Order of Gaslight Mysteries Books
The Gaslight Mysteries is a series of historical mystery novels by American author Victoria Thompson. The series is set in turn-of-the-century New York City. The main character of the series is Sarah Brandt, a midwife, who gets assistance from Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to solve mysteries that she happens across.
Victoria Thompson debuted her Gaslight Mysteries series in 1999 with the novel Murder on Astor Place. The series is currently ongoing, with a new novel being published at a pace of once per year. Below is a list of Victoria Thompson’s Gaslight Mysteries books in order of when they were first released (which is also their chronological order):
Publication Order of Gaslight Mysteries Books
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Gaslight Mysteries Synopses: The first in Victoria Thompson’s Gaslight Mysteries series is entitled Murder on Astor Place. On a visit to a patient, midwife Sarah Brandt finds young girl’s body. At Sgt. Frank Malloy’s request, she searches the room and finds out that the victim is from a prominent New York family and is also an old friend’s sister. Out of fear of a potential scandal, the family refuses any investigation, but Sarah goes on her own investigation with the help of Sgt. Malloy in order to find the murderer before another person is killed.
The second book in the Gaslight Mysteries is Murder on St. Mark’s Place. Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy are witness to birth, death and murder.
Third in Victoria Thompson’s Gaslight Mysteries, Sarah Brandt shows up at Edmund Blackwell’s house at Malloy’s request to find his wife in labour and Edmund dead from what appears to have been a suicide. However, the evidence points towards something other than suicide to Malloy – murder. The delivery is successful, but the baby gets sick. Sarah is able to use her training and intuition in order to find out what’s wrong with the newborn, but discovers a trail of greed, deception and desire.