Murder in the Bowery by Victoria Thompson

Murder in the Bowery

Victoria Thompson

The national bestselling author of Gaslight Mysteries returns with a case of murder in the field of higher learning in Victorian-era Manhattan...

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The latest Gaslight Mystery from the bestselling author of Murder in Morningside Heights finds Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy searching for a connection between a murdered newsie and a high society woman with dangerous habits.

Frank Malloy’s latest client is the well-dressed Will Bert. He’s searching for his brother, a newsboy named Freddie, so he can share his new financial good fortune. Frank makes quick work of the case and locates Freddie, but a happy reunion between brothers is not in the cards. 

When Will’s name is mentioned, Freddie runs off—only to be found dead a short time later. Suspicious, Frank tracks down Will who spins a tale of lust and deceit involving a young society woman, Estelle Longacre, also recently deceased.  Frank can’t be sure if Estelle’s risky behavior and the company she kept was to blame, or if her own ruthless family had a hand in her death.

Frank will need Sarah’s help to unearth the dark secrets of the wealthy Longacres and to discover if there is a connection between Estelle and Freddie’s death. Together they must navigate a perilous underground web of treachery to find the truth.

Advance Galley Reviews

Enjoyable mystery set against the backdrop of the newsboy strike. While it quickly became obvious that this is part of an established series, this novel stood well enough on its own to not make me feel lost. The author struck that perfect balance of giving just enough information to explain the characters and their relationships without devoting so much time explaining them that it took away from the main story. While I could sadly see some of the twists coming early on, I didn't quite guess everything. I liked this book and am pleased to have received an advanced copy of it in exchange for an honest review.

As a rule I enjoy reading period murder mysteries set in different places. As such, Murder in the Bowery filled the bill. The setting is New York City in 1899. This was the first book by Victoria Thompson that I have read, but I soon realized this was not the first book she has written. In fact, Murder in the Bowery is book 20 in her Gaslight Series. This did not interfere with the enjoyment of the novel. The use of the newsboy strike as a part of the story was interesting and added to my enjoyment of the book. The murder mystery was an okay one, even though the mystery part was fairly easy to figure out before the book revealed who did it. Certain events in the plot were particularly disturbing beyond the usual desperate conditions of the poor in that period, and that make the book less enjoyable for me.

I enjoyed this book, the pacing and dialogue. I did not realize when I ordered it, that it was part of a series but I still felt myself able to keep up with the main characters although I realized there was a back story that I was missing. I did see a major plot point coming many pages before the main characters did but overall I enjoyed the book and particularly liked the time period that it was set in.

I love nothing more than to step into the past and a good murder mystery, this book called to me when I saw the cover and then the synopsis. I read this book as a stand alone but it is a series. I enjoyed the references to 19th century New York City and the newspaper boys called newsies. I did like the mystery and while it was not overly complicated I still felt that it had everything I like in a murder mystery. The author does a great job of introducing the characters in this book and I feel like I learned a bit of history along with reading this story. I found this to be a quick enjoyable read. I really did not guess who the killer was until the very end of the book , almost to the point when all was revealed. I would like to read more of this series ans author.

Definitely a 5 star in my list. I have read a lot of mystery book and often you can easily antisipate the main character's next move and who is the killer. But this one, will keep you thinking who did it? Love the interaction between Malloy, Sarah, Gino and Maeve. I would like to explore more about these character and will definetely be looking for the first book of this series. I very pleased that I was chosen to review this book.

This is the first book I've read in the Gaslight Series and I definitely look forward to reading more. It is set in turn of the century NYC and gives a good feel for how difficult life was for the newsies. The Bowery is a very rough place and pretty much anything goes. The book tells the story of how two murders are intertwined and will keep you guessing until the end. It is a quick and enjoyable read.

I love this series and this book was good. I was hoping for more Frank and Sarah and a little less case to solve! I felt like this book was more about the solving and less about the characters. I missed the involvement of the Brandts and Mrs. Ellsworth.

I received an advance reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review via first to read. It is a captivating murder mystery with some sad tales in it. It was a pleasure to read!

Frank Malloy and his partner have a new case. Will Bert is looking for his brother, Freddie, who is a newsie selling papers on the streets, but because of a strike against the newspaper publishers , he is difficult to find. Just when they track him down, he is found dead and at the same time a respectable young woman was murdered in the same area. As they investigate, they find that the two deaths are related and that all the suspects are keeping secrets. This is the newest entry in this series of a private inquiry agent and his family, in which all members become involved in asking questions and developing theories as to how, why and who, did it. A quick read with a satisfactory outcome. Thank you, First to Read for this free electronic copy of "Murder in the Bowery".

I absolutely loved this novel - its mystery and historical fiction wrapped in one! The mystery kept me interested the entire way through. I also loved the characters! Id love to go back and read the other installments of this series.

Great addition to the Gaslight Mystery series. Love the historical tidbits and catching up with Sarah and Frank.

I totally LOVED Murder in the Bowery by Victoria Thompson. This was my first read by this author and I have added her to my favorite author list. The book is #20 in the Gaslight Mystery Series. I believe it can be read as a stand-alone since the author does a good job introducing all of the characters and I was able to pick right up and understand what was going on. There were a few times the author mentioned a certain character had been involved in other mysteries in the series but it wasn’t something that you needed to know to enjoy this one. This is a historical mystery set in 1899 in New York City. The main characters are Frank Malloy, a private detective. His wife, Sarah, a former midwife. Frank’s partner in the detective agency, Gino Donatelli, and Maeve Smith, nursemaid for the Malloy children. All four of these characters work together to solve the mystery. I loved the characters in this dialogue-rich book. The story starts with a man hiring Frank to find a newsboy that he claims is his younger brother. He says they were separated about six years ago when they were sent to Minnesota on an Orphan Train but the man thinks his brother is now back in New York City. Once Frank begins investigating, he soon realizes there is much more to the mystery. This is a fast-paced read that held my interest throughout. I loved the author’s note at the end where she shares what characters were real and what events in the book were true historical events. I would recommend this book to those who love historical mysteries. After reading this I ordered the first three books in the series. I am now a Victoria Thompson fan!! I am giving this one 5 STARS ***** Thank you Victoria Thompson, Berkley Books and Penguin’s First-to-Read program for providing me with a digital copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this book. It captured my attention from the first chapter. I haven't read any of the other books in the series but after reading this one I will definitely be looking into buying them. I loved the characters and their interactions with each other. I kept trying to guess the what and who of the story and I was clueless until the very end. I would definitely recommend this book and the series to whomever enjoys mystery.

Victoria Thompson has done it again! Another great period mystery. Loved that this one was set during the newsies strike. The relationships between Frank and Sarah and Frank and Gino make this a must read. If you have not read the other books in this series, it does not matter. You are in for a real treat with this as your first book in the series or the latest book in the series. Can't wait for the next one.

This was a great, fast read who done it . I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading another book by this author.

An easy fast read, interesting story and keeps you engaged.

I enjoyed this very much. The period setting is well integrated and for the most part the characters are convincing. I gather this is one of a series. I shall look forward to reading the others.

This book was good, although I was able to get to the conclusion a lot sooner than the people in the book did which was a bit frustrating.

A good who-done-it right down to the last chapter. Kept me interested and guessing who the murderer was. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to any mystery lover.

I've been curious about these books for a few years now. I believe I first saw them on Goodreads as part of a "you might like this book" since you read lots of historical mysteries and Victorian-set books. So I'm really happy to have enjoyed this book. Of course, it's the 20th book in the series so they have to be at least somewhat good, right? Well, that's not always the case but if this book is any indication for the rest of the series, then it is definitely worth reading, especially if you love historical mysteries, private detectives, and the Victorian era. Set during the newsboy strike of 1899, Frank Malloy, private detective, sets off to find a missing newsboy, along with his partner Gino and wife, Sarah. The story quickly heats up and becomes a lot more complicated than originally expected. Picking up this series in the 20th installment, I did not feel like I had missed anything vitally important by coming in so late in the game, so I feel confident saying these do not have to be read in order. Each operates as a stand alone with the relationships between Frank, Sarah, Gino, and Maeve (the Malloys' maid) carrying through each book. Thompson includes lots of historical details with ties to history throughout. The newsboy strike actually happened and the real life organizer of the strike, Kid Blink, makes an appearance. Other events like the slumming tours of the Bowery and other seedy district of New York also happened. These help lend a realness and believability to the story. I'm very happy to have been delighted with this book. It was a quick read and paired well with my morning cup of tea. Will definitely be reading more.

This was my first foray into Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mystery series and I thoroughly enjoyed it, The action takes place in Victorian-era New York. I thought that the characters were interesting and fresh and the plot line moved along nicely. I like historic mysteries because I find it interesting to see how things were then as compared to now. I would recommend this book and this author to anyone who likes this type of read. I received this book at no cost as part of the First to Read program from Penguin in exchange for an honest review.

The book is set in turn of the century New York City and does a good job of setting the atmosphere. The historical details (newsies strike, orphan train, the Bowery) are more interesting than the mystery. This is obviously part of a series since the relationship among the characters is never clearly explained.

A really good mystery with cut-to-the-chase narration and a 'Downton Abbey' atmosphere. Book 20 in the 'Gaslight Mystery Series' featuring detective Frank Malloy sees him taking on a new case with co-detective Gino Donatelli and wife Sarah Brandt Malloy. A man claiming to be Will Burt shows up with an impossible story about wanting to find his younger brother who was separated from him during the Orphan Train program, where orphans go on trains seeking new families away from the city. Will's story is that he's come in to a business and wants to share the wealth with his sibling, Freddy. Only that's not really the truth. Will Burt is actually a pseudonym for Will Arburn, a worker for the notorious gangster Jack Robinson and the mystery deepens as we find that Will claims he's searching for Freddy as part of Jack's orders. But the search Frank continues on leads him to the Bowery, a bad part of town that the rich actually take tours of to go 'slumming' and see a side of life they never knew, and after all of this may never want to. Figuring out the mystery of what happened to Freddy also finds them in another mystery of an heiress who's gone missing, Estelle Longacre. Are the two cases connected? And if so, who would want to see these two disappear? As the trio investigate this case, they find more about the Longacre family than they ever wanted to, family secrets that not only are unbearable to discover, but must be confronted if they want to solve all the mystery. Having not read any books before this in the 'Gaslight Series', I did not have a difficult time getting to know the characters involved or their relation to one another. Author Victoria Thompson does a good job of giving you background information early in the novel to set the tone for you, so you get the references later on (such as Nico's flirting with the family nursemaid Maeve Smith). I did compare it to 'Downton Abbey' in terms of speech and manners , but by no means do these characters not understand the real world as they go deeper into the underbelly of their city to solve the mystery before them. It's not a very nice world here, but Thompson does a very good job of guiding the reader to keep a context where whatever edge she sends the story over, it's for the plot. This novel is also very dialogue-driven, which is great. Most historical novels (this takes place during the time of 'newsies' and their newspaper strike) love to tell you what everything looked like, down to the cobblestone streets. Thompson moves right along with a narrative pace closely compared to Janet Evanovich's style of writing which is quick, to-the-point, and a mystery than can be solved before the last page.

I enjoyed reading Murder in the Bowery. It was fun to have historical tidbits thrown in through the setting. History is so much more interesting with a plot. It is fun being able to be transported back in time to imagine how people lived under different locations, especially in a city such as New York , and in different class structures. As someone who occasionally hires a cab I imagined what it might have been like to hail a hansom. I also liked the reminders as to how relaxed we have gotten in our manners and dress. The plot wasn't complicated and fairly obvious at times; however, it was still fun reading through until the end. Unlike some mysteries it was easy to keep up with the characters and when I was away from the book for a week due to travel I was able to get right back into it without going back to figure out who is who and what happened. The characters were likeable and perhaps if there is a series it will be fun watching them grow and gain more depth. I can see the newsboys as being similar to Holmes' street confidants and the gangster as becoming a future resource as well which was hinted a little at the end. I would definitely read future works. This was a quick read and flowed well.

I enjoyed this book very much. There were a lot of twists and turns which are to be expected in a mystery. I loved the historical aspect of the novel. The details made me feel like I was back in the early 1900's. One criticism of the book was that I thought it was written for a younger audience. But even with that, I did enjoy the book.

I adore the series - history lesson and good mystery, all in one. I had a lot of trouble trying to put this one down, and only did so when absolutely necessary.

I enjoyed the twists and turns of this mystery set in a NY of the early 1900s. The characters were clearly defined with good reflections on the times with references to events occurring across the city and nation. Interesting in the activities which were the beginnings of actions toward children's rights and the protection. Enjoyed the book.

A historically accurate portrayal of the rough life on the streets of New York in the victorian era with fun characters. Not "gripping" or "thrilling" but a easy read. Didn't pass it on to my husband though.

This was a sweet but predictable book. The characters were fun and likable. It does read as though it is written for younger readers. I didn't know it was part of a series, and I'm not sure I'd read the rest of them, but it was a nice light diversion.

This book had a very slow plot. I had a hard time getting in to it. Interesting historical facts, but that is all I can say that I enjoyed.

It has been a while since I found something I wanted to read non-stop, until this book. I could not put it down the moment I read the first chapter.

This is the first book that I have read by this author and I really enjoyed it. I plan on putting the rest of this series on my to-be-read list.

An excellent historical mystery series! I really liked this book. It's the 1st of Thompson's books that I've read, but will now be sure to go back to the beginning of the series. This really is a top notch historical mystery......I really liked the note at the end of the book, explaining all the reality of the events captured in the story. What an exciting way to learn history! I'll definitely be bragging on this series! Contains fun, interesting characters & a great 'who done it' to keep the reader involved. I'm definitely a new fan of this author! I did win this ARC in a Penguin First To Read Giveaway Program in exchange for my own fair & honest review.

Many years ago I read the first handful of books in this series. While I only really remember the first two of them, I do remember that I really loved them and I wonder why I didn't keep reading the series. The setting was interesting in that it was Victorian New York (instead of somewhere in England as you expect when you hear Victorian) and the two main characters were really likable. So, when I had the chance to read the 20th in the series I was excited but a bit wary as I often wonder how many actually good stories can an author come up with. Well, I can happily say I was not disappointed! I began reading and immediately picked right back with Frank and Sara as if we had never been apart and took an instant liking to the two other characters that were introduced somewhere along in the series. Also, just as I remembered from the first two, the mystery was interesting and really well done. This is a series (I actually would categorize it as a cozy) that I would highly recommend to anyone who loves a good mystery.

Thanks Penguin's first-to-read for this ARC. Always top notch mystery catching up with fav characters while advancing the story in new ways. Never boring, always interesting, great read

I always enjoy Sarah Brandt (now Mrs. Malloy- yay) and Frank Malloy solving mysteries in turn of the century New York. This is a lovely historical murder mystery series, approaching cozy mystery status. I solved part of the mystery early, but guessing who the killer was and who loved the body kept me guessing until the end- well done!

This was my first time reading a book by this author. Even though this book is part of a series, I found it very easy to follow along and it was a relatively interesting and uncomplicated mystery. It's fairly easy to identify who might have committed the murders, and I enjoyed how the characters figured it out. I also enjoyed learning more about the Newsies and the Orphan Trains as I didn't know much about either subjects. After reading this book, I would certainly be open to reading other books by her. It's hard to find a decent mystery that doesn't leave you feeling confused or bored. Overall, this was a good read and can be read as a stand-alone book.

I was very pleased with the story-line, development of characters, and the writing. I couldn't put it down until I finished it. The description and characterization was so totally different and I'm so tired of reading similar plot-lines in most of the books I read, so this was a very enjoyable read. Highly recommend it!

"Murder in the Bowery" was certainly an entertaining read. The similarities to the film "Newsies" are apparent, but overall I enjoyed the story. This was my first Gaslight mystery and I found that the author gave me plenty of back story as to who Frank Malloy was and his relationship to other recurring characters in the book. I ultimately rated this book a 4 out of 5 because it read really juvenile to me. The author outrightly stated a lot about the mystery that could be inferred. I also knew who the killer was very early on as regards both victims so it wasn't too suspenseful for me. I really appreciated the detailed setting of this book as well as the believable characters. As a historian myself, I really appreciated that she addressed the elements borrowed from history at the end of the book. This would be a great read for a trip or if you wanted something easy to follow that was entertaining but not too dense. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, but I could see myself checking more of this series out from the library as a nice pallet cleanser book for sure.

I didn't realize this book was part of a series, but you don't need to have read the previous books to follow along. I enjoyed the book not one of my favorites. The plot was a little slow moving. I kept waiting for the characters to realize where the storyline was going. The characters are well developed and bringing in the newsies strike gave the book some historical value. Nice read but not great.

Murder in the Bowery by Victoria Thompson My rating: 5 of 5 stars It is always fun to visit with Frank and Sarah. I liked that the story is set against the actual strike by newsboys in New York. Frank is looking for a specific newsboy. That leads to two murders that Frank decides to solve. The mystery has some very dark aspects that Thompson does a good job of working into the story line. Mauve and Gino play a part in the story and there is a set up for new stories in the hospital Sarah is starting. I am looking for more romance between Mauve and Gino. One thing I would like to see is a more complete look at Franks Mother. She has almost become a non character who is out of the room or leaves as the scene starts. I think she deserves better. I received a free copy of Murder in the Bowery from First to Read in return for an honest review. This is one of the mystery series I alway look forward to.

This was the first time I have read a book in the Gaslight Mystery series and I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed reading it. While the action takes place in 1899, the book had a bit of a modern feel to it. I loved how Sarah is a strong and independent woman and her marriage is an equal partnership which certainly was not the norm back in those days. I liked how the author included the Orphan Train and Newsies into the plot and especially enjoyed reading the author's note at the end of the book. It's always fun to learn something new when reading a book. My only real criticism of the book is the mystery was somewhat dragged out and predictable. At one point one of the characters in the book mentions that they can't believe they overlooked something. As the reader, I had to agree since I thought it was a fairly obvious clue to pick up on. While the mystery was lacking, the characters themselves more than made up for it and I would definitely check out other books in this series.

This was another terrific mystery in this long-standing series. These books detail the lives of former New York social register belle, Sarah Brandt, who left her father's luxurious home to marry a penniless young doctor, who was murdered soon after. Rather than returning to her former life, Sarah works as a midwife, moving among the middle class and abjectly poor of the city. She meets police detective Frank Malloy after one of her patients is murdered and the two begin a tenuous partnership and then friendship. Throughout the books, you meet their families, neighbors and other New York residents, including Teddy Roosevelt. The books are definitely not cozy, dealing with themes of poverty, addiction, prostitution, child labor and other horrors. The author manages to do a fabulous job of putting these things in the context of the time, yet the reader is always cognizant that none of these things have truly been conquered. The prose in the books is always measured and careful, however. I like the formality of the dialogue, which seems true to the time, and which also helps distance the reader just a little from the rawness of the story. The plotting and character development just continue to get stronger with each book in the series. The historical context is obviously carefully researched and the author typically includes endnotes that explain any inconsistencies she may have introduced for the sake of the plot, as well as identifying the true events that occurred. It is very difficult to review a book in a long-standing series without spoilers that give away the earlier books. In this book, Sarah and Frank, assisted as usual by their employees, friends and family, undertake first to find a young boy whose brother says they were both riders on an Orphan Train to the midwest, but were separated once there. Now the elder brother has come into money and wants to find his brother. Things don't add up, however, and our protagonists are drawn into the Bowery, where gangsters rule and mostly illegal activities are freely pursued, sometimes by members of the upper class, looking for thrills. I really enjoyed this book and greatly look forward to the next.

Thanks to Penguin's First to Read Program for the advanced reading copy of "Murder in the Bowery -A Gaslight Mystery" by Victoria Thompson. I did not realize that this was part of the Gaslight Mystery Series ;however, I had no trouble reading it as a stand alone novel.The author painted a vivid picture of New York City at the end of the 19th century (1899). She provided a glimpse into the life of the "Newsies", the young lads that sold the newspapers on the streets for a penny apiece and went on strike in 1899. The mystery was interesting although I did not find it particularly complicated. It was a comfortable and easy read. The main characters were likable and I am quite sure that you would have much more background if you had read the other 15 or so books that had pre-dated this release.It was not necessary to enjoy this mystery but might instill in the reader a desire to look up some of the earlier novels in the series. I think that it would appeal to lovers of cozy mysteries and for those readers that had enjoyed Brenda Joyces's Francesca Cahill series of mysteries even though it has less romance than the Joyce novels. I enjoyed Ms. Thompson's writing style and will look into reading more of her works.

I read this book in one sitting and could not put it down. I did not realize that this was part of a series until some previous event was mentioned and I stopped to look up the book. This was the first book I read by this author, but will definitely not be the last. The characters were well developed and the mystery elements kept me guessing until the end. I liked that the newsies were added into the novel to bring in the history of the time period.

Great book. I couldn't put it down. Thompson has an excellent writing style that wove historical events into the drama. Even though I already knew about the orphan trains and newsies, the story made that part of history more real. I didn't know about the 'tours' of Bowery. The characters are fun and work well together. I now what to read more of Victoria Thompson's work.

Murder in the Bowery is the first book I have read by Victoria Thompson and definitely not the last. The setting is very well described and the characterization is fairly well done. I enjoyed this very much.

Eventhough this was part of a series, it could also be a stand alone story. I liked how Thompson used historical references in the story. Before reading it I already knew about Newsies, The Orphan Trains, Five Points, and 19th Century New York City morgues. This story did a splendid job tying all of those subjects together into a real page turner.

This review contains spoilers if you've read the first book in the Gaslight series but not this one!!!!!! I give it a 3/5 stars. It was good, but not great and had some problems. I read so many historical mystery novels with strong female amateur detectives and I love them all. What I love about this series in particular is that it holds more of a spotlight on the more depraved and depressing plights of the people of the time. It doesn't sugar coat just how much money and influence can shape the law and corrupt people and police alike and just how accepted it was. I was a bit disappointed in part of the resolution, because it seemed like Thompson took many elements from her first novel and shuffled them, added some Newsies and gangsters, and called it a new installment. I'm actually shocked the characters, as smart as they are never commented on how similar the events were. So yeah, I had hoped for there to be a twist where we'd think it would end like that one had and it wouldn't, but no. Nearly the same. This is the sole reason I can't rate it above 3. I liked it, but the first installment had more action, was actually surprising and Sarah Brandt had a stronger more prominent role. I look forward to reading all of the other ones I haven't got to yet, and hope Thompson continues this series. I know she isn't out of ideas yet.

Likeable characters. Decent mystery. Now I want to read the entire series. Enjoyed reading a mystery set in this time period. Truly enjoyable read


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