious at times plus she was inserting a bit of modern morals into the past regarding marriage and immigrants. The ninth book isn't the best way to be introduced to a series, the writing often declines over time, so I'd like to check out the first one to see i ...more
Ann
Sarah is called to deliver the baby of an Irish woman who is married to a Chinese businessman. She finds that Angel Lee, the daughter of a Chinese/Irish family, has disappeared. Sarah finds the girl murdered and she and Frank Malloy are on the case. This story again shows the prejudice of immigrants in the New World. Chinese women were not allowed to immigrate so Chinese men would often find Irish women to marry. The women were taken out of the tenements that they hated and given a better life b ...more
Sally
Midwife, Sarah Brandt, is called all over the city to deliver babies, including areas where proper ladies would not travel un-escorted. When she is called to Chinatown to deliver the baby of an Irish woman married to a Chinese, she doesn't hesitate to go - it is, after all, what she does. When the niece of the new mother goes missing, Sarah finds it difficult to sit idly by and not offer some assistance to help find her. When the young girl is found murdered, Sarah knows the only way this murder ...more
Trish Lata Gooljarsingh
A young chinese-irish girl, Angel Lee is murdered. She had eloped with a young Irishman to avoid marrying an older, wealthy Chinese man, a friend of her fathers. She incurs the wrath of her family [mother, father and brother] and is disliked by her Irish in-laws. But who could dislike her so much they would want to get rid of her?

There is one witness and she swears that she saw a Chinese man murder Angel. Others feel that Angel's jilted fiance, Mr. Wong may have done it....but then there is her
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Lucy
Sep 04, 2007 Lucy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: only if you are really into this series
Shelves: justread
I've been following this series and found this addition to be mediocre with shades of bad around the edges. Thompson tries to be historically accurate and this story reveals an interesting part of American/ NYC history I was unaware of. According to the story Chinese immigration was severely limited at the turn of the century and Chinese men chose to intermarry since Chinese women were not allowed access to the US.Sarah
brandt, the intrepid midwife heroine of the series is called to assist at th
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Doreen
intriguing mystery right up to the end. it is still frustrating to see that sarah and malloy's relationship has not taken to the next level. the description about the chinese was apt.
Nancy Butts
Book 9, and I think the most enjoyable yet. I had no idea that Chinese men in New York during the late 1800s married Irish women in significant numbers, because immigration laws forbade Chinese women from coming into the country.
Pam
I love this series of books, I love the interaction between the two main characters.

Being in grad school my only reading for leisure is coming via audio books while I drive to and from school.

I do not like this narrator, I don't know if she had something against Sgt Malloy or what, but I just didn't like how she read and interpreted the character. He came off way more arrogant and snotty than I had seen him in the previous books.

I have the rest of this series on my wish list at Audible. I am war
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Dany
A good story in the Victorian era of Sarah the midwife and Frank Malloy the cop with integrity. Good historical detail, decent plot and interesting asides with the family members. All I can say about the characters relationships though, is "progress already." He loves her, she loves him, yadda yadda. Get on with it. The mystery plots progress nicely but the character development is just inching along at a snails pace. Thats my only complaint. There's always just a hint at the end to keep you com ...more
Jennifer
Despite the fact that I pegged the killer as soon as he or she made their first appearance, I still really enjoyed this book.

I'm actually torn as to whether to award 3 or 4 stars... 3 1/2 would be my ideal rating.


(And please...can we move the development of the Sarah/Frank relationship along a bit faster? I know early in the series I mentioned that I liked the fact that the relationship was progressing slowly, but that was like 7 books ago! I also realize that only about a year has passed betwe
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Jemathomp
Not as good as some--a bit simplistic and repetitive.
Diana
The historical and social aspects of this novel as it describes the Chinese immigration into New York was very entertaining. I enjoyed it as much as the plot and characters.
Kalendra Dee
A young girl is missing in Chinatown and Sarah gets involved when the distraught mother asks her for help. Her father soon finds her married to an Irish immigrant and living in squalor. Tragedy strikes again when the girl’s strangled body is found in the tenement courtyard. The Chinese suffer terrible discrimination and are loathe to trust the police. Detective Seargent Malloy finds himself up against a wall of silence as he enlists the aid of midwife Sarah Brandt to try to understand these peop ...more
Katie
I just can't stop reading this series!
Kathy
May 17, 2014 Kathy added it
Love this series.
Shannon
Another pretty good installment. I usually figure these out early but that's okay. However, it is getting to the point where the relationship between Sarah and Frank needs to progress some more. The young girls that Sarah has taken in are being developed as interesting characters but maybe...it could just go a bit faster. I think I'm going to rest from these for a while and pick up the series in a bit. Looks like the next in the series might be the one that holds the solution to Tom's death but ...more
Emily
Love this series.
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Edgar® Nominated author Victoria Thompson writes the Gaslight Mystery Series, set in turn-of-the-century New York City and featuring midwife Sarah Brandt. Her last book, MURDER ON FIFTH AVENUE, has been nominated for an Agatha Award. Her latest, MURDER IN CHELSEA, is a May 2013 release from Berkley Prime Crime. She also contributed to the award winning writing textbook MANY GENRES/ONE CRAFT. A pop ...more
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