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Murder on ST. Mark’s Place
By: Victoria Thompson
Series: Gaslight Mystery #2
Publisher/Year: Berkley Prime Crime, 2000
Setting: New York, (turn of the century)
Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense
Adult themes and content
Plus(es): Insight into main characters’ background/fascinating historical details
Minus(es): I thought the pacing of this book was a bit slow and redundant.
Brandt and Malloy are back in this second installment of the Gaslight Mystery series. Someone is murdering charity girls (girls that exchange “favors” for lavish gifts), and it becomes evident how everyone, including Malloy, feels about these young women.
To catch a killer, Sarah will brave the underbelly of Coney Island and expose herself to the dangerous and seedy world where charity girls entice willing men from different classes in society. With no light moments in this book, this left me with a heavy heart. Unfortunately for me, the ending became apparent about a quarter of the way into the book. Even though I could have passed on this book, I muddled through because it is part of a series with rich character and plot development.
Awards/Recognitions: National Bestselling Author, Edgar® and Agatha Award-nominated author
Source Featured Image
Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Babbling Brook, Luna Park, Coney Island, N.Y.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-2d8a-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99