When New York midwife Sarah Brandt is summoned to the Otto House, she assumes it is because Agnes Otto has gone into labor. In fact, Agnes is overwrought because her young sister Gerda has been murdered. Sarah does her best to comfort Agnes, and promises herself shell try to find out why Gerda was killed, since the city police care little about the fate of poor immigrant girls.

Sarah calls on police officer Frank Malloy to help her. Although they dont really get along, Frank reluctantly agrees to help and Sarah virtually offers herself as bait to set a trap for the killer. Frank and Sarah soon learn that the investigation may point to one of New York Citys finest families.

Although the sexual tension is not as taut in MURDER ON ST. MARKS PLACE as it was in Murder on Astor Place, lovers of history, mystery, and romance are not going to be disappointed. This story is an exciting one, and several subplots involving the deaf and women during late Victorian times will also hold the reader in thrall. (Mar., 288 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg