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Murder on Lexington Avenue (Gaslight Mystery #12)

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When a wealthy businessman is murdered, Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy is assigned to investigate, even though the crime is out of his jurisdiction. The reason he soon realizes, is that the man has a deaf daughter—and it is well known that Malloy’s own son attends the New York Institution for the Deaf and Dumb.

The victim sent the girl to a rival institution, with differe
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Hardcover, 328 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Berkley Hardcover
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Rea
This book just didn't have that je ne sais quoi that makes (most of) the other books in this series so good. I think it might have been that all the secondary characters were pretty much cut out of the story, some of them didn't appear at all and all the others were absent, introducing instead a whole host of characters who won't be returning in the future and who weren't really all that interesting. As this book is about the deaf community I had hoped to see more of Brian but he only managed a ...more
Christy
Like most reviewers here, I have read all of the entries in the Gaslight series, and thought this one was pretty good. I enjoyed the time with Frank and Sarah, and was relieved to see them spending more time cooperating in their crime-solving, rather than having Frank always trying not to get Sarah involved. I think this in itself is an advancement in their relationship and that warmed my heart.

The overall story, dealing as it did with the two radically-different viewpoints of teaching the deaf
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Tammie
This author has definitely gotten better at writing the mystery aspect of these books. They are not nearly as predictable as they were in the beginning. The relationship between Sarah and Malloy still has not progressed though, which is still disappointing. I enjoyed reading about the two different types of schools for the deaf and about the opposition to ASL back then. I had no idea that Alexander Graham Bell felt the way he did about it.
Michael Charton
I am a native New Yorker and have enjoyed all of Victoria Thompson's books. Murder on Lexington Avenue is the best one. You can read this instead of a dry sociology book and get the feel of a certain era in Manhattan and how the different social classes there interacted. Read and enjoy!
Mary
This book is part of the Gaslight Mystery series, with Sarah Brandt, midwife, widow, and former debutant, who lives with her foster daughter Catherine, and her nanny, Mauve. She met Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, when one of her patients friends was murdered, she assisted in the investigation and has been doing so in other murders since then. In this book, a man is found killed in his office, and one of the suspects is a deaf man who was courting his daughter deaf daughter who is only 16. The ...more
Muriel
Much tighter mystery than the last one and the machinations to get Sarah involved ran smoother than usual. Not much development on the romance front though which is simply ridiculous by now.
Norma Huss
Sarah Brandt, New York midwife in the early 1900s, keeps getting involved in murder while delivering babies. It isn't anything about souls passing in and out, it's just that the same people are involved. While one woman is having a baby, someone she knows, be it her family or her neighbors, is mixed up in murder, often as the victim. Sarah is handy and willing to help out an Irish cop, Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy. The teenage daughter of the victim is somehow involved with conflicting school ...more
Jennifer
Much, much better than the last installment. While I'd figured out the guilty party early on, there were enough red herrings to keep me second guessing myself throughout the book.

Not much happened in the way of relationship development between Sarah and Malloy...well, there was a tiny, minuscule bit, but that was all. It's gotten beyond aggravating!
Becky
I really enjoy this series, although there was not as much personal interaction with Brandt and Malloy. I really would like to see their relationship advance some. I like the possible opening of a storyline on Catherine. Waiting for the next one with baited breath!
Bonnie
This is #12 in the series. Oh dear, I will have to wait a year for another Gaslight mystery. Enjoyable light read! I liked reading about how the deaf were taught --and the pro's and con's of lip reading versus sign language.
Arlene Allen
It was good, solidly plotted. Sorry the romance between Sarah and Malloy was not forwarded. I can see what the plot of the next one will be, hopefully. But I have to wait a year for it. :(
Melissa
This series isn't always great, but this one hit the mark. I really liked the added perspective of the education of deaf people in that time period. Funny that it hasn't changed all that much.
Vickie
I wasn't sure how much I was going to enjoy listening to this mystery during the first disk. I decided to keep going onto the next CD and realized it was the narrator I had issue with rather than the story. I normally stop listening when I am not overly fond of the narrator, but this was the only BOCD in the car at the time....so kept listening. I am very glad that I did.
Victoria Thompson writes a very well-done mystery set in 19th century America. I was intrigued with the excellent characters
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Connie
It is hard to guess who done it in the Gaslight series. Right to the end I am still waiting to be surprised.
Connie
This is #12 in A Gaslight Mystery. It is considered a historical mystery as it takes place in the early 1900's and involves a midwife from a very affluent family. I love this series and think Victoria Thompson gets the time period correctly and the people and places fit nicely.

Frank Malloy the Irish policeman that solves the murder along with Sarah Brandt are very likeable characters and the interaction between the two characters can be funny and serious at times.

I am giving this 5 out of 5 as i
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Elisabeth
While there were some elements of Murder on Lexington Avenue that reminded me of the last installment in the Gaslight Mysteries series (Murder on Waverly Place), I still it better than the last one. The bulk of the story seems to take place all in one location, with a very limited number of suspects, characters, and possible scenarios. It is clear rather early on in the story that there are really only two possible answers to the mystery, which to some degree is disappointing. Despite this, I en ...more
Jennifer
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Pam
This the 12th book in the Gaslight series by Victoria Thompson. I want to say at the beginning, I love these books! I read the first 5 or 6 in book form and then I got hooked up with Audible. I do a lot of commuting, so I like to listen to audiobooks.

I've listened to the last few Gaslight books on Audiobook and I can keep silent no longer. I absolutely HATE the woman who narrates this series! If you are reading this, I'm assuming you've gotten to book 12 by going in chronological order, so let
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Laura
Hooray! Another author who writes mysteries set during the turn-of the-century (1890's). I have been a big fan of Anne Perry books. Looks like I have found a peer of hers who writes stories set during the same time frame. AP's stories center around areas of London. Ms. Thompson's creations all take place in the environs of New York City.

The primary and ongoing characters in the "Gaslight Mysteries" are Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy and practicing mid-wife Sarah Brandt. At first glance, one wou
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Susan
I agree with other reviewers that the current installment in this series is an improvement over the last book, but still feels somewhat stilted and formulaic in parts. I've read every entry in the series but stopped purchasing about four books ago; I borrow them from the library because I feel the series has become sterile and predictable (and frustrating in the lack of forward movement in Frank and Sarah's relationship). I read a lot of historical mysteries, and enjoy a literate puzzle rich in ...more
Elizabeth
Frank Malloy is called to the house of a murder victim because both he and the victim have deaf children, although they attend rival schools. When he arrives he and the rest of the household are shocked to discover the victim's wife is hours away from having a baby, and he immediately calls in Sarah Brandt to help him.

The relationship between Frank and Sarah has certainly evolved over the course of this series. In earlier entries Frank spend a lot of time trying to get Sarah to stop investigati
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Martin
It took me a few Anne Perry and Victoria Thompson novels to discover that the term 'mystery' has changed from how it was used let's say 10 to 20 years ago. Most readers might still associated a mystery novel with a puzzle and with sleuthing, but those terms rarely apply anymore to modern mysteries. Anne Perry is one of many contemporary authors who writes historical fiction with a romantic inclination, which is probably a better label than mystery. Granted, the reader does not know until the ver ...more
Judy Goodnight
I'd actually give this one 2.5 but gave it the benefit of the doubt & rated it 3.

What I liked: A little more of Catherine's backstory is revealed, we got to see Malloy's son & mother after several books without them, the exploration of the issue of communication for the deaf - use of signing vs. lip reading & speech.

What I didn't like: Who the murderer turned out to be, the fact that Sarah Brandt goes to the Wooten house and stays there for days and never sends a message back to Maev
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Debbie Maskus
Victoria Thompson again brings to the table interesting historic information. This volume of the Gaslight series set in late 1800's of New York focuses on deaf individuals and the different schools catering to the deaf. The more popular school of that time believed in teaching the deaf person to read lips and to vocally speak. Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor, firmly believed this to be the only route to follow. Bell also believed that deaf people should not marry another deaf person, and eve ...more
Betty
Frank Malloy is called to a school for deaf and dumb students as one patrons, Mr Wooten, of the school has been murdered. Brain, his son goes to another school that teaches signing signals. Frank learns Mr Wooten has deaf daughter, Electra and is very angry that Electra is learning to sign and is meeting an man. Going Wooten's home Frank find Wooten's wife in compromising situation. It appears she is going to have baby Frank sends for Sarah. Together they work to find the murderer.
Vennie
I always do enjoy Victoria Thompson's Gaslight mysteries and this was no exception. Sarah Brandt is the widow of a murdered doctor and a midwife. She comes from one of the wealthiest Dutch families in New York City and so she shames her family in this era for her work. But, Sarah is a midwife and she feels that everyone deserves good medical care...no matter how poor. She ha made a friend of Officer Malloy of the NY police department who, due to the influence of Sarah has become a fair and hones ...more
Barbara
Another interesting outing from Thompson. Murder among the wealthy of NYC is never pretty. Unpopular businessman Nehemiah Wooten is found murdered in his office on Saturday afternoon. Who could have killed him? Who knows. Who could have wanted him dead? A whole list of people!So far so usual. But Thompson gives us a glimpse into the deaf world. Wooten's teenage daughter is deaf and being educated at a school that stresses lipreading and speaking. But, her love interest is a teacher (and deaf) at ...more
Patti Ashley
I love learning something new

The view of the deaf in the late 19th century, early 20th is fascinating. Eugenics was a popular view and many famous people endorsed it wholeheartedly. The murder case was intriguing, and gave us a great view of Malloy's life. I wish someone would address his refusing to learn signing.This author is a must buy for me.
Allison
This is the first book I've read/or listened to by Victoria Thompson. I liked the interaction between the main characters midwife Sarah Brandt and police detective Frank Malloy. I also enjoyed the author's description of New York City at the turn of the last century. Malloy is brought in to investigate the death of a wealthy man whose daughter is deaf because Malloy's own son is deaf. The murdered man, who was a proponent of Eugenics, which was being promoted at the time by Alexander Graham Bell ...more
Trish Lata Gooljarsingh
The author takes you deeply into the world of the deaf. The wealthy father of a deaf girl is found bludgeoned to death in his office. Suspects are aplenty and suspense rife through this book.

Who do you think did it? I don't want to spoil things but don't think that the hearing impaired are incapable of murder.

Crucial to the story is the romance between a deaf girl who knows how to read lips and who is torn by her desire to learn to sign so she can talk to other deaf people. Her brother gets he
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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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