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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (833 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 2009 ISBN: 9781440760389
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In Victoria Thompson’s Murder on Waverly Place, midwife-sleuth Sarah Brandt is surprised by her mother’s desire to attend séances in an undesirable section of New York City. During one dark session, death strikes a participant while all are holding hands around the table. Now it’s up to Sarah—and her detective sergeant friend—to deliver her mom from scandal and ferret out the murderer.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Clever plotting, and the hint of the supernatural that comes with a story centered around spiritualism make this page-turner a must for both fans and readers new to the series.”

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  • “Thompson's Gaslight Mystery series provides a fascinating window into a bygone era.”                      

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebeka | 2/16/2014

    " Another excellent book! I was a little confused by Maeve's connection to the killer that was thrown in at the end (it seemed like unnecessary drama to me), but otherwise it was a great book. Also the appearance of a certain character at the end of the book (if you read it, it's obvious who I'm talking about) surprised the hell out of me, but I was thrilled at the same time. Another great book, really looking forward to reading the rest of the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisabeth | 2/8/2014

    " This certainly wasn't one of the better Gaslight mysteries--it lacked a lot of the action of many of the others. But it had a certain Agatha Christie-like feel to itthat held my interest, ala Murder on the Orient Express or Death on the Nile. Can't wait for the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith Shymanski | 2/3/2014

    " Very quick read. last book of the gaslight mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/1/2014

    " liked this one - a real page turner "

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

    " This is #11 in the series. In this book Sarah Brandt's mother, Mrs. Decker convinces Sarah to attend a seance. A murder occurs --and Detective Frank Malloy is involved. Fun series! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirsten | 1/28/2014

    " I'm sad to say that I think this series has run its course. The characters haven't developed since the first few books and the relationship between Sarah and Malloy seems stalled. Also, Anne Perry used a very similar "someone was killed during a seance but everyone was holding hands so who could have done it?" plot in one of her novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 1/24/2014

    " Been awhile since I've picked up one of these books, nothing much has changed. Interesting glimpse of life in New York at that time period, simmering feelings between Sarah and Malloy, no substantial change in the status quo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ingrid | 1/12/2014

    " I started reading these after a wonderful walking tour through the East Side and Greenwich Village - this one is particularly enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 1/9/2014

    " A good airplane read, though it feels like I've read a similar story about murder at a seance before... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 12/28/2013

    " I usually enjoy the books in this series and this one was no exception. The books are nicely paced and the characters are believable. This plot in this book involved seances which were common in the early 1900s. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debye | 10/22/2013

    " another enjoyable episode with Sarah and Frank in 1896 NYC. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janette | 7/7/2013

    " the newest one in the series...they are all kind of blah, but ok to read just before going to bed! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 6/24/2013

    " This is a great series. This is the 11th book in the series. I really liked this one. I give it a 4.5 of 5 star rating! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mitzi | 5/19/2013

    " Wonderful book. I would call this "old style gothic", these are hard to come by these days. If you like mysteries, seances, a little of the occult you will love this book. This is a very enjoyable, easy read and you will not regret reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Cohen | 11/28/2012

    " I really enjoy this series but this was a weak addition to the overall canon(if that is the correct usage) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 9/5/2012

    " This wasn't my favorite of the series. It might have just been my mood at the time but I found it didn't hold my interest the way these books usually do. I still enjoyed it though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 5/9/2012

    " I liked this installment, but I can't help wishing that Ms. Thompson would speed things up between Sarah and Frank; I mean, come on, we're going on 12 novels now! It was a good "locked room" mystery and the "flash lights" were a nice touch! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ti-Leigh Telford | 11/4/2011

    " The last in the series unless she publishes next June which has been her pattern. My fingers are crossed. This was still very good, but not near as good as the last: Murder on Bank Street. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisha (lishie) | 10/7/2011

    " Good, enjoyable read. I'm not sure if it is because I'd had a weekend of multiple board games but this felt like CLUE... ___________ in the seance room with the knife. And that made me happy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 6/7/2011

    " In my opinion, VT's Gaslight Mystery books just keep getting better and better. Although, I am still able to solve the mysteries pretty early on in the books, I still enjoy the read and find them thoroughly entertaining. This one was no exception. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 5/2/2011

    " I enjoyed reading about life in NYC in earlier decades. Amazing how very little women were thought of then. In all, liked the mystery and burdgeoning relationship between Sarah and Malloy considering societal restraints then. No more or I will spoil things! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 3/31/2011

    " I liked the author's writing style, while I did not enjoy the ending of this book in regards to the events causing the murder, I think I will enjoy the rest of her books. She was clean and it was lightweight murder mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/27/2011

    " A melodramatic and kind of hokey mystery that was really a lot of fun. Victoria Thompson builds this mystery around class structure in turn of the century (19th to 20th) New York City. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dgoll | 2/4/2011

    " Great little mystery. Well done with a great depiction of turn-of-the-century NYC. I am looking forward to the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/7/2011

    " I really enjoied this book. While I solved the mystery quickly, it was such a fun book to read, that I didn't mind. I haven't read a lot of historical fiction, but I will continue with this series. I really loved the feel of NYC from 100 years ago! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/5/2011

    " I wish I could give this 3.5 stars. I liked it well enough. I just don't think I'll read more of the 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.

About the Narrator

Suzanne Toren has recorded hundreds of audiobooks and has earned twenty-nine Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She has received the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress. 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.