"A perplexing mystery involving family secrets and murder!"
Reviewed by Audrey Lawrence
Posted April 23, 2019
Frank and Sarah Malloy had been enjoying a lovely day at their home in
New York City on the first day of 1900 when their their neighbor, Mrs.
Ellsworth, rushed in with very distressing news. Her new daughter-in-
law, Theda's father, Clarence Pritchard, a well-respected owner of Pure
Milk Diary had been found murdered the night before near Trinity
Church. Having just attended a New Year's Eve party where Mr.
Pritchard was present, the Malloys are surprised by the news. Who
would kill this honest man and why?
Soon frustrated by the lack of interest by the police, Theda asks Frank,
a former police officer and now a private investigator, if he would take
on the case to find out what happened to her father. As Frank and
Sarah follow the few clues they discover, they realize that the truth may
be a little closer to home than they imagined. What do they tell the
newly married Theda? Is the family still in danger?
MURDER ON TRINITY PLACE is
written by bestselling author Victoria Thompson and it is the 22nd book
in her her highly regarded Gaslight
Mystery series. Thompson's many fans are sure to appreciate
this murder mystery with its focus on the wonderful characters of Frank
and Sarah, yet it can also be easily read as a stand alone and complete
novel on its own.
What I particularly love about MURDER
ON TRINITY PLACE and the
Gaslight Mystery series is Thompson's ability to immerse
the reader into everyday life and the moralistic attitudes of life in the
fast-changing city of New York at the turn of the last century. I found it
intriguing how she effectively used the change in the milk delivery
system with its much-needed emphasis on purity and pasteurization as
a strong plot devise while seamlessly bringing in historical facts on
social conditions, especially affecting children, into the discussions
between the characters.
While I found the story a little slow to start, I was quickly caught up in
the story and the investigation by the Malloys. I particularly relished the
intertwining story of Sarah's work at her clinic for unwed mothers and
especially her creative ways to help people out of difficult situations.
Like those new-fangled motor cars; once this story gets going, it really
rolls to its very surprising ending!
So, if you are fans of murder mysteries and/or love historical fiction,
there is a lot for you to enjoy in old New York and MURDER ON TRINITY PLACE! Read all about it!
The devil's in the details when a man is found murdered
near Trinity Church in the latest installment of the
national bestselling Gaslight Mystery series...
The year of 1899 is drawing to a close. Frank and Sarah
Malloy are getting ready to celebrate the New Year at
Trinity Church when they notice Mr. Pritchard, a relative of
their neighbor's behaving oddly and annoying the other
revelers. Frank tries to convince Pritchard to return home
with them, but the man refuses and Frank loses him in the
crowd. The next morning Sarah and Frank are horrified to
learn Pritchard was murdered sometime in the night, his body
left on Trinity Place, the side street near the church.
The police aren't too interested in the murder, and the
family are concerned that the circumstances of the death
will reflect badly on Pritchard's reputation. To protect the
family from scandal, Nelson asks Frank to investigate. Frank
and Sarah delve into Pritchard's past and realize there may
have been a deadly side to the dawning of the new century.
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