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To ask other readers questions about Murder on Waverly Place , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Murder on Waverly Place. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 27, Melisa rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , mystery. Another great installment of the Gaslight Mystery series! Throw in some Victorian seances in the pitch dark, no less! As always, Another great installment of the Gaslight Mystery series!

As always, Victoria Thompson does a great job of developing the characters and having the reader get to know them a bit better. View all 14 comments. Nov 09, Phrynne rated it really liked it Shelves: books. I love a good historical mystery and so far in eleven books, Victoria Thompson , has not let me down. In Murder on Waverly Place we learn a lot about seances and discover the history of the flashlight as well as enjoying a good story about Frank, Sarah et al. This is a short, fast book which is mostly about the case itself.

Mrs Decker and Maeve get the most character development - Maeve in particular has made huge progress since the early books. She is now a character to reckon with. Sarah admits I love a good historical mystery and so far in eleven books, Victoria Thompson , has not let me down. Sarah admits to herself that she loves a policeman but neither of them actively does anything about it. One day Nice to know I am still only about half way throught the series. Lots of reading pleasure still to go!

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View 2 comments. Sarah Brandt receives a strange request from her mother, Elizabeth Brandt. She wants Sarah to accompany her to a seance led by a spiritualist who was being vouched for by a friend. Flabbergasted, Sarah agrees but is alarmed at some of the things that happened during the session and makes her mother promise not to attend anymore. But, once her motivations were revealed, I understood completely and settled into this strange and curious story.

It was challenging trying to figure out if Madam Serafina was the real deal and had special gifts while attempting to unearth the identity of the killer. If you pay close attention, the clues are all there to solve both. I enjoyed this story, which was a bit of a departure from the rest but still containing some interesting factoids i. Everyone has a role, including Maeve and Mrs. Decker was a bonus! Nov 25, Robin rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery , When Sarah Brandt's mother, Mrs. Decker from any scandal. With the help of Sarah, Frank discovers that all of the attendees were sitting in the dark holding hands while Madam Serafina called up the spirits.

Since everyone was holding hands, Frank and Sarah need to figure out how someone entered the d When Sarah Brandt's mother, Mrs. Since everyone was holding hands, Frank and Sarah need to figure out how someone entered the dark room and killed on of the attendees without anyone noticing. Another good addition to the Gaslight Mysteries series.


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Every one of the suspects had reasons for wanting the victim dead. We just had to figure out which one really used a stiletto to end a life while everyone else was oblivious. My rating: 4 Stars. View all 4 comments. Jul 08, Amanda McGill rated it liked it Shelves: Another good read in the Gaslight Mystery series. I really like how Sarah's mother was involved and even got Sarah and Malloy involved in the murder.

It was interesting to see how spiritualists were viewed in the early s and who would go and see them. Murder on Waverly Place 3 Stars When Sarah's mother, Elizabeth Decker, becomes involved with a psychic medium and finds herself at the scene of a murder, she immediately calls on Detective Frank Malloy for assistance. But how will Sarah and Malloy uncover the killer when all of the suspects at the seance were holding hands?

Unfortunately, this is one of the weakest installments in the series. It took longer to get into the story as the mystery isn't all that interesting and the characters are very Murder on Waverly Place 3 Stars When Sarah's mother, Elizabeth Decker, becomes involved with a psychic medium and finds herself at the scene of a murder, she immediately calls on Detective Frank Malloy for assistance. It took longer to get into the story as the mystery isn't all that interesting and the characters are very unappealing.

Moreover, both Sarah and her mother behave in ways that are inconsistent with their characterization.

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It is difficult to believe that the sensible and practical Mrs. Decker would become involved with a psychic, and that Sarah would invite this obvious charlatan into her home especially considering past events. The most disappointing aspect of this book and the previous one is the direction Thompson appears to be moving in with regard to Maeve's character. She seems to be removing Sarah from the action and having Maeve take her place, which is not at all appealing.

Finally, there is no development in Sarah and Malloy's slow burn romance, and it is more than past time for something more definite to happen here. Hopefully, the next installment will be better. At the end of the previous book, Murder on Bank Street, Sarah, in a round-about way, pretty much confesses how she feels about Malloy. I was really hoping to get more of that in this book, but unfortunately at the start of Murder on Waverly Place they haven't seen each other for weeks and we are not filled in on anything that did or didn't happen at the end of the last book. Did he kiss her?

Did they say more than that to each other? I was dying to know! All we get regarding their relationship are a few thoughts from each of them. Sarah's thoughts acknowledge that she is in love with Malloy, and Malloy's thoughts are more in line with fighting and ignoring his feelings for Sarah because they don't belong to the same class.

I will say that is the only disappointing thing about this book. The mystery was very good and kept me guessing. Mystery-wise I would say this is one of the best in the series so far. Review also posted at Writings of a Reader Oct 18, Mo rated it liked it Shelves: series , 0-dl-tb , A lot of this book felt like "fill" to me. Nov 12, Charlene rated it really liked it Shelves: adult-themes , friends-tbr-lists , group-read , mothers-daughters , search-ohio , follow-this-series , friends-recommendations , historical-fiction , law-enforcement , mystery. A "closed room" murder mystery; how did the hostess of the seance get murdered?

Interesting about all the rich wives whose husbands did not want them spending money on this kind of activity; also the young man who is frantic to make money for salacious purposes. I think there is a thread of this story that is a bit of a cliff-hanger, but not sure I'm in for the duration of the group reading this series! Very good Victorian New York; different neighborhoods with different immigrant populations, A "closed room" murder mystery; how did the hostess of the seance get murdered?

Very good Victorian New York; different neighborhoods with different immigrant populations, in addition to older, wealthier established areas of the city. Jul 23, Ellie rated it really liked it Shelves: cozy , series , nyc , fiction. Sarah Brandt is a midwife somewhat estranged from her wealthy family. The writing is terrific, the characters engaging and the relationships interesting and believable. The action is well-paced and the writer uses a gentle humor that is very effective.

My only complaint about this installment the first of the series I have read is that I would have loved more physical details about p Murder on Waverly Place by Victoria Thompson is one in a series of mysteries set in 19th century New York City. My only complaint about this installment the first of the series I have read is that I would have loved more physical details about place-I was attracted to the series by the titles which are all of places that are very familiar to me. However, that one quibble aside, I loved the book and recommend it to readers of historical cozies.

Jul 13, Tracey rated it it was amazing. I really enjoyed this one. Fast moving and interesting. Mar 29, A. Shelves: mystery-reads , historical-fiction. But in a setting known for parlor tricks, darkness, and overall a mysterious atmosphere, just add murder to it and you've got a shiver up and down your spine whether you're really scared or not.


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  • As a book to follow the big book 10 on solving Tom Brandt's murder, this was a good follow-up, although I was disappointed that there was almost no development in Frank and Sarah's relationship. I'm glad that they've gotten past the "don't get involved in my business" stage of bickering and are now just resigned to the inevitable clash of their two professions, but still, romance-wise I think it's getting a bit tiresome for Ms.

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    Thompson to hold off quite so much. The longer you hold off on something, the bigger the expectations become, and thus the more opportunity for your audience to either lose interest or be disappointed. Luckily, it's not just the romance element that interests me about this series, although it would be great to get more of that in the upcoming books. Since the summaries of the books make it clear that Frank and Sarah are eventually going to get together, this leaves me with just one burning question that the books must answer: HOW?

    Good thing I can read on to the next book right away instead of waiting for the one-book-per-year publication of this series, eh? Well, that being said, on to the next one! Another Gaslight mystery instalment which I enjoyed! This time I didn't figured out who did until the very end! I liked Sarah's mother involvement and her interactions with all the characters! I love Sarah and Frank and can't wait for them to get together! Sarah was investigating alongside Malloy which I always find pleasurable and missed in the previous story! I really love this series and I'm not tired of it after reading so far and all the characters still remain so very likable and it's delightf Another Gaslight mystery instalment which I enjoyed!

    I really love this series and I'm not tired of it after reading so far and all the characters still remain so very likable and it's delightful because I can't say that about other series I've read so far! This is the eleventh book in the Gaslight Mysteries series by Victoria Thompson. Now, one of her friends has introduced her to Madame Serafina and the world of seances. Unwilling to go without support, and desperate not to involve her husband, she asks Sarah to join her. Sarah is suspicious from the beginning but feels better going with her mother to make certain she won't be taken advantage of.

    I like the series and while figuring out who the murderer was is not the hardest thing to do, in this case I couldn't figure out how the crime was actually committed. I also love seeing Sarah's mother, Mrs. Decker, transition over the past few books. She's an engaging character and the perfect person to focus this story around. Murder on Waverly Place is a very entertaining entry in this series. I always enjoy the exchanges between Sarah and New York City policeman Frank Malloy when they solve a mystery together.

    The author provides historical details that add authenticity to the story. I enjoy the secondary characters, particularly Maeve, and hope Frank finds a way to use her in his future investigations. The supernatural element adds a bit of intrigue and any fan of the series will enjoy this one. It can definitely be read as a standalone, as well. Dec 18, Janet rated it it was amazing. I always enjoy the Gaslight Mysteries and this was an especially intriguing one if you have any interest in psychics. The Victorian spiritualist movement was very popular at the time and the author has given us a glimpse into not only the possible motives of people running the "scam" but the desperate "clients" who were taken in as well.

    Who could have killed the woman they all hated in the dark while still holding hands? Malloy and Sarah are as usual, productive partners and even involve Sarah' I always enjoy the Gaslight Mysteries and this was an especially intriguing one if you have any interest in psychics. Malloy and Sarah are as usual, productive partners and even involve Sarah's wealthy, society mother. One of my favorites of the series but I do really love them all! Feb 22, Karen rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-mystery. This has been a great series that delivers book after book with this one as no exception - Victorian NYC comes to life once again through socialite turned midwife Sarah Brandt and Irish cop Frank Malloy and while I wasn't particularly entranced by the mystery in this one, the historic details and characters make up for it.

    Looking forward to the next one, though I would have given 3. Mar 21, Danielle Gonzalez rated it it was amazing. This series continues to be fantastic. I like seeing more of Sarah's mother, and it shows where Sarah gets her tenacity. The characters were engaging, the story was interesting. I continue to thoroughly enjoy this series.

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    Dec 22, Mitzi rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery. Wonderful book. I would call this "old style gothic", these are hard to come by these days. If you like mysteries, seances, a little of the occult you will love this book. Anne Waverley does. And in all the clashes between authority and religion, children are the most inflammatory of all the areas of concern. Particularly when the community under investigation has settled in such inaccessible places as the high desert near Sedona and a mysterious and remote English garden s….

    What the government needs is a trained, sensitive, fair-minded individual with the ability to blend invisibly into the group under investigation. A woman, say, who knows her religion both academically and personally. I was able to imagine this as all too possible and, in the past ten years, there have, of course, been cases coming to light which echo this. Having said that, for sheer story-telling powers, this was, for me, the book that has stood out over all the intervening years as No. One daft question for Laurie, though — was there a particular reason why the UK edition had the different title?

    Which is very resonant, by the way — Birth of a New Moon. If I recall, we even had the publication ahead of the US edition!

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    Harper did a beautiful cover design, too — could this go on the site? Another serious-minded book and another of my favorites. Some of the best writing comes from authors dealing with subject matter with which they are deeply conversant and profoundly immersed in. Religious fanaticism, and its fallout, are topics which fascinate and often appall me, but they are important topics, imho.

    Thank you, Laurie! It did seem like the book ended extremely abruptly. Please do!!!! I do hope there will be a follow up at least of this wonderful book. I love them all and am gradually working through them one after the other. Thank you so much for the wonderful books, I have a lot of favourite authors but you have rocketed to the top spot. Any plans for a reappearance? I would love to write a sequel to Darker Place, indeed. Maybe I can talk my publishers into one after the next Russell….

    I hope you will write a follow-up novel on Anne Waverly. Please tell us what happened to Anne after the end of the book.