Murder on Mulberry Bend

Murder on Mulberry Bend

eBook - 2003
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Sarah Brandt, a midwife in turn-of-the-century New York City, has seen more than her share of joy and sorrow, birth and death. Now she will see for the first time how the squalor of the streets can breed madness and murder ... The Prodigal Son Mission on Mulberry Bend stands as a refuge for girls who otherwise would have to live by selling the only thing they have of value-themselves. The work being done there so impresses Sarah that she volunteers to help out however she can-with clothes, with medical assistance, with the organization of a benefit dinner. And when one of the girls is found dead and refused burial because of her former life, Sarah's passion for justice is aroused. Reluctantly, Sergeant Frank Malloy agrees to look into the death, if only to keep Sarah from endangering herself by pursuing the matter. But Sarah cannot be kept out of the investigation-and just as Malloy feared, her attempts to find the cause of the unfortunate girl's death in the circumstances of her life put her in deadly danger-from an unexpected source ...
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, ©2003
ISBN: 9781440665905
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (346 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive Inc


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This is the first in the "Gaslight Mystery" series about midwife Sarah Brandt solving mysteries in turn-of-the-20th-century New York City.

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Jan 29, 2020

Midwife Sarah Brandt goes to the opera with an eligible man. Her mother is hopeful. But even if she was interested, he is still mourning the death of his wife and experiencing guilt regarding her death and their relationship. She had been volunteering at the Prodigal Son Mission--someone does mention that it opens its doors ONLY for girls!--and he wants to go and check it out, if only to learn more about Hazel's life before she died. Sarah goes too, taking some clothing as a donation. Later, she and her mother join forces with Richard Dennis, the widower, to raise money for the mission.

Then, a girl they met briefly at the mission, is killed in a park. She is wearing Sarah's clothes, and Frank Malloy is grief-stricken, thinking at first the dead girl is Sarah. Then they begin to try to find out who killed Emilia, who came out of the Italian slums near the mission. The story is filled with the antagonism Italians met in America, even from the Irish, who were discriminated against first in their turn. Even the Catholic Church doesn't give them a break. There are references to Theodore Roosevelt, police corruption, Protestant bias, prostitution, stale beer dives, organ grinders, and The Tombs. Frank finds out a little more about Tom Brandt's murder, and Sarah begins to fall in love with a little girl named Aggie.

It is relatively easy to figure out the identity of the murderer before Sarah and Frank do, but the book is certainly worth reading.


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