Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery, #1)

Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery, #1)Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson


Last week I went to the Vineland Public Library to check out a book. I guess it’s been a while since I’ve been in there. As I went to the check-out counter, I saw the flyers for events the library was having. One of them was for the cozy mystery book club. It started back up, apparently, several months ago. I had no idea. This library was on stricter lockdown than others during COVID.

I wasn’t certain I was going to read this, but my yesterday was such I thought I could bang this out. Not quite, but I had enough time today to finish it before I head to the library for the discussion.

Lots of typical cozy mystery traits here. What surprised was the topic. I would not have thought incest was a topic this genre would get into. On top of that, there seemed to plenty of virtue signaling for a story set in the 1890s.

Despite that, I kind of ended up liking Sarah (the midwife) and Malloy (the police officer). I liked the nosey neighbor as well. The setting was to my liking. I don’t ever need to read about abortionists again. I’d rather not read about incest again. Some of the etiquette issues were interesting.

I had this tale explained a bit differently than it turned out. I think it would be difficult to have nailed it until read as it was a bit obscure in how it worked out.

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