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Murder in Chelsea (Gaslight Mystery #15)

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Sarah Brandt is shattered when she learns that a woman has inquired at Hope’s Daughters Mission for Catherine, the abandoned child she has taken as her daughter. The woman claims she was Catherine’s nursemaid, now acting on behalf of the girl’s mother to reunite them.

Unwilling to simply hand Catherine over to a complete stranger, Sarah asks Malloy to investigate. But when
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Published May 7th 2013 by Berkley
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BEST BOOK OF THE SERIES!!!!!! I can't even believe how good this book was! And, hoo boy, the PAYOFF! I just love these characters so much, and I really enjoyed how this book really centered around them. Why, oh why, can't I just snap my fingers and have the next book magically appear so I don't have to wait a whole more year to find out what happens next???? If you haven't read any of Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mysteries before, I would recommend reading all of the others first to truly apprec ...more
Elisabeth Montegna
The latest in Gaslight Mystery series, the author finally gives the readers in this 15th book what they’ve been wanting since the first or second book. Let’s hope she doesn’t screw it up in book 16. The Gaslight series is set in Victorian New York City. The female lead is Mrs. Sarah Brandt, daughter of one of NYC’s first families who left high society to marry a doctor and be a midwife. Dr. Brandt dies before the series begins, leaving Sarah a widow who continues to earn a living as a midwife an ...more
Shirley Schwartz
I did enjoy this latest Sarah Brandt mystery, but I have to admit that I figured out the murderer(s)? early on in the book. But that did not spoil the book for me as I so enjoy Ms. Thompson's writing and her fast-paced plotting. And the ending was a wonderful surprise too. Ms. Thompson's sense of time and place is spot on and she portrays her era (New York City-late 19 century very convincingly. I really like Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy. They make a formidable crime-fighting team. This book de ...more
This 15th volume in Victoria Thompson's charming and enjoyable Gaslight Mystery series is one of the best. At long last, after 15 books and about as many years, we have the story that will get Detective Frank Malloy and midwife Sarah Brandt together. (This is not a spoiler -- Victoria Thompson announced this would be the book in which it happens months before it came out. The question was how.)

The idea of Sarah getting together with Frank has always been problematic. As Ms. Thompson points out i
So I have now caught up with this series and I still find it as charming as the first book. I love the historical setting and while I am no expert in turn-of-century America, it feels very authentic and true to the period to me. The same can be said for the characters. I wish this series would be made into a weekly series for television because I can easily see it playing out on BBC America or Masterpiece Theater. Until then however, I will content myself with the books.

As for this book, the 15t
Anyone who is a fan of historical mysteries, or the history of New York City or just great crime fiction should already have discovered Victoria Thompson's Gaslight New York series featuring the formerly rich young woman, Sarah Brandt, who defied her family to marry "beneath" her, and following the murder of her husband became a midwife to support herself. Her medical work takes her all around Manhattan and Thompson uses this as a jumping off point for both great murder mysteries as well as craf ...more
The last few books in this series have been kind of lagging in spark. None of them have been bad, but they haven't been the "can't put it down" quality of cozy mysteries I'm used to expecting. This is back to that higher intensity that the series had in the past.

The story itself is quite compelling, as it explains a long-time mystery of the series - what happened in Catherine's past? Why was she so frightened when she first came to the mission? The story then goes further, setting up a challenge
I love this series, and have not missed one book. This was all I wanted it to be. The story line was first rate, and the characters that we have come to love are all there. This one involved Catherine the small child who was left on the steps of a poor home that takes in girls off the street, Sarah has taken her home, and that last year has seen this small child bloom into a lovely and secure child. This all shatters when someone begins to look for the child, and murder follows.The bodies stack ...more
Marshall Thornton
Quite enjoyable. Finally some movement in the romance... though it was perhaps a little too easy.
As soon as I began reading I realized I had read one of this series before, and was pleased to remember the characters of Frank Malloy the "Copper", and Sarah Brandt, w/ her ward she found at a center for women where she volunteers, Catherine. I loved the Gaslight series when I first read one, but got side tracked and did not go back and read the pervious ones, this time I will do that. Sarah's ward is in danger when her previous nanny shows up looking for her at the shelter where she dropped he ...more
Yes finally after 15 books! I love Sarah and Malloy together. The mystery was easy to figure out but I didn't care.
Excellent! This is not the first book that I happened upon midway through a series. I found the story intriguing and compellingly clever. The characters are endearing. I particularly enjoyed hearing from the author,herself, at the end of the audio, what she did to bring the tale around to the final chapter.
I think although, the book can stand alone, that I am going to go back and read, or listen to, which ever my local Library has available, The Gaslight Series from the beginning. Very very goo
Another great book from Victoria Thompson, and this one had the ending I've been waiting for since about the 3rd book in the series. it couldn't have happened until this point in time however.
Someone comes looking for Catherine, Sarah Brandt's foster daughter and the twisted path that follows is filled with lies, desceit and murder. On hand as always are Frank Malloy, Mr and Mrs Decker, Sarah's high society parents who find they enjoy playing detective, and Maeve, Sarah's house maid.
I'm really l
Lynn Demsky
“Sarah Brandt is shattered when she learns that a woman has inquired at the Daughters of Hope Mission for Catherine, the abandoned child she has taken as her daughter. The woman claims she was Catherine’s nursemaid, and is now acting on behalf of the girl’s mother to reunite them.
Unwilling to simply hand Catherine over to a complete stranger, Sarah asks Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to investigate. But when he goes to interview the woman at her tenement in Chelsea, he finds she has been murde
Ann Woodbury Moore
This is the 15th of Victoria Thompson's "gaslight mysteries," set in late-1800s New York City and featuring midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy. It's a highly enjoyable series that combines history and puzzles; each is set in a different section of town, as noted in the title (the first is "Murder on Astor Place" and the most recent, #16, "Murder in Murray Hill"). Sarah comes from a wealthy family so has connections to the upper class, but works among the middle and lower cl ...more
Linda Cohen
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Page turner. I couldn't put it down. I love Victoria Thompson. Can't wait for the next book.
Thompson delivers another winner with the latest installment in the Gaslight Mystery series. In this tale, Sarah Brandt stands to lose that which she holds most dear - her adopted daughter, Catherine. But when a woman related to Catherine's past suddenly dies, Sarah and Frank Malloy are drawn into a web that forces them to track multiple killers and finally confront the question they've both been avoiding.

I'm so glad I've kept up with this series. Thompson finally delivers on a teaser written ea
Another very satisfying installment to the Gaslight Series.

Sarah Brandt's charge, 6 year old Catherine, is being sought by several people w/ less than honorable intentions.... Murder.

Her former Nanny is found murdered as is her mother..... Her Father wants to name her heir to his estate, his family is not too happy about this..... Someone will go to great lengths to make sure she does not inherit.

I like the series the characters are believable are likeable......

This was a fast & satisfying r
Newest in this mystery series set in late-19th century New York, the main characters are an Irish cop and a society-girl-turned-midwife. High society looked down upon the police, especially the Irish (remember "dogs and Irish need not apply?"), and most cops of the time were corrupt (though not the hero of the story, of course). As the series progresses, not only do the two obviously fall in love, but at the end of this book the author describes her contest collecting suggestions to figure out h ...more
Lori Ann
As soon as I finish reading a book, I rate it on goodreads, but I never write reviews. I've decided to change that and review all the books I read in 2014. I am very much a newbie to the whole book review thang so bare with me!

Murder in Chelsea was the first book I read in the new year and I LOVED IT! I read all 15 books in this series one right after the other in just four weeks because I just couldn't wait to find out what would happen next to Sarah and Frank and all the others.

From the momen
Book 15 in the Gaslight Mystery series doesn't disappoint. The usual theme is there, murder, differentiation between the classes, and the usual banter between Detective Sargent Frank Molloy and midwife Sarah Brandt.

Yes, these stories are basically the same, however, Ms. Thompson is able to fill her novels with historical detail, interesting characters and the unspoken romance that is blossoming between Frank and Sarah. This novel in particular hits a more personal note as Sarah is caught up in a
Love this series! Not the most complicated of mysteries to solve, but the characters are what hold your interest. I can't wait to see what the next book has to offer.

"Sarah Brandt is shattered when she learns that a woman has inquired at Hope’s Daughters Mission for Catherine, the abandoned child she has taken as her daughter. The woman claims she was Catherine’s nursemaid, now acting on behalf of the girl’s mother to reunite them. Unwilling to simply hand Catherine over to a complete stranger,
Cheryl A
Over the last 15 books, midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Frank Malloy have solved murders and righted wrongs across New York City in the late 1890's. Working together and building a relationship, the pair have become very involved, albeit properly, with each other and their respective families.

In this installment, someone is searching for Sarah's ward Catherine. Catherine is a foundling left at the mission where Sarah volunteers and Sarah has become her legal guardian. Faced with losing her p
I really enjoyed this, and I think I'm back to auto-buying this series - I bought the first several books, but like so many other fans of the series I got tired of the glacial pace of Frank and Sarah's relationship development and the hit-or-miss quality of the mysteries. Ms. Thompson really delivered on this one, a bit of a deus ex machina at the end to resolve everything but it worked for me, as did the author's charming afterword where she explains her plot choices.

I won't bother summing up t
I loved this book and think it is one of the best in the series. There isn't as much of Sarah on the job as a midwife, but there is so much other things going on, it's fine without it. There has been a slow build-up to the events in this book throughout the series and the payoff is well worth it. In addition to Sarah and Malloy's changing relationship, I also love the way things have been going between Sarah and her parents in the last couple of books. It is great seeing them working with Malloy ...more
Nicole Floyd
I am not sure where to begin...I will try to give a review and not a summary and I won't give anything away. I hope. I'll use the handy dandy spoilers text if necessary.

I do love this series a lot. I love Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy. I have been rooting for the two of them and hoping they will get together. Do they finally do that in this book? You'll just have to read the book and find out!

I also love Maeve, Catherine, Mrs. Ellsworth and the Deckers. It was nice to see th
Dina Tanners
This is the 15th book in the Gaslight Mystery series set at the turn of the century (into the 20th) in New York. I've really enjoyed the series as it very much discribes the culture of New York. Sarah Brandt, the protagonist, grew up in a old money elite family, but when she married a doctor and became a midwife, she had a very strained relationship with her parents.

The book describes the lives of the elite, the working class, police, as well as the job of a midwife, and the city of New York at
Ritter Ames
I read a lot of historical mysteries each year, but I'd never found myself choosing one of Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mysteries before. I waffled a bit between three stars and four, but I think that might be simply because I began so far in the series. Even though I'd never read previous ones, this held my interest and I could easily figure out who everyone was as they came on stage in the novel, which is why I settled on the four-star rating. At times, however, I didn't feel the story pulling ...more
When someone comes looking for Sarah Brandt's foster daughter at the mission where she was found, Sarah, Sgt Det Frank Malloy and her family set forth to find out if the real parents are worthy of the child. But when a murder crops up, they have to do everything they can to protect the little girl.

I just love this series. I was waiting (quite impatiently) for my library to get the book for me, so I read it less than 24 hours. :) Sarah and Frank usually only work together on mysteries, but since
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I love every book in this "Gaslight Mystery" series 4 24 Nov 06, 2014 02:55PM  
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  • Midnight at Marble Arch (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #28)
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  • Death on Telegraph Hill (Sarah Woolson, #5)
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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Other Books in the Series

Gaslight Mystery (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery, #1)
  • Murder on St. Mark's Place (Gaslight Mystery, #2)
  • Murder on Gramercy Park (Gaslight Mystery, #3)
  • Murder on Washington Square (Gaslight Mystery, #4)
  • Murder on Mulberry Bend (Gaslight Mystery, #5)
  • Murder on Marble Row (Gaslight Mystery, #6)
  • Murder on Lenox Hill (Gaslight Mystery, #7)
  • Murder in Little Italy (Gaslight Mystery, #8)
  • Murder in Chinatown (Gaslight Mystery, #9)
  • Murder on Bank Street (Gaslight Mystery, #10)
Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery, #1) Murder on St. Mark's Place (Gaslight Mystery, #2) Murder on Gramercy Park (Gaslight Mystery, #3) Murder on Marble Row (Gaslight Mystery, #6) Murder on Washington Square (Gaslight Mystery, #4)

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