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Sarah and Frank Malloy must catch a scheming killer in this latest gripping installment in the USA Today bestselling Gaslight Mysteries Former policeman Frank Malloy is frustrated when a woman requests his private detective services to implicate her wealthy husband in adultery, the only legal grounds for divorce in New York state. Although Mrs. Bing seems genuinely distress Sarah and Frank Malloy must catch a scheming killer in this latest gripping installment in the USA Today bestselling Gaslight Mysteries Former policeman Frank Malloy is frustrated when a woman requests his private detective services to implicate her wealthy husband in adultery, the only legal grounds for divorce in New York state. Although Mrs. Bing seems genuinely distressed about her marriage and desperate to end it, she refuses to tell Frank the reason she absolutely must divorce her husband and admits she has no legal grounds. Frank explains he won't manufacture evidence for her and sends her on her way. The following week, Frank and Sarah happen to be attending the first ever auto show in Madison Square Garden when they meet the woman's husband, Alfred Bing, who has invested in a company that produces one of the electric motorcars on display. A few days later, the newspapers report that millionaire Alvin Bing has been found dead, pinned beneath one of the wheels of his very own motorcar. But who was driving it? The obvious suspect is Mrs. Bing, but Frank and Sarah find that nothing is as it seems in their puzzling, dangerous search for truth.


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Sarah and Frank Malloy must catch a scheming killer in this latest gripping installment in the USA Today bestselling Gaslight Mysteries Former policeman Frank Malloy is frustrated when a woman requests his private detective services to implicate her wealthy husband in adultery, the only legal grounds for divorce in New York state. Although Mrs. Bing seems genuinely distress Sarah and Frank Malloy must catch a scheming killer in this latest gripping installment in the USA Today bestselling Gaslight Mysteries Former policeman Frank Malloy is frustrated when a woman requests his private detective services to implicate her wealthy husband in adultery, the only legal grounds for divorce in New York state. Although Mrs. Bing seems genuinely distressed about her marriage and desperate to end it, she refuses to tell Frank the reason she absolutely must divorce her husband and admits she has no legal grounds. Frank explains he won't manufacture evidence for her and sends her on her way. The following week, Frank and Sarah happen to be attending the first ever auto show in Madison Square Garden when they meet the woman's husband, Alfred Bing, who has invested in a company that produces one of the electric motorcars on display. A few days later, the newspapers report that millionaire Alvin Bing has been found dead, pinned beneath one of the wheels of his very own motorcar. But who was driving it? The obvious suspect is Mrs. Bing, but Frank and Sarah find that nothing is as it seems in their puzzling, dangerous search for truth.

30 review for Murder on Madison Square

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Murder on Madison Square by Victoria Thompson is a 2022 Berkley publication. When Malloy is approached by Mrs. Bing, a woman who is desperate for a divorce, asking him to help set up a sting operation to prove her husband has been unfaithful, he declines to help her. As it turns out he and Mrs. Bing will cross paths again, this time at a car exhibit. Mr. Bing is an investor in automobiles, specifically the electric car models, but when he is run over and killed, Mrs. Bing returns to Malloy’s offi Murder on Madison Square by Victoria Thompson is a 2022 Berkley publication. When Malloy is approached by Mrs. Bing, a woman who is desperate for a divorce, asking him to help set up a sting operation to prove her husband has been unfaithful, he declines to help her. As it turns out he and Mrs. Bing will cross paths again, this time at a car exhibit. Mr. Bing is an investor in automobiles, specifically the electric car models, but when he is run over and killed, Mrs. Bing returns to Malloy’s office asking him to help find her husband’s killer… Once again, Thompson engages the reader with not only a murder mystery, but the interesting topic of early automobiles. The characters in this one are certainly interesting. The murdered Mr. Bing was not at all a likeable fellow, to say the very least, which of course created quite a few suspects. The reader will catch on to what the situation is like in the Bing household, but will have no idea how things will eventually play out. I have to say, this was one of the more disturbing mysteries in this series. Thompson always does her research, and her explanations on electric cars was fascinating. Once again, I want to say how much I am enjoying Gino and Maeve being a part of the detective team and as always, I love touching base with Sarah and Frank- one of my favorite book couples. Overall, this was an exceptional addition to the series- and of course, as always, I'm eagerly anticipating the next installment!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    This latest entry in the Gaslight Mystery series is, for me, one of the most engaging so far. Sarah and Malloy have settled into a rhythm and routine as a married, financially independent couple. Mother Malloy is a delightful supporting character. Mrs. Ellsworth is around a bit less, but her many entertaining and eccentric superstitions make just enough an appearance so we don't forget her. The Maeve and Gino budding romance still moves at a glacial pace and is most appropriate for that era. The This latest entry in the Gaslight Mystery series is, for me, one of the most engaging so far. Sarah and Malloy have settled into a rhythm and routine as a married, financially independent couple. Mother Malloy is a delightful supporting character. Mrs. Ellsworth is around a bit less, but her many entertaining and eccentric superstitions make just enough an appearance so we don't forget her. The Maeve and Gino budding romance still moves at a glacial pace and is most appropriate for that era. The burgeoning automobile industry is front and center in this one and so interesting to view from this angle. If you have not tried this series yet, I highly recommend it as always. Thank you to Berkley and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    I thoroughly enjoyed my 25th visit to the Malloy family and it was great to see them all happy and engaged in Frank's P.I. business. Murder on Madison Square begins with a visit from a woman who wishes to divorce her husband, but Frank is unable to help her. Shortly after that same man is found dead and circumstances unfold in a way which indicate he was murdered. Frank takes on the case of trying to discover the murderer. All of the adults in the family, including Mother Malloy from her seat by I thoroughly enjoyed my 25th visit to the Malloy family and it was great to see them all happy and engaged in Frank's P.I. business. Murder on Madison Square begins with a visit from a woman who wishes to divorce her husband, but Frank is unable to help her. Shortly after that same man is found dead and circumstances unfold in a way which indicate he was murdered. Frank takes on the case of trying to discover the murderer. All of the adults in the family, including Mother Malloy from her seat by the fire, play a role in the investigation. For the cynical reader of today it seems obvious quite early on that there are nasty reasons behind the murder, but those were more innocent times and it takes a while for even Sarah with her knowledge of women's ailments to catch on. Even then it is tricky to guess who is responsible. I always acquire new historical knowledge from each of these books and this time it was about electric cars. Who knew people were making and buying them in New York in the early 1900's. If only they could have invented a satisfactory battery at the same time the world might now be a much cleaner place. Excellent as always and maybe in the next book Gino and Maeve will move a little closer to the altar!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Mrs. Edith Bing visits Frank Malloy, now a private investigator, seeking his help to divorce her husband. That would require him to prove her husband had committed adultery and it’s just not what he does. She never discloses why she wants the divorce and leaves without explanation. Her husband, Alvin Bing, is an investor in an electric car manufacturing company so Frank and wife Sarah decide to visit a motor show at Madison Square Garden to meet him. The next day, they learn he was run over by a Mrs. Edith Bing visits Frank Malloy, now a private investigator, seeking his help to divorce her husband. That would require him to prove her husband had committed adultery and it’s just not what he does. She never discloses why she wants the divorce and leaves without explanation. Her husband, Alvin Bing, is an investor in an electric car manufacturing company so Frank and wife Sarah decide to visit a motor show at Madison Square Garden to meet him. The next day, they learn he was run over by a car and killed. Mrs. Bing now hires Frank to find out who is responsible, especially as she’s a prime suspect. This case took so many twists and turns as Frank, his wife Sarah, his partner, Gino Donatelli and assistant Maeve Smith work to figure out what was going on in the Bing household. While I figured out much of it early on, following the group as they gathered information and assembled clues was highly entertaining. But what was extremely interesting was the background given on the infancy of electric cars. The early generation of motor cars was pretty awful and solutions provided by the electric version was far more beneficial. I had no idea how really close we came to adopting this technology in the early 1900’s. If only Edison could have figured out a smaller design for the battery. I loved being back with the Malloys and their friends. The case also had an insidious nature to it that was slowly revealed through the course of the story. I wasn’t sure of exactly who killed Alvin Bing as there were a host of likely suspects but I was certain of the why. As always, I enjoy the historical elements where I’m able to learn something, which sent me on a fact finding mission to learn more about the early generation of electric cars. It was fascinating and who knew that they were primarily marketed to women? This series continues to be one of my favorites. Posted on Blue Mood Café (Thanks to Berkley and NetGalley for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Mrs. Edith Bing is asking for Private Investigator Frank Malloy's help in obtaining a divorce. But that would require Frank to manufacture evidence against her husband which he refuses to do. Within a few days, Frank reads that Mr. Bing was killed when an automobile ran over him late at night. Edith Bing asks for his help again...this time she wants Frank to find out who killed her husband since the police believe she may have been the driver of the vehicle. The latest Gaslight Mystery is a well Mrs. Edith Bing is asking for Private Investigator Frank Malloy's help in obtaining a divorce. But that would require Frank to manufacture evidence against her husband which he refuses to do. Within a few days, Frank reads that Mr. Bing was killed when an automobile ran over him late at night. Edith Bing asks for his help again...this time she wants Frank to find out who killed her husband since the police believe she may have been the driver of the vehicle. The latest Gaslight Mystery is a well-researched historical mystery with lots of twists and turns. Frank, his wife Sarah, along with Gino Donatelli and Maeve Smith, interviewed witnesses and suspects numerous times. They even got help from Mother Malloy. It was easy to figure out that everyone hated Mr. Bing and the reason why became apparent to me early in the story. Figuring out exactly who killed him kept me guessing (and changing my mind) throughout the book. My rating: 4 Stars.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    If you are looking for a light, entertaining mystery with engaging characters this will work for you. Ex-policeman turned Private Investigator Frank Malloy is approached by a lady seeking a divorce from her wealthy husband even though they have only been married for nine months, and she won’t say why she wants the divorce. Since the only way to get a divorce in 1900’s NYC was adultery one was obliged to set up the husband in a compromising position and get photographs – but Frank explains that he If you are looking for a light, entertaining mystery with engaging characters this will work for you. Ex-policeman turned Private Investigator Frank Malloy is approached by a lady seeking a divorce from her wealthy husband even though they have only been married for nine months, and she won’t say why she wants the divorce. Since the only way to get a divorce in 1900’s NYC was adultery one was obliged to set up the husband in a compromising position and get photographs – but Frank explains that he does not engage in that kind of shenanigans and sends the lady on her way. When only days later the husband is murdered obviously the wife is the number one suspect – that is until several other possibilities such as the unconventional living arrangements with unorthodox family relationships come to light. It is up to Sarah, Frank, Maeve and Gino to unravel this very convoluted family mystery especially when another family member is murdered. Since the murdered man is part owner of an automobile manufacturing company this story revolves around the very early appearance of automobiles at a time when they were a very much a novelty. I had no idea that electric cars were a thing back then and could have been the future of automobiles if not for Henry Ford. To keep a series going for 25 books and not bore the reader is very impressive and gives a cozy feeling to revisit familiar characters that you have come know.

  7. 5 out of 5

    The Library Lady

    Cardboard characters and a plot twist that is so obvious you will figure it out long before Frank and Sarah do. Heck, "Mother Malloy," knitting in the corner gets it before they do. Cardboard characters and a plot twist that is so obvious you will figure it out long before Frank and Sarah do. Heck, "Mother Malloy," knitting in the corner gets it before they do.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jeannine

    Revisiting this series is like having comfort food. It’s always fun to see beloved characters again. In this installment, there are a series of murders that touch on a family involved in the budding car industry in New York. There’s one facet of the story that has been used before (tw: pedophelia) in this series and I guess repetition is bound to happen in a series that goes on this long. The relationship between Maeve and Gino seemed to have a leap in the last book, but they appear to have regr Revisiting this series is like having comfort food. It’s always fun to see beloved characters again. In this installment, there are a series of murders that touch on a family involved in the budding car industry in New York. There’s one facet of the story that has been used before (tw: pedophelia) in this series and I guess repetition is bound to happen in a series that goes on this long. The relationship between Maeve and Gino seemed to have a leap in the last book, but they appear to have regressed. Also, we only get a glimpse of Catherine and Brian, who always steal the scene when they are involved. The Deckers are mentioned once, but the children, but do not appear in this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for a digital ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review. AHHH!!! This entire book might be my favorite of the 25 she's written in this series so far. The story. The layers. The deception. The automobiles. The history. It was just...wow. When THE BIG TWIST happened, I was slowly putting it together in my mind and kept telling myself "no, there's no way that's THE BIG TWIST" but I was stunned when it all came together. Thompson does such a good job o Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for a digital ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review. AHHH!!! This entire book might be my favorite of the 25 she's written in this series so far. The story. The layers. The deception. The automobiles. The history. It was just...wow. When THE BIG TWIST happened, I was slowly putting it together in my mind and kept telling myself "no, there's no way that's THE BIG TWIST" but I was stunned when it all came together. Thompson does such a good job of sprinkling little hints throughout her novels, little breadcrumbs...I'm always fascinated by the history and rules of the time, and how that plays out with the law. This was a knockout read!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anne W

    I was so disappointed. I like this series. I reread from the beginning after I retired. This story was so predictable and the narrative was simply a rehash of suspects, motives, etc.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    I just still really like this series 25 books in, which is so nice. I called most of the twists in the mystery plot early on, but I still enjoyed reading the story. And for someone coming at this from a ban cars in Manhattan modern-day POV (and, seriously, ban cars in Manhattan), I still really enjoyed that aspect of the plot. Absolutely loved the last scene with Frank and Sarah! And now I am caught up, which is great but also sad.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Barb in Maryland

    Very disappointed in the plot of this one. It was nice to catch up with the continuing characters, and all the information on the early automobiles was very interesting. However, I realized early on the true nature of the murder victim's relationship with his daughter and step-daughter. Alas, plot necessity required that Sarah Malloy and young Maeve be oblivious to all the hints given them by the two young women for entirely too long. Very frustrating! I did skim through the second half and figured Very disappointed in the plot of this one. It was nice to catch up with the continuing characters, and all the information on the early automobiles was very interesting. However, I realized early on the true nature of the murder victim's relationship with his daughter and step-daughter. Alas, plot necessity required that Sarah Malloy and young Maeve be oblivious to all the hints given them by the two young women for entirely too long. Very frustrating! I did skim through the second half and figured out who the murderer had to be, and was disappointed when my solution was correct. All in all, an unsatisfactory ending to the mystery. I sure hope the next one is better.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    This entry in the Gaslight series has one eye-popping revelation after another, making for a fast-paced story. I kept turning pages to see what would happen next and to whom. This one centers around the early auto industry, and the details are fascinating. I had no idea early electrics were more popular in the beginning than the gas engines. It's a good thing Frank and Gino have been working with their own auto for some time already, so they are perfectly primed to investigate the auto-involved This entry in the Gaslight series has one eye-popping revelation after another, making for a fast-paced story. I kept turning pages to see what would happen next and to whom. This one centers around the early auto industry, and the details are fascinating. I had no idea early electrics were more popular in the beginning than the gas engines. It's a good thing Frank and Gino have been working with their own auto for some time already, so they are perfectly primed to investigate the auto-involved murder of a automotive company investor. Everyone gets involved in the case, each using his/her unique skills.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Solid installment in this series and so glad Sarah plays a large role in the investigation. I also enjoyed the information about the fledgling automotive industry during this time period both in the story and in the author’s note at the end of the book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    Thompson's Gaslight Mysteries have become true comfort reads for me. While the whodunnit answer is usually obvious, the true appeal lies in watching the characters solve the puzzle and in spending time with them as they do. And okay, maybe I shouted at them a couple times in this book because they've run into this particular family dynamic enough times that they should have suspected the truth sooner (indeed, it may be time for Thompson to shelve it), but sometimes it's nice to have a predictabl Thompson's Gaslight Mysteries have become true comfort reads for me. While the whodunnit answer is usually obvious, the true appeal lies in watching the characters solve the puzzle and in spending time with them as they do. And okay, maybe I shouted at them a couple times in this book because they've run into this particular family dynamic enough times that they should have suspected the truth sooner (indeed, it may be time for Thompson to shelve it), but sometimes it's nice to have a predictable mystery so you can simply enjoy the characters and the familiar formula — and that's exactly why Thompson remains at the top of my wishlist and pre-order list every year. And knowing her usual release schedule, my countdown to the next Counterfeit Lady book begins.... now! My thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I had figured out a major plot point pretty early on, but there were so many twists and turns overall that it did not matter-I was a hundred percent engaged the whole time. (I was very glad when Sarah FINALLY caught up to me though lol.) Still, the personal stuff here was really good. I loved seeing Mrs. Ellsworth in particular. And the way things are going with Gino and Maeve is really nice. Also, that last scene with Frank and Sarah - so great! Cannot wait for the next, which is really saying I had figured out a major plot point pretty early on, but there were so many twists and turns overall that it did not matter-I was a hundred percent engaged the whole time. (I was very glad when Sarah FINALLY caught up to me though lol.) Still, the personal stuff here was really good. I loved seeing Mrs. Ellsworth in particular. And the way things are going with Gino and Maeve is really nice. Also, that last scene with Frank and Sarah - so great! Cannot wait for the next, which is really saying something 25 books in.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Kallenberger Marzola

    I love this series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Laura Hill

    Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book was published on April 26th, 2022. A nice, light cozy — number 25 (!) in the Gaslight mystery series (New York City around 1900). Frank Malloy (former NYPD policeman, now gentleman private detective) and his wife Sarah (former midwife, but always a Lady having been born into a prominent family) work together (with some other interesting characters) to solve mys Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book was published on April 26th, 2022. A nice, light cozy — number 25 (!) in the Gaslight mystery series (New York City around 1900). Frank Malloy (former NYPD policeman, now gentleman private detective) and his wife Sarah (former midwife, but always a Lady having been born into a prominent family) work together (with some other interesting characters) to solve mysteries. This mystery: a man is found dead, having been run over by one of the very cars he was selling. In truth, there is a lot of filler, a relatively simple plot, and a lot of repetition as everyone keeps talking about the possibilities from all sides. Some things become obvious to the reader long before the characters wake up to the truth (but perhaps this is a nod to expectations of the times?). However, what I do always like about Thompson’s mysteries are the new and interesting pieces of history she brings in to motivate and support the plot. In this book, we learn about the history of electric cars which were apparently very popular at the time — especially for women because they were so much easier (and safer) to drive. Who knew? Also an interesting note about New York divorces where adultery was the only valid grounds for divorce. These two items (and others) have a bearing on the plot.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kiki Z

    This one had the same issue as the one a couple of books back: The "twist" (which is a rather horrific twist in this one) is so obvious and telegraphed so completely to the audience that it's actually rather ridiculous that it takes to the 80% mark for the detectives to guess it. To be honest, I genuinely can't believe that it never crossed any of their minds. Two former cops, a midwife, and didn't Maeve grow up on the streets? Surely one of them had seen something similar before? This one had the same issue as the one a couple of books back: The "twist" (which is a rather horrific twist in this one) is so obvious and telegraphed so completely to the audience that it's actually rather ridiculous that it takes to the 80% mark for the detectives to guess it. To be honest, I genuinely can't believe that it never crossed any of their minds. Two former cops, a midwife, and didn't Maeve grow up on the streets? Surely one of them had seen something similar before?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have read all of Thompson’s Gaslight Mysteries and enjoyed them, but this was my least favorite for two reasons. First, several of the other books in this series have had an incest plot line, as does this one. It’s getting repetitive and predictable. And, one of the most enjoyable aspects of this series is the personal relationships of the main characters and how they progress. This book did not spend enough time on these relationships. Maeve and Gino’s relationship, like this series, is stagn I have read all of Thompson’s Gaslight Mysteries and enjoyed them, but this was my least favorite for two reasons. First, several of the other books in this series have had an incest plot line, as does this one. It’s getting repetitive and predictable. And, one of the most enjoyable aspects of this series is the personal relationships of the main characters and how they progress. This book did not spend enough time on these relationships. Maeve and Gino’s relationship, like this series, is stagnating and didn’t have the spark of previous books.

  21. 5 out of 5

    tesh

    Wanted to love it, but figured out the murder and the motive the first time they were ' onscreen.' feels like the author is just phoning it in . Wanted to love it, but figured out the murder and the motive the first time they were ' onscreen.' feels like the author is just phoning it in .

  22. 4 out of 5

    Betty Strohecker

    This is one of my favorite series, and I thoroughly enjoyed this latest book. Although there is always a murder for the two main characters to solve, Victoria Thompson continues to come up with an interesting way for the victim to meet his demise. I loved catching up with Sarah and Frank Malloy, their family, and the employees in Frank's detective agency. Thompson creates many twists and turns to keep the reader involved and guessing until the very end. I had figured out part of why the victim w This is one of my favorite series, and I thoroughly enjoyed this latest book. Although there is always a murder for the two main characters to solve, Victoria Thompson continues to come up with an interesting way for the victim to meet his demise. I loved catching up with Sarah and Frank Malloy, their family, and the employees in Frank's detective agency. Thompson creates many twists and turns to keep the reader involved and guessing until the very end. I had figured out part of why the victim was killed, but still had surprises in the wrap up. This Gaslight series has now moved into the early 1900's, so one of the historical emphases was on the continued development of the automobile. There were many interesting facts, which is one of the reasons I love historical fiction. So many things to learn in this satisfying mystery!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy of Murder on Madison Square. I absolutely adored Murder on Wall Street, the previous book in the series, but this one was a bit less interesting. Parts of it I loved, although I figured out certain things way before they were revealed in the book. The storyline was certainly intriguing- a woman seeking a divorce, whose husband just happens to turn up dead soon after? Daughters, coworkers, a long lost wife who was supposedly dead mixed in with lots of d Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy of Murder on Madison Square. I absolutely adored Murder on Wall Street, the previous book in the series, but this one was a bit less interesting. Parts of it I loved, although I figured out certain things way before they were revealed in the book. The storyline was certainly intriguing- a woman seeking a divorce, whose husband just happens to turn up dead soon after? Daughters, coworkers, a long lost wife who was supposedly dead mixed in with lots of drama and a bit of poison? Yes, please! This book was fine, I just didn't completely love it. I love Sarah and Frank together, but we only got a tiny bit of Mrs. Ellsworth, who is one of my favorite characters. I'd love to see Sarah return to her midwifery a bit in the near future, honestly.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    I love this series and it just keeps getting better and better. The inclusion of Maeve and Gino into the storyline adds a youthful perspective to the mysteries and I love the banter between them. I figured out what was happening and who the killer was pretty quickly but I think we're also given the benefit of 21st century life and we're not so shocked by things as they were back then. Still, great mystery and I loved learning that, despite advances in cars and batteries, our hybrids today go jus I love this series and it just keeps getting better and better. The inclusion of Maeve and Gino into the storyline adds a youthful perspective to the mysteries and I love the banter between them. I figured out what was happening and who the killer was pretty quickly but I think we're also given the benefit of 21st century life and we're not so shocked by things as they were back then. Still, great mystery and I loved learning that, despite advances in cars and batteries, our hybrids today go just as far as they did on one charge when they were first introduced.

  25. 5 out of 5

    William Richardson

    I love this series, such good plots and characters. This one introduces Electric Cars which were popular in the early 1900's. Stories have lots of twist and turns. Love the main characters, Sarah and Frak Malloy. I love this series, such good plots and characters. This one introduces Electric Cars which were popular in the early 1900's. Stories have lots of twist and turns. Love the main characters, Sarah and Frak Malloy.

  26. 5 out of 5

    A. F. (Addy) Whitehouse

    I am a huge Victoria Thompson fan! I have read all 25 of her "gaslight" series, and four of the five of her Counterfeit Lady series. I am sorry to report that #25 is a big disappointment! There is little to recommend here: the story is boring, there is little action, and the plot drags. We are so familiar with the recurring characters that there is nothing left to discover, which is another reason the book was dull. She also did not advance the romance between Maeve and Gino, and I'm guessing t I am a huge Victoria Thompson fan! I have read all 25 of her "gaslight" series, and four of the five of her Counterfeit Lady series. I am sorry to report that #25 is a big disappointment! There is little to recommend here: the story is boring, there is little action, and the plot drags. We are so familiar with the recurring characters that there is nothing left to discover, which is another reason the book was dull. She also did not advance the romance between Maeve and Gino, and I'm guessing that may have been an editor's choice rather than the author's. I won't go into the story except to say that it is obvious the author did her research on the early iteration of electric cars. I also think that Ms. Thompson may be saving her "better stuff" for the Counterfeit Lady series, which is fresher and probably is more interesting for her to write (and for us to read). I think the gaslight series should be put to rest; a series is only as good as its most recent offering.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Twenty-five books, and this series is still going strong. Interesting information here about electric cars in the early twentieth century.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Groucho42

    A guy running one of many car companies is killed, and Sarah and Frank have to figure out whodunit. Ok plot, but the major problem dragging it down is that no cop would take more than a minute to figure out the mystery after talking to the dysfunctional family.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Most recent book in the Gaslight Mystery series. This was the first book in memory where Sarah didn't deliver a baby. Personally that has always been part of the appeal of this series, the fact that Sarah is a woman with a career who continued to work after marriage, not for the money but for the enjoyment of working with women. The character seems to be at loose ends, playing with the children, paying social and condolence calls on the characters. And helping Frank with solving the crime. It wa Most recent book in the Gaslight Mystery series. This was the first book in memory where Sarah didn't deliver a baby. Personally that has always been part of the appeal of this series, the fact that Sarah is a woman with a career who continued to work after marriage, not for the money but for the enjoyment of working with women. The character seems to be at loose ends, playing with the children, paying social and condolence calls on the characters. And helping Frank with solving the crime. It was fascinating to learn that electric cars were a big thing in the early 1900's but they didn't become the dominant type of car/auto for the rest of the 20th century. The early electric cars seemed to be very easy to drive, operate and were very quiet. SPOILER SPOILER # # # # # # # # # # # SPOILER She did attempt to assist help one character who was ill....... She figured out another was pregnant, without examining her......

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Freeman

    Sarah, Frank and the group are back on a new case. Who killed the investor in an automobile company? Was it personal or professional? While the men check out the business partner and staff, the ladies tackle the women in his life. Who’s the real widow? Another great mystery in this series.

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