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by Victoria Thompson

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Historical

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This is a wonderful addition to the Gaslight series, one of the best historical mystery series currently being published. It takes place in Chinatown in the early 1900s, where tensions are high between the Irish and the Chinese. Sarah is a great lead, and she's surrounded by strong secondary characters. Thompson fills her novel with intriguing historical information, first-rate plotting and a surprise ending.

In early 1900s New York, midwife Sarah Brandt attends to an Irish woman giving birth in Chinatown -- where many Irish women have married Chinese men. Sarah soon learns that her patient's mixed-race niece has run away to avoid an arranged marriage. The young girl is found, but she's now married to a poor Irish boy. Her family is upset by her defiance, but their anger turns to grief when the young woman is murdered. Sarah
and Sergeant Frank Malloy now
have the complicated task of finding
a killer who is determined to keep this crime a secret. (BERKLEY PRIME CRIME, Jun.,
320 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed By: Sandra Martin

Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime

Published: June 2007

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