Murder in Chinatown

Murder in Chinatown

Victoria Thompson / Feb 17, 2020
Murder in Chinatown Sarah Brandt finds herself involved in the secretive world of Chinatown when she is called to attend the Irish American wife of a Chinese merchant Since the United States government has prohibited Chi
  • Title: Murder in Chinatown
  • Author: Victoria Thompson
  • ISBN: 9780425222058
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sarah Brandt finds herself involved in the secretive world of Chinatown when she is called to attend the Irish American wife of a Chinese merchant Since the United States government has prohibited Chinese women from immigrating, many Chinese men in New York City have married Irish girls Although these women encounter prejudice from the white community, Sarah learns thatSarah Brandt finds herself involved in the secretive world of Chinatown when she is called to attend the Irish American wife of a Chinese merchant Since the United States government has prohibited Chinese women from immigrating, many Chinese men in New York City have married Irish girls Although these women encounter prejudice from the white community, Sarah learns that the women are quite happy with their lot in life Their mixed race children don t necessarily share their contentment, however, and when one of these girls runs away, Sarah uses her detecting skills to help her family find her When the girl is later murdered, Sarah must ask her friend, Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, for help Has someone in her family killed her for rejecting an arranged marriage with a Chinese man to elope with a penniless Irish lad Has her would be fianc killed her for dishonoring him Or has someone in her husband s family killed her because of her mixed blood Together, Frank and Sarah must learn to understand the Chinese culture before they can unravel the secrets of Chinatown and find a killer.
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      • Victoria Thompson

        Victoria Thompson is the author of the Edgar and Agatha nominated Gaslight Mystery series She was nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe Award from Mystery Writers of America in 2001, and in 2012 she received a Career Achievement Award in Mystery Writing from RT Magazine Her last five books were nominated for an Agatha Award She also contributed to the award winning writing textbook MANY GENRES ONE CRAFT and authored a short story for the anthology, SHERLOCK HOLMES IN AMERICA In her previous life, Victoria Thompson was the bestselling author of twenty historical romances She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2012, where she has been a mentor and lecturer for 16 years I became enchanted by New York City, and Greenwich Village in particular, while one of my daughters attended NYU s Tisch School of the Arts After reading many books about the village, and spending many pleasant hours dining, shopping, and just wandering the streets, I was permanently hooked Victoria Thompson is has also written 20 historical romances.


    1. Certainly, my least favorite of the series thus far I know we re talking late 19th century NYC here, however the derogatory language and treatment was a bit much to handle at times and didn t seem to be treated with any reverence Perhaps I m being sensitive here, but it just wasn t my cup of tea Additionally, it s becoming a bit tedious to have the former plot points being told to me over and over, as written for readers who may pick his one up as a standalone I will still read every book in thi [...]

    2. I don t think Victoria Thompson intended to create reverse stereotypes, but I think that s almost what she did in this Gaslight Mystery It s good to get away from the evil Chinese lurking in dark alleys, but the Chinese in this are all simple immigrants, with only one slightly tainted with criminality The men are politely spoken, decent, hard working, and kind On the other side are the Irish women who are usually portrayed as hard working, religious young women grateful for every chance they re [...]

    3. Sarah Brandt has made her uneasy way to Chinatown to deliver a baby There she meets a group of Irish women who, completely alone at Ellis Island, married Chinese men in the same predicament But even as a new century dawns, New Yorkers still cling to their own kind, scorning children of mixed races This was a big improvement over the last book in the series I loved Murder in Chinatown but like most of the other books in this series I figured this one out early on As I ve said many times before, I [...]

    4. Another excellent story about the team of Sarah Brandt, midwife, and Frank Malloy, cop This story is set in Chinatown in New York City Many Irish immigrant women married Chinese men because most of the Chinese who came here were men, not women The Irish women often preferred marrying the Chinese because it gave them a higher standard of living All those Chinese laundries we see in movies were actually very lucrative businesses Such marriages were win win for both parties the Chinese men tended t [...]

    5. Not totally sure how to feel about this one There s a fair bit of racism, but I m not 100% sure that it s all in the spirit of historical accuracy It was a decent little mystery and I didn t have trouble following along despite the fact that it was the ninth in a series, but I can t say I m eager to read the others I picked this up somewhere, for free, mostly because it s set in New York City at the turn of the nineteenth century You get a taste of tenements, the mixed salad of American immigran [...]

    6. The latest addition the Gaslight Mystery series, this book was enjoyable I felt like the author balanced the murder plot and her character development quite well It was nice to see of Maeve and Catherine and follow how they have fared under Sarah s care I think those two characters were an excellent addition to her world.I would like to see development between Sarah and Frank I realize, though, that in the timeline of the stories, they ve only known each other for little than a year, so I wil [...]

    7. This is the 9th book in the Gaslight Mystery series, set in turn of the century New York Sarah, a midwife, left her upper class life for one is meaningful teams up with detective sergeant Frank Malloy much to his dismay in solving murders This murder victim was a very young new bride, who was 1 2 Irish and 1 2 Chinese, and married a poor Irish lad instead of the older 30 , Chinese man her father had chosen Sarah is midwife to the young girls aunt, calls in Malloy to solve the crime, even as she [...]

    8. Though Sarah has promised that she would stay out of detecting, she finds herself once again in a murder case, though I d say she is in the outer parameters versus smack dab in the middle.This is the first book in which Sarah takes of a backseat and Frank is shown a bit doing his job Catherine has a nice little surprise for us by the end and Sarah and Frank s relationship is gradually moving but it is slow as molasses so it s frustrating me to no end.

    9. I almost set this book aside It was bumpy going for awhile, or it may just have been the mood I was in I had trouble getting into the story I guess that I like my mysteries to be about ordinary people in everyday locales, so when the author adds political intrigue, social justice or foreign customs to the story I find that I don t care so much.I have read the books leading up to Murder in Chinatown and some after but I didn t feel the deep involvement of Brandt or Malloy in this one As Mrs Brand [...]

    10. Early on in the story I thought I had this mystery figured out Then, of course, I was wrong I didn t figure it out until Frank did This story gave me a peek into Chinatown in turn of the century New York City That s all I ll say Don t want to accidentally put in a spoiler I don t think Frank and Sarah will ever get together Things of the heart moved slower in that era Still Recommending.

    11. This is my least favourite of the 8 books I ve read in this series What I found most interesting wasn t the plot but the intermarriages between the Chinese and the Irish.

    12. In the ninth installment of the Gaslight Mysteries, Sarah and Malloy bring us to yet another neighborhood in New York City at the end of the 19th century Chinatown Unexpectedly to me, Victoria Thompson presents a social situation at the time in which Chinese men married European immigrant women because Chinese women weren t allowed in America at the time The handful of families we meet in Murder in Chinatown are very comfortable The husbands have multiple businesses that keep their families comf [...]

    13. Ignorant and crass, just like the one before it I really wish the characters would stop being obsessed with describing female figures, even Sarah carries on about curves and ample bosoms and hips Frank is very disrespectful in his observations in most of the books, in the last one he referred to a young girl as a nice little piece Ick If the story hadn t been good, I would have given 2 stars as it was quite nauseating The words Chinese and Chinaman were overused to the point of giving me a heada [...]

    14. I have picked up many murder mystery series in the middle, so I recognize the balance an author has to tread between updating newbies on underlying threads and relationships and keeping the interest of longtime readers Even though I hadn t read any of the several previous works in this series, I felt the author erred too much on continuing to remind readers of the motivations of the protagonists, etc I really felt nothing for either the female or male protagonist, and felt their interactions wer [...]

    15. Everything was wrong with this installment of Gaslight Mysteries Glad to be in the midst of a binge, having enjoyed nine mysteries and with another ten ahead Had I waited a year or, worse, picked this up as a stand alone the flimsy story and questionable dialogue would have been enough to squelch my adoration for the series The narrator change for the audio book was downright heartbreaking Characters were given painful, stereotypical central casting accents, and our two main characters were tram [...]

    16. The 9th book in the Gaslight Mysteries by Victoria Thompson is Murder in Chinatown As with the previous books, I loved the description of the areas of NYC, of Chinatown, the tenements where many of the Irish lived, and the lower East side I found it interesting that United States had a Chinese Exclusion Act that did not allow any women in the US and the only men allowed in had to be sons of those living here, thus leading to the practice of Paper Sons The adoption of men unrelated to the adopter [...]

    17. Of all the books in the series I think this was my least favorite Overall, I love this series but this book just didn t work for me.Sarah and Malloy were enjoyable as always and I enjoyed their blossoming romance Since I am binge reading the series I don t mind that the romance moves a bit slow but if I had to wait a year for the next installment.The last book in this series looked at Italian s and Irish This book looks at the Chinese during the early 1900 s and all of the challenges they faced. [...]

    18. I love this series, I like the interaction between Sarah and Frank, they make me laugh Looking forward to book 10.

    19. This review refers to the audio version 9 Gaslight historical mystery featuring midwife Sarah Brandt and Det Sgt Frank Molloy in turn of the century New York Sarah has a patient in Chinatown, an Irish woman who s married a Chinese man, and becomes involved with their family when the daughter of one of her relatives disappears, believed to have run away to avoid an arranged marriage to an older Chinese man When Angel turns up dead some time later, Sarah helps the Lees navigate the police investig [...]

    20. I really like reading this series back to back This installment takes us to Chinatown and emphasizes the discrimination put upon the Chinese residents by the government I never knew that many Irish women and girls married Chinese men, nor about paper sons or how respectful Chinamen were to their wives You can feel the tension that a young man might feel with a Chinese father and Irish mother The boy wants to feel American and dress and act and look like the typical caucasian New Yorker, yet he h [...]

    21. Sarah Brandt, Mid Wife, and Frank Molloy, Detective Sergeant of the NYC police, are brought together in this 9th novel as a new baby is born to an Irish American Wife and Chinese Man The Mother s niece goes missing when her Father demands her marriage to a man in his 40 s The girl is fifteen We learn in this insightful novel that the Chinese were not allowed to immigrate with their wives or any women So, nature being nature, the Irish girls were attracted to the men, who were hard workers, excep [...]

    22. Sarah Brandt is a midwife who is attending a birth in Chinatown She finds turmoil in the apartments of the Chinese family she is caring for A 15 year old half Chinese girl is upset because her family is demanding that she marry a 40 year old Chinese man who will take care of her in a world where anyone who is even half Chinese will be mistreated The young girl runs away to be with the young man she loves and is found dead shortly thereafter.Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy begins to investigate t [...]

    23. Sarah Brandt can not stop getting herself caught up in murders no matter how hard she tries to do so This time she delivers a baby in Chinatown All is well until a family member goes missing Angel is 15, not street smart and she has run away to avoid an arranged marriage Still, it is none of Sarah s business and she has no intentions of changing that.UntilMaeve suggests Angels friends know than they are saying and since Angel s mother and the new mother are both so upset over her running away, [...]

    24. Sarah is called to deliver the baby of an Irish woman who is married to a Chinese businessman She finds that Angel Lee, the daughter of a Chinese Irish family, has disappeared Sarah finds the girl murdered and she and Frank Malloy are on the case This story again shows the prejudice of immigrants in the New World Chinese women were not allowed to immigrate so Chinese men would often find Irish women to marry The women were taken out of the tenements that they hated and given a better life but on [...]

    25. 3.5, I liked it than average but it wasn t such a great quality to warrant higher stars when I was at times a bit annoyed while reading I liked the characters and the feel of the plot and setting, but I felt like it was a little too obvious at times plus she was inserting a bit of modern morals into the past regarding marriage and immigrants The ninth book isn t the best way to be introduced to a series, the writing often declines over time, so I d like to check out the first one to see if it s [...]

    26. These are definitely books that you can enjoy quickly Once again the different immigrant groups are at odds but not the Irish vs the Italians The Chinese are a major immigrant group that is Chinese men as anti immigrant laws have kept Chinese women from moving to the U.S and Chinese men have to use the subterfuge of being the sons of Chinese men already in the U.S to get in as well So some of the Chinese men especially the prosperous ones have found wives with Irish women who are willing to be l [...]

    27. I seem to be alternating between the West coast of Shirley Tallman and the East coast of Victoria Thompson Both writers portray the United States during the 1890 s I am amazed to learn tidbits of information from both women In this novel, Thompson brings up the immigration quota for the Chinese Supposedly, only Chinese men were allowed into New York, and then the restriction was that only men that had fathers already in the United States could immigrate This caused many paper sons or men that wo [...]

    28. Midwife, Sarah Brandt, is called all over the city to deliver babies, including areas where proper ladies would not travel un escorted When she is called to Chinatown to deliver the baby of an Irish woman married to a Chinese, she doesn t hesitate to go it is, after all, what she does When the niece of the new mother goes missing, Sarah finds it difficult to sit idly by and not offer some assistance to help find her When the young girl is found murdered, Sarah knows the only way this murder has [...]

    29. A young chinese irish girl, Angel Lee is murdered She had eloped with a young Irishman to avoid marrying an older, wealthy Chinese man, a friend of her fathers She incurs the wrath of her family mother, father and brother and is disliked by her Irish in laws But who could dislike her so much they would want to get rid of her There is one witness and she swears that she saw a Chinese man murder Angel Others feel that Angel s jilted fiance, Mr Wong may have done it.but then there is her brother an [...]

    30. I find this mystery series the ideal in between book from the book club books They are engaging but not overly challenging I love trying to solve the mysteries The ongoing love story between Frank and Sarah is a delightful thread through the books.I like how she writes about traits of the various cultures as they come to NY city and settle In this story she informed the reader that due to immigration laws Chinese men were allowed to move here but the females were not Because of this the Chinese [...]

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