Murder on Sisters' Row by Victoria Thompson

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Victoria Thompson delivers yet another charming turn of the century murder mystery. Thompson introduces a new twist by creating a murder with an unlikely murder weapon, which readers will find very entertaining when trying to guess the identity of the murderer.
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Midwife Sarah Brandt braves the dangers of the tenements in nineteenth-century New York to help the impoverished and, with Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, bring the guilty that prey on them to justice. Now, the latest novel in the Edgar®-nominated series finds Sarah compelled to save an expectant mother from a fate worse than death…

Summoned to an elegant house to deliver a baby, Sarah finds her patient is actually in a brothel. The young woman in labor reveals she is being held against her will and forced to prostitute herself—and that the madam intends to get rid of the baby.  

To rescue the new mother and her infant, Sarah secures the assistance of Mrs. Vivian Van Orner, a woman of means known for her charitable work. But their success comes at a high price when Mrs.Van Orner is found murdered.

With Malloy’s help, Sarah’s investigation uncovers some unpleasant truths about the victim and her charity—as well as the woman and child Sarah risked her own life to save…

 

About Victoria Thompson

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Victoria Thompson is also the author of numerous historical novels. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family.
 
Published June 7, 2011 by Berkley. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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All: 9 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
May 01 2012

Thompson (Murder on Sisters' Row, 2011, etc.) once more weaves the class differences and casual bigotry of the period into a mystery with some neat twists.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 26 2012

Newcomers as well as old fans will find this an intelligent and engrossing look at society and its hypocrisy.

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Fresh Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Elizabeth Crowley on Jun 20 2012

Victoria Thompson delivers yet another charming turn of the century murder mystery. Thompson introduces a new twist by creating a murder with an unlikely murder weapon, which readers will find very entertaining when trying to guess the identity of the murderer.

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The Mystery Reader

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer Winberry

Victoria Thompson has written a fast paced, engrossing mystery full of historical accuracies so real that old New York City is brought vividly to life

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Once Upon a Romance

Good
Reviewed by Mary

This novel is a definite keeper as it covers the lives of persons living in the tenements and the town houses and their feelings towards each other as the two investigators are sure, more than once, that they have found the culprit only to see that they have missed something and have to start all over again. Readers will thoroughly enjoy the story and the characters.

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Beth's Book-Nook Blog

Below average
Jun 09 2012

I felt it took a good fifty pages to “get going”. There was a lot of time devoted to Mr. Decker asking Frank, and Sarah, and even Sarah’s mother to help out, and then the subsequent conversations between the aforementioned individuals.

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GenerationgBooks

Below average
May 15 2012

I usually tear my way through them, and this one- I oculdn’t get into it at all. You didn’t have many close scenes with Frank and Sarah, nor did you really see Maeve, Catherine, or his son Brian, not the mention the nosy neighbor we’ve come to love. So- a lot of favorite reliables aren’t so much there, and the action, when it picks up, isn’t break-neck.

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Mixed Book Bag

Good
Reviewed by JC Jones on Jun 07 2012

The reason for the murder was well developed. There were several red herrings before we find out who actually did the deed

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Icy Sweetness

Good
Jun 25 2012

Victoria Thompson vividly creates this world that I love to be taken to. I love old New York and how she captures its essence so well. She is a master at creating characters, and I have to say that her word choice is perfectly executed

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