Midwife in Old New York

Murder on Astor Place: A Gaslight Mystery by Victoria Thompson

At the turn of the (last) century, young widow Sarah Brandt lives on her own in New York City, delivers babies, and – in this book, the first of the series – begins solving mysteries. When the sister of an old friend is murdered in a boarding house where Sarah has delivered a baby, she meets Frank Malloy, the police sergeant assigned to the case. Sarah’s roots in high society (which she has rejected following a family tragedy that could have been prevented if her parents had not been blindly stuck on social status) allow her access to information unavailable to the police. Sarah reminds me of Molly Murphy, the equally liberated woman of Rhys Bowen’s excellent mystery series (which begins with Murphy’s Law), which is high praise indeed.

2 thoughts on “Midwife in Old New York

  1. I often have trouble setting aside suspension of disbelief in series predicated on the idea that some random citizen has to go around solving all sorts of mysteries. That said, when these mysteries are well-written, that falls by the wayside and I can enjoy them quite a bit indeed!

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