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Murder on Waverly Place (Gaslight Mystery) by Victoria Thompson
Cover Artist: Karen Chandler
Review by Beth Slater
Berkley Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425227756
Date: 02 June 2009 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Thompson’s 11th installment in her Gaslight Mystery series featuring Sarah Brandt once again takes place in the heart of London. It doesn’t, for once, make use of Sarah’s midwifery skills; skills of which her wealthy family is quite unhappy especially since she is actually using them to support herself. Sarah, however, works because the women need her and because she needs to work. But in this case, her mother has asked for her assistance, quite surprising her. Aware that her mother carries her grief deeply inside, her sister Maggie's untimely death happened quite some time ago. The request from her pragmatic and proper mother to visit a medium in order to attempt contact with the spirit of Maggie - to appeal for forgiveness - floors Sarah.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Sarah Brandt is not completely surprised when her very proper mother asks her to attend a séance. She knows that Mrs. Decker still carries great guilt over the death of her older daughter, Maggie. So Sarah accompanies her and the spiritualist does seem to contact Maggie—convincing Mrs. Decker to attend another séance.

Only this time, one of the attendees doesn't succeed in speaking to the dead—she joins them. Now, it's up to Sarah and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to protect Mrs. Decker from scandal—by determining how a woman was murdered in the pitch dark when every suspect was holding the hand of the person next to them.

(Source: Berkley)

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