Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue: A Gaslight Mystery

Written by Victoria Thompson

Victorian New York: Maeve, the nursemaid for the newly married Sarah and Frank Malloy, answers the doorbell to find a distraught Mrs. O’Neal, whose lovely daughter has been arrested for the brutal murder of her wealthy husband. The newlyweds are still honeymooning and unavailable, so Maeve and her police officer friend, Gino Donatelli, investigate the crime, uncovering shady business dealings as well as a large amount of money, and solving the crimes just before the honeymooners return to New York.

This well written mystery moves briskly along. Although I had previously read only one of the earlier Gaslight mysteries, I had no trouble enjoying this read as a standalone. The romantic conflict and verbal sparring between Maeve and Gino provide a pleasant counterpoint to the mystery and its surprising resolution. Although Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue is billed as a holiday book, the Christmas decorations do not overwhelm the plot. In fact, aside from the St. Nicholas Avenue address, the holiday is rarely mentioned until near the end of the book. Entertaining and lively, this book is recommended for lovers of cozy historical mysteries, at any time of the year.