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Murder on Washington Square (Gaslight Mystery #4)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  1,916 ratings  ·  116 reviews
Turn-of-the-century New York City midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Molloy are thrust into a twisted case of murder—when a seductress falls victim to her own charades.
Paperback, 308 pages
Published April 2nd 2002 by Berkley (first published April 1st 2002)
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Cathy DuPont
Ahhhh. Some progress on the Mrs. Brant and the Detective Malloy romantic front.

And I'm not sure how Malloy could solve these murders without mid-wife Brant's keen eye and ability to encourage people to open up with critical information.

This cozy mystery series is better than good with a strong storyline and it's relaxing to me by my not having to constantly think about every little tidbit of information.

Also, I do enjoy reading about NYC around 1895 when President Theodore Roosevelt was the p
Another enjoyable installment in the series. One thing I have noticed is that the mysteries in these books are pretty easy to figure out. I do wish Sarah and Malloy weren't so slow sometimes. At times, they just aren't very good at putting all the pieces together. Maybe it's just that I've read so much Anne Perry. I really think her books are a step above most mysteries in their cleverness.

The most enjoyable aspects of this series are the developing relationship between Sarah and Malloy, and Ma
Schon lange wollte ich mal wieder einen Band der Reihe um Sarah Brandt und Frank Malloy lesen. Im vierten Band der Krimiserie um die Hebamme und den Polizisten, die in New York einmal mehr, einmal weniger zusammenarbeiten, um Mordfälle zu lösen, geht es um eine junge bürgerliche Frau, die ermordet wurde. Annas Mörder ist auch schnell gefunden – Nelson Ellsworth, Sarahs Nachbar, hatte Kontakt zu der jungen Frau und sollte ihr Geld beschaffen, das er selbst nicht hatte.

Doch ist Nelson wirklich ei
The 4th in the Gaslight Mystery series.

Sarah's midwife skills are called on once again when her neighbour's son, Nelson Ellsworth, fears his mistress may be carrying his child. Sarah goes to talk to the woman but finds her attitudes strange and confusing. The meeting turns into the mistress (Anna) accusing Sarah of being an abortionist and Sarah can't seem to convince her otherwise. The next day Anna is brutaly murdered and the police are convinced Nelson is to blame. Sarah once again teams up
Sarah, midwife in turn-of-the century New York, finds her elderly neighbor in tears, her son has been in jail accused of killing a woman in Washington Square. Sarah, manages to calm her down by promising to get her friend, Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy on the case. Sarah, whose father is a rich and powerful man, is ahead of her time, choosing to go her own way and make a difference in the world as her Physician husband had done before he was murdered. She makes a living in a time when it was r ...more
Judy Goodnight
I'd give this one 3.5 stars if I could. Interesting premise for the story and a chance for some minor characters to get developed more. But I knew who the killer was half way through the book & was getting irritated that it was taking Sarah & Malloy so long to figure it out.

On the positive side, the relationship between Malloy and Sarah is progressing.
Loved this one! I'm really enjoying this mystery series and of course, my favorite part is seeing Frank and Sarah grow closer. Their relationship took a big step forward in this one and I was so pleased because I don't want to ever grow bored waiting for one of them to make a move. Make no mistake though, things are nowhere near perfect or settled between them. We still have a long way to go and thats fine by me because its also very consistent with the times and how I presume a friendship like ...more
This was my first Gaslight mystery. I would give it 3 1/2 stars if I could. The mystery itself wasn't too dark or complex, but I didn't figure out all of it until the end. I felt as if Ms. Thompson could spend a little more time introducing (or since this was book 4 in the series) reintroducing her two main characters to the reader and making them more "real" and giving a little more background on the if the reader is new to the series. I usually rate a book in a series though by whether or not ...more
Fits nicely into my current obsession with historical mysteries that contain more charm than harm. But I'll be back to baseball books soon.
Terry Southard
This time midwife Sarah Brandt and policeman Frank Malloy are on the hunt for the person who killed Anna Blake. Was it Nelson Ellsworth, the son of Sarah's next door neighbor? Or someone else? Was the victim and innocent badly taken advantage of? Or something else?

The press is also on the trail - assuming and printing stories that make Nelson seem guilty.

Still enjoying the series. I did figure out one part right away - the neighbor and the basement helped me do that. But I didn't *quite* figure
Sarah receives a note from Nelson Elsworth asking her to meet him on Washington Square. Nelson takes her to meet his girlfriend who says Nelson was the father of her baby. Nelson wants to married her but she refuses. Later the girl is found murder on Washington Square and Nelson is arrested for the murder.
Mrs Elsworth is upset and Sarah promises to asked Frank Mallory to investigate. He agrees and Sarah works with him to clear Nelson and save his job. The romance between Frank and Sarah starts t
Victoria Thompson has once again written a solid mystery novel set in the 1890s. This book is the fourth in the “Gaslight Mystery” series, and it follows on the tradition of those books. The charmingly sweet romance that has been slowly forming between Detective Malloy and Sarah Brandt moves ahead ever so slowly, in painstaking increments that are extremely enjoyable to read. Meanwhile Sarah again becomes involved in a murder case, and continues to assist Malloy as he investigates the death of a ...more
Debbie Winkler
Murder on Washington Square gives Mrs. Ellsworth, Sarah’s nosy neighbor, a much bigger role. I always thought of Mrs. Ellsworth as an intrusive busybody, but she really is just a lonely older woman who lives with her adult son and keeps an eye on the neighborhood in her spare time. Nelson is a banker and the apple of Mrs. Ellsworth’s eye. She can’t wait for him to get married and have children, but Nelson doesn’t seem to be that interested in the ladies so how on earth could he find himself in t ...more
Murder on Washington Square is the 4th book of the Gaslight Mystery series by Victoria Thompson, set in New York City in the late 1890s.

Sarah Brandt is a widow, midwife by trade, who gave up her high-society life to follow her heart when she married her late husband, and has decided to live independently and continue caring for the underprivileged who cannot afford expensive medical care.

Detective Frank Malloy is a rare honest policeman in New York City's corruption-riddled police force. Frank
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Ms. Thompson has the amazing ability to put the reader smack into the actual time period of her excellent series, this book is truly an example of this.

Nurse, Midwife, and amateur sleuth, Sarah Brandt is summoned by her next door neighbor to aid him in a personal emergency. Although the man has offered his hand in marriage to a girl he has dishonored, she refused him and only wants money. This seems off and the neighbor, Mr. Ellsworth decides to get confirmation of the girl's 'condition.'

After a
Sarah Brandt's next door neighbor comes to her for help. He is entangled with a young woman, and now she is pregnant, but he doesn't want his mother to find out. Sarah is a midwife and he wants her to check on the girl, find out if she really is pregnant, and convince her to marry him. She agrees to help, but finds that the girl is not the innocent Nelson thinks her to be, and can't help.

Then the girl turns up dead, and Nelson is arrested. He is young and idealistic, but he isn't a murderer. Sar
Wonderful book from an equally wonderful series! Sometimes I can't help but be a little irritated because I think Ms. Thompson deliberately makes her characters a bit dense... several aspects of the book, I had guessed almost instantly... One particular theory of mine was developed within the first fifty pages and wasn't proved correct until the end of the book! However, there were still just enough twists to keep me guessing, and one particularly salient plot point did shock me at first before ...more
Jolie dilemma continues. This installment in the Gaslight Mystery series was a lovely, cozy, turn-of-the-century read. I enjoy the banter and mounting attraction between the lead characters, and the book was paced nicely. And yet, once again, the murderer was so blatantly obvious from the start that I got a bit frustrated with Ms. Thompson. Perhaps my "little grey cells" have just become highly developed and I am a detecting genius. Maybe I have found my new calling in life. More likely, the ...more
The mysteries in this series are always interesting though they are not usually difficult to figure out by at least the half-way mark. That's okay though because it's fun to follow Sarah and Frank through the process of solving the case and there are still usually one or two surprises thrown in. I can't help but think how much faster they could solve the case if they just had cell phones, lol. At this point however, I am definitely reading this series as much for Sarah and Frank's evolving relat ...more
Should be 3.5 starts. I'm enjoying this series very much. This is the fourth volume but start with the first so you have all the history.

While you can see the romance developing between the two lead characters it takes a back seat in the story to the mystery.

Love this series!! Sarah and Frank are two very charming characters to follow the exploits of.

In this episode the son of Sarah's neighbor is arrested for the murder of a young woman with a very curious background. Sarah firmly believes in the innocence of the neighbor's son and persuades her detective friend, Frank Malloy, to look into the matter.

Before all is said and done Sarah will find herself seeking out her father's assistance in preventing her young neighbor from losing his position in
Victoria Grusing
We get to meet the son of Sara's porch sweeping neighbor and friend, Mrs. Ellsworth. His open heart causes him much grief. Sara becomes involved in another relationship. The characters continue to grow.
Another good one

Another good one

can't stop reading this series. enjoy the history part as well. hard to believe how corrupt the police were in those days.
Debbie Maskus
I thoroughly enjoy this Gaslight series set in New York in the 1890's. In this story a young woman, Anna Blake, is murdered, and Sarah Brandt's neighbor, Nelson Ellsworth, is accused of the murder. Anna has been keeping company with Nelson Ellsworth, but on closer inspection, the woman also has a second boyfriend, Gilbert Giddings. Giddings loses everything due to his liaison with Anna: his job, his family, and his financial security. Sarah and Frank Mallory learn that Anna ran a trap for marrie ...more
Trish Lata Gooljarsingh
Okay, I just started this on Monday but I am ploughing through it. Sarah's neighbour Nelson Ellsworth is accused of murdering a woman with whom he is having an affair, Anna Blake.

Sarah is helping to clear his name because she believes in him and because she owes Nelson's mother, Mrs. Ellsworth for saving her life. Plus, she just can't keep away for solving murders with Frank.

Frank is very very interested in her and the tension between them is really growing and the heat, ah the heat of this at
Still enjoying the series after 4 books although the formula is getting a bit old. Mallory and Brandt need to move along in this romance. The author is really stretching this out like in a soap opera.
This is one of my favorite of this series. Sarah is approached by Nelson, the son of her neighbor. He says that he is afraid that his mistress has become pregnant and he is worried that she won't know the signs and what to expect. Sarah agrees to examine her but the young woman becomes hysterical and thinks that she is an abortionist. The next day, the young woman is found brutally murdered and the police are looking at Nelson as the murderer. Sarah tries to unravel this twisted mystery. Ms. Tho ...more
Sonali V
This is#4 of this series. But this is the first one I read. The evocation of turn of the century NewYork, the condition of women then, even the crime itself, was suited to the times. After sometime I guessed who the murderer was, but not why it was done. I enjoyed the way the writer has vividly brought the city alive, the horses drawn carriages, the chaos of the roads, the dresses of the women, the difference in living styles of the rich, poor and middle classes, the racial class prejudices, con ...more
a captivating mystery that leaves one hanging until the end of the book! gasp ~ and the moment that i have been waiting for! (view spoiler)
Jillian Getting
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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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“And I still want to know why you hit that man in front of me. You wanted me to see it, didn’t you?”
“Why would I want you to see it?”
Sarah was getting very annoyed with him. He usually wasn’t this dense. “Because you wanted me to think badly of you, and I demand to know why!”
“You do, do you?” he said in a very odd tone.
“Yes, I do, and I’m not getting out of this cab until you tell me!”
“I don’t want to tell you.”
“Then what do you want?”
She knew he was looking at her, although she doubted he could see very much in the darkness. “I want to show you,” he said.”
“I want to know why you don’t like me, Malloy. I like you, even if you do hit people.”
He sighed. “I never said I didn’t like you, Mrs. Brandt.”
Reasonable again. She wanted to smack him. “And why don’t you ever call me Sarah? You think I’m beautiful, but you never call me Sarah.”
He muttered something she didn’t understand.
“You do think I’m beautiful,” she insisted. “You said so!”
“Yes, I do,” he said grudgingly. “And I do like you, Sarah. Now let’s talk about something else, because you’re going to be very embarrassed if you remember any of this conversation tomorrow.”
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