A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Murder on Wall Street by Victoria Thompson- Feature and Review



Midwife Sarah Brandt Malloy and her detective husband, Frank, must discover who killed a prominent—but despised—society banker before an innocent family is destroyed in Murder on Wall Street, an all-new Gaslight Mystery in the USA Today bestselling series.

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.



Murder on Wall Street (Gaslight Mystery, #24)Murder on Wall Street by Victoria Thompson
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! 😁



Edgar® Nominated author Victoria Thompson writes the Edgar and Agatha Award nominated Gaslight Mystery Series, set in turn-of-the-century New York City and featuring midwife Sarah Brandt, and the Sue Grafton Award nominated Counterfeit Lady Series set in early twentieth century New York City and featuring con artist Elizabeth Miles. She also contributed to the award winning writing textbook MANY GENRES/ONE CRAFT. A popular speaker, Victoria teaches in the Seton Hill University master's program in writing popular fiction. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and a very spoiled little dog.

"Thompson’s command of period detail and her insight into such issues as the era’s blatant sexism put her in the forefront of historical mystery writers." --Publishers Weekly

“Thompson’s fans have been able to witness her fine ensemble cast grow and mellow through time….The stories continue to be engrossing and rich in historical detail as each illuminates another corner of the metropolis.” – Booklist

"Don't miss City of Lies, an exciting story of intrigue, deception and love --" --Catherine Coulter, Author of Insidious

"Suffragists, socialites, grifters, and goons at the last gasp of the Gilded Age. This is how to start a series! Thompson brings an irresistible heroine onstage, backs her up with a terrific cast of sidekicks, and delivers a rattling good plot. There's rich thread of US history skillfully woven in too. I loved it." --Catriona McPherson, bestselling author of the multi-award-winning Dandy Gilver series.

"Completely captivating! Clever, engaging and romantic, this unlikely suffragette will have you cheering her courage--and eagerly awaiting her next adventure. Loved it."--Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark award wining author


  1. I so love this series! Wonderful review, Julie💜 It was a pleasant surprise to see that Jack & Jocelyn got a story.

    1. Thanks so much, Jonetta! This one of favorite series, as well!


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.