I’m reading this series in one of my Goodreads groups and it’s one of our favorites. It’s set in turn-of-the-century (19th) New York City featuring Sarah and Frank Malloy who often find themselves investigating murders together.
Private Investigator Frank Malloy is hired by Will Bert to find the man’s younger brother, Freddie, who was separated from him five years ago when they were part of the Orphan Train taking homeless children to potential parents out west. Frank and his assistant, Gino Donatelli, locate Freddie but before he’s reunited with his brother, ends up murdered. As Frank and Gino explore further, they find themselves immersed in a unique underworld and stumble onto another murder that is connected to Freddie’s death.
I’ve know the term “slumming” forever but didn’t know its origins until this story where it was an actual, organized activity. Who knew? I also learned about the newsboys (and sometimes girls) who were the primary distributors of the daily newspapers for the Hearst and Pulitzer publications, along with what was there infamous strike at the turn of the 19th century. I enjoy this series equally for the historical aspects as well as the escapades of Frank & Sarah. I always seem to learn something from the stories and this was no exception.
I enjoyed this one, which also included a truly unsavory element. There were lots of red herrings that temporarily distracted me but I came close to the right solution. It was also nice to see how things closer to home are developing for Frank & Sarah. This story put the series back on track for me as the case was interesting and didn’t get mired in a lot of musing about it. And, Sarah’s future plans should provide lots of opportunities for other potential storylines. This is still a favorite series.
- Release Date: May 2, 2017
- Series: Gaslight Mystery #20
- Page Numbers: 299
- Publisher: Berkley