I received this book for free from First To Read in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Murder in the Bowery (Gaslight Mystery #20) by Victoria Thompson
Published by Berkley Books ISBN: 1101987111
on May 2nd 2017
Source: First To Read
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."
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.