Murder on Astor Place

Murder on Astor Place

Book - 1999
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After a routine delivery, midwife Sarah Brandt visits her patient in a rooming house and discovers that another boarder, a young girl, has been killed. At the request of Sergeant Frank Malloy, she searches the girl's room, and discovers that the victim is from one of the most prominent families in New York and the sister of an old friend. The powerful family, fearful of scandal, refuses to permit an investigation. But with Malloy's help, Sarah begins a dangerous quest to bring the killer to justice before death claims another victim.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Berkley Prime Crime, c1999.
ISBN: 9780425168967
0425168964
Branch Call Number: Fic Thom
Characteristics: 278 p. ; 17 cm.

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If you feel like an escape from today's world, read this well written, believable series. An independent woman in early 1900s New York City teams up with what may be the only honest police detective. They fight for social just for all victims of crime.

IndyPL_DorieneS Jan 29, 2019

This first title in an ongoing series about a midwife in turn-of-the-century NYC reveals a fascinating look at the difference in the lives of different classes, and the rampant corruption of the police department. Sarah has been disowned after marrying "beneath her," and now that she is a widow, she supports herself by delivering babies. She sees all strata of society, and also much injustice. But investigating crime is difficult when the police department's interest is dependent on the size of the bribes they receive.

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maipenrai
Oct 16, 2016

FIRST IN SERIES - Midwife Sarah Brandt and Sergeant Malloy

Silvilein Feb 29, 2016

call the midwife meets murdoch mysteries. very pleasant.

CMLibrary_csmith Feb 06, 2016

Fans of cozy and historical mysteries will enjoy this one! Very atmospheric in its setting of New York City in the late 1800s/early 1900s. Midwife Sarah Brandt and Sergeant Malloy, while an unlikely pair, team up to try to solve crimes. At a time when cops are corrupt and bribery/payoffs are common practice, Malloy works to solve the mystery on his own accord, even when others want the investigation to end.

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