With the adoption of Catherine the young orphan she s been raising for almost two years and who views both of them as parents They run into a major legal obstacle reuiring them to first get approval from actor Parnell Vaughn the man who was married to Catherine s mother at the time of her birth even though he isn t her biological father When they approach Vaughn his conniving fianc e asks for money even though he s than willing to give them rights without conditions Frank agrees and returns with the legal documents only to find the man beaten to death Unfortunately for Frank he becomes the prime suspect for the murder The backdrop is the theatrical world and solving the murder is complicated by having to investigate and interview people whose livelihoods are based on how well they can convince you they re someone else The list of suspects are all part of this world and it s hard to tell when they re lying or telling the truth I certainly couldn t But the real substance of the story is the developing sense of family created by Sarah and Frank They re surrounded by extended family and friends deepening relationships through the new investigation agency and women s clinic There are moments of humor and tenderness that bring something different to this series I liked this story though the discussions around the many theories were tiresome at times But the family and friendship themes infused with lots of humor made this story special Frank has a few precious moments that ust warmed my heart Combined they make this series a wonderful place to return There s a bit of theater in all of usFrank and Sarah Malloy are the mainstay characters of Victoria Thompson s Gaslight Mystery series We re now entering 21 and I ve been locked in since the very beginning and always will beOur newly married couple have been through uite a lot of adventures and missh. T the last minute the newlyweds discover that Parnell Vaughn Catherine's legal father has a claim on the child and his grasping fiancée is demanding a financial settlement to relinuish parental rights Even though exchanging money for a child is illegal Frank and Sarah's love for Catherine drives them to comply When Frank returns with the money and finds Vaughn beaten to death all evidence
Aps throughout the years and Victoria Thompson carves out very creative scenarios for them Sarah has taken her midwifery skills to a higher level and is now opening a renovated birthing center in New York City Frank has left behind his fine honed career as a police officer and is venturing out in his own detective business But their backgrounds won t prepare them for the next dilemma that awaitsThe enterprising duo wish to adopt their young charge Catherine who has been in their care for some time But legalities stand on terra firma as their lawyer explains that this adoption will not be as cut and dry as they first thought They must locate Catherine s legal but wayward father to give up his parental rights Parnell Vaughan has spent most of his life on the stage of many a theater rather than on the solid stage of fatherhood When Parnell s bloodied body is found dead in his dressingroom all eyes focus on Frank who may have been a bit forceful or not in persuading Parnell to sign those legal papersMurder on Union Suare is an enjoyable period piece by the talented Victoria Thompson While I ve pretty much been drawn in by all of them especially the earlier books this one seems to lack a bit of the pizzazz associated with the others The beginning is dry with excessive legal dialogue and not much set up for the warm relationship that exists with Sarah Frank Catherine and friends and family As the mystery unfolds overuse of uestioning techniues to disarm likely suspects repeats and repeats page after page Same characters over and over but ust changing up the scenery now and then Don t get me wrong Murder on Union Suare is still a worthy read but it suffers from stilted episodes in its delivery and a tad bit of plot fatiguePerhaps the next one will return to the winning formula of the earlier books Just keep em comin Ms Thompson I ll always be a fan. Oints to Frank as the culprit A not uite famous actor with modest means Vaughn seems an unlikely candidate for murder particularly such a violent crime of passion But Frank soon uncovers real life intrigue as dramatic as any that appears on stage Sarah and Frank enlist those closest to them to help hunt for Vaughn's killer as Frank's own life and the future of their family hang in the balance.
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Frank and Sarah Mallory planned to adopted Catherine in this long running historical mystery but are stymied by a legal technology Frank goes to see Catherine s legal father Parnell Vaughn to sign papers relinuishing his paternal rights He finds Parnell beaten to death and is accused as the killer He finds himself arrested and charged with murder Sarah Maeve and Gino worked with Frank to locate the killer in order to save his reputation Sarah plans to open a maternity center continue with Maeve instructing workmen The Center opens as Sarah aides in the delivery of an old friend Serafina s daughter The tale twists and turns as the Mallorys friends explore the world of theater in order to find the killer Serafina will aide in the unearthing a killer I HIGHLY recommend this book and seriesDisclosure Many thanks to Berkley for a review copy The opinions expressed are my own Frank and Sarah Malloy are getting ready to legally adopt little Catherine when their attorney tells them there is a problem Catherine s stepfather Actor Vaughn Parnell must relinuish his rights to Catherine Frank and Sarah visit Parnell at the theater where he is performing He is willing to sign the paperwork but his fianc e reuests that they pay a fee for his signature The next day Frank returns to the theater with the money to get Parnell s signature only to find him bludgeoned to death The police believe Frank may have killed Vaughn and arrest him Frank and Sarah vow to find out who really killed Parnell and clear Frank s nameThis was a humorous addition to the Gaslight Mysteries There were several conversations that I found amusing There were only a handful of suspects I guessed the killer very uickly but still found the story entertaining My rating 4 Stars The book is extra special when it s signed for you by the author Frank and Sarah Malloy are ready to move forward. When a murder hits close to home Frank finds himself in an unusual position the prime suspect in the latest installment of the national bestselling Gaslight Mystery seriesSarah and Frank Malloy are enjoying married life and looking to make their family official by adopting Catherine the child whom Sarah rescued and has been raising as her daughter The process seems fairly straightforward but
Victoria Thompson is the USA Today bestselling author of the Edgar® and Agatha nominated Gaslight Mystery series and the Sue Grafton Memorial Award nominated Counterfeit Lady Series She was nominated for an Edgar Award from Mystery Writers of America in 2001 and in 2012 she received a Career Achievement Award in Mystery Writing from RT Magazine Six of her Gaslight Mysteries were nominated for a