Murder on Pleasant Avenue: A Gaslight Mystery

Victoria Thompson. Berkley Prime Crime, $26 (336p) ISBN 978-1-9848-0574-4
In Edgar finalist Thompson’s cleverly plotted 23rd whodunit set in early 20th-century New York City (after 2019’s Murder on Trinity Place), PI Frank Malloy and his partner, Gino Donatelli, are approached by Donatelli’s sister-in-law, Teo, who’s distraught over the kidnapping of Jane Harding. Miss Harding, who worked at the Daughters of Hope Mission, an East Harlem settlement house with which Malloy’s wife was once involved, disappeared after being stopped by an unidentified man on the street. Teo fears that the Black Hand, a notorious criminal organization, has abducted Miss Harding for ransom. The gang recently kidnapped the wife of the employer of Teo’s husband, only releasing her after a month in captivity when the extortionate payment was raised. The efforts to rescue Miss Harding lead to a murder under circumstances that implicate Donatelli, forcing his friends to solve the crime to absolve him. Thompson makes effective use of real-life figures, such as Joseph Petrosino, one of the NYPD’s first Italian officers. Fans of husband-and-wife sleuthing partners such as Thomas and Charlotte Pitt will be pleased. Agent: Agent: Nancy Yost, Nancy Yost Literary. (Apr.)
Reviewed on : 01/30/2020
Release date: 04/28/2020
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Mass Market Paperbound - 336 pages - 978-1-9848-0575-1
Library Binding - 500 pages - 978-1-64358-641-0
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