Thursday, May 7, 2015

Review: Murder on Amsterdam Avenue by Victoria Thompson

Description (from cover):

'In this Gaslight Mystery from the national bestselling author of Murder in Murray Hill, midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy investigate foul play in the secretive high-society world of nineteenth-century New York City...

In the midst of Sarah and Frank's wedding preparations, Sarah accompanies her mother on a condolence call to the Upper West Side, where Charles Fairfax, the son of family friends, has died unexpectedly after suffering from a mysterious disease. It is a tragic and all too common story--or so it seems. Charles' father asks to speak with Sarah privately. He believes his son was poisoned and would like Sarah and Frank to look into the matter with the utmost discretion. 

Putting their own personal affairs on hold, Sarah and Frank soon learn that not everyone wants to know more about Charles' death, particularly if he was murdered. As they unravel secrets that reach back to the War Between the States, they also discover that they are in the company of a very present danger...'

My thoughts:

I hate it when a good book has to come to an end. Frank and Sarah feel like old friends and when the book ends, I tend to be a little sad. Normally, a book in this series is released once a year, but I am in luck as another installment is due to be released in November of this year. So not quite so long to wait, but I still will have to wait a couple of months. I adored this book. I adore this series. I get my hands on the latest installment as soon as they are released. This is a series that I willingly will spend money on in order to read as soon as possible. Victoria Thompson is a phenomenal writer and I simply cannot get enough of her books. I love historical mysteries and this author has to be one of my favorites in that genre. 

Frank and Sarah are in the midst of wedding planning. They have no plans to involve themselves in a murder investigation, but of course, one finds them. Sarah is visiting family friends with her mother when she learns that a childhood friend has died suddenly and under quite mysterious circumstances. When Charles' father asks for her and Malloy to investigate, well she feels like she must. Frank and Sarah have to deal with a high society family who likes to brush scandal and secrets under the rug where no one can learn about them. But it seems that those secrets are just dying to come to light. They must use their sharp wits and eye for detail to make sure that they solve the crime and put a murderer to justice.

I breezed right through this book. It was such a fun and entertaining read. This book ends on a good note and I cannot wait to see what the next installment will bring for my favorite characters. I have no idea how Ms. Thompson does it, but with each book the story grows and the excitement never fades. A lot of series have a problem of becoming stale after awhile and this is most definitely not a series like that. If you have not discovered this series already, I beg yourself to ask yourself why would you want to miss out on something so great?

Overall Rating: 5+

Title:  Murder on Amsterdam Avenue
Author:  Victoria Thompson
Series:  Gaslight Mystery #17
Publisher:  Berkley
Publication Date:  May 5, 2015
Pages:  304
Genre:  Historical Mystery
Get It:  Amazon; Barnes & Noble

Disclaimer: This book was purchased myself and I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.

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