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The latest Gaslight Mystery from the bestselling author of "Murder in Morningside Heights" finds Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy searching for a connection between a murdered newsie and a high society woman with dangerous habits. Frank Malloy s latest client is the well-dressed Will Bert. He s searching for his brother, a newsboy named Freddie, so he can share his new financial good fortune. Frank makes quick work of the case and locates Freddie, but a happy reunion between brothers is not in the cards. When Will s name is mentioned, Freddie runs off only to be found dead a short time later. Suspicious, Frank tracks down Will who spins a tale of lust and deceit involving a young society woman, Estelle Longacre, also recently deceased. Frank can t be sure if Estelle s risky behavior and the company she kept was to blame, or if her own ruthless family had a hand in her death. Frank will need Sarah s help to unearth the dark secrets of the wealthy Longacres and to discover if there is a connection between Estelle and Freddie s death. Together they must navigate a perilous underground web of treachery to find the truth."
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I love nothing more than to step into the past and a good murder mystery, this book called to me when I saw the cover and then the synopsis. I read this book as a stand alone but it is a series. I enjoyed the references to 19th century New York City and the newspaper boys called newsies. I did like the mystery and while it was not overly complicated I still felt that it had everything I like in a murder mystery. The author does a great job of introducing the characters in this book and I feel like I learned a bit of history along with reading this story. I found this to be a quick enjoyable read. I really did not guess who the killer was until the very end of the book , almost to the point when all was revealed. I would like to read more of this series ans author.