Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation. I was sure who the killer was rather earlier than usual, but the plot unfolded so beautifully, I didn't really care. That is, we are doing the same thing as Google, only within the framework of one subject. Nowadays, 22-year-old Siobhan O'Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago. And they are very well written. But I guess I'll just say that it was not my favorite in the series.
Up to the very end, I had no idea. This series set in early 1900 New York City provides a lot of information about late-Vicrorian American society, class and social problems. Irish and Italian immigrants aren't in the best of terms and rioting breaks out daily in front of the restaurant. This causes a ruckus in the family, as it had been a shotgun wedding, but it was now clear that the baby had been conceived before Nainsi and her husband had even met. Malloy wants to keep Sarah out of this potentially explosive situation, but Sarah isn't about to stop asking questions. When midwife Sarah Brandt visits Little Italy to check up on a new mother who delivered her baby just the day before, she finds the young woman dead.
. 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! While this one was still good, I just could not get as enthusiastic about it as some past ones. Thus starts the investigation by Mrs. The story if a good one--if you have never listened to a book in this series you would not miss much by starting here, at the 8th one. Tammany Hall and the head of the Cosa Nostra are pulling strings behind the scenes, and, as usual, Sarah ends up in a dangerous, life-threatening position. But the mystery sender knows too much - including the fact that during the war Verity worked for the Secret Service, something not even Sidney knew. 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! Could her actions have caused it? The historical aspect is what makes Victoria Thompson's books so interesting to me.
The author gave a good feel for New York in the early 1900s, when Theodore Roosevelt was police commissioner. When Sarah makes a quick visit in the morning to check on the baby, she finds Nainsi dead in Midwife Sarah Brandt is called to Little Italy to help Nainsi Ruocco who is in labor in her seventh month of pregnancy. The Gaslight series takes place at the turn of the century in New York City and follows midwife, Sarah Brandt, and police detective, Frank Malloy. The family insists that the death was from complications of childbirth. In this 8th book in the Gaslight mystery series, Sarah again gets Malloy involved in a high profile murder case.
Nainsi's mother, arriving a short time later, begins screaming that the Italian family killed her daughter, and insists the police be called. None of them were very likeable, and I had a hard time caring what happened to any of them. I can suspe 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. Mama Ruocco, already suspicious of her Irish daughter-in-law, is ready to throw her and the infant into the street, until Sarah intervenes to stop her. Get her first book - Murder on Astor Place - today! This book had a lot of good focus on the characters involved in the crime, but there was little--almost no-- interaction with the characters I have come to enjoy in the other books.
The anomosity between the Italian and Irish immigrants are presented in a straightforward manner. When Sarah returns the next following morning to check on her patient, she finds Nainsi dead. But when he proves to be a fat, lusty lad, their concern turns to fury - the child was obviously conceived before the girl and her husband had even met. This series set in early 1900 New York City provides a lot of information about late-Vicrorian American society, class and social problems. This series is absolutely one of the best historical mystery series around and Victoria Thompson has managed to eclipse herself with each book. Register a Free 1 month Trial Account. Rather than bonding together through all they had in common, they worked hard to tear the other group down and believed that they were superior in every way.
Sarah ends up once again working with Detective Frank Malloy, who has been directed by Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt to solve this crime. For full review - For those who have never heard of the Gaslight Mystery series before, I would highly recommend it! Shop Worldwide: » » Order of Victoria Thompson Books. I did enjoy the historical background--New York city in the late 1800's, Tamany Hall, Teddy Roosevelt as police commissioner and the animosity between the Irish and Italians at the time. Before Olive can gather more than the basics, a murder occurs at a posh party. That immediately sends the family into a tailspin wondering who the father of the baby really is. Six of her Gaslight Mysteries were nominated for an Agatha Award.
The family insists that the death was from complications of childbirth. The baby could not possibly be that of Antonio Ruocco, the supposed father of the child. When Nainsi's mother-in-law sees the baby, she knows that this baby was conceived long before Nainsi met Anthonio Ruocco. 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. Fully developed characters includes actual historical figures like Teddy Roosevelt. So does the woman's own mother, an Irishwoman who spreads the story that the girl was murdered by her Italian in-laws, the Ruoccos-an accusation that inflames tensions between the two immigrant groups. When yet another murder occurs, not even the political machinations of Tammany Hall or the looming threat of the Black Hand, a precursor to the Mafia, will stop this indomitable duo from seeking justice and finding the killer.
Brandt is called back to the house. Will Frank and Sarah ever get together? I opened the first novella and the language instantly blew me away! 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. I did not enjoy this one as much as the others mainly because the family that the mystery surrounded just really grated on my nerves. It is amazing what we will do for love! Police Commissioner Roosevelt wants Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to find out the truth before a full-scale street war develops. But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement.
The family insists that the death was from complications of childbirth. The mother to be is a very young Irish girl that hasn't been married very long to a very young Italian boy. Now Sarah suffers the heartbreak of losing a patient-but not from natural causes. So they assign Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to the case. Thompson usually pulls off wonderfully, is to make it a mystery for both 1890s and 21st century people.