Monday, December 22, 2008

Murder on Bank Street

In the four years since her husband’s death, midwife Sarah Brandt has become an angel of mercy in the tenements of turn-of-the-century New York, helping the less fortunate bring new life into the world––and, with Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, seeing that justice is done for them.

Now, Malloy has taken up the task of solving the murder of Dr. Tom Brandt, believing he’s found a motive among the families of the doctor’s patients. But when he discovers what he believes to be the truth, the shocking revelation may destroy Sarah–– and Malloy’s hopes for any future with her…

I am a huge fan of this series and am so glad I'm finally all caught up, as this has to be one of my favorites :) After 9 books, and 4 years the murder of Dr. Tom Brandt is finally solved with Frank Malloy heading the case. This time Frank doesn't get help from Sarah in solving the murder, but from her nursemaid Maeve, an unlikely, but productive "detective". But will the solving of this murder help or hurt Sarah? And what will be the ramifications to Sarah & Franks relationship? Not only does this book involve finding Dr Brandt's murder, it also serves as a history lesson on The Pinkertons, the bicycle and "Old Maid's Disease". The author does a fantastic job of weaving these history lessons into the telling of the story as well as keeping the reader in the dark as to the shocking reason for the murder, all the way until the final chapter. I can't wait for the next installment to see where things go with Sarah & Frank.

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