Murder in Chinatown (Gaslight Mystery Series #9)

Murder in Chinatown (Gaslight Mystery Series #9)

by Victoria Thompson

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In Chinatown to deliver a baby, Sarah Brandt meets a group of women she might otherwise never have come across: Irish girls who, after alighting on Ellis Island alone, have married Chinese men in the same predicament. But with bigotry in New York from every side, their mixed-race children are often treated badly, by the Irish, the Chinese—even the police.
When the new mother’s half-Chinese, half-Irish, 15-year-old niece goes missing, Sarah knows that alerting the constables would prove futile. So she turns to Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy—and together they begin the search themselves. And after they find her, dead in an alley, Sarah and Malloy have ample suspects—from both sides of Canal Street.

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ISBN-13: 9780425222058
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/03/2008
Series: Gaslight Mystery Series , #9
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 61,327
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Victoria Thompson is the Edgar(r) Award-nominated author of the Gaslight mystery series and 20 additional historical novels. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family.

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Murder in Chinatown (Gaslight Series #9) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
As the new century brings new hope for many, there remains much of the prejudice especially towards mixed racial couples and their offspring. Perhaps the most scorned mixed couples are that of big strapping Irish females and their smaller Chinese husbands they met on Ellis Island where both impoverished groups were alone with no opposite gender available from their race.--------------------- Midwife Sarah Brandt is in Chinatown tending to pregnant Irish expatriate Cora Lee, whose labor pains prove false. Cora¿s teenage half-Chinese niece Angel rushes inside the apartment to see her. She begs for Cora to help her as her father demands she marry elderly restaurateur Mr. Wong. When she obtains no help from Cora, Angel vanishes. Although Sarah searches for the missing girl, she assumes Angel is a runaway teen. However, when Angel is found dead in a nearby alley, Sarah knows the child had an Irish lover, but not who he is. She asks her friend Detective Frank Malloy to investigate.-------------- The latest Gaslight Mystery is terrific although the whodunit comes late and enhances the deep look at early twentieth century racism in New York. The vivid story line brings home the down side of tenement living in the slums as marriages are economic necessities. The final twist will stun the audience, but it is the discerning look at life during the Gaslight era that makes Victoria Thompson¿s newest historical a must read for sub-genre fans.------------- Harriet Klausner
Carstairs38 5 months ago
After a recent close call, midwife Sarah Brandt has vowed to stay away from solving crimes and getting involved in anything dangerous. However, she is in Chinatown with the Lee family since Cora Lee is about to give birth and gets a front row to the family drama unfolding. Cora’s niece, Angel, is upset that her father has arranged a marriage for her to an older man and runs away. The family is frantic to find her because the city is no place for a fifteen-year-old to be alone. While the family does find her, she turns up dead a few days later. Sarah manages to get NYPD Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy involved in the case because she fears other police won’t care to fully investigate given who the victim was. But can Malloy figure it out? Will Sarah get involved despite her promise to stay away from murder? Once again, we are expertly transported back to 1890’s New York City. Along with our normal glimpses of life during the time period, we get to see a bit of how the Chinese were treated during the time; unfortunately, it isn’t pretty. However, the book never stops to preach at us, instead working this in during the mystery. The case itself is strong with plenty of twists to keep us entertained until the end. I thought I had a few things figured out, but I discovered I was wrong when I reached the logical ending. Sarah, in her efforts to stay out of the case, isn’t quite as involved as Frank, but she still has plenty to contribute. Both are great lead characters, and I enjoyed spending time with the regular supporting players as well as meeting the new characters introduced here. We get some advancement on a couple of on-going storylines, and it looks like one of them will be the main focus of the next in the series. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where that leads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am amazed at Victoria Thompson’s ability to create a new story line for each book. I enjoy the historical references she brings to light in her books. I am also following the budding romance between Sarah and Frank. I look forward to the next escapade.
Anntstobbs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sarah is caught up in a mystery in Chinatown. A young half-Chinese girl has disappeared. Sarah helps to locate her only to find out she has been murdered. The prejudice against Chinese immigrants plays a part in the way the murder is investigated. Of course she and Frank Malloy are again working together to find the answers. Excellent book.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy once again team up to solve a crime in Victorian era New York City. This time a young girl of Chinese and Irish parentage has been murdered. While I had determined who the murderer was about half-way through the book, there were enough red herrings to keep it interesting. One of the more interesting things that I learned in this book centered on the laws that limited Chinese immigration to the United States during this period, especially those barring women. I have already read a few short non-fiction pieces describing these laws and their impact on Chinese immigration.
madamejeanie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm always satisfied by spending a bit of time with Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy. The mystery was a bit thin in this episode, I had the killer figured out about two thirds into the book, but it's still a delight to watch these two sidle around their growing feelings for each other. By the time I get this far into a series, I'm reading it for the backstory anyway.
Kathy89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great story in this series. Sara's called to deliver a baby in Chinatown. The mother is an Irish girl married to a Chinese man from a awell-to-do family. While there the younger sister runs away because she doesn't want to marry in an arranged marriage with an older wealthy Chinese businessman. The mother asks Sarah for help who in turn goes to her friend Sargeant Malloy. Murder happens and the police become involved. Story centers around the prejudices between the white and the Chinese people, the poverty and what people do just to live.
delphimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I seem to be alternating between the West coast of Shirley Tallman and the East coast of Victoria Thompson. Both writers portray the United States during the 1890's. I am amazed to learn tidbits of information from both women. In this novel, Thompson brings up the immigration quota for the Chinese. Supposedly, only Chinese men were allowed into New York, and then the restriction was that only men that had fathers already in the United States could immigrate. This caused many "paper sons" or men that would claim a father-son relationship when none existed. Another interesting fact is that many Irish women married Chinese men. This arrangement provided the Irish women with a better life, as the Chinese were hard working and respectful, and not like the drunk and belligerent Irish husband. An interesting look at the prejudices of that era, and the growing clout of Teddy Roosevelt.
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This was the first book I read by Mrs. Thompson and I fell in love with the series. The plot was interesting. I was really enthralled at this part of American history that is hardly mentioned. I am certainly going to look for more books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book. Another winner from Victoria Thompson.
micdk More than 1 year ago
I loved the story. All of the Gaslight series is a must read!!!
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TinaMc More than 1 year ago
I picked this up as a bargain book at a BN store. It is the first Gaslight Mystery I have ever read. I recommend it to anyone looking for an easy, light mystery read. The characters are well developed and likeable (well, the main characters are likeable) and the historical aspect is woven into the story in a helpful, interesting way. It's not a case of the author being hellbent on exhibiting all the research she's put into the subject. (I'm not a fan of reading fiction only to feel like I'm being hit over the head with a boring lesson in history, science, etc.). It's entertaining and has enough twists and turns to keep you thinking...though I was able to figure things out on my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my interest but not one of those books that you can't put down.
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mareCA More than 1 year ago
I originally purchased this book because BnN had a sale with a lot of marked down books, of which this was one. I did not know the author but having read the synopsis, I thought what the heck. This is a great story. It tells you about different ethnic groups and how we try to stay together and don't really get to know people from other groups and when we do, we find they live, love, the same as we. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it regardless of your ethnicity. The surprise ending made it very much worth my while.
reader2 More than 1 year ago
It was very easy reading and had twists and turns to keep you interested. Characters are likable and would read more of her books. This was my second one and look forward to more.