Do you like to read books that set in a certain city, state, or country? Do you ever find a town in a book that just calls your name and you can't wait to tell someone about it?
Well here is the place to spotlight the book we are currently reading with my new meme Traveling Through Tuesday!
What are your favorite settings in books? What location would you love to visit?
A huge thank you to Jen over at Crazy For Books for this wonderful NEW meme idea!
As many of you know by now, my favorite place to escape to is turn-of-the-century New York City. So, when I found Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mystery series, I was giddy with excitement! I knew when I saw the title of the first book, Murder on Astor Place that I was going to love this series. It did not disappoint. Sarah Brandt is a widowed midwife living in Greenwich Village at the turn-of-the-century. She comes from "old money" - her family is one of Mrs. Astor's "four hundred". However, since Sarah has trained to become a midwife, her parents have all but disowned her (someone of her social status should NOT have such a lowly job!). While on a follow-up visit to a young girl who's given birth in a boarding house, Sarah finds out that one of the other boarders, also a member of Mrs. Astor's "four hundred", has been murdered. To get to the bottom of the murder, Sergeant Frank Malloy is going to need the help of one of society's own to get to the people and places that the police don't normally have access to. Malloy begrudgingly enlists Sarah's help to get close to the monied family of the victim - the police were not respected members of the community in that time, and were known for taking bribes to solve crimes. But Malloy isn't like the other coppers. Which is why Sarah inevitably ends up falling for him. From the tenements of the lower East Side, to the marble mansions of Fifth Avenue, Victoria Thompson takes the reader on a historical journey through gaslit Manhattan. The details are nothing short of amazing. Finishing the first book left me salivating for the next installment, Murder on St. Mark's Place. So far, there are eleven titles in the Gaslight Mystery series, (each one better than the last) giving us a tour of old New York, visiting such places as Little Italy, Gramercy Park, and Chinatown; all the while cementing the characters of Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy deeply into our minds. Not surprisingly, all eleven titles are on my "KEEP" shelf, as will any other title that Ms. Thompson decides to add to this most enjoyable series. Keep 'em coming!
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