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The Compulsive Reader: Gaslight Myserteries

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Gaslight Myserteries


Hey guys. Thanks for sticking with us throughout the switch, it means a lot to me. I'm Tirzah, and today I want to spotlight the Gaslight Mysteries, written by Victoria Thompson.

They're set in late 19th century New York City, and center around Sarah Brandt, socialite turned midwife, and her friend, Detective Frank Malloy. In a time when the NYPD is as corrupt as they come and no decent person would associate them, much less expect them to solve a case without some sort of monetary motivation, Sarah Brandt befriends Frank, determined that she can help him solve the more perplexing of New York City's crimes. Frank isn't so keen, but soon learns that however annoying or exasperating she may be, she really is quite invaluable.

The series really isn't geared towards young adults, but it's fascinating nonetheless. While the fourth book may seem to drag slightly, and there is some name dropping (Sarah's parents are long time friends with the Roosevelts) this is a fast paced and riveting series that you won't regret getting into.

The books are as followed:
Murder on Astor Place
Murder on St. Mark''s Place
Murder on Gramercy Park
Murder on Washington Square
Murder on Mulberry Bend
Murder on Marble Row
Murder on Lenox Hill
Murder in Little Italy
Murder in Chinatown

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