Murder on Gramercy Park (Gaslight Mystery, #3)
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Murder on Gramercy Park (Gaslight Mystery #3)

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As a midwife in the turn-of-the-century tenements of New York City, Sarah Brandt has seen her share of suffering and joy, birth and death. Now, she learns that crime doesn’t discriminate, when the highest echelons of society are rocked by murder… A Gaslight Mystery

At a summons from Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, Sarah arrives at the elegant home of famed magnetic healer...more
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Published March 1st 2001 by Berkley (first published 2001)
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Jennifer
The third in the Gaslight Mystery series.

This was just as good as the first two and I love that there is a budding crush on Sarah that she seems completly unaware of.
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This book had me enthralled throughout the entire book. By now I'm feeling comfortable with Sarah Brandt, midwife and Detective Frank Malloy as a sleuthing pair. The home base for the series is Bank Street where Sarah lives. When Frank feels he might compromise his job or can't get inside the upper class, he grudgingly relies upon the quick wit of Sarah, who was born to the Knickerbocker set.

In this series, we learn of old New York City, as it suffers the pains and pleasures of growth. This book...more
Babs
I am really enjoying this series and the developing relationship between Sarah Brandt (the estranged daughter of one of the blue-blood families of New York), and Frank Malloy, a police officer of New York City. While the mysteries are engaging enough and intricate enough to tease the brain, I think I'm caught more by the subtle relationship development of Frank and Sarah.

Sarah seems to get in the think of thing, much to Frank's chagrin, because is the daughter of a premier family of New York, e...more
Talia
All right, so I was motivated this evening. I sat down with "Murder on Gramercy Park" by Victoria Thompson. All in all, it was a good read.

She writes mystery novels set in turn-of-the-century New York City (early 1900s). There's a whole series out, and I believe she's still working on them. But basically, the premise is simple: Frank Malloy is a disillusioned Irish cop. While on a case, he happens to meet Sarah Brandt, a midwife who - after her doctor husband's murder - has left her high societ...more
Dharia Scarab

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta...more
Elizabeth
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Trish Lata Gooljarsingh
Okay I started book number 3 which is very interesting. The first two books were really good so now I am hooked and I have to see where this one goes. Very interesting take on alternative medicine in 1890s New York.Victoria Thompson is not afraid of exploring these intriguing avenues in her books. And of course the romance between Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy is blossoming.This one had me fooled. Just when you think you have got the murderer/motive figured out, Thompson does a complete 360 degr...more
Kate
A fine creepy mystery with a dead charlatan healer, his wife (with a backstory like a dime novel!), his son, and a whole cast of other slightly twisted individuals to make the case difficult for Sarah and Frank. Once again 1890s social issues enhance the plot - forced marriage, opiate addiction, bigamy - a bit Danielle Steel but so delicious you can't resist. Frank searches for a school for his son and he and Sarah are a bit closer too. Writing has improved and I didn't notice any typos as in th...more
Ria
~ Victoria Thompson: Murder on Gramercy Park (Gaslight Mystery series, #3)~







My Rating: Three out of four
(1=didn't like it, 2=it was ok, 3=I liked it, 4=Really like it)


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As a summons from Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, Sarah arrives at the elegant home of famed magnetic healer Edmund Blackwell to find his wife in labor – and the good doctor dead from an apparent suicide. Only Malloy sees what no one else wants to: that Blackwell was murdered in his own home...

After a successful delivery, t...more
Jemma Gutierrez
Don't get me wrong. I like this series a lot and i'd still be reading the other installment but i'd be lying if i give this anymore than a 3 star. I like the detective chase, the funny banter, our two main character can i get a squeal on that one? and our heroes son sounds soo cute!.

But mystery wise, there wasn't much thrill. First of all, some explanations are just too preposterous, no matter how reasonable the author tries to make it sound. I figured out who the killer is after just a few cha...more
Jerelyn
I am really enjoying this series. I picked up the first book for a mystery challange. I love the relationship between Malloy and Sarah, this book shows abit more of the building attraction between them. Malloy's finding he is a better man than he thought he was. The relationship with his son is tender and I find it completely believeable. Can't wait for the next book.
Gary Wallis
Love this series. Good book . Couldn`t figure out who did it until the very, very end and then you are still not sure. This book kept me wondering till the end and now I can`t wait to read the next one. This series of books are good entertainment and I highly recommend them.
Mary
This is the third in the Gaslight Mystery series, with Sarah Brandt, midwife & widow, and her friend and unwilling partner in solving murders, Detective Sergent Frank Malloy. Frank is sent to a home in the upper class neighborhood of Gramercy Park to check out a suicide. The young wife discovered the body, is distraught and due to have a child very soon, so Malloy reluctantly send for a midwife he knows, Mrs. Brandt. Sarah is excited thinking she is now involved in another murder case with M...more
Betty
Murder on Gramercy Park Like historical books The Gaslight Mysteries will take you back to the turn of the century to learn about life in New York City. Sarah Brandt a midwife and Irish Detective Frank Mallory meet at MURDER sites where Sarah is delivering a baby. All sections of society are shown. The relationship between Frank and Sarah continues to grow with each book. In this book Sarah is called to help deliver a baby after Mrs Blackwell discovers her husband dead. Sarah works to help Frank...more
Christina (AKA Babbling)
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Comments: At the beginning of the book, Frank is relieved that the case he’s been assigned to isn’t a murder and there is no possible way that Sarah can somehow get involved. Poor guy. Shortly after he arrives, he learns that the very pregnant wife of the late Edmund Blackwell is the person who found the body. The shock has sent her into full labor. There’s no question as to who Malloy will send for, and his consolation is that the case is a sui...more
CJ - Drop Dead Cute
I'll probably stop reviewing this in depth until I get to the end of the series; so here we go.

Edmund Blackwell is a "healer" and more importantly dead. Everyone is ready to rule it a suicide but Sgt. Det. Frank Malloy, due midwife Sarah Brandt's influence, sees things that are amiss; things that lead to a homicide and not suicide.

Frank, despite wanting to keep his distance from Sarah, is forced to call upon her when the wife of Edmund Blackwell goes into labor. Personally, I think Frank is pre...more
Cathy DuPont
Jun 24, 2012 Cathy DuPont rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mystery fans who need a break from 'harder' books
Yes, I like Victoria Thompson and her characters in the Gaslight series. Even like NY at the turn of the century, the 1900's, that is.

Enjoyed the developing relationship forming between Sarah, the upper class widow who chose to be a mid-wife (a no-no), and the NYC detective during a time of corruption within the police department. But...and you knew this was coming, it's just a break from the usual more hard detective series that I'm drawn to.

Not too addicted to the series, but they're fine and...more
Jennifer
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Lynn Demsky
“As a midwife in the turn-of-the-century tenements of New York City, Sarah Brandt has seen her share of suffering and joy, birth and death. Now, she learns that crime doesn’t discriminate, when the highest echelons of society are rocked by murder… A Gaslight Mystery At a summons from Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, Sarah arrives at the elegant home of famed magnetic healer Edmund Blackwell to find his wife in labor—and the good doctor dead from an apparent suicide. Only Malloy sees what no one...more
Steven
Midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy return in this third installment of the Gaslight Mystery series. This series is charming and enjoyable to read. The novels are set in the late 1890s, during a time when the NYPD was incredibly corrupt, and Teddy Roosevelt was trying to turn things around (though T.R. only rates the occasional mention and does not appear in the novels).

In this installment, Sarah and Malloy have slowly become friends, and it’s clear there is a slow attractio...more
Debbie Winkler
For the first time in the Gaslight Mystery series, the victim appears to be wealthy and is killed in a gracious, well-appointed home. There is a whole different set of rules that must be lived by to try to pry information out of the wealthy in New York City and, while Malloy is familiar with the rules, he knows that Sarah is much more proficient. Malloy is forced to rely on Sarah for information, but that doesn’t mean that he likes it. Malloy is constantly trying to get Sarah to go back to her h...more
Susan
Murder on Gramercy Park is the 3rd book in Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mystery series set in turn-of-the-19th-century New York City. Widow Sarah Brandt was born to a Knickerbocker family, but has chosen to live on her own and work as a midwife in the tenements. Widower Frank Malloy is a detective in the NYC police force, which is riddled with corruption. He is saving money for medical treatments for his 3-year-old son. Frank and Sarah successfully collaborated on previous cases and became frien...more
Betty
Like historical books The Gaslight Mysteries will take you back to the turn of the century to learn about life in New York City. Sarah Brandt a midwife and Irish Detective Frank Mallory meet at MURDER sites where Sarah is delivering a baby. All sections of society are shown. The relationship between Frank and Sarah continues to grow with each book. In this book Sarah is called to help deliver a baby after Mrs Blackwell discovers her husband dead. Sarah works to help Frank solve the murder and pr...more
Veronica
Aha! I've been trying to pin this series down to an exact year and this book gave me an additional clue (the advent of the x-ray machine) that, when put together with Teddy Roosevelt being Police Commissioner, cements the year as being 1895. I love getting those little historical facts. I am continuing to enjoy this series very much. I love seeing Sarah force her way into places and situations under the veneer of civility and I love seeing Frank pretend to be annoyed by it. Sometimes I wonder if...more
Sarah
Das dritte Buch der 'Gaslight Mystery'-Serie von Victoria Thompson. Doctor Blackwell, ein Doktor, der seine 'Kunden' nur durch Handauflegen heilen konnte, scheint Selbstmord begangen zu haben. Nur, dass es für Detective Sergeant Malloy nicht aussieht wie ein Selbstmord. Diesmal zieht er selbst Sarah Brandt zu den Ermittlungen hinzu und gibt es mit der Zeit auch auf, sie davon abhalten zu wollen, auch auf eigener Faust zu ermitteln.
Viele Skandale kommen langsam ans Licht und plötzlich gibt es noc...more
Lynn
I liked reading this book, but it was not a page turner; and I found that I could easily put it down at any give time. It was nice to see Mrs. Brandt and Mr. Malloy's relationship to grow. The mystery itself had a number of suspects, who all ended up being "red-herrings". However, when the true killer was revealed, I was very disappointed. I don't want to say too much more about that fact because I do not want to spoil the ending for others.

Now, bottom line, did I enjoy the book? Yes. Would I r...more
Bonnie Drummond
Women of the 19-century had to be strong around men then. Sarah Brandt is one of these women who takes to helping the poor and middle class with child birth,she's a mid-wife and she helps a Tough Detective Frank Malloy of the NYPD find out who killed a "Doctor".
Nancy Butts
Book 3, with bigamous magnetic healer and opium-addicted pregnant wife who delivers an addicted baby after her husband's murder. I'm liking this series more. I think the reason I didn't like the first book was that the two main characters, Sarah and Frank, were so hard-edged that I found them unsympathetic. The author has allowed them to soften a bit, and now I'm enjoying the books. However, I find it interesting and even a bit odd that most of the other characters in each book are unsympathetic...more
Jane
Love the Gaslight Mystery series. Light reading, set in Victorian era NYC, mid-wife Sarah Brandt and police detective Frank solve mysteries and save sick people as they dance around their attraction to one another. Was a quick beach read.
Sandra
I am working my way through this series and find them very interesting and enjoyable. Love the characters and the story line behind the immediate mystery. Each book reveals a little more about the main characters. I would recommend 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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