Title: Murder in Chelsea
By: Victoria Thompson
Genre: Gaslight Mystery/Historical Fiction
Frank knew the Upper West Side well. He’d visited too many of the fancy town houses with their marble steps and their velvet draperies and their dreary furniture. He’d listened to too many rich people make the pettiest complaints and give the paltriest excuses for committing murder. He did not expect today would be much different.
The maid who answered his knock at Mr. Wilbank’s house looked him up and down and stuck her nose in the air. “Tradesmen use the rear,” she said and started to slam the door in his face.
Frank gave it a shove and sent her staggering back. Before she could recover, he stepped inside and closed it behind him.
“I’ll scream,” she said her eyes wide.
“Don’t bother. Just announce me to Mr. Wilbanks. Tell him I have a message from Miss Anne Murphy.”
“I shouldn’t ‘ve let you in. He’ll give me the devil.”
“Not if you tell him what I said. He’ll want to hear news of the child.”
About the Author: (from Amazon.com)
Edgar® Nominated author Victoria Thompson writes the Gaslight Mystery Series, set in turn-of-the-century New York City and featuring midwife Sarah Brandt. Her latest is MURDER ON ST. NICHOLAS AVENUE. 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.