Release Date: May 2, 2017
Series: A Gaslight Mystery
Publisher: Penguin Group
New York City police detective Frank Mallow and midwife Sarah Brandt were friends for many years and Frank appreciated the help with his cases that Sarah frequently gave him. They also had a mutual attraction that couldn’t be acted on because of class differences. However, a change in Frank’s financial circumstances finally allowed the two to get together, and they still make a great team working on cases together now that they are married and Frank is a private detective. Their newest case is the search for a newsboy named Freddie on behalf of the boy’s older brother. Soon Frank fins himself in the middle of two murder cases and needs Sarah’s help to get to the truth of both cases.
I have been a fan of Victoria Thompson’s Gaslight Mystery series for many years. I love the direction the series has taken and am glad to see Frank and Sarah finally married and Frank’s partner Gino and Sarah’s daughter’s nanny Maeve also joining in to solve cases. In this case, Frank, Gino, Sarah, and Maeve are all involved and are helpful in solving the cases, even though the murder of Estelle, a young woman from a wealthy family, involves sensitive issues and dangerous places like the Bowery that a typical “lady” of the times wouldn’t know about. Sarah isn’t embarrassed by Estelle’s shocking behavior and wants to see whoever killed the young woman is brought to justice. The parts of the book which follow Freddie and the other “newsies” are even more interesting because the information about their lives on the streets is based on facts.
Victoria Thompson has a talent of taking historical events and making them come alive. The novel is an easy and entertaining read, and I was kept guessing on both cases. If you’ve read some of the earlier books in this series, but have missed some of the latest books, you will be pleased in the developments in Sarah and Frank’s lives and the strong possibility of a future romance between Gino and Maeve. If you’re new to the series, but enjoy the books of Emily Brightwell or Anne Perry, I think you will be pleased with not only this book, but the entire series.