Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Book Review: Victoria Thompson - Murder on St. Mark's Place

~ Victoria Thompson: Murder on St. Mark's Place (Gaslight Mystery series, #2)~

My Rating: Three out of Four
(1=didn't like it, 2=it was ok, 3=I liked it, 4=Really like it)

Thinking she has been summoned by German immigrant Agnes Otto to usher a new life into the world, Sarah Brandt is greeted by the news of an untimely death instead. It seems that Agnes's beautiful younger sister, Gerda, had fallen into the life of a “Charity Girl”. Caught up in the false glamour of the city's night life, she would trade her company – and her favors – not for money, but for lavish gifts and an evening's entertainment. And now she was dead, victim, no doubt, of one of her “gentlemen friends”.

No one cares much about the fate of girls like Gerda; but Sarah does. And she vows to find her killer. To do so, she turns to Sergeant Frank Malloy. As the two pursue an investigation that leads from the bright lights of Coney Island to the stately homes of Fifth Avenue, they find their shared passion for justice may cost them dearly...

My take:
In this second book of the series, Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy are back in another Gaslight Mystery.

As in the first book of the series, the author has the main pair of characters just being barely tolerable to each other. While they do work well together in finding the truth of why so many girls are murdered and by whom, finding in the process that the number of girls is more than was previously thought.

I do like how the author has slowly developed the characters of Sarah and Frank in this second title. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series to see how the relationship continues between the two main characters.

The only draw back to the series so far seems to be the shocking bits of history that the author has found when researching this time period in New York.

Warning: Contains sexual themes and violence that may be uncomfortable for sensitive readers.
Disclaimer: This book review was not paid for. The opinions and review are my own.

Author: Victoria Thompson
Book: Murder on St. Mark's Place (Gaslight Mystery #2)
ISBN: 0425173615
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group, The
Copyright: 200
Pages: 277, Paperback
Genre: Historical Mystery

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