Victoria Thompson is an author that I am always certain I will enjoy, I pick up everything by her I run across, and she never disappoints me. Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue (Gaslight Mystery #18) by Victoria Thompson was another confirmation of why I love her style.
From the back of the book:
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 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.
Pollock’s servants have found their employer bludgeoned to death with Una cradling his body. Rendered mute by the horror of her husband’s death, Una cannot explain what happened, so the police have charged her with murder and locked her away in the Tombs to await trial.
Mrs. O’Neill would like Frank to investigate the case and save Una, yet with Frank and Sarah still on their honeymoon, it’s up to the other members of their newly formed household to do some detective work. But solving the mystery behind Pollock’s death means first discovering the truth about who he really is.
As with all of the parts in this fantastic series you can read this with no problem, even if you haven't read any of the other parts. This one didn't have my favorites as the focal characters, since they were on their honeymoon, and while I missed them, I enjoyed getting a closer look at some of the other characters. I especially liked seeing more of Felix. There was some really funny dialogue that lightened the mood beautifully. There was also some interesting ideas that set up for future fun.
There were plenty of things revealed that gave me a lot of people to consider. With all that going on, I am happy to say I was able to figure it out, and even figured out the why as well. If you like historical mystery, you really can't go wrong with this series. I have enjoyed every part that I have laid my hands on.
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