Murder on Mullberry Bend
This is the fifth volume in the author’s Gaslight Mystery series, following Murder on Washington Square. The series takes place in New York City in the 1890s, and features midwife Sarah Brandt and police detective Frank Malloy. In this volume, Sarah volunteers to help at the Prodigal Son Mission, which rescues teenage girls from a life on the streets. When one of the girls is found murdered, wearing Sarah’s clothes which she had donated to the mission, Sarah investigates, despite warnings from Frank to stay out of the case.
This book is very enjoyable, although, without giving too much away, I must say I found it more disturbing than other volumes I have read. I figured out the mystery fairly quickly, but that did not bother me too much, because I enjoyed reading about the relationships between the characters; the relationship between Sarah and Frank is obviously developing into a romance. This, in spite of the fact that Sarah is the daughter of one of New York’s wealthiest families and Frank comes from a family of Irish immigrants. I highly recommend this book, especially for fans of Anne Perry.