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Murder on St. Mark's Place (Gaslight Mystery #2)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  3,029 ratings  ·  169 reviews
In turn-of-the century New York City, midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy see birth and death--and even murder...
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Berkley (first published March 1st 2000)
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What did I think? Even though I figured out who the killers were about half way through the story, I very much enjoyed seeing how Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy worked together to establish who the real culprits were.

Besides the setting of these stories which is the 1890's in New York City and the fact that I enjoy novels set in this time frame. The author spends some time descriptively describing the various environs of "Gaslight Era" NYC and tackles some of the problems facing women of that era
The second mystery in the Gaslight Mystery Series.

Sarah is called over to Little Germany and expects to deliver a baby when she gets there - instead she finds the police and neighbors at the expectant mother's house (Agnes Otto) and is told that Agnes' sister has been beaten to death. Agnes' sister Gerda just arrived from Germany and fell in with the 'wrong crowd' becoming a charity girl - which sounds like a mild form of prostitution. (Meaning I don't think she sells herself for sex but is kind
Joanne Moyer
I am really liking this series about turn of the century midwife Sarah Brandt and New York City police sargeant Frank Malloy. I like reading about early New York in general and Ms. Thompson paints a very clear picture of what life was like for the not so privileged people of the time. I maybe guessed the killer before the end of the book but that didn't take away any of the pleasure of reading the story.
A fun fast read, predictable with moments of social awareness of the plight of women and children of the time. I wished that there was more depth to the story but all in all, a fun read.
Fun read! This is book #2 in the Victoria Thompson Gaslight Mysteries. I am really enjoying the series. Read the books in order because one follows the other. The characters are more developed in this book --and you learn more about the main characters, Sarah Bandt and Detective Frank Malloy --thier motives and their past.

The setting is the same --NYC at the turn of the century. There is a murder on St. Mark's Place an area that was largely German at the time. Dance halls were very popular --an
Debbie Maskus
Thompson writes of New York in the 1890's with a midwife, Sarah Brandt, as the main character of this mystery series, Gaslight Mystery. Thompson shows the plight of young, unmarried immigrants women who desire more than the hard life of a married woman. These unmarried pleasure-seeking women are called Charity Girls due to the fact that they give sexual favors for trinkets instead of money. Sarah Brandt jumps into the investigation of the murder of four of these girls when she learns the police ...more
Cathy DuPont
Apr 18, 2012 Cathy DuPont rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cathy by: Friend Sandy
Set in New York in the late 1800's, this is the second book of the series I've read. I wouldn't buy the book myself but a friend started reading the series and loans them to me knowing I love mysteries.

Talk about mysteries, it's a mystery to me why and how this book was nominated for the Edgar Award. (The cover says it was, anyway.)

It wasn't was the most solid mystery I've ever read. I've already admitted, more than one time, that I'm not the best at discovering the mystery of books I read, howe
Set approximately two months after the events of Murder on Astor Place, this book opens with Sarah stumbling across another murder. The murder victim is another 16 year old girl which seems a bit repetitive since the victim in the first book was also a 16 year old girl. That said, the plot takes enough turns that it very quickly doesn't matter. I really enjoyed reading about turn-of-the-century New York (Coney Island in its heydey!) and the writing makes it easy for me to envision the crowds, fe ...more
This is the 2nd book in Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mystery series. It is set in turn of the century New York City, where Sarah Brandt, a widowed midwife, and Frank Malloy, a widowed Irish cop, end up , one way or another, being involved in solving murder cases. I like the details given about everyday life in turn of the century NYC, where all 4 of my grandparents lived, as well as the details about obstetrical practice at that time. This story, which involves a serial murderer of working class ...more
I'm really enjoying the atmosphere and period detail of these books. They're well written and the characters are well-rounded and enjoyable. I'm also liking the slow development of the relationship between the heroine, Sarah Brandt, and the police detective, Malloy. However, the mystery in this book is quite disappointing. There's really only one or two suspects from the beginning, leaving the reader in little doubt of "who-done-it." Luckily, the book is enjoyable enough to read that the total l ...more
I'm enjoying this series almost as much as Anne Perry's books. There are many similar elements to her Pitt series and her Monk series. I especially liked the progress of the relationship between Malloy and his son. There was one scene there that actually had me tearing up. Also Malloy and Sarah have begun to warm up to each other, which was nice. The only negatives would be that although I wasn't expecting the slight twist, it was very obvious who the killer was. And Sarah was just too slow at f ...more
Apr 25, 2014 Ria rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ria by: Mom
~ Victoria Thompson: Murder on St. Mark's Place (Gaslight Mystery series, #2)~

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

Thinking she has been summoned by German immigrant Agnes Otto to usher a new life into the world, Sarah Brandt is greeted by the news of an untimely death instead. It seems that Agnes's beautiful younger sister, Gerda, had fallen into the life of a “Charity Girl”. Caught up in the false glamour of the city's night life, she
This series is fast becoming my new obsession and book 2 was even better than the first! It had a great mystery and while I knew who did it, I think that was more on purpose because it then became about the chase to catch the guy. The point was to show that while we knew who it was.. we had to watch to see if Sarah would figure it out and how her detective skills are coming along. I rolled my eyes a couple times at how dense she was being BUT again, she is not a professional and is still learnin ...more
Author Thompson is quite adept at description and scenery. This was a charming Victorian historical mystery set in New York City. Midwife protagonist Sarah Brandt is independent, smart and resourceful during a period where women were expected to be completely dependent on men. Whether intentional or not Brandt's character espouses feminist tenets which sets this series apart from others set in the same time period.
Two down and 16 more to go!! What am I talking about you ask?? I'm talking about Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mystery Series. There are 18 books in all and yes, I'm planning to read every last one of them.

Book two is called Murder on St. Marks Place, featuring our two favorite sleuths: Midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy. Sarah and Frank have, once again, teamed up to solve a murder. Our victim, this time, is German immigrant Gretta Reinhard. Gretta was sent to America by h
Good story and the history of NY in those days very interesting, if horrifying (for the "lower" classes at least. I'm wondering why the authors of these series mysteries all insist in putting their heros/heroines in a life threatening situation with the "bad" guys, when the reader has to know there's another book coming. That would make the scene pretty ho hum for the most part, woudn't it?
i like this series so far. our heroine, sarah brandt is a widow whose husband's murder has not been solved thus far. she comes from a wealthy upper class family in new york but she chose to have her own trade after her husband's death, as a midwife. she met detective sergeant frank malloy in one of the cases that she handled. malloy is a widower, with a less than perfect son and a grouchy mother. he is portrayed as a man with high morals, i.e. he does not condone to bribery (at this time, the po ...more
This is the second in the Gaslight Mystery Series with Sarah Brandt, midwife and her trusty companion in crime Detective Sergent Frank Malloy. Sarah has just delivered a baby and is going back the next day to see how mother and baby are doing and discovers the place crowded w/ people and the police are there, the sister of the woman who just gave birth has been murdered, and she is inconsolable. Sarah is afraid this will effect her care of the baby as well as of herself, so she promises she will ...more
Gary Wallis
I really like these books. I kinda figured out who did what BUT i really liked her character developement and story line. These are good books. When you thing of hunkering down and just reading a good book, this is one.
Ann Boytim
Again Sarah Brandt midwife in New York City teams with Det Frank Malloy to solve some murders of young immigrant girls - theses girls work in a factory all day long and then go to dance halls to pick up men. The murdered girls are savagedly beaten..No one seems to care until Sarah steps in. The strange relationship with Det Malloy continues and he is trying too get his son into a school for deaf children Sarah is also trying to set him up with a surgeon to see if there is anything that can be do ...more
This is the second book in the Gaslight Mystery series. Sarah goes to an apartment thinking it is time for her patient to deliver her baby. Instead she finds the apartment crowded with neighbors trying to console the mother. Her sister Gerda has just been found beaten to death. Sarah ends up delivering the distraught mothers new baby and trying to keep her calm. She tells her she will find Gerda's killer.

She finds Detective Malloy who she helped solve a murder previously but he tells Sarah that
Terry Southard
2nd in Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mystery series - Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy.

Who is killing the "charity girls"? The girls who are poor and give their favors away not for money (because that would make them prostitutes) but for pretty things - beads, hats, shoes, etc.

Coney Island figures into the story and it's a fascinating look at a different place. Thompson faces squarely up to the problems of the times - especially those affecting women.

I really like Sarah's mother. Constrained by the
Paul O'Grady
After I read the first installment in this series years ago, I was always anxious to read more Sarah Brandt adventures. Unfortunately, this particular installment pales in comparison to other historical fiction like Lyndsay Faye's The Gods of Gotham or the Anne Perry novels. Although Thompson clearly wanted to explore women's roles and issues of class, the story seemed anachronistic somehow. I felt the story lacked the level of historical detail I crave in these books. The trolley rides to Con ...more
(3.5 stars) The second book in the Gaslight Mystery series has Sarah visiting a family in the German immigrant section of New York. She is surprised to find that the sister of Agnes, the woman she is taking care of, has been brutally murdered in an alley. The family is disgraced by her behavior as a "good time" girl, spending her evenings in dance halls. The family is too poor to pay the police to investigate, so Sarah takes it upon herself to try to get the police officer, Malloy involved. On v ...more
This is the second in the Gaslight Mysteries.

Gerda is murdered. My question as I'm not far into the book. "Was she?" murdered, that is? The only thing used to identify her was red shoes. How can that be conclusive?

This series gives us a peek into what life might have been like in New York during this time frame. In earlier times neighborhoods were settled according to nationality and each section or neighborhood seemed to have a name to it.

The police don't seem to do anything about murdered fo
Thinking she has been summoned by German immigrant Agnes Otto to usher a new life into the world, mid-wife Sarah Brandt is greeted by the news of an untimely death instead. It seems that Agnes's beautiful younger sister, Gerda, had fallen into the life of a "Charity Girl". Caught up on the false glamour of the city's nightlife, she would trade her company - and her favors - not for money, but for lavish gifts and an evening's entertainment. and now she was dead, victim, no doubt, of one of her " ...more
CJ - So, you wanna play with magic?
This is a much better installment for me than the first one. We learn more about the characters, their motives and their pasts. It's a good bridge after getting readers hooked after the first book and to continue on to the next.

The mystery here is not as prominent as the first book but it is still interesting enough and the small twist at the end is worth it. Yes, if you are an avid fan of mysteries than this book is not going to wow or dazzle you in the who-dunnit? department because the murde
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I really like this series, and I'm enjoying watching the characters grow. It's only the second book, but already the seeds are sown for the gruff, entrenched-in-his-ways police detective to begin to soften and see the world from a different perspective. The main character, Sarah, is also growing, and I like her pluck and determination. She is a midwife, which grants her access to a variety of situations and makes it easy for her to sleuth.

These books take place in turn of the century New York, w
Pam Conti
Mar 04, 2010 Pam Conti rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Pam by: Read other in the series
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This is the second book in the Gaslight Series, set in NYC at the turn of the century (1900). Even though I don't know NYC very well, it is interesting to hear the discriptions of how it was....including the society and people of that time.

There are two main characters, midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy...who work together to solve murders which would not be solved otherwise.

I read the first in the series, "Murder on Astor Place", and wanted to read more. Even though this
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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 popu ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Gaslight Mystery (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery, #1)
  • Murder on Gramercy Park (Gaslight Mystery, #3)
  • Murder on Washington Square (Gaslight Mystery, #4)
  • Murder on Mulberry Bend (Gaslight Mystery, #5)
  • Murder on Marble Row (Gaslight Mystery, #6)
  • Murder on Lenox Hill (Gaslight Mystery, #7)
  • Murder in Little Italy (Gaslight Mystery, #8)
  • Murder in Chinatown (Gaslight Mystery, #9)
  • Murder on Bank Street (Gaslight Mystery, #10)
  • Murder on Waverly Place (Gaslight Mystery, #11)
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