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Victoria Thompson

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Before she started writing mysteries, Victoria Thompson began her career writing romance novels. She published over twenty romance novels and even served on the board of directors of the Romance Writers of America. A popular speaker and teacher, Victoria Thompson currently lives with her family in Pennsylvania and teaches fiction writing at Seton Hill University. She also gives seminars on writing fiction to groups all over the country.

What she writes: Victoria writes historical mysteries featuring midwife Sarah Brandt and New York Police Detective Frank Malloy. This unusual duo meets in the first case, Murder on Astor Place, in which Frank is investigating the murder of a pregnant woman from the upper crust of New York society. The setting of late 19th-century New York City comes brilliantly to life in this series and the author is able to explore the diverse social issues of the day through the mysteries that Sarah and Frank solve. Sarah is a strong heroine and, because of her unusual background and occupation, she is able to move freely through all levels of society. These facts about Sarah both annoy and fascinate Detective Malloy and their great chemistry is one of the more interesting aspects of the series.


List of works
Gaslight series
  Murder on Astor Place (1999) Murder on Lenox Hill (2005)
  Murder on St. Mark's Place (2000) Murder in Little Italy (2006)
  Murder on Gramercy Park (2001) Murder in Chinatown (2007)
  Murder on Washington Square (2002) Murder on Bank Street (2008)
  Murder on Mulbery Bend (2003) Murder on Waverly Place (2009)
  Murder on Marble Row (2004) Murder on Lexington Avenue (2010)


Edgar Allan Poe Award Nomination for Murder on St. Mark's Place.

What the critics say
"Thompson vividly recreates the gas-lit world of old New York." - Publishers Weekly
"...atmosphere-drenched historical series..." - Booklist
"Fans of Anne Perry will certainly enjoy this Americanized look at class differences in turn-of-the-century New York and superior sleuthing." - Library Journal
"...Thompson's Gaslight Mystery series provides a fascinating window into a bygone era." - Kirkus


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