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Murder in Little Italy (Gaslight Mystery #8)

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As a midwife working in the tenements of turn-of-the-century New York, Sarah Brandt has witnessed joy and misery, birth and death. Now Sarah suffers the heartbreak of losing a patient-but not from natural causes.

ebook, 304 pages
Published June 5th 2007 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 2006)
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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
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
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
Nancy Butts
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...more
Emily Smiley
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)
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....
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
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...more
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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...more
Debbie Winkler
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
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...more
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
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
Lynn Demsky
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
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.
Judy Goodnight
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....more
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.
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
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
The quality is picking up in this series about midwife Sarah Brandt and detective Frank Malloy. This episode: a young wife is murdered just after delivering a full-term child who ought to have been a premie. The Irish and Italians riot over news stories describing the crime inaccurately. Ultimately, SPOILERS! we know terrible crimes are done by women in desperate need of babies to tend. Still a good book, but I hope we veer away from Tragiani-type gender bias soon, since I'm longing to know how...more
Victoria Grusing
Another look at the way different nationalities had challenges to overcome as they joined the masses in becoming US residents. Sarah gets to bring Malloy into another childbirth situation.
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
Roger Barrington
The author writes well and the historical setting is interesting. In this book and the following title in the series, "Murder in Chinatown" the plotting is the problem. Soon into both of these books, I realised who was the murderer and the motive. That meant the remainder of the book became a little laborious to read. I'm sure there will be good titles in this series to come because of the positive reasons I stated at the start of this review.
Debbie Maskus
I enjoy this series set in New York in the 1890's. The main character is a widowed midwife who always seems to fall into a murder investigation. In this story, a baby is born to an Italian man and his young Irish wife. The wife is murdered after the baby's birth. Riots and fights begin between the Irish and the Italians, with Teddy Roosevelt calling in extra help to quash the problem. Thompson presents the Italian immigrants who firmly believe in blood ties and will honor this tie regardless. Th...more
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This is #8 in the series and a basic continuation of the ongoing saga of Sarah Brandt's life as a midwife. This book focuses strictly on the death of a young woman who gives birth in the beginning of the book. The book highlights the friction between Italians and Irish in New York at the time. While the murder is most likely obvious to most early on, there's a bit more to the story than just finding the murderer. If you like the series, this is another good installment. If quick, easy, not so di...more
Tory Wagner
I have been a faithful reader of this series, A Gaslight Mystery, and this si another good one. they take place in Victorian New York City and feature a midwife and detective team. In this episode, they are involved in a murder in New York's Little Italy. Theodore Roosevelt is a police commisioner and assigns the case to Frank Malloy, the detective. Sarah Brandt, the midwife, is also involved since she delivered the baby of the women who is murdered. There is some interesting interplay between t...more
it seems like the series is venturing to a bit of politics as well.
A young Irish girl has married into an Italian family. Sarah is called to deliver her premature baby. When the baby turns out to be robust and obviously full term, the family turns against the young girl. When she is found murdered, Sarah and Frank Malloy look into the case. This story gives a peek into the prejudice that existed between different immigrant families. Ms. Thompson masterfully weaves an intricate mystery along with true historical facts. This was an excellent installment.
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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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