Reformed gangster Jack Robinson is working hard to bolster his image in Gilded Age New York City society as he prepares to become a new father. But when Hayden Norcross, the man who nearly ruined his wife, is shot in cold blood, Jack knows the police will soon come knocking on his door. Frank Malloy has to agree—things don’t look good for Jack. But surely a man as unlikeable as Hayden had more than a few enemies. And it’s soon clear that plenty of the upper echelon as well as the denizens of the most squalid areas of the city seem to have hated him.
Sarah and Frank have their work cut out for them. As the daughter of the elite Decker family, Sarah has access to the social circles Hayden frequented, and the more she learns about his horrific treatment of women, the more disturbed she becomes. And as Frank investigates, he finds that Hayden had a host of unsavory habits that may have hastened his demise. But who finally killed him? Sarah and Frank must put the pieces together quickly before time runs out and Jack’s hard-won new life and family are ripped apart.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Murder on Wall Street by Victoria Thompson is a 2021 Berkley publication.
The former gangster, Jack Robinson, makes an encore appearance in this 24th installment in the Gaslight Mystery series. After marrying Jocelyn, a woman who became pregnant after a sexual assault, Jack discovers that not only will he benefit from her social connections, but he might also really love her.
But, when Jocelyn’s attacker- Hayden Norcross- is murdered- Jack is worried that he could be a suspect, which prompts him to hire Frank to find the real killer….
A terrific installment in this long-running series!!
I was thrilled to see Jack and Jocelyn again and thought the plot highlighted the limited choices of women in this era, as well as delving into the underworld of opium dens and investment banking.
The mystery is solid and kept me guessing until I was deep into the book. I did have some suspicions but was still surprised by the way things turned out.
Naturally, I’ve become attached to the recurring characters and am always happy to touch base with them. The more time I spend with Gino and Maeve, the more I like them- especially Maeve. She’s a real hoot.
The historical elements are, as always, very interesting and well- researched. This book, with a little help from the author’s note, has prompted me to do some further research and reading about investment banking.
Overall, this was a strong addition to the series! I just wish the wait time between installments wasn’t so long! 😁
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