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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: June 2010 ISBN: 9781449847104
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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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 1/28/2014

    " I enjoy the Gaslight Mystery series-- and recommend it to anyone. Thompson writes conversationally and gives you a good mix of history, historical detective practice, socio-economics, and romance. It's a great mystery series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene Allen | 1/26/2014

    " It was good, solidly plotted. Sorry the romance between Sarah and Malloy was not forwarded. I can see what the plot of the next one will be, hopefully. But I have to wait a year for it. :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 1/10/2014

    " I chose to read this one because the plot winds around a deaf girl and the deaf community at the turn of the century. Malloy is even friendlier with Sarah Brandt, but oddly, also friendlier with Mr. Decker, her father. (Hasn't he discovered that Mr. Decker was implicated in Sarah's husband's death? Or maybe that one hasn't been written yet? It's a foregone conclusion, though.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonya Cheney | 1/1/2014

    " I can't get enough of this series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 12/24/2013

    " Love this author, her books are so full of history. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cynthia Karl | 11/14/2013

    " I read 20 pages - awful. I can't believe that this is on the adult bookshelves in the library. The books my grandson reads are far better written than this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy D. | 11/8/2013

    " Some interesting information on deaf communities in the past, eugenics, and signing vs. lip reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 10/28/2013

    " It is hard to guess who done it in the Gaslight series. Right to the end I am still waiting to be surprised. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trina Knox | 10/20/2013

    " good story, this author has a nice way of keeping your interest, with lots of plot twistes and good characters "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 9/10/2013

    " As this book dealt with deaf people, I thought Malloy's son, Brian, should have had a significant role in the story. He didn't. I won't stop reading this series though, as I really like the two main characters and the turn of the century NYC descriptions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 6/23/2013

    " Fun, quick and set in old NYC. What's not to like? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eli | 3/6/2013

    " The information about how deaf people were perceived in the late 1800s was interesting, if somewhat (admittedly) distorted for the story & I learned that Alexander Graham Bell was a proponent of eugenics, you know, half a century before the Nazis made everyone realize what a bad idea that was! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/10/2013

    " I've gone a bit crazy reading this series....but I really like them, sadly I'm all caught up now "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 9/29/2012

    " This is #12 in the series. Oh dear, I will have to wait a year for another Gaslight mystery. Enjoyable light read! I liked reading about how the deaf were taught --and the pro's and con's of lip reading versus sign language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 9/18/2012

    " This series isn't always great, but this one hit the mark. I really liked the added perspective of the education of deaf people in that time period. Funny that it hasn't changed all that much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Su | 8/28/2012

    " LOVE this series and was very excited to see the book in the Houston airport! Fininished it on the plane then before bed! Now it's off to Carolyn! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Briansmom | 12/3/2011

    " Another great book in the Gaslight Mystery series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 8/16/2011

    " Can't wait for the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danalou | 5/29/2011

    " Love the historic detail in these books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cynthia Karl | 3/8/2011

    " I read 20 pages - awful. I can't believe that this is on the adult bookshelves in the library. The books my grandson reads are far better written than this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 2/3/2011

    " Love this author, her books are so full of history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 1/11/2011

    " interesting information about the treatment of deaf people at the turn of the century, as well as continuing insight into the police departments, cultural gaps, and so forth of the time. For once I didn't figure out the guilty party from the beginning of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 12/30/2010

    " Enjoyed the characters. A few surprises. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 11/22/2010

    " I enjoy the Gaslight Mystery series-- and recommend it to anyone. Thompson writes conversationally and gives you a good mix of history, historical detective practice, socio-economics, and romance. It's a great mystery series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeri | 11/16/2010

    " I liked the double murder mystery in this book. The whole Sara and Malloy thing it a little to drawn out. How many books are there going to be? Fast reads, entertaining and clean. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 10/5/2010

    " Fun, quick and set in old NYC. What's not to like? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 9/23/2010

    " This was a fun book to read... mystery set in olden New York City. However, I didn't like it enough to pick up another by the same author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marjorie | 9/10/2010

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 8/2/2010

    " I've gone a bit crazy reading this series....but I really like them, sadly I'm all caught up now "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danalou | 7/22/2010

    " Love the historic detail in these books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 6/29/2010

    " Victoria Thompson hasn't failed me yet. I just love this series! Hope she writese another soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 6/27/2010

    " I felt as though I was plodding through this book. Only at the end did it speed up. When is the author going to focus on the relationship between Mrs. Brandt and Malloy and make it work? "

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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.

About the Narrator

Suzanne Toren has recorded over nine hundred audiobooks. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas. She was awarded the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress and has earned more than two dozen Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine.