Murder on Union Square

Murder on Union Square

A Gaslight Mystery

eBook - 2018
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"When a murder hits close to home, Frank finds himself in an unusual position--the prime suspect in the latest installment of the national bestselling Gaslight Mystery series ... Frank and Sarah Malloy are enjoying married life and looking to make their family official by adopting Catherine, the child Sarah rescued and has been raising as her daughter. The newlyweds soon discover, Parnell Vaughn, an actor and Catherine's legal father, is looking to fatten his pockets by insisting on a financial settlement to relinquish his parental rights. Even though exchanging money for a child is illegal, Frank and Sarah's love for Catherine drives them to take a chance. When Frank returns with the money and finds Vaughn beaten to death, all evidence points to Frank as the culprit. A relatively unsuccessful actor with no money and little promise, Vaughn seems at first to be an unlikely candidate for murder--particularly such a violent crime of passion--but Frank soon uncovers backstage intrigue as dramatic as any that appears on stage. Sarah and Frank must use all of their resources to investigate Vaughn's death as Frank's own life hangs in the balance"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780399586620
Characteristics: 1 online resource (326 pages)
Call Number: eBook

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Jun 27, 2020

Victoria Thompson presents the world is a stage in Murder on Union Square. Frank and Sarah Mallory plan to legally adopt Catherine, the illegitimate daughter of Mr. Wilbanks and his mistress, Emma Hardy. Unfortunately, since Emma was married to Parnell Vaughn at Catherine’s birth, Parnell must give his consent for the adoption. Before Parnell can sign the paper, he is brutally murdered, and Frank discovers the body and is arrested as the murder. Thompson parades into the theatre of 1890’s and the life of the cast. Each actor or actress has a fragile personality based on vanity and distrust. Victoria Thompson shows the callousness of the police department that only investigate the death if the case benefits the department, meaning that the death of a poor individual will not be investigated. The main issue in this story rests with the Syndicate, a group that controls the theatre by arranging tours, setting salaries, and controlling the plays and actors. Many actors spurned the Syndicate stating that individual style suffered. An amazing look at the theatre.

Jul 25, 2018

Did you say this is book no 21 in the gas light, Sarah and Frank Malloy, series?. I wish the book description at your site would say what number it is in the series

Apr 16, 2018

A big thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for a digital ARC of this latest Gaslight Mystery.

I am a big fan of this series and look forward with great anticipation to each new installment. This one is solid as we see character development continuing for the Malloy family as well as Maeve and Gino. I love seeing the elder Mrs. Malloy have more of a voice in this particular mystery as well as the larger roles for Maeve and Gino. I did find the repeated questioning of various theater company members to be a bit repetitive and also when reports were brought back to the group it was a bit difficult to keep track of who had been talking to which witness/suspect. Still, very enjoyable and I look forward to #22!


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