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Murder on Madison Square by Victoria Thompson
Series: Gaslight Mystery #25
Published by Berkley on April 26, 2022
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery
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Former policeman Frank Malloy is frustrated when a woman requests his private detective services to implicate her wealthy husband in adultery, the only legal grounds for divorce in New York state. Although Mrs. Bing seems genuinely distressed about her marriage and desperate to end it, she refuses to tell Frank the reason she absolutely must divorce her husband and admits she has no legal grounds. Frank explains he won't manufacture evidence for her and sends her on her way.
The following week, Frank and Sarah happen to be attending the first ever auto show in Madison Square Garden when they meet the woman's husband, Alfred Bing, who has invested in a company that produces one of the electric motorcars on display. A few days later, the newspapers report that millionaire Alvin Bing has been found dead, pinned beneath one of the wheels of his very own motorcar. But who was driving it? The obvious suspect is Mrs. Bing, but Frank and Sarah find that nothing is as it seems in their puzzling, dangerous search for truth.
I have been loving this Gaslight Mystery series. I enjoy all the characters but particularly Frank and Sarah. I’m glad they are the primary ones investigating rather than Gino and Maeve. It’s a little sad to see less of their children, Brian and Catherine, and Sarah’s parents but they can’t be involved in every case.
The murder and the family involved were not pleasant. I didn’t like or trust any of them very much except for the “widow” who tried to hire Frank to help with her divorce from Mr. Bing and later did hire him to solve her husband’s murder. I won’t spoil the story but the husband really deserved to die. He left a real mess in his wake.
Mr. Bing was an investor in an electric car manufacturer. Frank, Sarah, Gino and Maeve went to an auto show not long before he died and met him. They saw him and learned about the cars. I really enjoyed this part, as I have an electric car. The author’s note gave a lot of the history about car manufacturing and I loved it. The author’s notes with historical information is always a joy for me.
I really loved this exciting mystery with my favorite investigators. They are always compassionate to others’ grief and misfortune. No matter how convoluted, they always ascertain the killer with motive and evidence.
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