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Victoria Thompson

Posted: Wed October 21st, 2009, 3:20 pm
by jamesy1
Has anyone read any of her Gaslight Mystery series? I find them very entertaining and an easy read. They are set in the late 19th Century in New York City and include mysteries in China Town, Little Italy etc.. The main character is a midwife named Sarah Brandt and she helps the local irish detective to solve the murders. It is a lighter mystery series but well written and enjoyable.
The newest installment is called Murder on Waverly Place. ... d_sim_b_10

Posted: Wed October 21st, 2009, 6:38 pm
by Madeleine
I've been collecting these over the last year or so as I thought they sounded good, plus they are available from amazon uk at half the price of UK paperbacks! Haven't got round to reading any yet though.....

Posted: Fri August 13th, 2010, 2:41 pm
by rockygirl
I've read all of them. I think they're some of the better historical mysteries out there, and very underrated and under appreciated. She's definitely a master of a twist ending.

Posted: Mon April 22nd, 2013, 2:14 am
by rockygirl
New title in this series is Murder in Chelsea. It's coming out in May.

Posted: Mon April 22nd, 2013, 7:14 pm
by Madeleine
I know this is probably a silly question, but do they need to be read in order? I know there's a will they/won't they aspect to her relationship with the cop, and developments about her husband's death, so I'm assuming there are threads running through the books.

Posted: Mon April 22nd, 2013, 11:05 pm
by rockygirl
Yes, some of the books also refer to the past mysteries solved, so you should read them in order. Sorry! :o

Posted: Tue April 23rd, 2013, 8:24 am
by Madeleine
Thanks rockygirl! No problem, I always think it's a daft question, asking if a series needs to be read in order, although sometimes some instalments can be read as stand-alone books.

Posted: Sat May 4th, 2013, 12:54 am
by rockygirl
"Murder in Chelsea" arrived yesterday. I started reading it tonight. So far, so good.

Re: Victoria Thompson

Posted: Thu January 12th, 2017, 5:40 pm
by nanciq
I love reading her books. I think the last one I read was Murder on Amsterdam Avenue, so I'm a tad behind.

Yes, they are easy to read and quite enjoyable.


Re: Victoria Thompson

Posted: Wed May 23rd, 2018, 3:48 am
by Margaret
There are 21 books in this series now with the recent publication of Murder on Union Square, so for someone just starting out, it would be quite an undertaking to read them all in order (although they do make for quick, light reading). I recently read Murder on Union Square, the first book in the series that I have read (reviewed at, and did not have any serious trouble getting oriented to the characters' backgrounds. Psychological realism is not a strong point in this mystery, but it's quite the romp, with the continuing characters investigating a murder among a cast of eccentric stage actors and actresses. Union Square was the NYC theater district before Broadway took over that role - thus the title.