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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
Paperback, 329 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Berkley (first published 2001)
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Still very entertaining, Ms. Thompson pushed the envelope with her visit to an inky and somber era in US history. And I absolutely loved the slow-paced and peculiar friendship of the gruff Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy and the earthy but proper ex-blueblood Mrs. Sarah Brandt.
Murder on Gramercy Park
4 Stars

Called in to investigate an apparent suicide, Detective Frank Malloy arrives on scene to discover the deceased’s wife in labor. After summoning midwife Sarah Brandt, Malloy realizes that the death is suspicious and the victim’s many secrets are more than sufficient motive for murder.

Although the mystery is easy to figure out and the culprit is predictable, the details surrounding Edward Blackwell’s questionable medical practice and his wife’s surprising affliction p
BJ Rose
Oct 26, 2015 BJ Rose rated it really liked it
There are several reasons why I like this series so much - I love the turn-of-the-century setting, I strongly admire Sarah Brandt, and I love the way the character of Frank Malloy is developing into someone with a conscience. It's also heartening to see the relationship developing between Frank and his son Brian. And also, inevitably, a positive change in the way Frank and Sarah relate to each other. I just ordered the next in the series.
Jan 02, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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
Jul 30, 2012 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
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
May 16, 2016 Martha rated it really liked it
I just love this series!! 4.5 stars. I won't give anything away because I hate reading a review that has spoilers. Suffice it to say that there were plenty of suspects and red herrings. Love the relationship that is developing between the main characters.
Aug 18, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
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
By all rights, these two should have run out of dead people by now but hey, NYC was a crazy, dangerous place so – fair enough. Still love the two main characters, though I missed Sarah’s midwifery even MORE in this book than in book 2. However, there were some nice historical elements here – like having a well-born, gentle lady being an opiate fiend (which happened not unfrequently). The mystery was good but I almost wished there was a little more going on here than the one mystery. Perhaps I ju ...more
Mar 13, 2012 Talia rated it really liked it
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
Dharia Scarab
May 30, 2014 Dharia Scarab rated it it was amazing

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
Mar 15, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
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May 31, 2015 Mo rated it liked it
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The two main characters did a bit too much wild speculating in this one for my taste. But it was still a quick, enjoyable read.
Trish Lata Gooljarsingh
Apr 28, 2011 Trish Lata Gooljarsingh rated it really liked it
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
Jul 24, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
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
May 19, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing
I am definitely hooked on this series set in late 19th century New York City. Frank Malloy, an Irish policeman (trying hard to change into an honest policeman required by police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt) and Sarah Brandt, a nurse midwife (who is the reason he is trying so hard to be an ethical man) are once again involved in a murder. Of course it starts with Malloy being called in for a suicide set in a nice section of NYC. The victim is a doctor -- or actually 'healer' (perhaps a chiroprac ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Olivermagnus rated it really liked it
In the third book of the Gaslight Mystery series Frank Malloy has been called to the home of Edmund Blackwell, famous 1Cmagnetic healer 1D, where he has been found dead in an apparent suicide. As soon as he arrives he's told that Blackwell's wife is in labor so he sends for midwife Sarah Brandt.

The baby is born with bright red hair which Sarah finds odd since neither parent is red-headed. Physically sound, he also seems to be very ill and Sarah is able to trace this to his mother's opium addict
Richard Stueber
Aug 04, 2015 Richard Stueber rated it really liked it
Unconventional magnetic healer Edmund Blackwell is found dead at his home in New York City on a day when he had dismissed all his servants. Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy is called in to investigate what at first looks like a suicide. He decides otherwise.
Blackwell's body is found by his very pregnant wife Letitia. Letitia immediately needs assistance so Frank reluctantly has Mrs. Sarah Brandt, an experienced midwife, summoned. Frank and Sarah together had solved a number of murder mysteries, b
May 07, 2014 Ria rated it liked it
~ 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)

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
Apr 28, 2016 Liz rated it it was amazing
Midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Frank Malloy end up at the same house again as a murder and birth happen one right after the other. I loved the interplay between Sarah and Frank as they continue to run into each other at the house, and later as Frank shows up for his evening meal at Sarah's where they often exchange information.

Magnetic Healer Edmund Blackwell is found dead at his desk at what appear to be a suicide, only Malloy knows that it is murder. The Blackwell baby is born and becomes
Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)
This series just gets better as it goes! I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this series after the first one, mainly due to not really liking the narrator. I have grown to like the narrator and now I don’t think Sarah would be right with anyone else.

Sarah is a midwife and it was being at a birthing that she first met Detective Frank Malloy. They started off a bit rough because Frank really hates midwifes because of what happened to his wife, but slowly they have a friendship blooming.

Frank doe
Sep 09, 2014 Bill rated it really liked it
I'm finding this a very entertaining series. I like the developing relationship between mid-wife Sarah Brandt and Inspector Frank Malloy. Sarah is a spunky, likable personality and Malloy finds himself growing more attached to her and comfortable with her even as he tries to keep her out of his investigations. I enjoyed this mystery, the murder of a healer which at first appears to be a suicide. Many suspects; his partner, his wife and/ or her lover, or his wife's father and others. Malloy and B ...more
Jasha Gutierrez
Feb 26, 2014 Jasha Gutierrez rated it liked it
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
Jun 14, 2010 Jerelyn rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 08, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it
You can feel the romance starting to seed between Frank and Sarah. This story brings us into the world of "healers" and their clients or should I say patients? There are many illustrations through the characters that show how persons of the female sex were limited in their choices. Women had to hide their activities, emotions and fears out of respect for their husbands and fathers. I was interested to read about the tactics to get suspects of crimes to confess ... beatings, denials of water & ...more
Gary Wallis
Feb 13, 2013 Gary Wallis rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Aug 19, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it
I am so enjoying the Gaslight murder mystery series! Victoria Thompson does thorough research of the early 1900's making the stories of the another time come alive.

Once again someone from high society in New York is murdered. This time is is Mr. Blackwell, some kind of faith healer of the time who is really a fraud in more ways than one. His young beautiful wife has many men falling for her, while she has her own secrets to keep. Twists and turns occur that all seem plausible as the murderer is
Feb 10, 2011 Naomi rated it really liked it
A great read...the plot is predictable, as I have found in all Victoria Thompson mysteries, but a great story line getting there. Well worth the read.
Dail Sams
Jan 20, 2016 Dail Sams rated it really liked it
Sarah and Malloy once again work together to solve the murder of a renowned healer who lives among the upper crust of New York City. When Malloy arrives on the scene, he finds that the victim's wife is about to give birth, so he sends for Sarah in spite of the fact that he was counting on investigating this crime without her help and interference. However, he is starting to admit even to himself that he enjoys Sarah's company and is not sorry to have reason to see her on a regular basis. In addi ...more
Mar 19, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
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
Jolisa Sampey
Feb 18, 2015 Jolisa Sampey rated it really liked it
When Frank Malloy is called to a crime scene he is distressed to find the person who discovered the body is not only expecting a baby, she's expecting the baby any minute now. He sends for the only midwife he knows, Sarah Brandt. Sarah is more than happy to assist Malloy with a case and comes at once. She finds the wife of the victim in labor and spends the rest of the day bringing the baby safely into the world. By means of her position as Midwife in the household Sarah begins to investigate th ...more
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Victoria Thompson is the author of the Edgar and Agatha nominated Gaslight Mystery series. She was nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe Award from Mystery Writers of America in 2001, and in 2012 she received a Career Achievement Award in Mystery Writing from RT Magazine. Her last four books were nominated for an Agatha Award. She also contributed to the award winning writing textbook MANY GENRES/ONE C ...more
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