Murder on Trinity Place

Murder on Trinity Place

The devil's in the details when a man is found murdered near Trinity Church in the latest installment of the national bestselling Gaslight Mystery series...The year of 1899 is drawing to a close. Frank and Sarah Malloy are getting ready to celebrate the New Year at Trinity Church when they notice Mr. Pritchard, a relative of their neighbor's behaving oddly and annoying the...

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Title:Murder on Trinity Place
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Murder on Trinity Place Reviews

  • Betty

    The 22nd book of this historical series find Frank and Sarah Mallory involved in finding out who killed Mr. Pritchard who owns a milk farm. He is the father of Thea, a neighbor. The police are not interested in solving this case. While searching for the answer, there is another death, the son of Mr. Pritchard. There are several clues to what happened. The ending is a surprise.

    There is information on milk delivery at the turn of century and the cause of many deaths. There is a side story involvin

    The 22nd book of this historical series find Frank and Sarah Mallory involved in finding out who killed Mr. Pritchard who owns a milk farm. He is the father of Thea, a neighbor. The police are not interested in solving this case. While searching for the answer, there is another death, the son of Mr. Pritchard. There are several clues to what happened. The ending is a surprise.

    There is information on milk delivery at the turn of century and the cause of many deaths. There is a side story involving Sarah's Clinic that added to the book.

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES.

    Disclosure: Many thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Tammie

    This was a very enjoyable installmen

    This was a very enjoyable installment in the gaslight mysteries series. I liked it better than the last book. The book begins with Frank and Sarah attending a dinner party at their neighbor Mrs. Ellsworth's house. Her recently married son Nelson and his wife Theda have also invited Theda's family to the dinner and it's a little tense as Theda's father is very opinionated and doesn't hesitate to let his opinions known when certain subjects come up. Ultimately the dinner ends in disaster and poor Theda is left in tears. One thing I noticed about this book is that the character of Mrs. Ellsworth is much more serious here. There are no silly superstitions mentioned this time around, but it made sense considering what was happening in the book.

    As usual I figured out who the murderer was pretty easily, but this book actually did throw a couple of good red herrings in there. I actually attached a bit more to the murderer's motivations than what was concluded in the book though.

    One thing that does bother me about the murders in this series is that too many people are murdered that are somehow acquainted with Sarah and Frank. This is actually something that happens a lot in mystery series that can make them seem implausible. In this case though, with Frank being a private investigator there should be ample opportunity for the author to capitalize on that and have him investigate cases that have nothing to do with anyone he or Sarah knows. It would be so much more believable.

    One thing I do really like about this series is that the author always adds in some real historical facts from the time period. I learned a few interesting things as I read this book that I didn't previously know. One is how Wall Street got its name. It was not at all what I expected. I also learned about the "milk wars" and what swill milk was. Another thing I learned about was the origins of the board game Life. It also seemed that there was some debate over whether the turn of the century should be celebrated in 1900 or 1901.

    Like the last book in the series, this one included characters that we met in a previous book. I'm really liking that this seems to be a thing now in each book. This time around we revisit the character of Jack Robinson from

    . Sarah plays matchmaker for Jack and one of the ladies staying in the clinic, and I liked that part of the story a lot. I would love to see more of them in future books.

    I also have to mention one other thing that I loved about this book. Frank finally gets a motorcar!

    Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for providing me with a copy of this book.

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  • Linda

    There's always something odd about being normal.

    It's New Year's Eve in December of 1899. Throngs of people gather outside around Trinity Church in New York City. It's one of the old-fashioned norms of the holiday in which revelers listen to holiday music streaming from the church as they wait on the threshold of the new year.

    Private Detective Frank Malloy and his wife, Sarah, are wrapped in a blanket across their laps in their open air vehicle. They spot their neighbor, Mr. Pritchard, lumbering

    There's always something odd about being normal.

    It's New Year's Eve in December of 1899. Throngs of people gather outside around Trinity Church in New York City. It's one of the old-fashioned norms of the holiday in which revelers listen to holiday music streaming from the church as they wait on the threshold of the new year.

    Private Detective Frank Malloy and his wife, Sarah, are wrapped in a blanket across their laps in their open air vehicle. They spot their neighbor, Mr. Pritchard, lumbering in and out of the crowd. He appears to have had too much holiday punch. Frank assures Sarah that he will track the man down and bring him back home with them. Frustrated, Frank returns with no Mr. Pritchard.

    But pigeons seem to return to the roost. Mr. Pitchard is found straggled to death near Trinity Church. His family hires Frank and his partner, Gino, to investigate when the police turn up with no motive and no killer. Pritchard owned a local dairy that delivered milk in the community for many years. Who could possibly have it in for a business man as pure as his milk?

    Victoria Thompson injects a bit of a true historical event in this one. Children were dying due to the impurities linked to milk at this time. Shady distributors passed off something called "swill milk" in which sick cows were fed contaminated hay and were tied up in filthy stalls. Pasteurization was hit or miss.

    Murder on Trinity Place is not exactly a cozy mystery with fluff. There's plenty of dead bodies, sleezy people, and dastardly crime in this one. But Thompson has a way with taking you from the acidity of this real world that we live in and carries you to a time of civility and genuine kindness. It's a refreshing breakaway from constant confrontations and malcontents within the boundaries of 323 pages.

    Just sign me up for the next one, Victoria Thompson. Just sign me up.

  • Barb in Maryland

    I was entertained from start to finish by the latest entry in this long running series.

    It's the end of one year (1899) and the start of the next (1900). Whether it is the turn of the century is open to debate. Clarence Pritchard is an avid (some would say rabid) proponent of the view that the 20th Century starts on 1 Jan 1900 and is not afraid to tell one and all. But could that belief have gotten him killed? He was last seen among the revelers on New Year's Eve; his murdered body was found the

    I was entertained from start to finish by the latest entry in this long running series.

    It's the end of one year (1899) and the start of the next (1900). Whether it is the turn of the century is open to debate. Clarence Pritchard is an avid (some would say rabid) proponent of the view that the 20th Century starts on 1 Jan 1900 and is not afraid to tell one and all. But could that belief have gotten him killed? He was last seen among the revelers on New Year's Eve; his murdered body was found the next morning. Surely he wasn't killed because of the calendar, was he?

    The mystery (who killed Clarence Pritchard and why did they do it) was clever--Frank Malloy and his young associate Gino Donatelli have their work cut out for them with this one. The police have been bribed to drop the investigation, the widow doesn't want the murder investigated either. So it is the daughter of the family who hires Frank. Frank and Gino ask a lot of questions and receive a lot of lies as answers before they finally narrow in on a viable suspect. Then that suspect is killed in the same manner. Now what? and just how does one of the more powerful men in New York City's underworld fit into the picture?

    In the meantime Sarah does a bit of sleuthing of her own; discovering some secrets that could lead the investigation in a whole new direction. While she's not asking questions she's busy playing matchmaker--in a subplot that delivers some relief from the frustrations of the murder investigation.

    There's also some comic relief provided by Frank's relationship with his new motor car, which Gino has taken to like a duck to water. The description of their drive across the Brooklyn Bridge is a fine blend of comedy and terror.

    The murders are finally solved, and all is calm--for now.

    Part of the enjoyment in a long running series is developing a bond with the continuing characters. It is always nice to catch up with them; see how they are doing, what's new and so on.

    I look forward to catching up with Sarah, Frank and all their family and friends in the next book.

  • Melisa

    It’s no secret that Victoria Thompson is a favorite of mine - I was even lucky enough to meet her awhile back. I am so sad to have caught up with my favorite series, and will now have to wait for the next installments!

    The Gaslight Mystery series is my go to, and here we have another great mystery. I love playing detective along with Sarah and Malloy. The plot, character development, dialogue, and history are all exceptional, as always.

    If you’re a fan of historical mysteries, I can’t recommend t

    It’s no secret that Victoria Thompson is a favorite of mine - I was even lucky enough to meet her awhile back. I am so sad to have caught up with my favorite series, and will now have to wait for the next installments!

    The Gaslight Mystery series is my go to, and here we have another great mystery. I love playing detective along with Sarah and Malloy. The plot, character development, dialogue, and history are all exceptional, as always.

    If you’re a fan of historical mysteries, I can’t recommend these books enough.

    Copy provided by publisher, thank you as always!

  • Phrynne

    Good book but finishing it made me sad. No more Frank and Sarah until next April! For someone who has been reading the series one a month for 22 months this is a dramatic moment!

    I have really enjoyed the whole series. I have learned a lot of historical fact about New York as well as enjoying the fictional characters who populate the books. As an example

    introduces us to the time before pasteurising when the milk children drank was as likely to kill them as anything else.

    Good book but finishing it made me sad. No more Frank and Sarah until next April! For someone who has been reading the series one a month for 22 months this is a dramatic moment!

    I have really enjoyed the whole series. I have learned a lot of historical fact about New York as well as enjoying the fictional characters who populate the books. As an example

    introduces us to the time before pasteurising when the milk children drank was as likely to kill them as anything else. We also meet up with the old argument about whether the new century begins on 00 or 01. Seems silly to us now but a lot of people got hot under the collar about it in the past.

    At least we temporarily leave Frank and Sarah in a happy place. They have formed themselves a nice family unit and both have work which keeps them pleasurably occupied. Maybe there will be a baby Molloy in a future book. Lots to look forward to. Roll on next April.

  • Amp

    I thought when I read the synopsis of this book that it would be a return to what made me love these books in the first place. I adored Sarah and Frank and watching their romance blossom. But I fear that these books are now suffering from "the Moonlighting Syndrome." They got married/together and now they are hopelessly boring. Sarah doesn't even investigate any longer. She founded a birthing center and spends a lot of time just talking about wanting to deliver babies. She seems bored with marri

    I thought when I read the synopsis of this book that it would be a return to what made me love these books in the first place. I adored Sarah and Frank and watching their romance blossom. But I fear that these books are now suffering from "the Moonlighting Syndrome." They got married/together and now they are hopelessly boring. Sarah doesn't even investigate any longer. She founded a birthing center and spends a lot of time just talking about wanting to deliver babies. She seems bored with married life, especially this new rich married life in the world she fought so hard to escape. The biggest mistake this series made was making Frank a millionaire. I believe the author asked for suggestions for how Frank and Sarah could be together in polite society with their conflicting backgrounds and this was someone's answer, but it wasn't the right one, imo. I would have loved to read about the challenges they faced in their every day lives knowing they were going against the ridiculousness of that time period's value on someone's social standing and how it helped or hindered their crime-solving. But now, because Frank has all this money and had to change careers, he spends all his time investigating now with Gino. The introduction of Maeve and Gino as important characters and placing them more and more in the spotlight was another mistake Thompson made regarding this series. These two bring nothing to the story and just push Sarah further and further into the background, to where she is as relevant as Mrs. Ellsworth and Mother Malloy, or Brian and Catherine for that matter. I think if the author wants to retain her readers, she needs to marry off Gino and Maeve and have them move far, far away, and then give Sarah more to do that just play matchmaker to characters nobody cares about. Three stars because the mystery was somewhat interesting, although the perpetrator was not the least bit surprising, but again, as of the norm lately, the best part about these books is the NYC history lesson. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a DRC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

  • Minx

    True Rating 3.5 stars!

    Murder on Trinity Place is the twenty-second book in the Gaslight Mystery series and has Frank and Sarah Malloy intimately involved in the investigation of the murder of a man that many had reason to dislike for his extreme honesty in his opinions about milk and the turning of the century. What had me excited to read this story was the husband and wife investigative duo of Sarah and Frank but, unfortunately, it was mostly Frank doing the investigating while Sarah was focuse

    True Rating 3.5 stars!

    Murder on Trinity Place is the twenty-second book in the Gaslight Mystery series and has Frank and Sarah Malloy intimately involved in the investigation of the murder of a man that many had reason to dislike for his extreme honesty in his opinions about milk and the turning of the century. What had me excited to read this story was the husband and wife investigative duo of Sarah and Frank but, unfortunately, it was mostly Frank doing the investigating while Sarah was focused on other tasks. She did add input and helped in her own ways but I was hoping for more participation from her. I felt like she was in the background more often than she should have been.

    What I loved about this story was the historical facts of what was called the “Milk War” that occurred in New York City. Although the time frame is a little off, it was interesting enough that I found myself researching the event. I can’t believe that I had no clue about this little piece of history. In addition to highlighting that piece of history, there was also mention of the origins of the “Checkered Game of Life” which later became the game we know today as “Life.” There are many delightful pieces of information that are woven throughout this story that gives insight into historical facts that occurred in America that are just cool. Overall, Murder on Trinity Place has an interesting mystery, charming characters, and is a great period piece!

    This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Berkley Prime Crime. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

  • Georgette

    I still love the books, don't get me wrong. But they have lost something since Sarah and Frank got hitched. This time, Sarah seems preoccupied with the clinic and the business of delivering babies, more than helping Malloy solve the murder(s) that take place. I miss that dynamic. I also figured out who the guilty party was and why, way too early. Decent book but not edge-of-the-seat and I think they lost some of the spark between the couple, and that hurts the series.

  • Kay

    This series have great characters and I love the family dynamic and crime solving in Victorian New York. I did learn something new ... swill milk. How disturbing was that?

    This was a quick read and had some good moments. Sadly, dialogues became too repetitive throughout the book, 2.5 stars.

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