Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Murder in Rose Hill - Historical Mystery Review

Goodreads:  Murder in Rose Hill (A Gaslight Mystery #27) by Victoria Thompson

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

Description:  Sarah Malloy has just helped with the delivery of a bouncing baby girl at her women’s clinic, when she receives a visit from an engaging and determined young woman writing an article for New Century Magazine. Louisa Rodgers explains that she is researching the dangers of patent remedies. Sarah is only too happy to tell Louisa exactly what she thinks of the so-called medicines whose ingredients include heavy doses of alcohol and other addictive drugs, and hurt much more than they help.

A few days later, Sarah receives a visit from a bereft Bernard Rodgers, who explains that his daughter, Louisa, has been found strangled in the lobby of the building where New Century has its offices. The police have decided it was a random attack and have made no attempt to investigate, hinting that Louisa got what she deserved for sticking her nose where it didn’t belong. Sarah wants justice for the bright young woman but as she and Frank delve deeper into Louisa’s life, they find that nothing is quite as it seemed and Louisa is not who she claimed to be. The Malloys must first solve the mystery of Louisa’s life before they can figure out who wanted to see her dead…

Genre: Mystery - Historical

Why I Picked This Book:  I absolutely love this series so of course I had to pick up the newest book in the series.

My Impression: I thoroughly enjoyed this newest entry into the gaslight mystery series.  Sarah, Malloy, Gino, and Maeve are my favorite investigative team with each person bring a different perspective and understanding to the investigation.  Gino had a fairly small role but we saw a lot of Frank, Sarah, Maeve and much to my delight even Sarah's parents.  I have yet to read the early books in the series but at least in the later books Sarah's parents have been my favorite side characters as is Frank's mother.

The mystery was a good one.  I was fascinated and somewhat horrified by the information on patent medicine and how people tended to take them.  But did Louisa's article on these patent medicines cause her murder?  And just who was Louisa really?  She's painted as a saint and terrible person so someone has to be lying.

This series just keeps getting better.  The characters are solid, the relationships are evolving in an authentic feeling way, and the mysteries typically pull aspects of the timeperiod that I know very little about.  The more I read the more I like this series and I can't wait for the next book!  

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Absolutely!  I really enjoy this series and am looking forward to going back and reading the earlier books as well as looking out for the newest book.

Would I Recommend this Book? If you enjoy mysteries - especially if you like historical mysteries - this series is a must read!

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


  1. I love these too. I always make sure to read the author's notes as they are always fascinating with the historical facts. Great review!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  2. I have some of the books in this series on my TBR. I have to get to them soon. It looks like a great series.

  3. I love these characters and this series! And I'm looking forward to checking out this latest one. (And Sarah's parents always make me laugh, especially her mother.)

  4. While I can't afford (timewise) to pick up another series this one does sound very good.

  5. My preordered has arrived. Can't wait to dive into it.