Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue
by Victoria Thompson
Hardback: 320 pages
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Released: November 3, 2015
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
Return to nineteenth-century New York City... Family friend Mrs. O’Neill was delighted when her daughter Una wed the seemingly wealthy and charming Randolph Pollock. She didn’t wonder why such an affluent man would want to marry a poor Irish girl, no matter how pretty she was. But now Mrs. O’Neill has a problem.
Pollock’s servants have found their employer bludgeoned to death with Una cradling his body. Rendered mute by the horror of her husband’s death, Una cannot explain what happened, so the police have charged her with murder and locked her away in the Tombs to await trial. Mrs. O’Neill would like Frank Malloy to investigate the case and save Una, yet with Frank and Sarah still on their honeymoon, it’s up to the other members of their newly formed household to do some detective work.
Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue is a historical mystery set in New York city in 1898. It's the eighteenth book in the series, but you don't need to read the previous novels to understand this one and this story didn't spoil the previous whodunits.
With the two main sleuths away on their honeymoon, it's up to their helpers to solve the mystery. It was fun to get to know these characters better. They apply what they've learned in the past to ask good questions and follow up on clues. It's a clue-based mystery. I had a good idea of whodunit about halfway through but figuring out some of the details took longer. I was surprised that there was a question which they kept bringing up which had an obvious (to me) possible answer which they overlooked until nearly the end. Otherwise they did a good job at considering the possibilities.
There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this fun and interesting historical mystery.
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