Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Murder on Bedford Street - Historical Mystery Review

Goodreads: Murder on Bedford Street (Gaslight Mystery #26) by Victoria Thompson

Rating:  Really Liked It! (4.5 Stars)
Source:   Publisher

Description:  Hugh Breedlove is far from the most agreeable client private investigator Frank Malloy has ever had, but his case is impossible to refuse: his young niece, Julia, has been wrongfully committed to an insane asylum by her cruel and unfaithful husband, Chet Longly. Though Breedlove and his wife seem more interested in protecting the family reputation than their niece’s safety, Frank and Sarah agree to help for the sake of Julia and the young son she left behind.

Frank and Sarah’s investigation reveals a dark secret—a maid at the Longly home died suspiciously under Chet’s watch, and now it seems Julia’s son might also be in danger. The Malloys fear they are dealing with a man more dangerous than they had anticipated, one who will do anything to defame his wife. But all is not as it seems in the Longly family, and perhaps another monster is hiding in plain sight....

Genre: Mystery - Historical

Why I Picked This Book:  I really enjoy this series so of course I had to pick this one up!

My Impression:  This is one of my favorite series for a very good reason.  Right from the start I was pulled in and the scene where Sarah explains how a sane woman could end up incarcerated into an asylum gave me absolute chills.   

The mystery in this book isn't so much a whodunnit but more of a digging into secrets and motivations and separating fact from rumor.  Maeve takes a starring role here and definitely proves herself  as being able to take care of herself and a capable investigator.  I changed my mind about a dozen times as to just what was going on and couldn't wait to watch Frank, Sarah, Gino, and Maeve get it all sorted out.

I love seeing Sarah's parents.   Not only are they incredibly helpful in investigations but I love how much their grandchildren.  As well I also enjoyed seeing Sarah step into her midwife profession again.  While that is a huge aspect of who Sarah is it frequently falls by the wayside of murder investigations.  

This is a solid read with characters you can't help but connect with and an interesting mystery involving sorting truth from lies and good from evil.  

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Definitely!  I will always grab the next book in the series and am looking forward to going back to the start and reading the earlier books I've missed.

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you enjoy historical mysteries this is a series you shouldn't miss!

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. Great review! Your points about how the grandchildren are loved and Sarah's midwife profession are awesome. I was glad to see Sarah and Frank work this one as well as Maeve going undercover. I will say I have not warmed too much to Gino. He doesn't seem to have skills on the caliber of the others. But I love these stories. This one was twisty in what was really happening.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  2. I truly need to try this author. Wonderful review Katherine!

  3. Sounds excellent, not familiar with this series but when I see 4.5 stars and read your review I know I'd find it attractive.

  4. Such a pleasant cover for a murder mystery. 😌