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Murder on Fifth Avenue (Gaslight Mystery #14)

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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 Detect ...more
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Published May 1st 2012 by Berkley
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I can't believe this is the 14th book in the Gaslight Mystery series that I have read. And the author still has my attention!

An acquaintance of Sarah Brandt's father was found murdered at the hoity-toity Knickerbocker club. And who does Mr. Decker call on to try and solve the case? *Gasp!* Frank Malloy. For those of you that are unfamiliar with their relationship, suffice-to-say, they tolerate one another for the sake of Sarah. But I wouldn't be surprised to know that the temperature of the roo
ms. thompson has announced on her website that she has finally decided how to approach the way her midwife and detective can interact and be together, and it shows in the sheer delight and fun rampant in this latest addition to the "gaslight" series. a sense of humor and lightheartedness, not to mention direction, that has been missing from the past several adventures returns with a vengeance, and it becomes, quite literally, a mystery for the entire family to enjoy. i really admire the way ms. ...more
I usually save the Gaslight Mysteries for whenever I either hit a drought book-wise, or couldn’t be bothered reading for a while, OR just want to read a book I already know is great.

It really is that simple.

After thirteen books it’s like coming home.

I know the characters, I know it’s going to be intriguing and I know probably everybody is going to get what they deserve at the end.

So far I haven’t been disappointed.

“Murder on Fifth Avenue” deals with Frank being hired by Sarah’s father to inves
Murder on Fifth Avenue was better than the previous book. This one didn't just keep me guessing, the characters also didn't feel so stale. Mr. and Mrs. Decker where involved in this one and I can see that the author might be moving the characters towards a relationship resolution in the next few books. The end of this one leaves us all wondering what Mr. Decker wants to meet with Frank about. I can't wait to find out!
This is the first of Victoria Thompson's "Gas Light" mysteries I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The mystery was good and in the course of it I learned a lot about old New York and the social mores of the times. The book's main characters do not always act "according to their station"causing me to regard them with affection, especially the female sleuth's mother who often made me smile and sometimes laugh out loud.I intend to read other books in this series.
Claire H
Sarah Brandt and Irish detective inspector Frank Malloy return to the streets of New York in this fourteenth book in the Gaslight series, and it's an odd reversal of strengths and weaknesses for the author. The plot and pacing are significantly stronger - despite a melodramatic center, the reveals are made gradually and deftly and underscored with enough evidence and character development to make sense. The pacing is sharp and the book is as gripping and perhaps even more gripping than most Vict ...more
Lynn Demsky
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 Gaslight Mystery series finds Sarah and Malloy investigating the murder of a Knickerbocker club member who was made to pay his dues…

Sarah’s father, Felix Decker, takes his position in society seriously. He refuses to accept his daughter’s involvement
I am almost caught up in reading all the Gaslight Mystery Series, and will be disappointed when I am. The series is set in the late 1800's in New York City, with the unlikely friendship of an ex debutant, Sarah Brandt, now a midwife and widow, and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, an Irish "Copper". In this book Sarah's father, Felix Decker, one of the original Knickerbocker (those of wealth established in NYC), contacts Frank for help when a man is found dead of a wound in the back in one of the ...more
"Murder on Fifth Avenue" is a historical mystery set in New York city in the late 1890's. This is the fourteenth book in the series, but you don't need to read the previous books to understand this one, and this one didn't spoil the previous mysteries.

There was a nice level of historical detail about the setting, social structures, etc. The characters were complex and reacted realistically to the situations, yet we didn't really get much character development with the main characters. The suspe
May 01, 2012 Nell rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Excellent. The newest entry in the series involves a death at the elite men's club where Sarah's father is a member. When a stab wound is discovered, Mr. Decker summons Detective Malloy. The scenes involving Sarah's mother are particularly delightful. The author has done a very good job evolving the characters and their relationship with their wilfull, independent and unconventional daughter. The interplay between Frank Malloy and Felix Decker is cautiously respectful. Does Decker want the crime ...more
I can always count on Victoria Thompson to deliver. After the last blockbuster of a book, she retreats back into her quiet corner with this one.
Mr. Decker, Sarah's father, calls Frank Malloy, everyone's favorite policeman, in to investigate a murder of a friend of his at the exclusive club in which they visit. That in itself, considering he thinks the police are below his station, is shocking. It gets more shocking- not only is the lead murdered, but when the trail starts to get hot, the lead's
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)

Historical Mystery

This is book number fourteen in the Gaslight Mystery series and I still love the series. Sarah Brant and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy are great characters and they continue to work together to solve a new mystery. There is a big difference in this one. Both Frank Malloy and Sarah’s father, Felix Decker, ask Sarah and her Mother to help in solving the crime. Here is what Goodreads has to say about the book:

Characters: I keep wanting more development in the relationship betwee
I've never been a huge fan of this series; they've always just been light, fun mysteries with a smidge of romance to keep things interesting. Good enough to read before bed, but not something I'd pick up and read again, basically. Having said that, this installment was especially bland, lacking any interpersonal development between the main characters and completely missing any romance (these have never been romances, but we usually get SOME sweet scene). This mostly felt like a police procedura ...more
I agree with other reviews here, I sensed that Victoria Thompson has finally got a plan for moving Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy's relationship forward in this latest entry in this enjoyable, long-running historical mystery series (and putting us long-suffering fans out of our misery!) I've read every book in the series and I thought this was an excellent follow-up to Thompson's last strong, enjoyable mystery, "Murder on Sisters' Row"; for the last few books I've felt that spark and energy retur ...more
I am not a real fan of historical mysteries, yet I find this series very engaging.

Perhaps it is the contrast between life in turn of the century New York and the current world. For one example, things we talk about today without a second’s thought were just not talked about in public or in mixed company then. Another is the rigid class distinctions – the ‘haves’ considering themselves superior to the ‘have nots’ and the wealthy considering themselves as almost ‘owing’ their hired help. The third
Sarah Brandt gave up her position in society when she married a physician. Now widowed, Sarah supports herself and her foster daughter by working as a midwife. Although he doesn’t always welcome her assistance, Sarah also helps Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy of the New York City police force investigate many of his cases. Sarah’s father, Felix Decker, hasn’t been pleased with Sarah’s involvement in murder cases or with her friendship with Frank. However, when a friend of Decker’s is found dead ...more
This most recent Gaslight Mystery is one of Thompson's best in the 14-book series. As with the other books, it is set in the late 1890s, and the main characters are Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, and Midwife/amateur sleuth Sarah Brandt. The book revolves around the case of a man who was stabbed but didn't know it was a fatal wound, and so died far away from wherever the crime took place. Finding out who killed him, and why, and where, is the focus of the story.

This is one of Thompson's best my
Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy is busy investigating a warehouse theft, when he is summoned by no other than Mr. Felix Decker, one of the richest and most powerful men in New York. Of course, disobeying the summons is not an option, so Frank meets the man, like requested, at the noble Knickerbocker Club. A member of the exclusive gentlemen’s club, Mr. Chilton Devries, was found dead in the library and Mr. Decker want’s the situation handled efficiently and of course discreetly.
The fact, that F
I enjoyed this historical mystery novel even if its hard for me to accept the snobby attitudes of the wealthy "upper" class. The main characters are well developed and believable. I'd read more of this series.

Plot: 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 very exclusive p
This book was a good diversion and easy read which is what I was looking for. The story did engage me. I like the main character, Sarah, and detective Malloy. All that said, I have some problems with this series. Some of the characters are marginally believable, in particular Sarah's mother. Victoria has wearied the theme of incest, rape, mistresses, and mistreatment of women at the hands of society and men. All her books are the same basic theme reworked.
Frank receives a message from Sarah's father, Felix Dexter to come to his club at once. Arriving there he learns of a death of a member. Frank must determined how be died and report his findings to Felix who will decided what actions are necessary. Sarah and her Mother help Frank with the mystery as he can't go into the saloons of the wealthy. Will the mystery be solved before there are more deaths? A very excellent look into the drawing rooms of the rich in the 1800s.
Shirley Schwartz
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 i ...more
Wonderful Series

I love the fact that Victoria Thompson chose to set her storyline in New York City at the end of the 1800's- early 1900's. I love history. It is so interesting to learn more about the customs and society rules during that time and follow the slowly developing relationship of Mrs. Brandt future formerly Sarah Decker and
Mr. Malloy as they solve murders. Keep them coming as they are so enjoyed!
The 14th installment of this enjoyable mystery series finds Frank Malloy called to the office of Sarah Brandt's father to investigate the death of a member of his club. Chilton Devries died under mysterious conditions, and Felix Decker wants to make sure justice is served. Perhaps he's also testing Frank for something beyond his detective skills? Frank brings in both Sarah and her mother to help him solve the strange mystery where almost everyone surrounding Devries had a reason to kill him.

This author is one of the kindest caring people one will ever find in the literary world as an individual she is one of the very best. I have enjoyed each book of this series about life as an intelligent independent woman in 1800's and anxiously await the publication of number 15. Thank you Victoria for taking the time to create this wonderful series for all to enjoy.
My guilty little pleasure is getting a bit old. Same refrain, and in this story, it was a much weaker refrain. Thompson's writing is fact, these books would be great for adult readers that are learning to read as adults. The language is simple and there is a bit of history thrown in there to make it a bit interesting. This story was obvious from the beginning . . . a man dies at his Club and after it's found out it wasn't a natural death, it turns out he was a very bad man and everyone ...more
Patti Ashley
Wonderful series

Wonderful series

The plot has drifted back to the realities of women. Felix Decker is forced to call in Malloy for a murder at his club.Mr. Decker is testing Malloy and adjusting his view of his wife, his daughter, and Malloy. The murder is secondary to the relationships that are evolving.
This is a repeat of my review for the ebook edition.
I will not repeat the whole plot as some do because you can get that elsewhere and is a waste of space in my opinion.
This series has always been an enjoyable read but there seemed to be something missing this time around. Yes, it seems Frank has become more acceptable and his and sarah's relationship has developed quite well but so much of the background seemed to be missing from this one.
There was nothing of Sarah interacting with the masses i
Judy Tate
Malloy and Sarah are shocked when Sarah's father, Felix Decker requests Malloy to investigate a murder. Then Decker goes on to ask Sarah and her mother to help. The investigations reveal awful secrets and keeps everyone on tiptoes until the end. There are so many people with good reason to kill the victim that the killer is a real surprise. Loved it.
Found at Goodwill, however I didn't notice til I got it home that there was some (I hope it's only) water damage on the first few and last few pages. Like I said, hope it was just water and not something... yucky. So think I might just keep my eye out for a better copy.
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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 popu ...more
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