Book Review: Murder on Astor Place: A Gaslight Mystery

Author: Victoria Thompson

Series: A Gaslight Mystery #1

Rating: 4/5 stars

Book Blurb: After a routine delivery, Sarah visits her patient in a rooming house–and discovers that another boarder, a young girl, has been killed. At the request of Sergeant Frank Malloy, she searches the girl’s room. She discovers that the victim is from one of the most prominent families in New York–and the sister of an old friend. The powerful family, fearful of scandal, refuses to permit an investigation. But with Malloy’s help, Sarah begins a dangerous quest to bring the killer to justice–before death claims another victim…

This book has been sitting on my shelf for years. I am so glad I finally picked it up!

A Murder on Astor Place is the beginning of the Gaslight Mystery series, a historical mystery series that runs 26 books deep with more being published every year.

This was very good! Our two main characters were likable even though they didn’t get along with each other. Which is just fine, as it made for good and entertaining banter.

The mystery was good and kept me guessing. There was some commentary on class distinction and I liked all interesting facts about midwives and police history in New York during the turn of the century.



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