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Murder in Little Italy (Gaslight Mystery #8)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,284 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
When midwife Sarah Brandt visits Little Italy to check up on a new mother who delivered her baby just the day before, she finds the young woman dead. The family insists that the death was from complications of childbirth. Sarah thinks not. Neither does the woman's own mother, an Irishwoman who spreads the story that the girl was murdered by her Italian in-laws, the Ruoccos ...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published June 5th 2007 by Berkley (first published 2006)
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Jun 05, 2010 Bonnie rated it really liked it
I can't stop reading this series! Fun, easy read! This is #8 in the Gaslight series. This time, Sarah is called to Little Italy to deliver a baby. The Ruocco family's home is above their Italian restaurant. Sarah Brandt soon finds herself in the middle of trouble. The baby could not possibly be that of Antonio Ruocco, the supposed father of the child. Nainsi O'Hara is the baby's mother. Nainsi's mother-in-law, Patrizia, the matriarch of this Italian famity is furious. She believes her son has be ...more
Sep 03, 2009 AM rated it liked it
This review applies to all the Gaslight Mysteries by Victoria Thompson that I have read to date: Murder in Chinatown, Murder in Little Italy, Murder in Lenox Hill, Murder on Bank Street, and Murder in Gramercy Park.
OK, I have to admit it: Sarah Brandt and the Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy are growing on me. I have gotten over expecting great detail and seamless narration; realistic emotional displays are obviously too much to ask for from our main characters-- I can deal with that. I can suspe
Jul 26, 2011 Peggy rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
The local midwife, Mrs. Brandt is called to deliver a baby to an Irish girl married into an Italian family. Upon delivery, the family realizes that the baby could not possibly be their sons as it is a full term baby and the couple had only known each other 7 months. They feel cheated and tell the girl that she and her bastard must leave the next day. Unfortunately for Nainsi, she is murdered that night. Thus starts the investigation by Mrs.Brant and her gentleman friend Detective Frank Malloy t ...more
Sep 12, 2015 Mo rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 0-dl-tb, series, 2015
This was an enjoyable book, but it was almost a stand-alone. None of the subplots received more than cursory attention. It feels like the series has stalled a bit.
Oct 26, 2012 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This novel is the 8th installment in the Gaslight mystery series. The Gaslight series is set in New York in the mid-1890s, and they are all excellent "period pieces." This one is no exception. The characters are believable and the historical aspects of the book are great. Once again Sarah Brandt the midwife teams up with Frank Malloy the detective to find a murderer -- this time, of a girl for whom Sarah has just delivered a baby.

This novel shares many strengths with its predecessors, but it is
Debbie Winkler
Jul 17, 2013 Debbie Winkler rated it really liked it
Murder in Little Italy was a suspenseful mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. Nainsi O’Hara Ruocco was a little Irish factory worker who met and married Antonio Ruocco within a few days. Nainsi seemed to be a spoiled girl who was determined to scrape out a better life for herself, but she ended up dead after pushing someone too far. Nainsi’s mother, Mrs. O’Hara, after hearing the Ruocco’s accusations and threats to throw her out, is determined to claim her grandson and raise him on ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Dec 03, 2012 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
Sarah Brandt, a midwife in NYC, is called out to aid in the birth of a baby in Little Italy section of town. The baby is supposed to be a premature, but, the boy is clearly a bouncing full term child. Now questions of father come up and the severe prejudices between the Irish Americans and Italian Americans come pouring out.

Sarah's concern is for the baby, as the next day, his Mother is found dead. Sarah calls for Frank Molloy, a Detective Sergeant to get the girl's body to the Coroner. Who kill
Sep 01, 2009 Spuddie rated it it was amazing
Gaslight" historical mystery #8 set in early 1900's New York with widowed midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Frank Malloy. Summoned to the Ruocco home above their Italian restaurant in Little Italy to help deliver a baby, Sarah Brandt soon finds trouble on her hands when the size of the baby points out obviously that Antonio Ruocco could not possibly be the baby's father--even allowing for the fact that Nainsi O'Hara was pregnant when they married, they were expecting a seven-month baby instead ...more
Nancy Butts
Jun 16, 2014 Nancy Butts rated it liked it
Book 8, and though I found this one of the more entertaining installments in the series, I had figured out most of the mystery almost as soon as the murder was committed. And I had this weird sense of deja vu when I read the first two pages: it seemed so similar to the first two pages of an earlier book that I actually double-checked to make sure that I hadn't already read this story!

I do wish the author would give more than a perfunctory mention in the final chapter on Malloy's lackadaisical in
Apr 09, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
In this 8th book in the Gaslight mystery series, Sarah again gets Malloy involved in a high profile murder case. A day after Sarah delivered a baby to a very young Irish girl married to a very young Italian lad, there is an uproar as the young girl is found dead, but with no apparent reason, Sarah,midwife, sends for Detective Malloy who calls for assistance when he discovers what may be a murdered Irish girl in the home of the sister-in-law of the leader of The Black Hand Italian mob. Things get ...more
Jan 19, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I have been reading a lot of series mysteries recently, and this concentration helps make it clearer what is so good about many of them. The settings are so illustrative of some piece of historical or political fact or travel information that there is a great deal to be learned in reading them. This series set in early 1900 New York City provides a lot of information about late-Vicrorian American society, class and social problems. The unlikely combination of an upper-class midwife and working-c ...more
Apr 09, 2016 Marcia rated it really liked it
Love this series
May 13, 2016 Liz rated it it was amazing
Murder in Little Italy is book 8 in the Gaslight Mysteries by Victoria Thompson. Once again Thompson provides a great picture of NYC at the turn of the century with her descriptions of the lives of her characters, her discriptions of the places they live, and the prejudices between different ethnic groups.

Midwife Sarah Brandt rushes to a call in little Italy to deliver a baby that is supposed to be early but is born full term. She returns the next day to discover the young Irish mother that mar
Feb 23, 2014 Diana rated it really liked it
The historical aspect is what makes Victoria Thompson's books so interesting to me. This one involves Italian and Irish immigrants living in tenements in turn of the century New York City. Sweatshops, dance houses, political and police corruption were dealt with every day. This is the setting for this murder mystery.
Rita Haley
May 02, 2016 Rita Haley rated it really liked it
I first came across thls series of books when I saw "Murder on Astor Place" in the bookstore near my home. The bookstore itself was on Astor Place, so how could I resist?
As a native New Yorker, I enjoy novels set in old New York. The Gaslight series are light, easy reading mysteries. The protagonist is a midwife, whose family are part of the Dutch wealthy society, and her friend detective Malloy is the other major character. Naturally, there is a romance blossoming between them, sort of a cross
Emily Smiley
Sep 12, 2010 Emily Smiley rated it it was ok
While I love the Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy, the actual mystery in this one was WAY too predictable. I knew "who-done-it" before the crime was even committed! So for the rest of the book, it annoyed me that Frank and Sarah couldn't see it. (Yes, I know I'm a nerd)
Jolisa Sampey
Mar 02, 2015 Jolisa Sampey rated it really liked it
Sarah Brandt visits a new mother to do a check up only to find her dead in her bed. Nainsi was an Irish girl living with her Italian husband and family. She had managed to alienate pretty much all of them with her ways and behaviors. She was not the average Italian wife and had no intention of being so.

The murder was obviously motivated by the fact that the baby was not her husbands and his family's anger over it. Sarah contacts Frank Malloy and soon they are swimming in suspects. Now with Tamm
Dec 11, 2012 Katie rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites
Pretty good, but I think I realized exactly who the culprit was and what the motive was about 30 pages into the book. VERY predictable....
Dec 27, 2009 Lauren rated it really liked it
This was a very good book, it is about this italian family, and there son marries a irish girl. This irish girl soon becomes pregnant... a bit too soon. and she has a heathy baby 3 months earlier than planed. now you can assume the skepticism the family had that this baby was really attires ( the son). They soon come to believe that the daughter had sex with another man became pregnant and had no where to go and married there son. Although the next day the mother of the chilled and the woman who ...more
Jan 17, 2010 Bella rated it liked it
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Cindy S
Jun 24, 2015 Cindy S rated it liked it
Sarah is drawn into the tightly knit Italian family of the Ruoccos to attend the birth of the first grandchild. The child is supposed to be an "early" birth but the child is actually full term conceived before the mother, Nainsi and the father, Antonio even met. Shortly after, Nainsi is found dead. The investigation into the death is set upon the back drop of the closely knit Italian community and the Irish of Tammaney Hall. Another good page turner with surprises twists.
Jul 22, 2008 Angela rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
The latest book in the Sarah Brandt series unfortunately was a bit of a disappointment for me. Eight books in and I've grown impatient with the prolonging of the whole "Malloy is going to investigate who killed Sarah's husband" subplot, which has gotten only token attention for the last few books. And, there's the whole idea that Malloy can never have Sarah since they're from two completely different social worlds... which is all well and good, except it's also meant that there's been pretty muc ...more
Jul 09, 2015 Kristen rated it liked it
Sarah Brandt, Frank Malloy, Victoria Thompson and The Gaslight Mysteries are growing on me. The books are interesting, easy reads. Great for those in between books that you can enjoy but don' have to think about a lot. I love the time period and setting, Victorian New York City, and the way Thompson weaves the historic clashes of NYC's ethnic groups, societal classes and politics into her novels.
Lynn Demsky
Nov 03, 2013 Lynn Demsky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Murder in Little Italy by Victoria Thompson is the eighth entry in the Gaslight Mystery series featuring New York midwife Sarah Brandt and her occasional suitor Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy. A young pregnant Irish girl marries into an Italian family, but when her baby arrives "prematurely" and roly-poly fat, the family turns on her. The next morning the girl is dead, and as Sarah and Frank try to investigate the Black Hand gets involved and no one is talking. Thompson handles the issue of dis ...more
Aug 19, 2014 Tricia rated it really liked it
I was looking for a book about Italy, and while this book wasn't set in Italy as I had thought it would be, it was a very good read. A good historical fiction mystery. I also read this book without realizing it was number eight in the series, there were moments when I knew that I was missing something from an earlier book, but overall I felt like it was a good, solid story on its own.
Marjory Alexa
Jul 26, 2015 Marjory Alexa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Tangled Web

I was bit less thrilled in book 8 of the series. There was no big surprise mystery with the ending. The romance between Sarah and Frank developed into a down spin. Tom Brandt's murder investigation is on the upward spiral though. It was still a good read and I am off to grab another for today rain is predicted.
Judy Goodnight
Sep 29, 2012 Judy Goodnight rated it it was ok
This one was a bit of a let-down after the previous book was better than usual. I'm starting to get a little impatient with the pacing of recurring storylines. Let's get Malloy busy and solve Dr. Brandt's murder once and for all. Let's get moving on the mysterious backstory of the little girl Aggie/Catherine. And finally, let's get the Malloy-Sarah romance on the move.

The conflicts between the Italians and the Irish in this story brought back memories of family stories told to me by my mother.
Sep 20, 2012 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Midwife Sarah Brandt is frantically summoned to assist with the delivery of a baby, believed to be arriving too early, in a section of town known as Little Italy. After the baby is born, there is much fighting among the family members because one thing is for sure - the baby isn't early and therefore Antonio Ruocco cannot be the father. Sarah returns the next day to check on mother and son, only to find the mother, a young Irish girl, is dead. Fearing she was murdered, Sarah has Detective Sergea ...more
Kalendra Dee
Sep 10, 2013 Kalendra Dee rated it it was amazing
Sarah is worried when she is called to deliver a baby to a family who lives in Little Italy. The baby isn’t due for some time and she knows that all her skill may not be enough to save a premature infant. When the baby is born, full term and howling lustily, Sarah knows that Nainsi was pregnant long before she married Antonio. Antonio’s mother was never fond of her Irish daughter-in-law and announces that she must leave the house with the baby as soon as she is able. When the baby’s mother is fo ...more
Therese B
Mar 13, 2016 Therese B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am in the process of reading every book in this series and each one is a treasure. The stories are different in every way except the same main characters. They have become good friends. I will continue to read them all.
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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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Gaslight Mystery (1 - 10 of 19 books)
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