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Sarah Brandt is not completely surprised when her very proper mother asks her to attend a seance. She knows that Mrs. Decker still carries great guilt over the death of her older daughter, Maggie. So Sarah accompanies her and the spiritualist does seem to contact Maggie-convincing Mrs. Decker to attend another seance. Only this time, one of the attendees doesn't succeed in Sarah Brandt is not completely surprised when her very proper mother asks her to attend a seance. She knows that Mrs. Decker still carries great guilt over the death of her older daughter, Maggie. So Sarah accompanies her and the spiritualist does seem to contact Maggie-convincing Mrs. Decker to attend another seance. Only this time, one of the attendees doesn't succeed in speaking to the dead-she joins them. Now, it's up to Sarah and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to protect Mrs. Decker from scandal-by determining how a woman was murdered in the pitch dark when every suspect was holding the hand of the person next to them.


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Sarah Brandt is not completely surprised when her very proper mother asks her to attend a seance. She knows that Mrs. Decker still carries great guilt over the death of her older daughter, Maggie. So Sarah accompanies her and the spiritualist does seem to contact Maggie-convincing Mrs. Decker to attend another seance. Only this time, one of the attendees doesn't succeed in Sarah Brandt is not completely surprised when her very proper mother asks her to attend a seance. She knows that Mrs. Decker still carries great guilt over the death of her older daughter, Maggie. So Sarah accompanies her and the spiritualist does seem to contact Maggie-convincing Mrs. Decker to attend another seance. Only this time, one of the attendees doesn't succeed in speaking to the dead-she joins them. Now, it's up to Sarah and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to protect Mrs. Decker from scandal-by determining how a woman was murdered in the pitch dark when every suspect was holding the hand of the person next to them.

30 review for Murder on Waverly Place

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melisa

    Another great installment of the Gaslight Mystery series! I honestly am going to be so sad when I finish the last book😭 This whodunnit had a great cast of characters, similar to an Agatha Christie mystery, and I had a fun time going back and forth on guessing who the guilty party was. Throw in some Victorian seances (in the pitch dark, no less!) and this made for one fascinating read. It was a little repetitious at parts which is really the only reason I didn’t give it a full 5 stars. As always, Another great installment of the Gaslight Mystery series! I honestly am going to be so sad when I finish the last book😭 This whodunnit had a great cast of characters, similar to an Agatha Christie mystery, and I had a fun time going back and forth on guessing who the guilty party was. Throw in some Victorian seances (in the pitch dark, no less!) and this made for one fascinating read. It was a little repetitious at parts which is really the only reason I didn’t give it a full 5 stars. As always, Victoria Thompson does a great job of developing the characters and having the reader get to know them a bit better. I love where these relationships are headed and can’t wait to see what comes next.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    I love a good historical mystery and so far in eleven books, Victoria Thompson, has not let me down. In Murder on Waverly Place we learn a lot about seances and discover the history of the flashlight as well as enjoying a good story about Frank, Sarah et al. This is a short, fast book which is mostly about the case itself. Mrs Decker and Maeve get the most character development - Maeve in particular has made huge progress since the early books. She is now a character to reckon with. Sarah admits I love a good historical mystery and so far in eleven books, Victoria Thompson, has not let me down. In Murder on Waverly Place we learn a lot about seances and discover the history of the flashlight as well as enjoying a good story about Frank, Sarah et al. This is a short, fast book which is mostly about the case itself. Mrs Decker and Maeve get the most character development - Maeve in particular has made huge progress since the early books. She is now a character to reckon with. Sarah admits to herself that she loves a policeman but neither of them actively does anything about it. One day........ Nice to know I am still only about half way throught the series. Lots of reading pleasure still to go!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Sarah Brandt receives a strange request from her mother, Elizabeth Brandt. She wants Sarah to accompany her to a seance led by a spiritualist who was being vouched for by a friend. Flabbergasted, Sarah agrees but is alarmed at some of the things that happened during the session and makes her mother promise not to attend anymore. Well, that didn’t work and the next session ends when one of the attendees ends up murdered. I couldn’t imagine why Elizabeth Decker would want to attend a seance given Sarah Brandt receives a strange request from her mother, Elizabeth Brandt. She wants Sarah to accompany her to a seance led by a spiritualist who was being vouched for by a friend. Flabbergasted, Sarah agrees but is alarmed at some of the things that happened during the session and makes her mother promise not to attend anymore. Well, that didn’t work and the next session ends when one of the attendees ends up murdered. I couldn’t imagine why Elizabeth Decker would want to attend a seance given her normally levelheaded nature. But, once her motivations were revealed, I understood completely and settled into this strange and curious story. It was challenging trying to figure out if Madam Serafina was the real deal and had special gifts while attempting to unearth the identity of the killer. If you pay close attention, the clues are all there to solve both. I enjoyed this story, which was a bit of a departure from the rest but still containing some interesting factoids (i.e., origin of the flashlight and how it got its name). Everyone has a role, including Maeve and Mrs. Ellsworth. Mrs. Decker was a bonus! She and Frank Malloy got to spend some serious quality time together and it won’t be long before he becomes more acceptable to the family as a potential son-in-law.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    When Sarah Brandt's mother, Mrs. Felix Decker, attends a séance against her daughter's wishes, one of the attendees ends up dead. Mrs. Decker requests that Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy investigate so he can protect the rich Mrs. Decker from any scandal. With the help of Sarah, Frank discovers that all of the attendees were sitting in the dark holding hands while Madam Serafina called up the spirits. Since everyone was holding hands, Frank and Sarah need to figure out how someone entered the d When Sarah Brandt's mother, Mrs. Felix Decker, attends a séance against her daughter's wishes, one of the attendees ends up dead. Mrs. Decker requests that Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy investigate so he can protect the rich Mrs. Decker from any scandal. With the help of Sarah, Frank discovers that all of the attendees were sitting in the dark holding hands while Madam Serafina called up the spirits. Since everyone was holding hands, Frank and Sarah need to figure out how someone entered the dark room and killed on of the attendees without anyone noticing. Another good addition to the Gaslight Mysteries series. Every one of the suspects had reasons for wanting the victim dead. We just had to figure out which one really used a stiletto to end a life while everyone else was oblivious. My rating: 4 Stars.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tamar...playing hooky for a few hours today

    Sarah Brandt’s mother, wife of the wealthy and influential Felix Decker, still suffers the broken heart of a mother who cut herself off from her daughter (Sarah’s sister Maggie) only to lose her forever when the former died giving birth in the most squalid of circumstances. Mrs. Decker asks Sarah to accompany her to a séance held by the spiritualist “Madam Sarafina”. Okay, okay, we are just as skeptical as Sarah. We assume that this is an elaborate con taking advantage of desperate gullible peop Sarah Brandt’s mother, wife of the wealthy and influential Felix Decker, still suffers the broken heart of a mother who cut herself off from her daughter (Sarah’s sister Maggie) only to lose her forever when the former died giving birth in the most squalid of circumstances. Mrs. Decker asks Sarah to accompany her to a séance held by the spiritualist “Madam Sarafina”. Okay, okay, we are just as skeptical as Sarah. We assume that this is an elaborate con taking advantage of desperate gullible people who for one reason or another feel that they must commune with their dearly departed to ask their forgiveness, seek their advice, or say goodbye. Sarah accompanies her mother once, but her mother goes back a second time, on her own. A murder takes place in the dark room of the séance, and Mrs. Decker, who does not wish her husband to learn of her clandestine activity, tells the first cop who shows up at the scene that she is Sarah Brandt and asks that they send immediately for police detective Frank Malloy. All Frank’s fellow policemen know that he has a “relationship” with a Sarah Brandt – and although a little surprised by the woman’s older appearance, they hasten to bring in Frank. Frank, Sarah, Mrs. Decker, Maeve, Madam Sarafina, and even Mrs. Ellsworth all ban together with Frank to prove the innocence of the young Nicole (MS’s lover) who is being framed for the murder. Frank and his band of Merry woMen try to solve the murder that took place under the cover of a pitch-dark séance room while everyone is holding hands (er, wrists). The immediate suspects are all the rich and influential seated around the table, and two other men in the house who are part of the scam. The problem is, as always, that police simply cannot interrogate the rich and influential… I must admit, it is all pretty formulaic and obvious but still oh so cute. I love the banter and intimate shared humor between Frank and Sarah. The scene “she’s in the Directory” was hilarious, vaudevillian. Also, the casual discussions regarding the Decker’s friend “Teddy” (Roosevelt) are always fun and we learn a little about the stages along Teddy’s political career. In each of the books there is always a discussion on an invention or innovation of the period. This time it was the invention of the flashlight. I love this series!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mei

    I found this one actually funny! Imagining Sarah's mother helping Frank and Sarah solving a murder!!!! I like Sarah's mother a lot! She's very clever and at the same time very naive! I found this one actually funny! Imagining Sarah's mother helping Frank and Sarah solving a murder!!!! I like Sarah's mother a lot! She's very clever and at the same time very naive!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amanda McGill

    Another good read in the Gaslight Mystery series. I really like how Sarah's mother was involved and even got Sarah and Malloy involved in the murder. It was interesting to see how spiritualists were viewed in the early 1900s and who would go and see them. Another good read in the Gaslight Mystery series. I really like how Sarah's mother was involved and even got Sarah and Malloy involved in the murder. It was interesting to see how spiritualists were viewed in the early 1900s and who would go and see them.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Midwife Sarah Brandt is surprised when her mother, Mrs. Decker, begs Sarah to join her at a séance. Mrs. Decker is hoping to reach Maggie, Sarah’s older sister, and obtain forgiveness for something that happened before she passed. Sarah goes, but nothing she experiences convinces her that it is at all real. However, Mrs. Decker goes back a second time, and one of the group members is murdered. They quickly call in Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy. The lights were out, and everyone was holding han Midwife Sarah Brandt is surprised when her mother, Mrs. Decker, begs Sarah to join her at a séance. Mrs. Decker is hoping to reach Maggie, Sarah’s older sister, and obtain forgiveness for something that happened before she passed. Sarah goes, but nothing she experiences convinces her that it is at all real. However, Mrs. Decker goes back a second time, and one of the group members is murdered. They quickly call in Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy. The lights were out, and everyone was holding hands, so how was the victim killed? Between the how and the who, I was pulled into this story and couldn’t put it down. There are some great twists along the way, and the climax is logical, although one part bothered me. It’s a very minor complaint. Sarah and Frank continue to be strong leads, ably sharing the view point of the story in a way that is easy to follow. They even made me laugh a few times as I was reading. While we don’t see Frank’s family, we do get to see more of the people in Sarah’s life, and I love spending time with them. The new characters are fantastic, and help bring New York City of 1897 to life. I always get lost in Sarah and Frank’s world, and this book was no exception. If you are looking for a historical mystery, I highly recommend this book. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Murder on Waverly Place 3 Stars When Sarah's mother, Elizabeth Decker, becomes involved with a psychic medium and finds herself at the scene of a murder, she immediately calls on Detective Frank Malloy for assistance. But how will Sarah and Malloy uncover the killer when all of the suspects at the seance were holding hands? Unfortunately, this is one of the weakest installments in the series. It took longer to get into the story as the mystery isn't all that interesting and the characters are very Murder on Waverly Place 3 Stars When Sarah's mother, Elizabeth Decker, becomes involved with a psychic medium and finds herself at the scene of a murder, she immediately calls on Detective Frank Malloy for assistance. But how will Sarah and Malloy uncover the killer when all of the suspects at the seance were holding hands? Unfortunately, this is one of the weakest installments in the series. It took longer to get into the story as the mystery isn't all that interesting and the characters are very unappealing. Moreover, both Sarah and her mother behave in ways that are inconsistent with their characterization. It is difficult to believe that the sensible and practical Mrs. Decker would become involved with a psychic, and that Sarah would invite this obvious charlatan into her home (especially considering past events). The most disappointing aspect of this book and the previous one is the direction Thompson appears to be moving in with regard to Maeve's character. She seems to be removing Sarah from the action and having Maeve take her place, which is not at all appealing. Finally, there is no development in Sarah and Malloy's slow burn romance, and it is more than past time for something more definite to happen here. Hopefully, the next installment will be better.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tammie

    Midwife and sleuth Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy must protect Sarah's mother from scandal after she tries to contact her dead daughter during a séance that sends one of the attendees into the afterlife. At the end of the previous book, Murder on Bank Street, Sarah, in a round-about way, pretty much confesses how she feels about Malloy. I was really hoping to get more of that in this book, but unfortunately at the start of Murder on Waverly Place they haven't seen each other f Midwife and sleuth Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy must protect Sarah's mother from scandal after she tries to contact her dead daughter during a séance that sends one of the attendees into the afterlife. At the end of the previous book, Murder on Bank Street, Sarah, in a round-about way, pretty much confesses how she feels about Malloy. I was really hoping to get more of that in this book, but unfortunately at the start of Murder on Waverly Place they haven't seen each other for weeks and we are not filled in on anything that did or didn't happen at the end of the last book. Did he kiss her? Did they say more than that to each other? I was dying to know! All we get regarding their relationship are a few thoughts from each of them. Sarah's thoughts acknowledge that she is in love with Malloy, and Malloy's thoughts are more in line with fighting and ignoring his feelings for Sarah because they don't belong to the same class. I will say that is the only disappointing thing about this book. The mystery was very good and kept me guessing. Mystery-wise I would say this is one of the best in the series so far. Review also posted at Writings of a Reader

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    A lot of this book felt like "fill" to me. There were ENDLESS discussions of who was clasping who's wrist and who was sitting where. A lot of this book felt like "fill" to me. There were ENDLESS discussions of who was clasping who's wrist and who was sitting where.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katerina

    Another Gaslight mystery instalment which I enjoyed! This time I didn't figured out who did until the very end! I liked Sarah's mother involvement and her interactions with all the characters! I love Sarah and Frank and can't wait for them to get together! Sarah was investigating alongside Malloy which I always find pleasurable and missed in the previous story! I really love this series and I'm not tired of it after reading so far and all the characters still remain so very likable and it's delightf Another Gaslight mystery instalment which I enjoyed! This time I didn't figured out who did until the very end! I liked Sarah's mother involvement and her interactions with all the characters! I love Sarah and Frank and can't wait for them to get together! Sarah was investigating alongside Malloy which I always find pleasurable and missed in the previous story! I really love this series and I'm not tired of it after reading so far and all the characters still remain so very likable and it's delightful because I can't say that about other series I've read so far!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lata

    Sarah and her mother are introduced to charlatans/con artists, I mean, spiritualists, in this entry in the series, when Mrs. Dekker asks Sarah to accompany her to a séance to contact her dead daughter Maggie (and Sarah’s elder sister) to beg Maggie's forgiveness. Despite her misgivings, Sarah accompanies her mother and meets a colourful cast of people. During a session, the medium Madame Serafina’s manager Mrs. Gittings is murdered, and Frank, to his dismay, discovers the two Dekker women at the Sarah and her mother are introduced to charlatans/con artists, I mean, spiritualists, in this entry in the series, when Mrs. Dekker asks Sarah to accompany her to a séance to contact her dead daughter Maggie (and Sarah’s elder sister) to beg Maggie's forgiveness. Despite her misgivings, Sarah accompanies her mother and meets a colourful cast of people. During a session, the medium Madame Serafina’s manager Mrs. Gittings is murdered, and Frank, to his dismay, discovers the two Dekker women at the location, as well as various other wealthy individuals, also there for the séance. Over the course of the investigation, Sarah and her mother become more embroiled in the doings of the con artists and the suspects. I actually laughed out loud at one point in the story when Sarah and her mother neatly out-manoeuvred Frank, figuring out how the two would interrogate the wealthy suspects by calling on them to see how they were “coping”. Frank just did not stand a chance against the Dekker women! I was pleased to see Maeve’s former experience as a con artist was useful in capturing the murderer, who wasn’t all that hard to determine. Much as I enjoy the fairly uncomplicated mysteries, I read this series for Sarah, Frank, Maeve, and now Mrs. Dekker, who, though not worldly-wise, was helpful in moving the investigation along to help the group solve the case, for another satisfying entry in this series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)

    This one was a lot of fun because we get to learn more about the Decker's. I would never have thought that Mrs. Decker would ever want to go to a séance as she is so prim and proper. Learning though that she is feeling the guilt over the death of her oldest daughter though I can see her wanting to have hope that a spiritualist could maybe contact Maggie. She ask Sarah to go with her and Sarah knows it's all a scam but some things that happen convinces Mrs. Decker to go back but without Sarah and This one was a lot of fun because we get to learn more about the Decker's. I would never have thought that Mrs. Decker would ever want to go to a séance as she is so prim and proper. Learning though that she is feeling the guilt over the death of her oldest daughter though I can see her wanting to have hope that a spiritualist could maybe contact Maggie. She ask Sarah to go with her and Sarah knows it's all a scam but some things that happen convinces Mrs. Decker to go back but without Sarah and while there one of the ladies is murdered. Mrs. Decker ask them to call Detective Frank Malloy and when he learns that it's Sarah's mom that is there he does his best to try and keep her name out of things so the newspapers don't learn that Mrs. Decker a wealthy woman was at a séance! He does this mainly for Sarah who he is very fond of. Sarah comes to collect her mother and of course gets involved in things because the young spiritualist woman is upset because they suspect her boyfriend and she swears he didn't do it and Mrs. Decker and Sarah both feel bad for her and want to help. It was a fun mystery because there was all these suspects and I really had to think about who might be the killer. The woman that was killed had made a lot of people mad. It was sort of easy to figure out but still enjoyable. I also liked that we are learning a bit more about Maeve from the previous book and this one and she gets to get involved a bit.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Leona

    For me, this was the most disappointing book in the series. I can't bring myself to give it a 2 or 2.5 star rating, so I will round to 3 stars. There were so many important threads dropped that would have added much needed dimension and richness. The character development was weak. Sadly, my most favorite character (NYC) was missing. Outside of the mention of flashlights (which were invented in 1896 and given to police departments) this could have taken place anytime, anywhere. Oh well, on to th For me, this was the most disappointing book in the series. I can't bring myself to give it a 2 or 2.5 star rating, so I will round to 3 stars. There were so many important threads dropped that would have added much needed dimension and richness. The character development was weak. Sadly, my most favorite character (NYC) was missing. Outside of the mention of flashlights (which were invented in 1896 and given to police departments) this could have taken place anytime, anywhere. Oh well, on to the next one.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    Murder on Waverly Place by Victoria Thompson is one in a series of mysteries set in 19th century New York City. Sarah Brandt is a midwife somewhat estranged from her wealthy family. The writing is terrific, the characters engaging and the relationships interesting and believable. The action is well-paced and the writer uses a gentle humor that is very effective. My only complaint about this installment (the first of the series I have read) is that I would have loved more physical details about p Murder on Waverly Place by Victoria Thompson is one in a series of mysteries set in 19th century New York City. Sarah Brandt is a midwife somewhat estranged from her wealthy family. The writing is terrific, the characters engaging and the relationships interesting and believable. The action is well-paced and the writer uses a gentle humor that is very effective. My only complaint about this installment (the first of the series I have read) is that I would have loved more physical details about place-I was attracted to the series by the titles which are all of places that are very familiar to me. However, that one quibble aside, I loved the book and recommend it to readers of historical cozies.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Charlene

    A "closed room" murder mystery; how did the hostess of the seance get murdered? Interesting about all the rich wives whose husbands did not want them spending money on this kind of activity; also the young man who is frantic to make money for salacious purposes. I think there is a thread of this story that is a bit of a cliff-hanger, but not sure.... I'm in for the duration of the group reading this series! Very good Victorian New York; different neighborhoods with different immigrant populations, A "closed room" murder mystery; how did the hostess of the seance get murdered? Interesting about all the rich wives whose husbands did not want them spending money on this kind of activity; also the young man who is frantic to make money for salacious purposes. I think there is a thread of this story that is a bit of a cliff-hanger, but not sure.... I'm in for the duration of the group reading this series! Very good Victorian New York; different neighborhoods with different immigrant populations, in addition to older, wealthier established areas of the city.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    I really enjoyed this one. Fast moving and interesting.

  19. 4 out of 5

    A.M.G. ☮Hippie/Fantasia☮

    Rating: 5 / 5 Seances are definitely one of the cooler scenarios/settings for a murder mystery, as it not only involves murder but also an element of the "supernatural"--as an idea, anyway. But in a setting known for parlor tricks, darkness, and overall a mysterious atmosphere, just add murder to it and you've got a shiver up and down your spine whether you're really scared or not. As a book to follow the big book 10 on solving Tom Brandt's murder, this was a good follow-up, although I was disappo Rating: 5 / 5 Seances are definitely one of the cooler scenarios/settings for a murder mystery, as it not only involves murder but also an element of the "supernatural"--as an idea, anyway. But in a setting known for parlor tricks, darkness, and overall a mysterious atmosphere, just add murder to it and you've got a shiver up and down your spine whether you're really scared or not. As a book to follow the big book 10 on solving Tom Brandt's murder, this was a good follow-up, although I was disappointed that there was almost no development in Frank and Sarah's relationship. I'm glad that they've gotten past the "don't get involved in my business" stage of bickering and are now just resigned to the inevitable clash of their two professions, but still, romance-wise I think it's getting a bit tiresome for Ms. Thompson to hold off quite so much. The longer you hold off on something, the bigger the expectations become, and thus the more opportunity for your audience to either lose interest or be disappointed. Luckily, it's not just the romance element that interests me about this series, although it would be great to get more of that in the upcoming books. Since the summaries of the books make it clear that Frank and Sarah are eventually going to get together, this leaves me with just one burning question that the books must answer: HOW? Good thing I can read on to the next book right away instead of waiting for the one-book-per-year publication of this series, eh? Well, that being said, on to the next one!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5 STARS I didn't enjoy the mystery aspect as much others in the series. However, I adored having more of Mrs. Decker and seeing her interactions with Sarah the girls. Overall, a solid addition to the series. 3.5 STARS I didn't enjoy the mystery aspect as much others in the series. However, I adored having more of Mrs. Decker and seeing her interactions with Sarah the girls. Overall, a solid addition to the series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Olivermagnus

    This is the eleventh book in the Gaslight Mysteries series by Victoria Thompson. Midwife Sarah Brandt’s sister, Maggie died many years ago after giving birth to her son. She had been disowned by their father who subsequently ruined her husband’s chances of getting a job that could support them. Mrs Decker, Sarah’s mother, has never forgiven herself for the role she played in her daughter’s death. Now, one of her friends has introduced her to Madame Serafina and the world of seances. Unwilling to This is the eleventh book in the Gaslight Mysteries series by Victoria Thompson. Midwife Sarah Brandt’s sister, Maggie died many years ago after giving birth to her son. She had been disowned by their father who subsequently ruined her husband’s chances of getting a job that could support them. Mrs Decker, Sarah’s mother, has never forgiven herself for the role she played in her daughter’s death. Now, one of her friends has introduced her to Madame Serafina and the world of seances. Unwilling to go without support, and desperate not to involve her husband, she asks Sarah to join her. Sarah is suspicious from the beginning but feels better going with her mother to make certain she won't be taken advantage of. I like the series and while figuring out who the murderer was is not the hardest thing to do, in this case I couldn't figure out how the crime was actually committed. I also love seeing Sarah's mother, Mrs. Decker, transition over the past few books. She's an engaging character and the perfect person to focus this story around. Murder on Waverly Place is a very entertaining entry in this series. I always enjoy the exchanges between Sarah and New York City policeman Frank Malloy when they solve a mystery together. The author provides historical details that add authenticity to the story. I enjoy the secondary characters, particularly Maeve, and hope Frank finds a way to use her in his future investigations. The supernatural element adds a bit of intrigue and any fan of the series will enjoy this one. It can definitely be read as a standalone, as well.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    I always enjoy the Gaslight Mysteries and this was an especially intriguing one if you have any interest in psychics. The Victorian spiritualist movement was very popular at the time and the author has given us a glimpse into not only the possible motives of people running the "scam" but the desperate "clients" who were taken in as well. Who could have killed the woman they all hated in the dark while still holding hands? Malloy and Sarah are as usual, productive partners and even involve Sarah' I always enjoy the Gaslight Mysteries and this was an especially intriguing one if you have any interest in psychics. The Victorian spiritualist movement was very popular at the time and the author has given us a glimpse into not only the possible motives of people running the "scam" but the desperate "clients" who were taken in as well. Who could have killed the woman they all hated in the dark while still holding hands? Malloy and Sarah are as usual, productive partners and even involve Sarah's wealthy, society mother. One of my favorites of the series but I do really love them all!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This has been a great series that delivers book after book with this one as no exception - Victorian NYC comes to life once again through socialite turned midwife Sarah Brandt and Irish cop Frank Malloy and while I wasn't particularly entranced by the mystery in this one, the historic details and characters make up for it. Looking forward to the next one, though I would have given 3.5 stars had it been an option since Sarah and Frank took such a backseat to the other players. This has been a great series that delivers book after book with this one as no exception - Victorian NYC comes to life once again through socialite turned midwife Sarah Brandt and Irish cop Frank Malloy and while I wasn't particularly entranced by the mystery in this one, the historic details and characters make up for it. Looking forward to the next one, though I would have given 3.5 stars had it been an option since Sarah and Frank took such a backseat to the other players.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Gonzalez

    This series continues to be fantastic. In this story, Sarah's mother is attending a séance when one of the people in the room is murdered. I like seeing more of Sarah's mother, and it shows where Sarah gets her tenacity. The characters were engaging, the story was interesting. I continue to thoroughly enjoy this series. This series continues to be fantastic. In this story, Sarah's mother is attending a séance when one of the people in the room is murdered. I like seeing more of Sarah's mother, and it shows where Sarah gets her tenacity. The characters were engaging, the story was interesting. I continue to thoroughly enjoy this series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mitzi

    Wonderful book. I would call this "old style gothic", these are hard to come by these days. If you like mysteries, seances, a little of the occult you will love this book. This is a very enjoyable, easy read and you will not regret reading it. Wonderful book. I would call this "old style gothic", these are hard to come by these days. If you like mysteries, seances, a little of the occult you will love this book. This is a very enjoyable, easy read and you will not regret reading it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Ellen

    Sarah's mother has been wanting to have her dead daughter's forgiveness for a long time. When her friend tells of a spiritualist who talks with the dead. She asks Sarah to attend with her. Days later, Sarah is summoned back by Malloy to take her mother home. A murder has occurred at the house. Read how they all play a part in catching the killer. Sarah's mother has been wanting to have her dead daughter's forgiveness for a long time. When her friend tells of a spiritualist who talks with the dead. She asks Sarah to attend with her. Days later, Sarah is summoned back by Malloy to take her mother home. A murder has occurred at the house. Read how they all play a part in catching the killer.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stacie Haden

    I would have liked more developments between Sarah and Malloy, but I enjoyed the mystery despite guessing the killer.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Niki_K

    This book is kind of hard to rate but I have to admit that it was well done even though the perpetrator was predictable.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    I am thoroughly attached to these mysteries and these characters. They are a fun and diverting escape.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Paraphrodite

    3.5 stars. I've never understood the allure of a seance. But I guess a lot of people would love a chance to contact a dearly departed. :) What I don't quite get in this story is (view spoiler)[ why they were so certain the medium was innocent and actually took her back to Sarah's home? (hide spoiler)] We also get to learn more of Maeve's history in this book. She's turning out to be a very interesting character! All in all, another solid instalment. 3.5 stars. I've never understood the allure of a seance. But I guess a lot of people would love a chance to contact a dearly departed. :) What I don't quite get in this story is (view spoiler)[ why they were so certain the medium was innocent and actually took her back to Sarah's home? (hide spoiler)] We also get to learn more of Maeve's history in this book. She's turning out to be a very interesting character! All in all, another solid instalment.

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