I do love a historical setting when done right and Murder in Murray Hill, the sixteenth part in the Gaslight Mystery series by Victoria Thompson, does it perfectly. I was totally immersed in the atmosphere and drawn in by the mystery from page one.
From the back of the book:
Frank Malloy has never known any life other than that of a cop, but his newfound inheritance threatens his position within his department. While trying to keep both his relationship with Sarah and his fortune under wraps, he’s assigned to a new case—finding a missing young woman for her worried father, Henry Livingston.
It seems the girl had been responding to “lonely hearts” ads in the paper for months before she disappeared. Her father thinks that she’s eloped with a deceptive stranger, but Malloy fears the worst, knowing that the grifters who place such ads often do much more than simply abscond with their victims. But as Sarah and Malloy delve deeper into a twisted plot targeting the city’s single women, it’s their partnership—both professional and private—that winds up in the greatest peril…
Frank and Sarah are wonderful, truly likable characters, as are the supporting cast, which is great because this story has some very depraved and deplorable characters, as well. You really get a two for one, as you try and figure out where the missing could be and what happened there only to find out that is not where the mystery ends and this is where things take a darker twist.
This is gripping, tightly paced storytelling, the kind that keeps you up late reading because you don't want to put it down. The dark spots are handled in a way they kept it intense yet still showed compassion in the writing. I do feel like I should mention this is one of the darker cozies I have read, however it still had that cozy feeling, which to me is reflective of the fabulous writing.
I'm not sure how I missed this series for so long but now I must play catch up.
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