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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (908 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Victoria Thompson Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Gaslight Mysteries Release Date:
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In this twelfth Gaslight Mystery by national bestselling author Victoria Thompson, philosophical conflicts within the deaf community lead to murder most foul. After an influential supporter of deaf education is found dead, NYPD Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy quickly determines the slain man—an advocate of eugenics—was bludgeoned with a trophy. But when Malloy reaches an impasse, he asks his friend Sarah Brandt to help him ferret out the culprit.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Thompson does a solid job bringing the past to life.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Thompson expertly weaves in details about the history of the era and the educational system without detracting from the well-paced and suspenseful story…Frank and Sarah’s investigation makes for a compelling and quick read with believable twists and a satisfying conclusion. Series fans will be thrilled.”


  • “Thompson illuminates a battle in the deaf community that continues even today.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Marjorie | 2/19/2014

    " I enjoy this series but this book did not move the personal lives of the characters along AT ALL and that was unfortunate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carolyn | 2/11/2014

    " I'm hooked on Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Series and was waiting for this addition to come out in paperback. Now, she has released a new book that I can anticipate in paperback next summer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Susan | 2/10/2014

    " I agree with other reviewers that the current installment in this series is an improvement over the last book, but still feels somewhat stilted and formulaic in parts. I've read every entry in the series but stopped purchasing about four books ago; I borrow them from the library because I feel the series has become sterile and predictable (and frustrating in the lack of forward movement in Frank and Sarah's relationship). I read a lot of historical mysteries, and enjoy a literate puzzle rich in accurate historical details, multi-layered characters and clever dialogue. I consider this series "historical mystery lite" - accessible, light, entertaining reads with likeable characters. Early in this series Thompson created a darker, grittier atmosphere where the seedy, teeming underside of New York tenement life came alive; the growing awareness between Sarah and Frank felt passionate and real, as did the seemingly insurmountable obstacles they would face if they acted on that forbidden attraction. Not so lately; they even end this book sitting side-by-side on a park bench like two old married folks! Nothing wrong with that, but they really used to spark off of each other; Thompson made you feel both Frank's loneliness and longing for the well-born and seemingly unobtainable Sarah, and Sarah's forbidden attraction to the handsome, virile, tough-yet-decent Irish Catholic cop of whom her family would NEVER approve. I hope Thompson listens to her readers and brings back that spark and moves the romantic storyline along to keep the series believable. It can be (and has been) done, i.e., Elizabeth Peters' long-lived Amelia Peabody and Emerson mystery series - a married couple passionate about their work and each other, interesting mysteries, historical accuracy, humor, warmth - not every book was perfect, but a great example of how to move a series along enjoyably. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bill | 2/5/2014

    " I enjoy this light mystery series set in "Old New York". The Police Detective aided by the Midwife seem to have a great time together solving these cases. In this story two of the characters are deaf and either use lip reading or sign language to communicate. The author did a good job researching this topic of how these two methods drove strong opinons by the society. The mystery part is not hard to solve, but still I will be coming back to enjoy the time and place in this historical series. "

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About the Author

Victoria Thompson is the Edgar-nominated author of the popular Gaslight Mystery series. She has written more than twenty historical romances, including Fortune’s Lady, Murder on Bank Street, Sweet Texas Surrender, and many others. Thompson is a popular speaker and has given seminars to writers all over the country; she also teaches at Seton Hall University, where she earned her MFA. Thompson is the founder of Novelists, Inc., a national organization of published writers of popular fiction. She has also served on the board of directors of the Romance Writers of America and was cofounder of the New Jersey Romance Writers. She lives in central Pennsylvania.