I love a good mystery and found one in “Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue” by Victoria Thompson. Ms. Thompson has written seventeen more mystery novels known as the Gaslight Mysteries. After reading this one, I will certainly keep finding her novels to read.
Frank Malloy and Sarah Brandt are on their honeymoon. Frank is a former police detective who quit the force when he came into an inheritance. Their friend, Mrs. O’Neill’s daughter has married a wealthy man, Randolph Pollock, a few months previously. To her horror, her daughter, Una, has been arrested for the bludgeoning death of her husband. She has come to the Malloy home to request the help of Frank Malloy in investigating this murder and saving her daughter from prison or worse. In their absence, the Malloys’ servants decide to provide their assistance. Even Sarah’s parents get in on the act. However, all is not as it seems. You will be transported to turn-of-the-century New York and into a very interesting piece of detective work. I truly enjoyed this story and I highly recommend it.
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The author of Murder on Amsterdam Avenue returns to nineteenth-century New York City to find Christmas in the air, a police detective and a midwife with love in their hearts, and a wealthy newlywed with blood on her hands…
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…