Murder on Bedford Street by Victoria Thompson @gaslightvt @BerkleyPub

Posted April 18, 2023 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 20 Comments

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Murder on Bedford Street by Victoria Thompson @gaslightvt @BerkleyPub Murder on Bedford Street by Victoria Thompson
Series: Gaslight Mystery #26
Published by Berkley on April 25, 2023
Genres: Mystery, Historical Fiction
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Hugh Breedlove is far from the most agreeable client private investigator Frank Malloy has ever had, but his case is impossible to refuse: his young niece, Julia, has been wrongfully committed to an insane asylum by her cruel and unfaithful husband, Chet Longly. Though Breedlove and his wife seem more interested in protecting the family reputation than their niece’s safety, Frank and Sarah agree to help for the sake of Julia and the young son she left behind.

Frank and Sarah’s investigation reveals a dark secret—a maid at the Longly home died suspiciously under Chet’s watch, and now it seems Julia’s son might also be in danger. The Malloys fear they are dealing with a man more dangerous than they had anticipated, one who will do anything to defame his wife. But all is not as it seems in the Longly family, and perhaps another monster is hiding in plain sight....

The Gaslight Mystery series is a favorite.  I was happy to see all the characters again, even Mrs. Ellsworth.  We got a nice mix of Frank, Sarah, Maeve and Gino doing the investigating.  I was also happy to see the Deckers, Sarah’s parents, help.

A woman who may have been falsely imprisoned in an insane asylum by her husband comes into their view when they are hired to help prove she is sane, and to try to get her released.  The team is hired by her uncle’s family as they return from London for their daughter, Ruth’s coming out into society.   Information is hard to get and contradictory.  Eventually, Maeve goes undercover as a nursemaid in the husband’s household to try to get the truth.

It isn’t easy.  Maeve is happy to take care of young Victor, only 4, who has lost both his nursemaid and mother.  The staff is tight-lipped about the events. The husband does have a mistress who lives nearby.  Gino pursues another lead in the carriage driver who was fired about the same time and used to take the woman (wife) out frequently in the carriage.  Sarah and Frank work to locate the woman’s mother, talk to the mistress, the neighbors, and doctors at the asylum.

I was thrilled to see my favorite detectives solve this convoluted story.  Somehow they were able to ascertain the truth and achieve the desired outcome with keeping the societal customs.  I always appreciate their compassion and support of the less fortunate, especially as it is normally women and children.

About Victoria Thompson

Victoria Thompson is the USA Today bestselling author of the Edgar® and Agatha nominated Gaslight Mystery series and the Sue Grafton Memorial Award nominated Counterfeit Lady Series. She was nominated for an Edgar Award from Mystery Writers of America in 2001, and in 2012 she received a Career Achievement Award in Mystery Writing from RT Magazine. Six of her Gaslight Mysteries were nominated for an Agatha Award. She also contributed to the award winning writing textbook MANY GENRES/ONE CRAFT and authored a short story for the anthology, SHERLOCK HOLMES IN AMERICA. In her previous life, Victoria Thompson was the bestselling author of twenty historical romances. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2012, where she has been a mentor and lecturer for 20 years.

“I became enchanted by New York City, and Greenwich Village in particular, while one of my daughters attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. After reading many books about the village, and spending many pleasant hours dining, shopping, and just wandering the streets, I was permanently hooked!”

Victoria Thompson is has also written 20 historical romances.

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Posted April 18, 2023 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 20 Comments

20 responses to “Murder on Bedford Street by Victoria Thompson

  1. I’m starting this book today so I skimmed your review but am so glad to see you enjoyed it. I really love this series and am glad to see this one lived up to the rest of the series.