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Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue

(Gaslight Mystery #18)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,497 ratings  ·  309 reviews
The author of Murder on Amsterdam Avenue returns to nineteenth-century New York City to find Christmas in the air, a police detective and a midwife with love in their hearts, and a wealthy newlywed with blood on her hands…

Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy and Sarah Brandt are not the only ones who have recently tied the knot. Family friend Mrs. O’Neill was delighted when
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Berkley
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Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Frank and Sarah are off on their honeymoon and make just a token appearance in this 18th episode of The Gaslight Mysteries. I thought this might make the book dull but it did not as Maeve, Gino and Mr and Mrs Decker stepped up to fill their shoes.

I enjoyed the whole tale very much. There was a Christmas feel to it and little snippets of how Christmas was celebrated at that time. Trees, decorations and lights were beginning to appear and the stores had Santa and lots of toys just like today.

Sarah and Frank Malloy are on their honeymoon in Europe, leaving Maeve and Frank’s mother to the care of their children and household. When a friend of Mrs. Malloy shows up on their doorstep looking for help for her daughter who’s been accused of murder, Maeve seizes the opportunity to explore the matter further.

This was a fun installment that allowed me to get to know the secondary characters better without the influence of Sarah and Frank. Maeve takes it upon herself to agree to investigate t
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)

When a woman shows up on Franks Malloy's doorsteps, his midwife Maeve is weary of her appearance and think that this is just another person from her employers old neighborhood looking for a handout. When it turns out that Mrs. O’Neill is there on behalf of her daughter Una seeking Frank's help to rescue her daughter for being accused of murder, Maeve jumps into the Malloy's spot to handle the situation (as Frank is on his honeymoon and is unavailable). As Maeve tries to find the real killer, it

I felt compelled to grab a Gaslight Mystery by Victoria Thompson after some heavy-duty selections I've read lately. This is #18 in the series with a new one coming out in May. I've read them all with great delight.

Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue finds Detective Frank Malloy and his new wife, Sarah Brandt Malloy, on a European honeymoon. These two have been the mainstay of the series from the start. Without their solid presence and direct approaches, the series seems to have had a less
I really miss Frank and (the now) Sarah Malloy. They are on their honeymoon overseas when Maeve answered the door only to find an acquaintance in need of Mr. Malloy's help. Except he wasn't at home and the nanny decided to interfere offer the lady her services.

Ms. Thompson mentioned to the reader at the end of the book that this story was a 'Gaslight extra'. Her publisher wanted her to write a Christmas story featuring some of the important secondary characters and "fans have been nagging me to get Gino and
This installment of the series finally clears the point of future occupation of Frank Malloy. After becoming a millionaire and being forced to quit the police force, Frank was desperate as to what he should do to spend his time. And now we are told that he will open a private detective agency. What is more this detective agency is formed while Frank and Sarah are on their honeymoon and unknown to them, and it had unofficially started on its first case with Gino, Maeve, Mr. and Mrs. Felix Decker ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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While Frank and Sarah are on an extended honeymoon in Europe, Maeve decides to help a woman whose daughter was just arrested for murder. Una O'Neill married wealthy Randolph Pollock and moved to a large home in Harlem. Now the servants have found Mr. Pollock dad in the study, his wife cradling his body. The police think this is an open and shut case, but Maeve believes Una may have not killed her husband. With the help of Mr. and Mrs. Decker along with Police Officer Gino Donatelli, Maeve sets o ...more
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Family friend Mrs. O’Neill was delighted when her daughter Una wed the seemingly wealthy and charming Randolph Pollock. She didn’t wonder why such an affluent man would want to marry a poor Irish girl, no matter how pretty she was. But now Mrs. O’Neill has a problem...

Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue was a fun read. It takes place just before Christmas while Sarah and Frank are still honeymooning. While I missed Sarah and Frank I was glad for the change of pace and the opportunity for some of the
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maeve, Gino, and Felix and Elizabeth Decker get a chance to shine in the latest entry in this long running series. While Sarah Brandt and Frank Molloy will always the stars of the show, it’s nice to see this crew take center stage for once.

One thing that makes this series so entertaining is reading how different things were in those days: the formality of everyday existence, the facades people hide behind in the name of propriety, the power the Deckers wield simply because they are r
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who enjoy mysteries in NYC at the end of 19th Century.
An interesting way to start Christmas! I must admit that I did figure out the 'who did it' and 'why' fairly quickly in this mystery by Victoria Thompson which I usually do not do which was fun for me! Thinking about NYC, a little over 100 years ago, it amazes me how much it has changed in a rather short period. The secondary characters in this series are quite entertaining. A fun read with just a wee bit of violence. Merry Christmas, everyone!
Shirley Schwartz
Nov 14, 2015 rated it liked it
I was looking forward to this Christmas themed book which was also supposed to highlight the secondary characters in the Gaslight series. I must admit I enjoyed seeing Sarah's nursemaid Maeve and Gino, a police officer who used to work with Frank get together. I also enjoyed the fresh look at Sarah's parents, Felix and Elizabeth Decker. Sarah and Frank are on their honeymoon when the book opens, and when a distraught woman comes to their house, Maeve feels that she must try to help her clear her ...more
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprise, surprise.

I enjoyed this book immensely the main characters are off stage until towards the end of the book. I enjoy Maeve handling everything and loved it when the grandparents got involved. I can't wait to see where this series goes now.
Marshall Thornton
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This is number 18 in the series and I'm still enjoying the stories. This installment was a bit different as it didn't involve the two main characters of the series, former police detective Frank Molloy and midwife Sarah Brandt. Instead, the secondary characters that we've come to know in previous books took center stage and solved a murder all on their own. It was nice to see them all working together without the help of Frank and Sarah. This series is excellent in recreating New York City in th ...more
Betty Strohecker
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When a friend of Frank's mother's shows up at the Malloy home requesting help for her daughter who has been jailed for murdering her husband, Maeve and Gino step up to take the case. Since Frank and Sarah are out of the country on their honeymoon trip, it seems only logical. Maeve quickly enlists the help of Sarah's society parents, Elizabeth and Felix Decker, and an exciting adventure begins. This was another great book in the Gaslight mystery series, even with the main characters absent, a tru ...more
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Murder On St. Nicholas Avenue is the eighteenth book in the A Gaslight Mystery series.

I really enjoy this series and this book provides the reader of this series with an interesting change of pace.

Sarah and Frank Malloy have recently gotten married and are on their honeymoon. When there is a knock on the door of the Malloy at the Malloy’s home, Maeve finds a Mrs. O’Neill at the door. Mrs. O’Neill, a friend of the Malloy family, wants Malloy to help her daughter, Una, who has been ch
This book is completely different from the other books in the Gaslight Mystery series, featuring Frank Malloy and Sarah Brandt. Frank and Sarah are off on their honeymoon in Europe and don't make a single appearance in this book. Nevertheless, this has turned out to be one of my favorites.

One night, Sarah's nursemaid, Maeve Smith, answers the door to find Mrs. O'Neill crying outside. She's looking for Frank, who she hopes can help her free her daughter, Una Pollock, who has been arrested for th
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sarah and Frank are on their honeymoon until the last chapter, but that is exactly what makes this plot work. While they are gone, a neighbor for the Malloys old neighborhood knocks on the door asking for help. Maeve takes pity on the woman, her daughter married a nice man with a deal of money. He has been killed and her daughter arrested. Maeve recruits Gino to get information on the crime. They need an attorney so they go to the home to get a change of clothes and cash and Mrs Decker is recrui ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue is a bonus book in the Gaslight Mystery series and it is a very good bonus. Thank you Victoria Thompson for this great Christmas gift.

Frank and Sarah are off on their honeymoon but that does not stop the mysteries that arrive on their door step. Maeve and Gino join forces with Mr. and Mrs. Decker to solve what turns out to be more than a murder.

This book is great fun. I loved the scenes between Mr . and Mrs. Decker. She thinks she is keeping
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It was great! This is a complex mystery in many ways, with characters that we get to know while the Malloys are out of the country on their honeymoon. Maeve, nursemaid to Sarah's children, Gino, who assisted Frank Malloy on investigations for the NYPD, and Sarah's parents, the Deckers are the protagonists in this novel set in a unique time of American history.

Una Pollack was accused of bludgeoning her husband to death, and Una's mother doesn't think she is capable of it. She came to
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meave Handles A Case

Una Pollack is found holding her dead husband in her lap. The Una is cover with blood and arrested by the police and taken to the Tombs for his murder. The Una refused to speak to a y one. Her Mother, Mrs. O'Neill stops by Mallory's new home to asked Frank for his help. Frank and Sarah are on their honeymoon so Meave decides to help. She asks Mrs Dexter to help search Una Pollack's home the next day. Mrs. Dexter, Meave and Mrs. O'Neill go to the Pollack home for clothes
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A neighbor of Frank Mallory arrives at the new home while Frank and Sarah are on their honeymoon requesting.The daughter Una has been arrested for the murder of her husband. Maeve decides to help her. She asked the Dino to find out information on the murder. Mrs. Dexter, Maeve, and Una's Mother go to Una's home to retrieve some clothing for Una. Before long Felix Dexter becomes involved as the investigation deepens. The minor characters in the series are developed and we learned more about them. ...more
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an unusual gaslight mystery, because it is a crime solved by the minor characters. Frank and Sarah are away on their honeymoon, so Mr. and Mrs. Decker, Maeve and Gino play detectives in the absence of the Malloys. I enjoyed it and am eager to finish the last 2 books of the series (so far).
Bishalakhi Ghosh
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved the refreshed story line without the main characters...
Deborah  Sigel
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was worried about this one being boring without Frank and Sarah. But it was exciting, and funny, and fast-moving. And I loved the Deckers getting more involved.
May 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really struggled through this one and never thought I would give such a low rating to one of the instalments of this series but I didn't enjoy it much!
Not having Frank and Sarah investigate was torture! Although I like the other characters I didn't liked their investigation at all!
They were all over the place not interrogating the suspects properly and meeting for supper and share their conclusions and in Meave's case her dislike for a woman because of her feelings for Gino! And now I h
Ruth Ellen
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sarah and Malloy are on their honeymoon when a lady from their old neighborhood come to see Malloy. Maybe agrees to help her and involves the Deckers and Gino. Can they solve this crime. Read and find out.
I didn't think I would like it but it was not bad.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great fun read. While Frank and Sarah are off on extended honeymoon, Gina, Mauve, and the Decker's take on a case and solve it before they get back!
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A delightful read as usual. My mom was born in 1901 in NYC so these books bring back stories she and my Gram told me as a girl. Also, having grown up in Manhattan and rode the El ect, I can see the locales in my mind. This is a particularly fun tale since Sarah and Frank are off in France and Italy on their honeymoon and so are not available when a Mrs. O'Neill shows up on the doorstep of their new home in Harlem looking for help. Seems her daughter has been arrested for the murder of her husban ...more
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Victoria Thompson is the USA Today bestselling author of the Edgar® and Agatha nominated Gaslight Mystery series and the Sue Grafton Memorial Award nominated Counterfeit Lady Series. She was nominated for an Edgar Award from Mystery Writers of America in 2001, and in 2012 she received a Career Achievement Award in Mystery Writing from RT Magazine. Six of her Gaslight Mysteries were nominated for a ...more

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