Okay, so I just finished the last (for now) book in a series by Victoria Thompson. The Gaslight mysteries are super enjoyable and of course have a strong heroine as the lead character/detective.
The first in the series is “Murder on Astor Place” (which recently has been on sale as a Kindle e-book…so the perfect time to start a series)!
They follow former “lady” and current midwife Sarah Brandt through New York City solving/working as an accidental detective. Recently widowed by her doctor husband, Sarah tries to continue to help people in the poorer sections of New York City. Brought up as a “Lady” in a respectable house left Sarah disillusioned with her life especially after losing her sister in a tragic accident. While doing her midwifery duties, she gets embroiled in a murder investigation that throws her into orbit with Detective Frank Malloy.
Police work at the time was rife with corruption, but Frank still has the tenacity to solve crimes even without a financial incentive (although money is always a bonus). He crosses paths with Sarah Brandt and from then on they seem to always be involved with each other….and talk about sexual tension! You’ll have to read the series for yourself if you want to see if they ever end up together.
The series currently stands at 16 books, with the promise from more on the way by author Victoria Thompson. I love these types of mysteries because they are relatively quick reads (you really want to find out who the killer is), but then also are a snapshot of a certain time in history. I don’t know how historically accurate they are, but to me, they are enjoyable all the same.
And of course these mysteries have spun me off to find similar books. I just started reading a new book set in the 1930’s called “Murder at the Brightwell” by Ashley Weaver. Hopefully it’s the start of another series of books that will keep me interested!
Just a side note….I love when titles of books are just Murder at the “such-and-such”. Definitely tells you where the book is set and that there has been a murder. So easy to decipher!