After a routine delivery, midwife Sarah Brandt visits her patient in a rooming house and finds that another boarder, a young girl, has been killed. At the request of sergeant Frank Malloy, she searches the girl's room and 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.
"Thompson vividly re-creates the gas-lit world of old New York, concluding her mystery with revelations that will shock even 20th-century readers." (Publishers Weekly)
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Buy the book. The reader is TERRIBLE!
No. The reader made a period piece seem like a modern book. There is no distinction in her voices - no giving the things that MAKE it a period piece - the hero sounds like the heroine, who sounds like the bad guys. The only time there's a obvious distinction, there's a note in the file saying the person talked in an obvious way. Even the CHILDREN sounded like the adults.
I actually had to separate the reader from the written word, but I realized the writing was very good.
Totally sapped the book of it's strength.
I think I would like the book. It's embroidery season now and I don't have time until after the holidays to read. I'll probably try the 2nd book in the series then. AWFUL READER!
- Elaine M. Gustainis
I want to like this series!