Murder at Astor Place
By: Victoria Thompson
Series: Gaslight Mystery #1
Publisher/Year: Berkley Prime Crime, 1999
Setting: New York, (turn of the century)
Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense
Adult themes and content
Plus(es): In depth characters and plot development/Historically descriptive
Minus(es): Limited suspects make for not much of a whodunnit.
Murder at Astor Place is a well-written introduction to the Gaslight Mysteries series. We are introduced to main characters independent Sarah Brandt, a midwife, and a tenacious police officer named Frank Malloy.
Sarah thinks she recognizes a mysterious murder victim and enlists Malloy who reluctantly agrees to get involved in the investigation. In this turn of the century piece, we are transported from the downtrodden to the wealthy streets of New York.
Awards/Recognitions: National Bestselling Author
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Astor Place Theatre, with surroundings. Above: Views of New-York” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/5e66b3e8-84d2-d471-e040-e00a180654d7