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Murder on Sisters' Row Hardcover – Jun 7 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (June 7 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425241157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425241158
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.9 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #796,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A cleverly written Victorian mystery with a bombshell ending.”—Fresh Fiction
“Enjoyable.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Engaging…A wonderful read.”—Genre Go Round Reviews

About the Author

Victoria Thompson is the Edgar(r) Award-nominated author of the Gaslight mystery series and 20 additional historical novels. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family.

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I've read practically all of the series, and thoroughly enjoyed them. I found interesting references to Sir Conan Doyle and the (then) Prince of Wales I liked the character "Kate" very much, and plan to finish the series.
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This book was a delight. One of Ms. Thompson's best. I could not put it down! I would highly recommend it to mystery readers.
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By FWAX on Nov. 7 2015
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Another excellent Victoria Thompson historical mystery. Well-researched old New York setting.
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By Judith A. Saunders on Oct. 31 2015
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Never disappoints
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
I used to love this series but I am getting very frustrated. June 22 2011
By Bookie - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The mystery in this book is fine and I enjoyed revisiting the characters but I am very frustrated that there has been no movement in the Sarah-Malloy relationship. These books only come out once a year and there is no development so it is getting frustrating. I feel that things have actually slowed down since the book where Sarah discovered who killed her husband. I understand that authors can write whatever they want so I can't tell this author how to write her books but I may be done with the series.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Time for Romance Now! June 29 2011
By D. Sutter - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've enjoyed this mystery series from the first book because of the historical period and the richness of her main characters. But, as other readers have stated, I am getting frustrated at the lack of romance between Sarah and Malloy, hence the four star rating. Hopefully, Ms. Thompson will read some of her reviews and incorporate more personal scenes for the two lead characters in future books. It's past time! Still, I recommend this one and her past books highly.
42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Same story no character progress June 13 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This was a strong wonderfull series that I had truly enjoyed. The pairing of Sarah and Malloy provided a great addition of humor and sexual tension and is one of the best sleuth teams I have ever had the pleasure to read. But ever since Murder in Chinatown it seems that Ms Thompson is tired and just waiting out her contract to expire. First is only a book a year ( only about 300p or less) which is fine BUT after a year I want progress not the same story with different bookcover.
Sarah and Malloy are completely stuck, is ok if the author feels they cant be togeter yet but in 13 years one kiss? hello! Sarah is now an independent working class woman so I dont think she cares a bit what every one thinks if she sleeps with Malloy. Malloy do cares about her and how a relationship with him will affect her but I feel Ill be 60 before I see this romance blossom. The author have said to enjoy the journey, they are stuck they are not moving in any type of journey.
Read the earlier installments in the series. They are great.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable entry in a sometimes uneven series June 11 2011
By NC Reader - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I've read every one of the books in this sometimes uneven series set in nineteenth-century New York City, but this latest one is a winner. Thompson gives us a good mystery and keeps up an exciting pace - in some past entries it felt as if midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Frank Malloy spent half the book drinking coffee around Sarah's kitchen table trying to stretch the story out as the plot dragged in places. Not here - this case opens briskly as Sarah is called out to assist at a birth at what she thinks is just an elegant home, but she soon realizes the new mother is a prostitute and the house is a brothel. The woman claims she is being kept against her will and begs Sarah to help her escape by contacting a Mrs. Van Orner, who runs a charity that rescues prostitutes. Once the woman is taken from the brothel and placed in a safe house Sarah thinks all is well - until Mrs. Van Orner is murdered.

Once again Sarah and Malloy join forces to solve a sordid mystery among New York's upper classes where scandals ruin lives, fortunes and reputations. Although there doesn't seem to be much forward momentum in the romantic relationship between Sarah and Frank - a personal bone of contention for me after twelve books in the series - the pace of the story made it less annoying than in previous books. Thompson makes excellent use of the wonderful supporting characters she has created, especially Maeve, nosy but caring neighbor Mrs. Ellsworth, and Sarah's charming, well-connected and hilarious mother, Elizabeth Decker; I sometimes felt in past books as if scenes with these characters were thrown in to pad the page count or keep Sarah and Frank from being alone together, but not here. They mull over developments in the case with Frank and Sarah (admittedly over countless cups of coffee and slices of cake around Sarah's kitchen table, but to good effect), and Mrs. Decker gets to help interrogate a few potential suspects - always enjoyable for her and the reader! Maeve, nursemaid to Sarah's adopted daughter, has been coming into her own in the last few books and serves as a welcome source of dry humor and worldly-wise balance to Sarah's sometimes naive approach to life working among New York's tenement poor.

I would recommend this series to any fan of historical mysteries and look forward to the next entry in the series.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Another great mystery July 10 2011
By Consumer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is the 13th novel in Thompson's Gaslight Mystery series. After delivering a baby in a brothel, Sarah Brandt is determined to help the prostitute mother escape. Of course, her detective friend Frank Malloy advises her against this, but Sarah contacts a charitable organization that specializes in helping escaped prostitutes anyway. The rescue is a success, until the charity's leader is found murdered a few weeks later. Malloy is assigned to the case and very reluctantly requests Sarah's help.

I am always excited when a new Frank and Sarah mystery is released, and opening this book was like being greeted by old friends. This was another great mystery. The pacing was perfect. The story was strong. There were plenty of glimpses at my favorite side characters (i.e. Mrs. Ellsworth, Brian, Mrs. Decker, Catherine). And Sarah and Frank had a few cute moments together. My one (and only) complaint is Frank and Sarah's relationship has not progressed in the last few books, and I would love more on this front.

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