by Victoria Thompson
This is the 22nd book in the Gaslight Mystery series and it is absolutely wonderful. While other series sometimes drag a bit after this many installments, this one just continues to entertain. Although the characters continue to evolve, they never lose the traits that originally made them so enjoyable. As the book begins, Sarah (a midwife) and her husband Frank (a former police detective) are celebrating by ringing in the new year (1900) at Trinity Church in NYC. They notice the father of a neighbor and he is acting rather strangely. They attempt to help him and offer him a ride home, but he refuses. The next morning they learn that he was murdered and found near the church. The daughter of the victim asks Frank and Sarah to investigate her father’s death. They uncover many interesting details about the man’s private life, family and business practices. The reader is taken along on the adventure and it is quite a ride.