Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Murder on Lexington Avenue - 12th in the Gaslight Mystery series
Author: Victoria Thompson
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
ISBN-13: 978-0-425-23437-2 (Hardcover)
Release Date: June 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Historical Mystery
Year/Setting: New York City at the turn of the 20th Century
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Victoria's Website/Blog: www.victoriathompson.com
A very interesting mystery for early New York history buffs. There is much detail and descriptions of New York at the turn of the 20th century and you can almost see the setting of the story.
Mr. Edward Higginbotham, who runs the Lexington Avenue School for the Improved Instruction of Deaf Mutes, has gone to visit a Mr. Wooten, who is a great proponent of the school, to discuss the plans of Mr. Wooten's daughter Electra who attends the school. Electra plans to marry an instructor at the school. Mr. Higginbotham finds Mr. Wooten murdered and asks that Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy investigate even though the murder occured out of his jurisdiction. Malloy realizes that the victim has a daughter who is deaf and it is known that Malloy's own son attends the school for the deaf. So, his bosses give the case to him, thinking that he would have inside information. Mr. Wooten had sent his daughter to a different school with different views of teaching and was a supporter of their programs. Malloy suspects that the killer might be in his son's school or might be a family member or business rival of Wooten. Malloy goes to interview Wooten's widow, who is about to have a baby and she goes into labor while he is there. As she refuses to send for her doctor, Malloy calls Sarah Brandt, a midwife who has helped the detective on previous cases, to come and help. Sarah is confused as she is working with people who can hear refuse to listen to those who cannot. Malloy and Sarah have to contend with another murder in the Wooten family before they are able to find the killer.
This book was an interesting read. Sometimes difficult, but the characters are well thought out and, as I remarked before, the descriptions of New York City are very detailed and interesting to readers. This is the 12th Gaslight Mystery featuring these characters and perhaps it would be helpful to read the earlier ones to really get to know the characters. Enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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