Murder on Astor Place

Murder on Astor Place

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"After a routine delivery, midwife Sarah Brandt visits her patient in a rooming house--and discovers that another boarder, a young girl, has been killed. At the request of Sergeant Frank Malloy, she searches the girl's room. She discovers that the victim is from one of the most prominent families in New York--and the sister of an old friend. The powerful family, fearful of scandal, refuses to permit an investigation. But with Malloy's help, Sarah begins a dangerous quest to bring the killer to justice--before death claims another victim."--Back cover.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2009.
Edition: Berkley Prime Crime trade paperback ed.
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9780425229729
Branch Call Number: F THOMPSON
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 21 cm.


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Following a routine delivery in a rooming house, turn-of-the-century midwife Sarah Brandt discovers that another boarder, a young girl, has been murdered and, despite the hindrance of the girl's powerful family, joins forces with Sergeant Frank Malloy to find the killer before he can strike again.

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Nov 28, 2020

I liked this book enough to continue with the series. It takes place in late 19th century New York City. Sarah Brandt is a widowed midwife from a wealthy family. She married a doctor "below her station" and now works with New York's poor. She gets involved in a murder investigation and meets Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, a violent Irish cop. They don't get along, but end up working together to solve the crime.

I enjoyed this book and I really wanted to find out what happened. It's a little pedestrian in some aspects. Sarah's background is a little over-the-top and she is clearly meant to be the reader's entree to the wealthy families of the Gilded Age. She'll be getting all the inside information that Frank can't get. The series set-up reminds me of Anne Perry's Inspector and Charlotte Pitt stories, but with main characters as grudging partners. I thought the antagonism added to the chemistry and it is one of the reasons I'll continue with the series.

I do think that 90s sensibilities show up in the book. The author treats the murderer in a way that would not stand up to today's standards. It's weird, uncomfortable, and, quite frankly, unkind. But I do make allowances for when a book is written.

Sep 06, 2020

I found the two main characters very likeable. The mystery moves along following clues and using the contacts and talents of the two protagonists in good order. The setting, historical details, and probability of the events were spot on. When we get to the denouement, however, all bets are off. It's as if the author pulled in all the shocking events and solutions she could think of. The ending, however, was set up by the train of events in the plot, so the solution was not totally off the mark. I think Sarah and Frank are a good basis for a series, so I'll try the next book. I can say that it was definitely not boring, and it was well written.

Apr 06, 2020

Book #1 is available for download

If you feel like an escape from today's world, read this well written, believable series. An independent woman in early 1900s New York City teams up with what may be the only honest police detective. They fight for social just for all victims of crime.

IndyPL_DorieneS Jan 29, 2019

This first title in an ongoing series about a midwife in turn-of-the-century NYC reveals a fascinating look at the difference in the lives of different classes, and the rampant corruption of the police department. Sarah has been disowned after marrying "beneath her," and now that she is a widow, she supports herself by delivering babies. She sees all strata of society, and also much injustice. But investigating crime is difficult when the police department's interest is dependent on the size of the bribes they receive.

Oct 16, 2016

FIRST IN SERIES - Midwife Sarah Brandt and Sergeant Malloy. This is my first experience with this mystery series. I liked the characters and the mystery. I will try another. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Silvilein Feb 29, 2016

call the midwife meets murdoch mysteries. very pleasant.


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