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Murder in Little Italy (Gaslight Mystery #8)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  2,546 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews

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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Sep 03, 2009 AM rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Debbie Winkler
Jul 17, 2013 Debbie Winkler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 26, 2011 Peggy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 01, 2009 Spuddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 09, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 19, 2012 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 23, 2014 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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)
Dec 11, 2012 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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....
I did not enjoy this one as much as the others. I think the family that the mystery surrounded it just really grated on my nerves. None of them were very likeable.
Jane Night
Nov 06, 2016 Jane Night rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This mystery was one of the better ones. I often am ahead of the characters in this series but I wasn't in this case. The killer was one of the last people I expected right up until the end.

I had mixed feelings about how Thompson handled this story. It felt like she wanted to tell a story about the Italian and Irish people in New York of the day and the prejudices that people held against them and that they held against each other.The author mentions that she had Italian family in the author no
Jan 08, 2017 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eight down and eleven more to go! And yes, for the sake of repeating myself, I’m still loving every new Detective Frank Malloy and Midwife Sarah Brandt adventure.

Book number eight of Victoria Thompson’s Gaslight Series takes us to Little Italy. Sarah Brandt has been called in to deliver a premature baby. The delivery goes well but to Sarah and the family’s surprise, the baby is not premature. He’s a full term healthy little baby boy. This change of events puts suspicion on who the baby’s father
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Jan 03, 2017 The Book Report rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Cannot get enough of the slow burn between Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy. The mystery is secondary to the burning questions: Will they touch? Will one of them look too long at the other?

This mystery is the first that kept me guessing til the end, although I had my suspicions early on. Yet the character details and the environment of the 1890s Manhattan and its denizens keeps me coming back. The detailed descriptions of each neighborhood is especially intriguing to me -- 110 years later, I would
I figured out the culprit literally on page 59, but despite that,the book was still a good read,and I have to admit it did feel very gratifying to read on and confirm my suspicion with every new chapter
Nov 23, 2016 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Via Audio, this was a really quick book to listen to. Well, in making the effort to downsize, it makes the time pass a little more quickly.
So good story. Italian versus Irish in New York, way back when Theodore Roosevelt was in charge. I did enjoy the story.
Dec 13, 2016 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
The portrayal of turn of the 19th to 20th century New York in this series is interesting. Victoria Thompson does a great job of humanizing a group that has often been stereotyped, the Italian immigrant. I like Sarah Brandt and Detective Malloy's interplay as well.
Sandy Duke
Meh. This one took a long time and lot of rehashing the facts to get to the conclusion that I had already made early in the book. Not the best in this series.
Mia Carelli
Dec 29, 2016 Mia Carelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the 1890s setting in Little Italy, NYC, and Thompson captures the Italian-American family members embroiled in a murder in a very compelling way. She knows these people!
Katie Bee
Oct 08, 2016 Katie Bee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books-read
These books are just fun to read. Yeah, there are plot holes sometimes, and the mysteries themselves aren't usually difficult to solve long before Sarah and Malloy do. But it's the characters and their world, along with the pleasant fluidity of the writing, that keep me coming back. This one's another winner.
Oct 02, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent installment in the gaslight murder series. I seriously enjoyed this installment and enjoyed getting to know the Italian family as well as more about New York in the early 1900s. I will admit to having suspicions about who killed the individuals that were murdered but I think I was only half right. Siri really was not the classic West in this book that there have been in others, but it still was a very good mystery and involved a lot of twists and turns. It was good to see the r ...more
Sep 27, 2016 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I continue to read this series to follow the Frank and Sarah saga. I also enjoy getting a taste of American historical fiction at the turn of the century in New York City.

This installment brings us into the lives of the Italian immigrants/Italian Americans. The plot illustrates the importance of family and the distrust of Italians and Irish of each other. How difficult it must have been to administer justice at this time with the beginning of the modern Italian mafia, and the corruption of the c
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Sarah is brought to a home in Little Italy where a young woman is about to give birth. Everyone suspects it to be a premature birth because the couple hasn't been together that long, but when the baby is born big and healthy, the mother suspects it's not her son's baby.

She wants to kick the woman out of her house baby and all but some others in the family don't want that. Maria wants to keep the baby in the home and Nancy the babies mother is pretty sure she will be staying in the home. Then the
Dec 27, 2009 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 05, 2010 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 13, 2016 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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