Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue (Gaslight Mystery #18) by Victoria Thompson (review)

October 28, 2015 All Reviews, Historical, Mystery 0 ★★★★

I received this book for free from Berkley Prime Crime in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue (Gaslight Mystery #18) by Victoria Thompson (review)Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue (Gaslight Mystery, #18) by Victoria Thompson
Series: Gaslight Mystery #18
Published by Berkley on November 3rd 2015
Number of Pages: 320
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Historical, Thriller
Source: Berkley Prime Crime
Format: Hardcover
Purchase: At Amazon

Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy and Sarah Brandt are not the only ones who have recently tied the knot. Family friend Mrs. O’Neill was delighted when her daughter Una wed the seemingly wealthy and charming Randolph Pollock. She didn’t wonder why such an affluent man would want to marry a poor Irish girl, no matter how pretty she was. But now Mrs. O’Neill has a problem.

Pollock’s servants have found their employer bludgeoned to death with Una cradling his body. Rendered mute by the horror of her husband’s death, Una cannot explain what happened, so the police have charged her with murder and locked her away in the Tombs to await trial.

Mrs. O’Neill would like Frank to investigate the case and save Una, yet with Frank and Sarah still on their honeymoon, it’s up to the other members of their newly formed household to do some detective work. But solving the mystery behind Pollock’s death means first discovering the truth about who he really is…

I haven’t read any of the other books in this series. But I wasn’t lost at all while reading this one. I really liked Maeve. Some of the things she thought made me wonder what her life had been like before she became a nursemaid. But I’m guessing that was explained in one or more of the previous books. Her interactions with Una and Gino made me laugh more than once.

I didn’t care for Una one bit. But I liked Gino and the Deckers. It amused me how Mrs. Decker poked her nose into various investigative things, and tried to hide the fact from her husband. It also made me laugh when Mr. Decker became intrigued enough to start helping out on his own without prompting.

It wasn’t stated until later in the book, but at least one of Una’s servants was black. I’m not sure if all 4 were. This wouldn’t be an issue at all except that it startled me when I read it since up until that point the servants hadn’t been described except by age and sex. I’m guessing it was because of the time period the story took place in.

I liked how the children in the book interacted with each other. Catherine learned sign language from her brother Brian, because Brian was deaf and went to a special school. Though again, not having read the other books, I had no idea how old the children were supposed to be. It was never stated, just that Brian went to school and Catherine did not.

The mystery was well written, and I loved the twists that popped up during the story. There were more than a few places where I had to laugh, and the story itself was engrossing enough that I read it all in one sitting. I will be looking for some of the earlier books in the series to see if they are equally as good.

If you like cozy mysteries, especially historical ones, with humor as well as a good twists, you need to try this book.


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