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Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery #1)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  4,258 ratings  ·  395 reviews
As a midwife in turn-of-the-century New York, Sarah Brandt has seen pain and joy. Now she will work for something more--a search for justice--in a case of murder involving one of New York's richest families.
Kindle Edition, 278 pages
Published (first published May 1st 1999)
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I've been needing another historical mystery series to add to my bag, and I believe I've found one in the Gaslight Mysteries. Murder on Astor Place is a solid start to a series set in early 20th Century New York. As usual with this type of mystery, getting to know - and liking - the sleuth and their world is the most important part. Here, the amateur sleuth is a midwife, but we discover that Sarah's social background is not cut-and-dry, and the reasons why she became a midwife add a lot of depth ...more
I am a big fan of Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series, about a female private investigator/psychologist in post WWI London, having read all of the books. Chelsea Clinton is also a fan, posting on Facebook about her memories of reading the books with her grandmother. Chelsea asked if anyone had recommendations for books like Maisie, and someone posted about Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mystery series, about Sarah Brandt, a midwife living in New York City around the turn of the 20th century. ...more
A fairly competent little gas-light thriller set in Victorian era New York.
While not exactly a memorable entry in the genre in wasn't so bad that I couldn't finish it...I guess that's a recommendation of sorts;-)
While it was relatively inoffensive it wasn't good enough that I feel I *have* to read the rest of the series. Part of it may be that I've read some really excellent books lately and compared to them it just doesn't quite measure up.
I really loved the fact that this series takes place in New York, instead of in London like in most of these kinds of books. I loved the two main characters, I loved the dialogues, I loved the atmosphere, I loved the plot... Seriously, it couldn't get any better than that.

I read the first four books of this series in German as well as in English and I can only recommend that everybody, who's even a little bit capable of the English language, is better going to read these books in English.

IF th
A bit of a disappointment, although I should have realized from the beginning that there was no way this book could compare to the likes of Caleb Carr. Sort of a cheap imitation.
It was a good "vacation read," easy to digest and not very deep at all. There was a serious lack of detail which I had been looking forward to. Instead of explaining the vast differences in the classes, the author just keeps repeating the fact that there WERE differences. Of course there were differences! Tell me more ab
Ann Rufo
I started this series because it had all of my weaknesses - a cozyish mystery story, a confident and competent female lead character, and a Victorian-era setting. I have since been blowing through this series, from this, the first book, all the way, some 15 books later, to the end. They are wonderfully devoured like particularly good cake with atypically complicated taste combinations like cayenne and chocolate cake or carrot ginger scones. Set at the turn of the century in New York, a midwife f ...more
I'm trying to branch into mysteries. This is not the direction to go in.

A midwife gets caught up in a murder -- of good breeding, she's now a working woman, and the discovery that the victim too was of a well-to-do family, but that the crime will be hushed up to preserve their reputation draws her in.

Lots of family sordidness (although dealt with in a non-sordid manner, if that makes sense; some authors revel in that sort of thing but here Thompson makes it clear that the people who were involve
I had zero expectations going into this book and ended up being pleasantly surprised. The murder mystery was interesting and the resolution took me by surprise. I also liked the two protagonists, Sarah Brandt, the widowed midwife, and Frank Malloy, the widower police detective in a mostly corrupt police department. Both Sarah and Frank have some deep tragedies in their respective pasts, tragedies that very much inform their initial perceptions of each other. That made for some interesting dynami ...more
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Setting: intriguing.
Writing: pedestrian.
Word Choices: occasionally extremely ahistorical.

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This is my kind of book! Murder; horror, mystery, and a little romance! I wonder when Sarah and Mr. Malloy will fall in love.
Logan (~Daeris the Shadow Elf Queen~)
Wow. Just, wow. Great mystery, superb characters, and tightly paced to boot. It was all I ever wanted out of a historical mystery! There were plentiful red herrings that served to narrow down the pool of suspects as the case progressed, and it only added to the fun of determining the real killer. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, Thompson still had one last trick up her sleeve. I love this genre so much, and I'm so excited that I found it through Goodreads. I'd never heard of this se ...more
The first in the Gaslight Mystery series.

This book takes place in New York City at the turn of the 20th century. Our heroine is Sarah Brandt a midwife and widow who was brought up in upper society but married a doctor - and eschewed the life she lived for that with the man she loved. As a result she walks rather freely in all circles of society - which helps when she ends up involved in a mystery.

While helping to deliver a baby at a rooming house Sarah see's a girl that looks very like an old
I finished this book in less than 12 hours and I probably would have finished it much faster except I made myself put it down for a while in order to finish another book... Needless to say, I loved it! Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy are fascinating, wonderful, and deliciously flawed characters. Yes, I said flawed. And I love them all the more for their flaws. They have faced many challenges in their lives and come from completely different worlds, so naturally one would assume they shouldn't see ...more
Four stars worth of love for the idea - a born-wealthy-but-disowned widow works as a midwife and comes across a girl who looks like an old school acquaintance. The girl is murdered and our heroine Sarah is drawn into the investigation by our police-detective hero Frank. Characterization is a little flat but the history is very interesting, especially because we're firmly in Victorian...New York City. Some overdone coincidences and a definitely predictable creepyfactor ending but overall I can't ...more
Felicia J.
I initially wrote a more positive review for this first book in the
Gaslight Mysteries, set in turn-of-the-century New York City. My first impression was of a solidly plotted & readable tale that kept my interest, although I wasn't breathlessly turning pages to get to the end. The writing was too simplistic & matter-of-fact, stifling suspense & excitement, and it was easy to figure out major plot twists just before the characters did.

The more I thought about the mystery's resolution,
I saw an ad for Victoria Thompson in the back of one of the recent Christie novels I read, so when I was at the bookstore, I picked up her first one. I wasn't disappointed.

Her use of the turn-of-the-century New York City made me smile first off. It was such an interesting time period (and I have a fondness for Teddy Roosevelt, I won't lie) and I've lived in NY my whole life. So to read about my "backyard", so to speak, was nice.

Characters first: We have Sarah Brandt, a midwife with a past that i
CJ - let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater
This book is actually a 3.7.

New York City is the real main character here, which is a bonus to me as I'm a New Yorker, but this isn't the NYC that tourists know. This is the NYC of old. Crime, corruption, dirt, whores, rape, murder - this is the NYC that is trying to turn seedy into livable.

It's 1895, Teddy Roosevelt is President of the NYC Police Commissioners. He is cleaning up the city by trying to make the police department less corrupt. Sgt. Det. Frank Malloy is a widowed cop with a few tr
Feb 04, 2008 Bridget rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
The first in a series, I enjoyed this for its historical setting in New York and its "independent" heroine, a midwife in New York City.

I've read all the gaslight mysteries so far, and my major complaint with them is that while the characters are interesting and the plots viable, for some reason I think they're actually too *short,* and could be beefed up with more in depth descriptions of the characters, as well as their motivations.

Granted, I *do* enjoy the series, but I think it could be so
This is the first book in Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mystery series. The main characters are Sarah Brandt, a widowed midwife, and Frank Malloy, a widowed cop. The setting is the early 1900's in New York City when the cops were crooked, and class divisions were very much the norm. Sarah is from one of New York's most prominent families but had been shunned when she married a physician who was not from a prominent family. Then when he dies and she becomes a nurse and midwife she has basically cu ...more
A new author for me, this is the first book in the Gaslight mystery series. I enjoyed this very much. I liked the setting, New York city when Teddy Roosevelt was trying to improve the police force. The story resolves around mid-wife, Sarah Brandt, a widow, and Police Sgt Frank Malloy. Malloy asks her help to go through the effects of a young woman murdered in a flat in a house where Sarah has gone to perform her mid-wife duties. Almost against his will, Frank finds himself getting more assistanc ...more
For some reason I have been into period mysteries lately, so this one definitely fit the bill. Set in the late 1800s New York, it features a not -quite-believable rich girl now midwife. She's paired with a detective, whose not as corrupt as the rest of the squad; and they work well together. The author is obviously going to set up the two romantically, but it is taken very slowly. The mystery is pretty straight-forward (I think most people will figure it out before the denouement), but the writ ...more
I loved this book and I am glad there are more to this series. Reminded me a little of Agatha Christie but to be honest I liked it so much more.
I could've overlooked the unimaginative writing skills, which produced poorly developed characters and a boring plot line, if this haden't turned out to be such a repulsive story. I find it quite difficult to understand why it's got so many good reviews.

*Spoiler Alert*

Young, affluent, teenage girl found dead & determined, upon autopsy, to be six months pregnant. Sound like a so-so mystery but, I gave it the benefit of the doubt & continued reading. Many, many bland & only mildly int
Oswego Public Library District
Set in the Victorian era, an independent young widow, Sarah, works as a midwife in New York's poorer neighborhoods where the police are often corrupt. A young, pregnant girl is murdered. When it is discovered that she is actually from a wealthy, prominent family Sarah becomes a persistent amateur detective because she feels this young woman deserves justice. Sarah is also originally from a wealthy family and her connections take the reader into the world of the elite and back to the tenements of ...more
I'm not usually one for mysteries, but the fact that this one is historical is why I picked it up. I'm glad I did. It's a neat little mystery with characters that grew on me, and a nasty little twist at the end. Sarah was a good character, and Malloy was even easier to understand. I can't wait to get to the library to find more in this series, I want to see how their relationship progresses and more crimes they solve together.
At first I was irked with the author for dropping so many historical events / character types. It seemed like she was trying too hard to make me believe she had done her research. But after a while that faded and I was just left with an interesting mystery. I suspected what was going on before the end, but there were still lots of unexpected twists. Very enjoyable, and I will definitely pick up the next one in the series.
Ann Boytim
Sarah Brandt is a midwife in New York City in a very poor area. Sarah was married to a Dr who was murdered and instead of going back to her wealthy famliy decided to make hr living as a midwife. Sarah went to deliver a baby and saw a familiar face in the boarding house where she was, the next day the young girl had been found murdered. Sarah meets with a Detective Malloy and together they hunt down the murderer. Sarah knows of the family of the dead girl and goes to visit with them to see if she ...more
I really liked this book. It was a very strong start to the series. I absolutely love the characters - Sarah and Frank have an amazing chemistry and the books always leave me wanting more! The murder mystery was well done, tightly plotted, and kept me in suspense until almost the very end. I highly recommend this series.
Louise from the Betsy-Tacy convention gave me the 6th in this series. Read it, went to the bookstore and bought this one. Plan to read the whole series, although there are quite a few anachronisms, and it's one of those "heroine rails against social convention and instinctively knows modern medical practice" books.
Set in the Victorian era, an independent young widow, Sarah, works as a midwife in New York's poorer neighborhoods where the police are often corrupt. A young, pregnant girl is murdered. When it is discovered that she is actually from a wealthy, prominent family Sarah becomes a persistent amateur detective because she feels this young woman deserves justice. Sarah is also originally from a wealthy family and her connections take the reader into the world of the elite and back to the tenements of ...more
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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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