MURDER IN CHELSEA
Thompson’s latest Gaslight mystery is an intense, well-plotted puzzler that will keep you turning the pages. Her characters are engaging and the relationship between Frank and Sarah is still dynamic. The descriptive setting brings the reader into the heart of old New York without becoming mired in overly detailed explanations.
Midwife Sarah Brandt learns that someone is attempting to reclaim the abandoned child that she has taken in. A woman claiming to be young Catherine’s former nursemaid says she left the child at the Daughters of Hope Mission in order to protect her from a threat of violence. When police detective Frank Malloy attempts to interview the woman, he discovers that she has been murdered. Frank and Sarah work together to find the truth about Catherine’s past. (PRIME CRIME, May, 304 pp., $25.95)